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Congress reduces how long employers must keep incident reports

One of President Obama's last acts in office was to issue a rule requiring large companies in hazardous industries to retain records of worker health and safety incidents for five years. This was already an Occupational Safety and Health Administration policy. However, the presidential action solidified it. OSHA says that it helps them spot recurring health and safety issues and therefore assign their limited resources more effectively.

What is a 'storm doctrine?'

As late-winter snowstorms bear down on a significant part of the country, slip-and-fall injuries are no doubt increasing. That's why it's important to know just how much liability a property owner should assume when someone falls on a sidewalk, parking lot or other part of their property during a storm. That's where something called the "storm doctrine" comes in.

What kinds of defects give rise to product liability claims?

American consumers rely on the safety of everyday products that they purchase at department stores, that are prescribed to them by their doctors, and that they incorporate into their routine lives. However, not all of these products are safe, and sometimes they can cause catastrophic injury or death to the people who use them. Even worse, virtually any kind of innocent-looking product could present dangers, so there's no way to know for certain if something is 100 percent safe.

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