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The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (the Alliance) has announced that it has reached agreement with key labour rights advocates and Bangladeshi researchers on "a common, minimum criterion for fire and structural inspection safety standards [for the garment industry in Bangladesh], pending a few final modifications".

The United States Department of Labor (DoL) has released Proposed Rule - Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (8 November 2013) for public comment. According to the DoL, the proposed rule would introduce requirements for the annual submission of establishment-specific injury and illness data to the DoL Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Walmart Criticised for Trading on Public Holiday

13 Nov 2013
Written by World Watch

Walmart has announced that its non-24-hour-trading stores will open at 6pm on an upcoming United States (US) public holiday to launch its end-of-year festive season trading campaign that is traditionally marked by retailers on the following day.

The United Kingdom (UK) Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that Carillion AM Government Ltd (Carillion) has been fined £180,000 and ordered to pay £28,551 in costs for breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 c. 37 (UK) after a motorist sustained serious injuries from colliding with traffic signs at a road closure near Saxmundham.

Business Council of Australian (BCA) president Tony Shepherd has written (4 November 2013) to BCA member company chief executive officers (CEOs), advising them of the publication of the report Increasing the Number of Women in Senior Executive Positions - Improving Recruitment, Selection and Retention Practices (November 2013) as part of the BCA's Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity.

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that former Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services (PACES) president Matthew Bowman has been sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment for "occupational safety crimes which resulted in the death of an employee".

UPS Settles Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

06 Nov 2013
Written by World Watch

The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that "the world's largest package delivery company" United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) has agreed to settle a religious accommodation suit. According to the EEOC, the suit related to a UPS employee's supervisor denying the employee's request for "a schedule change in order to attend an annual religious service".

The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has announced that G&K Services Co (G&K) will provide back-pay to 59 female workers as part of its settlement of a number of allegations, including that it "discriminated against female laundry workers by steering them into lower-paying positions regardless of their qualifications".

The European Parliament (EP) Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (the LIBE Committee) has announced that the EP, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) and EU member nation national governments have reached provisional agreement on the text of a draft law that would provide non-EU-citizen seasonal workers with improved working and living conditions.

The Australian Government Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has announced that a recent survey of 2,136 employers has found that 88% of respondents are supportive or very supportive of the new reporting requirements under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 1986 No. 91 (Cth) and the development of industry-specific educational gender performance benchmarks.

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