November 27, 2019
U.S. Department of Labor Promotes Worker Safety
And Pay During the Holiday Season
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Wage and Hour Division (WHD) remind Companies to protect worker safety and Cover during the upcoming holiday season.
“During the busy holiday season, companies need to focus on protecting their employees by anticipating and preventing possible dangers at the workplace,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “All workers deserve a safe workplace whether they’re stocking shelves, packaging boxes, providing goods or selling product.”
OSHA offers vacation workplace security tools on warehousing tractor trailer drivers forklift safety, winter and audience management. General security guides are also available, providing information on employees’ rights, the security of seasonal and temporary employees , in addition to safety for young employees .
Temporary or seasonal workers hired to provide additional help have the right to a safe and healthy workplace, and to be compensated for the work done. As hiring spikes, workers unfamiliar with seasonal employment, and companies unaccustomed to hiring seasonal or part-time employees might not be fully conscious of the principles that surround this type of work.
“Retail workers work hard throughout the holiday season to function shoppers and keep the economy thriving, and they have bills to pay. We will need to be certain they have the ability to do so by ensuring employees are paid their rightful wages,” said Wage and Hour Division Administrator Cheryl Stanton. “The holiday shopping season raises the numbers of part-time and temporary employees, so it is important that we notify these employees and their companies about rules regarding work hours, wages and employment conditions.”
WHD enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Common holiday season labour violations include failing to pay salespeople and cashiers for time spent prepping or shutting out a register; necessitating inventory room and warehouse employees to work through breaks without reimbursement; rather than providing overtime pay to workers working over 40 hours in a workweek.
Learn more about WHD’s manual for vacation season employment.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, companies are responsible for providing safe and healthy workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these requirements for America’s working women and men by establishing and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and help. To find out more, see www.osha.gov.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and guarantee work-related benefits and rights.
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