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Make work safe for older employees (and everyone else, too)

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THE LAW: Several federal laws address workplace health and safety.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) lists workplace safety standards for specific industries. The law is enforced by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (also called OSHA).

Disabled workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations in the workplace under the ADA. Also, em­ployers may require workers returning from FMLA leave to undergo fitness-for-duty examinations to ensure they can safely perform their jobs.

When workers 40 or older are involved, employers must ensure they treat older workers the same way they treat younger workers or they risk violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

Similar state laws may also have workplace health and safety implications.

WHAT’S NEW: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently completed a study of older employees’ workplace injuries. The CDC looked ...(register to read more)

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