Paul Smith appointed to Safety and Health Review Commission of North Carolina

Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Patterson Harkavy attorney Paul Smith to a term on the Safety and Health Review Commission of North Carolina. The three-member Safety and Health Review Commission is an independent administrative adjudicatory body that hears contestments of citations, penalties, and abatement periods issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the

Report Finds Both Workers and Doctors Pressured to Avoid Reporting Workplace Injuries

The new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that both workers and health care professionals are often pressured not to report workplace injurues.  The GAO surveyed more than 1,000 occupational health practitioners and found (1) more than two-thirds observed worker fear for reporting an injury or illness, (2) a third said they were

2008 AFL-CIO LCC Conference Session on Protecting Injured Workers

Valerie Johnson spoke at the 2008 Annual Conference of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee (LCC), which was held in Seattle.  Valerie’s talk was part of a session concerning health and safety for workers.  She presented a paper, written along with Narendra Ghosh, titled How Can Unions Protect Injured Workers? Summary: This paper discusses some common