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Managing the Modern Workplace
V&E International Labor & Employment Resources

Stop, Prioritize, and Simplify – the Mantra for a Better Health and Safety Program

Over the past year, we have held several roundtable discussions with safety and operations managers in which we have talked about the challenges of improving safety and health systems at the same time that top managers are trying to cut costs. Based on the helpful feedback that we received from many of the safety managers and operations managers who participated in these discussions, consultants from ERM helped us come up with a three-step mantra for addressing this problem: Stop, Prioritize, and Simplify.

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How to Define Environmental Health and Safety Services

The lawyers in the safety practice here at Vinson & Elkins, along with our friends at ERM, recently held a round table discussion with management from several local companies concerning risk management. During our conversation, one company representative said, “EHSS [Environmental Health and Safety Services] is a value creator, not just a cost center as it has been historically defined . . . if you define it correctly.” This is an excellent point.

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Cuba: Can a U.S. Company Send a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident to Work There?

The door to Cuba for U.S. businesses is slowly opening. However, before you make plans for one of your U.S. employees to move to Cuba, you need to pay attention to the specifics of the U.S. regulations on that point. It is important to understand that U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and others subject to U.S. jurisdiction can only work in Cuba under certain limited circumstances provided in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, administered by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

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Thomas H. Wilson

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Christopher V. Bacon

Christopher V. Bacon Counsel

Sean Becker

Sean Becker Partner

Stephen M. Jacobson

Stephen M. Jacobson Partner

Martin C. Luff

Martin Luff Counsel

Lawrence S. Elbaum Partner

S. Grace Ho

S. Grace Ho Counsel

Jacob D. Ecker

Jacob D. Ecker Associate

Robert Sheppard

Robert Sheppard Associate