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Labor and Employment Issues for the Safety Professional

1st Edition

By Thomas D. Schneid

CRC Press

252 pages | 67 B/W Illus.

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Safety professionals interact with many other functions within the organization, including but not limited to production, human resources, and medical, with each function possessing specific laws and regulations which govern their actions and inactions. In order to function within the organizational structure, they need a working knowledge of the laws and regulations which impact his/her area of responsibility as well as the laws and regulations which impact employees, managers, and the overall organizational structure.

An extensive examination of safety laws and regulations, Labor and Employment Issues for the Safety Professional provides a working knowledge of the impacts, requirements, and implications of safety professionals’ actions and inactions as related to state and federal laws. It presents information on an issue-by-issue basis, delineating the basics of the issue, identifying the applicable law or regulation, and presenting possible solutions to achieve and maintain compliance while achieving the safety objective. The book covers conflicts between laws and regulations and includes case law and reference points.

This text elucidates a number of laws within the labor, employment, and related areas which may impact safety professionals in the course of their daily activities. It supplies a working knowledge of the peripheral laws and regulations that impact safety functions, allowing them to avoid potential legal "issues" and possible legal liabilities for themselves as well as their organizations.


"Dr. Schneid has put together a complete compendium of important topics, tools, and, most importantly, PRACTICAL thoughts. … the CONCEPTS that Tom has explicitly put before you are KEY to your understanding and survivability in the unique environment in Safety, Legal and making a difference."

—From the foreword by Michael J. Fagel, Ph.D., CEM, Eastern Kentucky University, University of Chicago, and Northwestern University

Table of Contents

Labor, Management, and Safety

At-Will Employment and Exceptions

Labor Law and Safety

NLRB and Labor-Management Relations

Collective Bargaining

Contract Administration

Title VII and Antidiscrimination Laws

Age Discrimination

Wage and Hour Laws

Federal Retirement and Welfare Laws

Privacy Laws

Family and Medical Leave Act and Safety

Americans with Disabilities Act and Safety

OSHA Inspections and Defenses

New Cases, Laws, and Legislation

Appendix 1: National Labor Relations Act

Appendix 2: Wage and Hour Division (WHD): Minimum Wage Laws in the States—July 1, 2010

Appendix 3: Spotlight on Statistics

Appendix 4: OSHA Instruction


About the Series

Occupational Safety & Health Guide Series

The aim of this series is to develop books to address the myriad of unique topics which are encompassed within the areas of responsibility of a safety professional. The scope of the series is broad addressing traditional occupational safety and health topics as well as emerging and correlating topic areas such as ergonomics, security, labor, school safety, employment, workplace violence, and other topics. Safety professionals often assume a broad spectrum of responsibilities, depending on the organization, which go beyond the traditional safety professional’s role. This series should become the "one stop" source for safety professionals to locate texts on traditional as well as emerging and correlating subjects related to the safety and health function.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
LAW / Environmental
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety