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National Fall Prevention Stand-Down Aims to Lessen Work Injuries

Posted on 5 June 2014

Tomorrow is the last day to join in a National Fall Prevention Stand-Down from June 2 -6 to help prevent falls in construction. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), in 2012 about 35 percent of fatalities were caused by falls from elevation. All of which were preventable by ensuring safety standards.

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend from Pond Lehocky!

Posted on 23 May 2014

After a long, snowy winter, Memorial Day Weekend is finally upon us, signifying the unofficial start to the summer. This weekend, we hope that you can break out the barbecues and have some fun in the sun. While we celebrate, let us all take a minute to reflect on what Memorial Day really stands for. On this day, we recognize that because of the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country, we are able to enjoy certain liberties and advantages.

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Good News for American Workers, Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee Will Be Re-established

Posted on 22 May 2014

 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez recently announced that the charter of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (“WPAC”) will be re-established.   WPAC advises the Department of Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”) on ways to ensure the effectiveness, transparency, and protection of whistleblowers.  By continuing to obtain advice from worker advocates, labor experts, attorneys, and workers, WPAC will be able to further improve the regulations governing whistleblowing and the cooperative activities between OSHA and other government agencies. 

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Social Security Updates Policy on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in New Social Security Ruling

Posted on 1 May 2014

Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration released a new Social Security Ruling (“SSR”) updating its evaluation criteria for disability cases involving Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (“CFS”).  As the etiology of this debilitating illness is unclear and it is more subjective than some other physical conditions, proving CFS in disability claims was sometimes more difficult than other conditions.  The new ruling, SSR 14-1p, primarily adopts the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) definition of CFS and specifies the medical signs, laboratory findings, and additional criteria for diagnosis.   Additionally, the ruling lays out the documentation required for a disability claim involving CFS, how CFS is considered in the five-step sequential evaluation process every disability claim goes through, and how a person with CFS is found disabled.   

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118th Boston Marathon Run Today, April 21, 2014

Posted on 18 April 2014

On the third Monday in April, Massachusetts and Maine celebrate Patriot’s Day, a holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.  The date is also traditionally the date of the Boston Marathon, causing the holiday to be called “Marathon Monday” by many Bostonians.  

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Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence

Posted on 16 April 2014

Pond Lehocky believes that every worker should know their rights in the workplace and their workers’ compensation protections, should they ever be injured on the job.  However, it is our hope that employers do their best to ensure that every work environment is safe and secure for each of its employees.  

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OSHA issues Final Rule to Improve Safety for Workers Performing Electrical Power Generation

Posted on 11 April 2014

The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) announced the issuance of new provisions covering the operation and maintenance of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution line and equipment.  The previous rules for transmission and distribution installations were more than forty years old, last updated in 1972. 

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Phillies Opening Day, April 8

Posted on 11 April 2014

The Philadelphia Phillies opened the 2014 season at home on April 8, 2014.  Though the Phils fell to the Milwaukee Brewers 10-4, the park was filled with energy and excitement about the season.  To see photos from the game, please click here

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Major General Motors Recall

Posted on 4 April 2014

General Motors informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week that it would recall more than 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. that may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering assist. GM says drivers will know if the electric power steering system fails because a chime and dashboard message will appear. The car can be steered without power assist, but it can require a lot more muscle to turn the wheel, especially at low speeds. Because of the difficulty, the car could be more susceptible to a crash.  

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Social Security’s Customer Service Issues

Posted on 4 April 2014

It's no secret to many of our clients that the Social Security Administration has been suffering from serious deficiencies in customer service for quite some time. Over the past several years, the Administration's total staff has shrunk dramatically, leading to significant cutbacks in customer service. Budget shortages have prevented replacing lost staff as well as taking steps to repair many of these issues.

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