Defining Employer Retaliation in Whistleblower Cases

In the new study, “Retaliatory Disclosure: When Identifying the Complainant Is an Adverse Action,” researchers from the Indiana University (IU) Kelley School of Business set out to determine when public disclosure of a whistleblower’s identity, such as through an email, may be classified as retaliation. “When someone makes a complaint of discrimination that’s covered by federal anti-discrimination laws, you’re automatically cloaked in protection from retaliatory actions that could come in response,” said Jamie Prenkert, associate professor of business law at the IU Kelley School of Business Bloomington and the study’s lead author. “But what can be retaliatory is a broad-ranging continuum of actions that the courts don’t specifically define.” Prenkert, […]

EPA’s 2011 TRI Shows Air Pollutants Continue to Decline

EPA announced that total toxic air releases in 2011 declined 8 percent from 2010, mostly because of decreases in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions. Total toxic air releases in 2011 declined 8 percent from 2010, mostly because of decreases in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions, even while total releases of toxic chemicals increased for the second year in a row, according to the EPA annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report. The annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) provides the public with vital information about chemicals in our communities. The TRI program collects information on certain toxic chemical releases to the air, water and land, as well as information on […]

NFPA’s 5th Backyards and Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference slated for Salt Lake City in November

NFPA’s 5th Backyards and Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference slated for Salt Lake City in NovemberTopics to focus on wildfire safety issues and best practices to reduce risks January 25, 2012— Registration for the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 5th Backyards & Beyond® Wildland Fire Education Conference is now available online. The conference will be held November 14 – 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah where experts and stakeholders will gather to discuss wildfire safety issues and best practices for reducing risks. With more than 50 breakout sessions in five educational tracks, the Backyards and Beyond conference offers leading wildland fire experts, community planners, civic leaders, homeowners and residents, insurance professionals, […]

NFPA Board of Directors appoints new members to Standards Council

NFPA Board of Directors appoints new members to Standards Council January 24, 2013—The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors appointed two new members to serve on the Association’s Standards Council for a three-year term effective January 2013: James E. Golinveaux of North Kingstown, R.I., and Bonnie E. Manley of Norfolk, Mass. With 30 years of experience in the fire protection industry including both contracting and manufacturing, Golinveaux is currently a senior fellow of Water Suppression Products for Tyco Fire Protection Products. His current role applies his experience globally in the fire protection industry to develop advancements in water-based fire protection devices and systems. He currently holds 12 […]

Firewise launches national wildfire safety challenge for communities

NFPA Board of Directors appoints new members to Standards Council January 24, 2013—The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors appointed two new members to serve on the Association’s Standards Council for a three-year term effective January 2013: James E. Golinveaux of North Kingstown, R.I., and Bonnie E. Manley of Norfolk, Mass. With 30 years of experience in the fire protection industry including both contracting and manufacturing, Golinveaux is currently a senior fellow of Water Suppression Products for Tyco Fire Protection Products. His current role applies his experience globally in the fire protection industry to develop advancements in water-based fire protection devices and systems. He currently holds 12 […]

Multitasking and Distracted Driving: You Are Not the Exception

University of Utah psychology professors David Sanbonmatsu, Ph.D. (left), and David Strayer, Ph.D., used this driving simulator in some of their research on cell phone use and driving. Drivers who believe they are skilled at multitasking – such as taking a phone call while on the road – actually are the least likely to be capable of safely doing so, a new study reveals. In fact, drivers who multitask may be inclined to do so because they have difficult focusing closely on even a single task. Senior authors David Sanbonmatsu, Ph.D., and David Strayer, Ph.D., both psychology professors at the University of Utah, say their new study suggests […]

10 Steps to Stop Procrastinating (And Be More Productive at Work)

These 10 steps can help you stop procrastinating and move you along the path to productivity at work. Here are 10 ways to get out of the quicksand of procrastination and reap numerous benefits, which include improved productivity, enhanced mood, less stress, better coworker relationships, a sense of accomplishment and restored reputation at work as a “doer.” 1. Identify the situation – First, write down the specific task you’ve been putting off. For example, “I have to convert all of my client contacts and notes into the new file-sharing software system and learn how to navigate its tools and folders.” Writing down the task helps you dial in […]

Transportation Terrors

A few weeks ago, I asked EHS Out Loud Blog readers they’d ever felt nervous (or, okay, terrified) while at the mercy of drivers who seemed a little out of control. Here are a few of the responses I received: Pass the Barf Bag Tim Walters wrote in to describe a – how should I put this? An unappetizing bus ride: Our church was on a trip to the Passion Play in Arkansas one summer and we chartered a bus for 52 passengers. The drive was a long one, about 9 hours, and the roads were hilly, curvy and narrow. Our driver had apparently been an Indy 500 driver at […]

Take Precautions Now; Wildfire Risk Predicted to be High in 2013

Wild land ground crews from West Metro fire district use hoses to work on taking control of the Green Mountain wildfire in Lakewood, Colo., in August 2008. With a mild winter, relatively warmer weather in general, and drought conditions expected to continue in 2013, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) urges home and business owners to take action now to effectively reduce their wildfire risk. “Wildfire losses have been on the rise during the past couple of years in several states, with Colorado, Texas and Wyoming being particularly hard hit,” noted Julie Rochman, IBHS president and CEO. “2013 is shaping up to be another very […]

Union Membership Rate in the United States on the Decline

The percent of union membership among wage and salary workers in the United States declined from 11.8 percent in 2011 to 11.3 percent in 2012, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last year’s decline appears to be part of a trend: The United States counted 17.7 million union workers in 1983 compared to 14.4 million union workers in 2012. “Union jobs are good jobs,” said Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris. “They are essential to growing and maintaining a strong middle class, which is vital to the economic health of this country. It is critical that we continue to ensure all people have […]