Matthew M. Morrison

Matthew M. Morrison

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.

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OSHA Update: Legal Privileges Can Shield Accident Reports and Safety Audits from Disclosure

Written accident and incident investigations, as well as comprehensive safety and health compliance audits, are essential components of an effective safety and health program. Unfortunately, OSHA has often pursued accident...more

8/8/2014 - Audits Bodily Injury Disclosure Employer Liability Issues MSHA OSHA Safety Precautions

Workers May Choose Vacation or FMLA Leave

In 2007, Maria Escriba requested and received two weeks of vacation from her employer to travel to Guatemala to care for her ailing father. When Escriba did not return to work at the end of her leave, the employer discharged...more

3/3/2014 - Employer Liability Issues FMLA Paid Leave Termination Vacation Leave

OSHA's Expanding Interpretations of the Law

Readers of a January 2, 2014, editorial in the Wall Street Journal, “A Bumper Crop of Bureaucracy,” may have wondered whether they should cry or laugh after learning about OSHA’s exploits to inspect small family farms. For...more

1/17/2014 - Compliance Enforcement OSHA Workplace Hazards

Get Ready for OSHA’s Revised Hazard Communication Standard Employee Training Deadline December 1, 2013

In March 2012, OSHA revised its Hazard Communications Standard (HCS) to align it with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS is an international approach to...more

8/15/2013 - Chemicals Hazardous Substances Labeling OSHA Safety Inspections Training United Nations

OSHA Update - Congress to Consider OSHA Reform, Again.

On March 22, members of the U.S. Senate reintroduced legislation which, if enacted, will dramatically enhance civil and criminal penalties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, expand coverage of the Act to include...more

4/8/2013 - OSHA Penalties Proposed Legislation Protecting America's Workers Act Public Employees

Clarification on Disabled Child Under FMLA Provided by DOL

A new interpretation letter from the U.S. Department of Labor has clarified when employees who care for a disabled child will qualify for a Family and Medical Leave Act leave.*...more

3/8/2013 - Disabled Children DOL FMLA

OSHA Update - "Construction" or "Maintenance" What OSHA Standards Apply?

In most cases, deciding what OSHA standard applies to the work in question is straight forward. When it comes to deciding whether certain work is "construction," subject to OSHA's Construction Standards, or "maintenance,"...more

12/12/2012 - OSHA

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