Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be enforcing a new final rule regarding the reporting of work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses.
A veterinary hospital and several other small-business owners in California who sued Yelp for extortion have had their class-action lawsuit dismissed for the second time. The lawsuit had been thrown out by the court in 2011, but the plaintiffs were fighting to have it revived.
The FDA sent warning letters to three makers of tear stain remover products that the agency says are misusing the antibiotic tylosin tartrate. According to the FDA, I'm a Little Teacup, Blanc du Blanc, and Petaware have all included the antibiotic in their product formulations without taking the proper steps to seek regulatory approval.
A proposed ordinance that would force veterinarians in Washington state's King County to submit client information to the county after every rabies vaccine administration has been shelved. Local veterinarians had feared that mandatory reporting could jeopardize their clients' trust and even cause clients to forego rabies vaccinations for their pets.
Employers who view applicants' or employees' social media profiles as a useful way to evaluate their behavior outside of the workplace now need to make sure state laws allow it. On Aug. 1, 2014, New Hampshire became the 18th state to legally prohibit employers from requesting access to the social media log-in credentials of current or prospective employees.
Reactions to the concept of stem cell therapy from the media and the general public range from high hopes to fear of the unknown, but at the 2014 AVMA Annual Convention, presenters voiced optimism for the potential benefits of using stem cells in veterinary settings.
Veterinary hospitals and other animal care facilities in California may soon have more options available to them in the event an animal is abandoned while in their care. The ASPCA is waiting on Gov. Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 1810, which would remove a state mandate requiring animal care facilities to euthanize abandoned animals after 24 days.
A June 18 vote within the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association that could have paved the way for the banning of cat declawing in that region failed to gain enough support. According to CBC News, Nova Scotia would have become the first jurisdiction in North America to outlaw the procedure if the ban had been instituted.
In response to President Obama's view that many deserving workers are being denied overtime pay and minimum wage salaries, the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division has made it a priority to overhaul the Fair Labor Standards Act later in 2014.
The USDA is attempting to simplify unnecessarily complicated animal vaccine labels that the AVMA says have caused confusion for veterinarians and monopolized the time of USDA and industry resources.