International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) general secretary Sharan Burrow has written (2 October 2013) to Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) president Sepp Blatter regarding concerns that 4,000 workers could die as result of various failures in authorities' management of construction projects commissioned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Qatar.
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that Colorado-based moving and storage company Mesa Systems Inc (Mesa) has agreed to settle a national origin discrimination suit by paying US$450,000 and furnishing other relief in the largest-ever such settlement achieved by the EEOC in the US state of Utah.
Melbourne Water Corporation (Melbourne Water) in the Australian state of Victoria has pleaded guilty in a Victorian WorkCover Authority (WorkSafe Victoria) prosecution over the 2011 death of a technician who drowned in a sewerage channel at the Melbourne Water Eastern Treatment Plant.
The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has announced that DoL administrative law Judge Linda Chapman has ordered Bank of America (BoA) to pay US$2,181,593 in back-pay and interest to 1,147 African American job applicants for its "race-based hiring discrimination at [a] Charlotte facility".
The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has published Holding Accountable Those Who Put Workers' Lives at Risk (19 September 2013).
The United States (US) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made available SEC commissioner Kara Stein's Statement and SEC commissioner Daniel Gallagher's Dissenting Statement (both dated 18 September 2013) regarding a recently released Proposed Rule (18 September 2013) that would require public companies to disclose the ratio of their chief executive officers' pay to the median pay of their employees.
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that disability services company Creative Networks is to pay US$57,000 to settle charges that it denied deaf and hearing-impaired applicants' requests for sign language interpretation during their pre-employment training.
The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has released Technical Release No. 2013-04 - Guidance to Employee Benefit Plans on the Definition of "Spouse" and "Marriage" under ERISA and the Supreme Court's Decision in United States v. Windsor (18 September 2013).
Engineering firm Agapito Associates Inc (Agapito) and the United States (US) Mine Safety and Health Administration have reached a settlement under which Agapito will pay a US$100,000 penalty for a "high-negligence violation" of safety standards in relation to a 2007 Utah mine collapse that killed nine people.
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that elevator and escalator manufacturer Schindler has agreed to pay US$35,000 and to furnish "significant remedial relief" to settle a race discrimination suit.
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