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Worker's compensation Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

The Occupational and Safety Health Act was signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1970. The OSH Act was created to protect worker and workplace safety. "Its main aim was to ensure that employers provide their workers with an environment free from dangers to their safety and health, such as exposure to toxic chemicals, excessive noise levels, mechanical dangers, heat or cold stress, or unsanitary conditions" (Wikipedia, n.d). Workers Compensation is benefits paid to a worker to compensate for losses caused by a work-related injury or illness. Also known as Worker's Comp; is insurance that is mandatory for most employers to carry. Inclusive Education and Community Partnership (IECP) is required to adhere to all policies and practices governed by OSHA. IECP must provide a work environment that is free from serious hazards, make sure employees have use of safe tools and equipment that are properly maintained, use color coded signs to warn employees of unsafe conditions, areas or machines.

It is every employers responsibility to keep and provide employees and former employees access to a log of work-related injuries and illnesses. It is IECP's legal obligation to not discriminate against employees who exercise their rights under the Act as well as adhere to all other OSHA compliance regulations. (U.S Department of Labor [DOL], 2007)

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) became law in 1993. It was signed in by President Bill Clinton. The FMLA; "guarantees employees who have been on the job at least a year up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for a birth, an adoption, or care of sick children, spouses, or parents (or their own serious illness) and the same or an equivalent job upon their return. The act applies to employers with 50...