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OSHA penalties set to skyrocket (access required)

For 25 years, the maximum penalty amounts for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act have remained frozen. A thaw is about to set in — and quick. The budget act President Barack Obama signed on Nov. 2 contained ...

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Drone users: May I see your license, please? (access required)

Pressures are mounting for everyone involved in the unmanned aircraft systems industry, as increasingly severe penalties and new registration requirements force recreational and commercial users of UAS to adapt to evolving laws and regulations. With a recent $1.9 million penalty ...

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The crazy-cool of building technology (access required)

Construction jobs

PORTLAND, Ore. – Picture this: Within the next 12 to 18 months, artificial intelligence will have completely taken over the building industry. Power tools formerly used in construction will be replaced by what will appear to a layperson to be ...

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Despite delay, clock is ticking for health care employment mandate (access required)

Time clock

Businesses got a temporary reprieve in July when the Obama administration announced a yearlong delay in the enforcement of the federal requirement that employers provide health care coverage to workers or pay a fine. But even though the Affordable Care Act’s “shared responsibility” employer mandate — also known as the “pay or play” provision — won’t go into effect until January 2015, compliance will require businesses managers to make a host of complex decisions that will take a considerable amount of time. And the clock is already ticking.

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Shifting laws online puts legal system at risk (access required)

The American Bar Association this month will be asked to endorse a proposed uniform law aiming at new standards for state government websites that host legal materials. The Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act is proposed by the Uniform Laws Commission to address a trend, still in its infancy, of shuttering public printers and posting laws only online. But shifting an entire system of laws to online-only postings puts our legal system at risk.

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