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The United States (US) Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that real estate developer Olivet Management (Olivet) faces more than US$2.3 million in proposed fines after having been cited for "exposing [Olivet] employees, as well as employees for 13 contractors, to asbestos and lead hazards during cleanup operations in preparation for a tour of [an Olivet-managed site] by potential investors".

The United States (US) Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that WW Group Inc (Weight Watchers) is to pay US$45,000 and furnish other relief to settle claims that one of its offices breached US federal law by "refus[ing] to hire an applicant as a group leader because she was pregnant".

Tannery Fined for Exposing Workers to Harmful Gas

09 Apr 2014
Written by World Watch

WorkSafe New Zealand (WorkSafe NZ) has announced that Tasman Tanning (TT) has been fined NZ$73,000 and ordered to pay reparations totalling NZ$90,000, following an incident in which four of its workers were left unconscious after being exposed to hydrogen sulphide gas at TT's tannery in November 2012 as the result of the mixing of two chemicals.

Fines for Restaurant Roach Infestation

09 Apr 2014
Written by World Watch

Australia-based local restaurant proprietor Southbank Three Pty Ltd and its director Fadi Sarkis have each been fined A$45,000 after their Melbourne restaurant and bar Olla Messa was found to be infested with cockroaches.

The United States (US) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it has collected additional funds in one of the first cases opened under its whistleblower program, which will provide a further payment of US$150,000 for the program's first award recipient.

Tobacco Company Reports on Labour Practices

03 Apr 2014
Written by World Watch

Tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) has released its Progress Report 2013 - Agricultural Labor Practices (undated), which details PMI's progress in implementing its agricultural labour practices (ALP) program, launched in 2011, that aims to "progressively eliminate child labor and other labor abuses found on all farms where [PMI] source[s] tobacco".

The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that Wal-Mart Stores East has agreed to pay US$363,419 and "commit to significant injunctive relief" to settle charges that it breached federal law by "allowing a co-worker to sexually harass Jamie Wells, an intellectually disabled employee".

The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that a federal court judge has held that farm labour contractor Global Horizons is "liable for the pattern or practice of harassing, discriminating, and retaliating against hundreds of Thai workers in the US, in [breach] of federal anti-discrimination laws".

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published questions and answers and a fact sheet (both undated) on "workplace rights and responsibilities with respect to religious dress and grooming".

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have jointly published the following documents (both undated) on how background checks may be performed for employment purposes:

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