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December 2016 Archives

Will child support rule survive a Trump administration?

Prisoners in New Jersey and elsewhere across the nation could soon find relief from the possible need to address large child support balances following release from incarceration, but it is unclear just how long the pathway to such relief might be open. In the final days of the Obama administration, new rules have been issued that would ultimately allow some inmates to seek to lower the amount of their child support payments while in prison. Prior to the revamp, some states had policies in place that effectively blocked this action.

Final rule regarding recordkeeping is issued

Workers in New Jersey should know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule that clarifies employers' continuous obligation to create and maintain information regarding workplace illnesses and injuries. The rule includes only compliance or recordkeeping requirements for injuries or illnesses for which recording mandates are already in place.

How a move might disrupt visitation after a divorce

When they divorce, New Jersey parents might plan to remain near one another so that their children do not undergo too much disruption. If a custodial parent decides to move due to an involvement with a new partner, this can create complications for the other parent and for the child. The child might feel isolated in a new community, and the other parent might struggle with the commute. There may also be tension between the new partner and the ex-spouse.

OSHA investigation reveals chronic unsafe conditions

New Jersey residents who believe that their bosses follow safety regulations may be interested to hear about a case reported by the U.S. Department of Labor in December. The incident involved Central Transport LLC, a shipping company that was investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for flagrantly violating accepted safety standards and placing workers at serious risk.

The 10 most dangerous states for driving

New Jersey residents may be interested to learn that the Northeast is a relatively safe area of the country to drive in. According to a study on traffic fatality rates, the two safest states to drive in are Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The most dangerous state to drive in is Wyoming, where there are 25.7 traffic fatalities for every 100,000 people.

Reducing injury risk while working with fire

Those performing hot work in New Jersey or elsewhere may need to take precautions to ensure that they can perform their work safely. Welding or soldering could leave a worker vulnerable to burns because of the heat needed to do the job. Those who are performing similar tasks are encouraged to do so in areas free from flammable or combustible liquids or gases.

Entertainment industry risks

New Jersey residents may not be aware of the financial setbacks in Hollywood that are resulting in dangerous conditions on the sets of some of TV and film's most famous productions. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there has been a recent increase in the rate of serious accidents in the entertainment industry. A camera assistant working on the film "Midnight Rider" was killed in a train accident that left eight other crew members injured in Georgia.

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