AVIATION (OSHA) / Recent legislation (FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012) requires the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a statement of policy about “the circumstances in which the requirements of the [U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration] OSHA may be applied to crewmembers while working in an aircraft”. This FAA “Policy Statement” does not state policy as much as it invites comment.

“Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Aircraft Cabin Crewmembers”

August 27, 2013. Notice Of Availability; Final Policy And Disposition Of Comments.

This announcement details various comments received from industry stakeholders, together with FAA and OSHA replies.

Text of “Policy Statement on Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Aircraft Cabin Crewmembers” available here.

MOTOR CARRIER (LOSS OF CDL DUE TO OFF DUTY DRUNK DRIVING) / Connecticut Supreme Court upholds state agency administering unemployment compensation in its ruling that the relevant unemployment compensation statute WAS NOT “intended to disqualify an individual from receiving benefits when he loses his commercial driver’s license for driving under the influence of alcohol while off duty, and, as a consequence, is discharged from employment for which that license is required”.

Tuxis Ohr’s Fuel, Inc. v. Administrator, SC 18791 (Supreme Court of Connecticut, July 30, 2013). Google Scholar version of opinion available here.

Over a strong dissent, the majority of the Court ruled that driver would be eligible for unemployment compensation despite the fact that he had lost his license due to his own conduct, i.e., driving under the influence of alcohol.