Laws and Regulations

In the 100 years since Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, major reforms have occurred in the food industry and dozens of laws have been enacted. Each of these has a substantial impact on our industry and our workers. Laws passed that have directly impacted industry employees include:

Fair Labor Standards Act (1938)
Civil Rights Act (1964)
Occupational Safety and Health Act (1970)
Americans with Disabilities Act (1991)
Family and Medical Leave Act (1993)

The most significant law directly affecting employee safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, aims to ensure safe working conditions for all U.S. workers. The Act set standards that employers must follow to minimize work place hazards. Employers must provide training, implement effective safety programs, maintain equipment and continually assess the work place to remove any hazards present.

 
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