The United States (US) Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that Del Monte Fresh Produce Inc (Del Monte) has agreed to pay US$1.2 million to settle claims relating to the treatment of more than 100 pineapple farm workers of Thai national origin in Hawaii.
The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has announced that now defunct Ohio-based carrier firm Star Air Inc and owner Robert Custer have been ordered to pay two truck drivers US$302,000 after the drivers were terminated because they refused to drive until the firm's commercial vehicles were made compliant with various regulations.
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 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".
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".
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