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New Funding To Be Made Available For U.S. Flag Vessel Construction

July 2000

Early in November, 1999, Representatives McCrery (R-La.) and Jefferson (D-La) in the House joined Sen. John Breaux (D-La) to sponsor new legislation that would change U.S. tax laws to liberalize the use of the Capital Construction Fund by U.S. flag operators not only to fund new ship construction in U.S. shipyards, but also to lease vessels and acquire related equipment. The Fund allows carriers to…

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New Federal OSHA Standards Could Impact Occupational Disease Claims

July 2000

The Federal Government's Occupational Safety & Health Administration ("OSHA") issued proposed regulations in November of 1999 dealing with alleged repetitive motion disorders and ergonomics. If adopted, these regulations would require many employers to establish comprehensive plans geared toward ending what OSHA refers to as work-related "musculoskeletal disorders" ("MSD").

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New Funding Source Proposed For Dredging

June 2000

Ever since the Supreme Court held that the Harbor Maintenance Tax on exports to be unconstitutional in United States v. United States Shoe Corporation, ___ U.S. ___, 118 S.Ct. 1290, 140 L.Ed2d 453 (1998), Congress has grappled with finding an alternative means to fund maintenance dredging of the nation's harbors. In the last Congress, a bill was introduced to provide for a Harbor Services Fee,…

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Preparing a Workplace Violence Prevention Program

June 2000 | By Donald F. Burke

Recent shootings in Georgia (9 killed in July), Alabama (3 killed in August) and Hawaii (7 killed in November) are a chilling reminder of the vulnerability of America's workplace. These are the high profile cases which make the nightly news. The sobering truth is that in the United States, homicide is the second leading cause of death in the workplace. For women, it is the…

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Workers’ Compensation, The ADA, And FMLA – Recent Developments

June 2000 | By Donald F. Burke

(Labor & Employment Newsletter - 2000) Three sources of employment-related disability rights (Workers' Compensation laws; The Americans with Disabilities Act; and The Family and Medical Leave Act) frequently intersect and sometimes collide. The key to making defensible personnel decisions is an independent analysis of each law in light of the facts of any given case. View Article The above publication is saved in PDF format.…

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