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No matter how low hazard your business - or your commonsense efforts to protect employees from serious injuries, you may be unaware of routine, seemingly "picky" OSHA violations. And they can cost you tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Consider the experience of chain retailers and the millions in OSHA penalties issued. Let's talk specifically about restaurants - really god ones.

Third edition of my effort to summarize certain important employment law, OSHA, and labor developments, news and practical insight. I also include references to books and podcasts that you may find useful in becoming a better manager and addressing labor and employment challenges, as well as personal development. This week's edition has three pages of comments from readers and interviews in Part 2.

Yesterday was one of those occasions when I wish that my predictions had been inaccurate. I have speculated that the SEIU and other unions harassing fast food restaurants would eventually add mass OSHA complaints to their joint employer, discrimination, living wage, and other attacks. Yesterday, you probably saw the articles about “Fight for $5’s” coordinated effort to file OSHA Complaints in 19 cities.

Location and price generally control office-space decisions. Even if you construct a new building or do extensive build-out, you probably have not devoted much consideration to whether your new space meets OSHA requirements.

I question whether the union’s strategy of publicly embarrassing restaurants in front of customers will bring in members, but it is clear that unions are going to increase their public attacks. So I was not surprised to read the following headline on CNN Money Today, “Fast Food Workers Strikes Planned In 150 Cities.” You may recall that beginning in 2012, union driven protests demanding a “living wage” occurred in approximately 100 cities ...

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