Employment Law Primer for New Businesses: What Are the Obligations Regarding Employee & Workplace Safety

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Worker Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act is administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Safety and health conditions in most private companies are regulated by OSHA or OSHA-approved state programs.  Employers covered by the OSH Act must comply with the regulations and the safety and health standards promulgated by OSHA. Employers also have a general duty under the OSH Act to provide their employees with work and a workplace free from recognized, serious hazards.

Worker’s Compensation

Employers are required to purchase worker’s compensation insurance that provides benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses. The worker’s compensation system offers something for employees and employers: Employees receive benefits regardless of who was at fault. In return, employers are protected from lawsuits by injured employees who may seek costly damages for pain and suffering or mental anguish.

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