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Federal Court of Appeals limits FRSA Medical Treatment Provision

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals held recently that the provision of the Federal Rail Safety Act (FRSA) prohibiting railroads from disciplining employees “for following orders or a treatment plan of a treating physician” applies only to… Read More
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Rail Workers at Long Island Railroad Set to Strike

In a contract dispute that has been ongoing since 2010, rail workers have threatened to go on strike as early as next month after a refusal by the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to implement wage increases recommended by a Presidential Emergency Board (… Read More
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FRSA Complaints Can Be Filed Online With OSHA

Last month, the Department of Labor announced that retaliation complaints, including those brought pursuant to the Federal Rail Safety Act (FRSA), can be filed online at the DOL website. This seemingly minor announcement is actually very important… Read More
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What Makes An Injury Reportable to the FRA?

When a railroad employee is injured at work, the law usually requires the railroad to report that injury to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).  The rules for reporting are set forth at 49 C.F.R. Section 225.19(d).  Each death, injury, or o… Read More
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Third Circuit Court of Appeals Interprets FRSA

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision in favor of the railroad in a claim brought pursuant to the Federal Rail Safety Act (FRSA).  The case, Araujo v. New Jersey Transit Rail Operations, Inc., was decided on Februar… Read More
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Administrative Law Judge Rejects Railroad’s Argument In Case Under FRSA

I previously wrote a post about how railroads can use a system of operational rules testing as a form of harassment and retaliation after workers report safety concerns or injuries on duty. In one such case where those allegations have been made ag… Read More
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Wrongful Death Damages Available Under the FELA

A tragic accident occurred yesterday at the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Cleveland, Ohio when a 50 year old railroad employee was killed after falling from a train car. The incident raises the question of what damages are available to the individua… Read More
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OSHA awards $800,000 in damages against NS for FRSA violation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced yesterday that it has ordered Norfolk Southern Railway Co. to pay over $800,000 in damages on the claims of three employees who were retaliated against after reporting injuries at work.  … Read More
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Rules Testing as a Form of Harassment

How would you like your supervisor to follow you all day, look over your shoulder at everything you do, and write down every time you make a mistake? This is what railroad employees endure during rules tests on a regular basis. For the vast majority… Read More
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Ohio Overtime laws do not apply to railroad workers

I was recently asked at a union meeting whether any laws in Ohio provide recourse to a railroad worker who was not paid 1 ½ times his regular rate of pay for hours worked in excess of eight hours.  The short answer, unfortunately, is no.  The rea… Read More
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