The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that telecommunications firm AT&T is to pay US$250,000 to settle an EEOC suit which claimed that AT&T discharged a 53 year old employee after her 16 years of service, while "at the same time retaining younger, lower-performing sales coach managers or allowing them to transfer".
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in the United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has released preliminary data from the 2012 national Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), including a summary (both dated 22 August 2013). The preliminary data indicate that there were 4,383 fatal injuries in the US in 2012 and this represents a new record low figure compared with previous years.
The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) announced Final Rules on 27 August 2013 that will amend employment discrimination law at the following citations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR):
BBC News reports that Devon resident solicitor Kate Baker has reached a settlement with her former employer Follett Stock in a dispute involving a number of claims, including that:
The death of a 21-year-old Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) intern in the City of London has raised concerns regarding the long hours often required of young staff in the city's banks. Tributes to Moritz Erhardt on social media indicate that he had worked through the night on several occasions during his internship, including for three consecutive days shortly prior to his death.
The United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that solar panel provider and installer Sun Spirit Ltd (Sun Spirit) has been fined by the Sunderland Magistrates Court for "failing to hold statutory insurance that enables employees to claim compensation should they be injured at work".
The Hong Kong (HK) Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has announced that it has sanctioned China Securities Holdings Ltd (China Securities) and fined it HK$1.3 million following investigations which have found, among other things, that the company employed unlicensed dealing staff. The SFC has also banned former China Securities responsible officer Stephanie Liu for 27 months after finding that the company's failures were attributable to her.
The president of a women lawyers' association in the Australian state of Queensland has urged law firms to offer more flexible working options to women, including working from home, and greater support to women returning from maternity leave, in order to encourage female lawyers to stay in the profession.
The work health and safety regulator for the Northern Territory in Australia NT WorkSafe has issued Safety Alert - Preventing contact or entanglement with machinery or plant with moving parts (20 August 2013), which "highlight[s] the need for appropriate guards or barriers around machinery or plant with moving parts to reduce the risk of contact or entanglement that could lead to serious or fatal injuries".
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that oil and gas industry-based firm Platinum PTS Inc (Platinum PTS) will pay a former Platinum PTS employee US$100,000 to settle a suit relating to pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.