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Producer, Contractor Employees Leverage ADA Accommodations

Alleging discrimination against employees protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against Wichita, Texas-based ready mixed producer OK Concrete and settled a case with Baker Concrete Construction, Houston. The agency contends OK Concrete broke federal law by terminating a mixer truck driver candidate who, after completing training in March 2012, informed the producer of time off needs once his health insurance coverage became effective—owing to planned treatment for prostate cancer detected two months prior. EEOC charges that a decision to fire the driver was based on disability discrimination, violating the ADA. Following a pre-litigation settlement attempt, the agency has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, seeking back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, plus injunctive relief.

 

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EPA Revises Requirements for Underground Storage Tanks

6 UST 150The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is strengthening federal underground storage tank (UST) requirements to improve prevention and detection of petroleum releases, one of the leading sources of groundwater contamination. They improve the charter 1988 UST regulation, agency officials contend, by closing regulatory gaps, adding new technologies, and focusing on proper operation and maintenance of existing vessels.

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Underwriter tracks prescription drug abuse among construction, manufacturing ranks

New reports from the Risk Control, Claim and Actuary unit of Chicago-based business insurance provider CNA examine growing prescription opioid abuse in the U.S. construction and manufacturing industries, where an estimated 15.1 percent and 6.5 percent of workers, respectively, have engaged in illicit drug use.

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PCA, Chamber take EPA, Corps of Engineers to court over Waters of U.S. rule

Portland Cement Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and three other plaintiffs are mounting perhaps the most decisive challenge yet to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) final rule, imploring a federal court to vacate the measure in its entirety.

 

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