Strengthening a covenant.
The share of the American workforce filled by foreign-born workers has increased from one in 10 in 1990 to one out of six in 2006. Immigrants thrive here as workers because labor shortages exist along a broad expanse of jobs. Close to half of the software engineers in this country are foreign-born.
Many immigrants take on tough jobs and this is where occupational safety and workers' compensation workers' compensation, payment by employers for some part of the cost of injuries, or in some cases of occupational diseases, received by employees in the course of their work. come into that picture.
A manual labor workforce with little education and poor English language English language, member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages). Spoken by about 470 million people throughout the world, English is the official language of about 45 nations. skills creates challenges for the employer acting in good faith. For the exploiter, those challenges create an opportunity.
It is no accident that the Raeford, N.C.,-based poultry processing firm, House of Raeford Farms Inc., recruited Hispanic workers to fill its production line jobs.
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1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. a report by the Charlotte Observer, House of Raeford had a predatory safety and injury policy, highly successful until an investigative reporting team blew the whistle.
The company's 800-worker plant in West Columbia West Columbia is the name of two towns in the United States:
A lightning fast return-to-work program hauled workers back to work hours after surgery. At least nine workers had suffered amputations or bone fractures.
The newspaper reported that the company dismissed some workers' requests to see a doctor, even when workers complained of debilitating de·bil·i·tat·ing
Causing a loss of strength or energy.
Weakening, or reducing the strength of.
Mentioned in: Stress Reduction pain.
It is unfair to equate this abusive employer with many others who train and supervise immigrant workers across a language divide. To illustrate, in 2006, 46 percent of the U.S. workforce had limited English proficiency.
Yet the employer must do more than think it is acting in good faith. It must be vigilant about cultural miscues, wayward first-line supervisors and slippery or incompetent suppliers. And it may have to act within an industry initiative.
To be sure, many employers try to prosper by treating workers like replacement parts. They hire workers on the cheap and then abandon those who fall by the wayside way·side
The side or edge of a road, way, path, or highway.
Situated at or near the side of a road, way, path, or highway: a wayside inn. .
Doctors in the American College American College is the name of:
Protecting workers, day by day, remains the employer's burden and industrywide initiatives to address immigrant workforces can work. They work in Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. and they also work in Florida's agricultural industry, thanks in part to the Socially Accountable Farm Employers, a nonprofit organization Nonprofit Organization
An association that is given tax-free status. Donations to a non-profit organization are often tax deductible as well.
Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools. that provides independent auditing and certification of fair, lawful farm labor practices.
We are an immigrant nation. Eight of 20 world cities with at least one million foreign-born residents are located in America. We keep on importing more workers, workers we need to fill our labor shortages.
Foreign labor has become virtual. Overseas support staffs are helping workers' comp claims staffs. Nurses in the Philippines are doing utilization reviews for American insurers. They are very small in number but they confirm the porosity of national borders.
We are a nation made exceptional not by laws, skills or power but by a covenant which binds together immigrants. The House of Raeford ease is a tear in that covenant and we must do better.
PETER ROUSMANIERE is a Vermont-based columnist for Risk & Insurance[R]. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.