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VIAW Newswire 08.09.13

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

Making Road Construction Safe for Everyone
Road construction projects and the summer season seem to run on the same schedule, often to the distress of many of us trying to go about our daily lives. Indeed, billions of dollars and millions of man-hours will be spent on road work in 2013, the bulk of it scheduled for the warmest months of the year.

Major League Baseball faces suit over unpaid volunteer workers
Add Major League Baseball to a growing list of major employers facing wage-and-hour class action litigation over the use of unpaid volunteer workers, including but not limited to interns.

Workforce joy and well-being is linked to patient safety
Caregivers cannot meet the challenge of patient safety unless they feel safe and valued, and find a purpose in their work that brings joy and meaning to their lives. Research has shown a higher burnout rate among health care staff who spend less than 20 percent of their time in work that is personally meaningful to them.

Construction/outdoor workers at risk for Valley Fever
Ten members of a 12-person construction crew excavating a trench developed Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis or “cocci”), an illness with pneumonia and flu-like symptoms. Seven had abnormal chest x-rays, four had rashes, and one had an infection that spread beyond his lungs. The 10 ill crew members missed at least 1660 hours of work; two of the workers were on disability for months.

The Surprising Truth About Older Workers
Here’s one: Their strengths can make them the most valuable people in the office

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