Friday, October 29, 2010
The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering revising its noise protection standards to require employers to use administrative or engineering controls rather than personal protective equipment to reduce noise exposures, according to a proposed interpretation scheduled for publication in the Oct. 19 Federal Register.
“We plan to change our current noise standard enforcement policy, making it clear that ‘feasible' engineering controls means controls that are capable of being implemented,” David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, wrote in an Oct. 15 letter to agency employees. “We think this will enable us to require more employers to reduce excessive workplace noise levels, preserving the hearing of many workers.”
Administrative controls may involve limiting how long an employee can work in an area with high noise levels; engineering controls would reduce the decibel level of a particular machine or power tool. Some employers are concerned that the proposed changes would impose unreasonable costs on their businesses.Read More Here
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
A Common argument made by some Republicans and Conservatives is that labor unions were necessary in society a hundred years ago, but they are no longer needed in today’s workplace.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
As if it doesnt cost enough already unions are mobilizing to unionize every sector of the health care industry as they possibly can
Monday, October 25, 2010
The bill was passed and signed into law. Over the last few months, we’ve had the opportunity to “find out what is in it.” Many people do not like what they’re seeing.
In the haste to pass HR 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many provisions purportedly intended to provide people with health care assistance, have actually had unintended, negative consequences, which the Obama Administration is struggling to repair after the fact.
1. Employers at some of the nation’s largest companies report that they may no longer be able to provide health insurance, known as “mini-med” plans, to their part-time or low-wage employees.
2. Many are dropping health care benefits for retirees due to an expired tax credit that allows companies to provide prescription drug benefits.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is allowing insurers to charge higher premiums for coverage of children with serious medical problems, if states allow. U.S.
4. Insurance companies are dropping Medicare Advantage plans, offering seniors fewer choices.
5. There is no clarity on the minimum medical loss ratio (MLR) requirement, which calculates the percentage of revenue received from premiums that insurers must spend on benefits.
6. We are seeing increased costs for health care plans for individuals and families.
It is clear that H.R. 3590 is not reducing the cost of health care which of course was the only justifiable reason to pass it. Instead, we are seeing massive cost increases from Insurance Companies who are doing nothing more than passing their increased cost to comply with the new law on to their insureds.
NJECPAC members informed NJ Congressmen and Senators of that reality back in May when we visited them at their Washington Offices.
At a recent meeting I attended in Dallas Texas, I met with many respected Electrical Contracting Business Owners from all over the country. Many of them have begun negotiatiations with their Health Care Providers for renewing their policies under Obamacare. Each of them reported increases for their Companies Health Insurance Plans ranging anywhere between a minimum of 19% and as high as 49%
Did anyone that signed on for this kind of Hope and Change? Those that voted for H.R. 3590 have been called incompetent by some, I prefer to call them arrogantly ignorant.