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National Public Radio Special Series: The Rise of Contract Workers
This series produced by National Public Radio, addresses current issued related to contract workers, including safety, pay and other benefits.
Freelanced: The Rise Of The Contract Workforce
National Public Radio explores how workers across all industries and at all professional levels will be touched by the movement toward independent work — one without the constraints, or benefits, of full-time employment. Policymakers are just starting to talk about the implications.
The gig economy and worker safety
This article, in National Safety Council's Safety + Health, addresses the uncertainties surrounding the growing employment trends and their impacts on safety at work.
OSHA and the American Staffing Association renew alliance to protect temporary workers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently renewed its alliance with the American Staffing Association with the goal of protecting temporary employees from workplace hazards.
Adding Inequity to Injury: The costs of failing to protect workers on the job
The failure of many employers to prevent millions of work injuries and illnesses each year, and the failure of the broken workers’ compensation system to ensure that workers do not bear the costs of their injuries and illnesses, are truly adding inequality to injury.
E-Facts: Safe Maintenance: Working with contractors and subcontractors
Depending on the work environment and activity performed, maintenance workers are exposed to a variety of hazards and risk factors. Some of these risk factors affect the health of workers mainly in the long term, while others are the cause of work accidents.
OR-OSHA Program Directive: Inspection Criteria: Temporary Service Providers and Leasing Companies
The purpose of this directive is to provide guidance to Oregon OSHA staff when working with temporary service providers and worker leasing companies. (updated 12/17/15)
Source: Oregon OSHA
The Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “Suffer or Permit” Standard in the Identification of Employees Who Are Misclassified as Independent Contractors
Department of Labor Adminstration's Interpretation - issued by David Weil on July 15, 2015
Recorded Webinar: Temporary and Contingent Worker Safety and Health Best Practices, Challenges and Solutions
This symposium was presented on May 28, 2015 by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. It is available as a free recorded webinar.