Tags: Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act)

Is your social media policy in need of a makeover?

Jul 01, 2014

Is your social media policy in need of a makeover?

by M. Robin Repass With the popularity of social media as a source of communication in today’s workplace, it is essential to construct sound policies to balance an employer’s rights to protect business assets versus an employee’s right to discuss workplace ...

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Differing Perspectives

May 01, 2014

Administrative law judges take different viewpoints on pre-shift examinations and MSHA inspections.   by Dana M. Svendsen   During Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) inspections, disputes between operators and inspectors can arise over whether an observed condition is a defect or whether a ...

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Under the Influence

Mar 01, 2014

Under the Influence

Do operators have to take the blame for intoxicated employees?   Amanda E. Ferguson, Contributing Editor   On Jan. 1, 2014, Colorado became the first state to fully decriminalize marijuana. Washington will do the same later this year, and 20 other states have already ...

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Rock Law

Jul 06, 2011

The Unintended Impact of Imminent Danger In today’s enforcement-first environment, no company is immune from imminent danger orders. By Jason P. Webb A little-noticed provision of recently enacted legislation is causing headaches for mine operators without providing meaningful benefit to the public. On ...

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AggBeat: The heat is on MSHA

Jun 01, 2010

AggBeat:  The heat is on MSHA

An audit by the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General reveals that 56 percent of ‘experienced’ journeymen MSHA inspectors aren’t trained properly. By Tina Grady Barbaccia, News and Digital Editor The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has received ...

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