MSMA 2013 Labor, Employment, OSHA Update

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  • Assume non-exemptActual time = donning and doffing and travel time is trickyBreaks and meals less than 15 minutes compensated; fully relieved to be uncompensatedIC = 21 part IRS standards
  • Aggressive = 100+ inspectors, more citations, increased penalties, more criminal, *no budget for mock inspections – only enforcementThose targeted based on injury/illness last yearRegulation by Shaming = press releases (always quote by OSHA top guy to embarrass company), twitter, etc.
  • MSMA 2013 Labor, Employment, OSHA Update

    1. 1. The Constant in Labor, Employment, and OSHA: CHANGE Overview of Recent Changes Affecting the Meat IndustryPresented by Matt AustinPresented at Mid-States Meat Association 2013 Convention 17 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com
    2. 2. LABOR17 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com
    3. 3. How the NLRB Impacts Every Company • Micro Bargaining Units • Persuader Rules • Social Media • Arbitration Agreements • Confidential Workplace Investigations • Open Door Policies • At-Will Disclosures • Moonlighting Policies • Off-Duty Access to Company Property17 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com
    4. 4. How the NLRB Impacts Union Companies • Bargain Over Discipline During First Contract Negotiations • Dues Deduction Survives Expiration of Agreement • Beck Objectors Increased Dues • Witness Statements • Back Pay, Front Pay, Interest, Taxes17 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com
    5. 5. What to Expect From NLRB in the Future • Shorter Election Cycles • Hang the Poster • Unions Granted Equal Access • Email for Union Organizing • Card Check • Temporary Workers17 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com
    6. 6. EMPLOYMENT17 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com
    7. 7. One Trend: Wage and Hour • 7,000 lawsuits filed in 2011 • $1,000,000,000 paid out to employees • Expected to continue to grow17 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com
    8. 8. 4 Common Mistakes • Not knowing who is exempt and who is not exempt • Not recording / paying for actual time worked • Not paying for breaks and meals • Classifying employees as independent contractors17 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com
    9. 9. Common Example of Explosive Damages • Employee makes $15.00/hour • Spends 5 minutes daily in unpaid pre-shift meeting = 1.25/day • Multiply $1.25 by number of employees, let’s say 100 = $125/day • Multiply $125 by Ohio look-back 3 years = $125 x 365 x 3 = $136,850 • Plus must pay plaintiff’s legal bills, sometimes more than plaintiffs recovery17 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com
    10. 10. OSHA17 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com
    11. 11. OSHA Inspections • OSHA is as aggressive as current NLRB • 1260 establishments targeted for inspection in 2013 • Anyone can trigger an inspection • Know your rights during an inspection • “Other Than Serious” is a set up for “Repeat Violator” • “Regulation by Shaming” –David Michaels17 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com
    12. 12. OSHA’s Scary Statistics • Doubled minimum penalty to ~ $20,000 • No longer treats facilities as independent • Looks back 5 years for OSHA enforcement instead of 3 • Total inspections under Obama +6.2% • Citations classified as Serious +22% • Citations classified as Repeat and Willful +225% • Citations classified as Other than Serious -10%17 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com
    13. 13. OSHA’s Scary Statistics • $100,000 penalties in 2006 = 99 • $100,000 penalties in 2011 = 215 • Number of enforcement press releases in 2008 = 161 • Number of enforcement press releases in 2011 = 588 • One-Third of Severe Violator Enforcement Program companies are in OSHA Region 517 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com
    14. 14. QUESTIONS?17 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com
    15. 15. The Constant in Labor, Employment, and OSHA: CHANGE Overview of Recent Changes Affecting the Meat Industry Presented by Matt Austin17 South High Street, Suite 810, Columbus, Ohio 43215 | P: 614.285.5342 | Matt.Austin@Austin-Legal.com

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