Current as of: February 2010
As used in this chapter:
(1) Advanced workplace practices
The term "advanced workplace practices" means innovations in
work organization and performance, including high-performance
workplace systems, flexible production techniques, quality
programs, continuous improvement, concurrent engineering, close
relationships between suppliers and customers, widely diffused
decisionmaking and work teams, and effective integration of
production technology, worker skills and training, and workplace
organization, and such other characteristics as determined
appropriate by the Secretary of Labor, in consultation with the
Secretary of Commerce.
(2) Advanced workplace technologies
The term "advanced workplace technologies" includes -
(A) numerically controlled machine tools, robots, automated
process control equipment, computerized flexible manufacturing
systems, associated computer software, and other technology for
improving the manufacturing and industrial production of goods
and commercial services, which advance the state-of-the-art; or
(B) novel industrial and commercial techniques and processes
not previously generally available that improve quality,
productivity, and practices, including engineering design,
quality assurance, concurrent engineering, continuous process
production technology, inventory management, upgraded worker
skills, communications with customers and suppliers, and
promotion of sustainable economic growth.
The term "Department" means the Department of Labor.
(4) Nonprofit organization
The term "nonprofit organization" means a tax-exempt
organization, as described in paragraph (3), (4), or (5) of
section 501(c) of title 26.
The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Labor.
(6) Worker organization
The term "worker organization" means a labor organization
within the meaning of section 501(c)(5) of title 26.
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