Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is a United States federal agency established in 1970 by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. OSHA is part of the Department of Labor and is charged... more +
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is a United States federal agency established in 1970 by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. OSHA is part of the Department of Labor and is charged with assuring healthy, safe, working environments. OSHA sets and enforces safety standards and policies. Examples of OSHA's duties include setting limits on workers' exposure to hazardous substances, ensuring workers have access to safety information and protective equipment, and providing employers and workers proper training to prevent dangerous conditions. less -
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Food and Beverage Industry in Regulatory Enforcement Crosshairs

Recent federal and state enforcement actions against food and beverage companies under environmental, safety and health statutes highlight the need for this industry to pay attention to both basic and unique compliance...more

OSHA Penalties Increase by 78.156% Effective August 1, 2016

The two-year bipartisan budget President Obama signed on November 2, 2015, required OSHA to raise its citation penalties for the first time in 25 years. Since 1990, OSHA has been one of only three federal agencies that were...more

Workplace Warning: Stiffer OSHA Rules, Penalties Ahead

While workplace safety is a priority for most businesses, defining safety standards means navigating a complex set of OSHA regulations. The task is becoming more daunting, and the stakes are about to increase for missteps. ...more

OSHA's New Injury Reporting Standards and the Post-Accident Protocols All Employers Will Want to Re-examine

Employees may feel more secure in reporting injuries after a newly issued rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), but many employers will find previously compliant protocols are now vulnerable to...more

Construction Contractor Faces Manslaughter Charge in Worker’s Death

A New York man and two construction companies he owns have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges in the death of an employee who plunged six stories to his death after allegedly being directed to perform work...more

Don’t Panic! Employers Should Be Able To Continue Most Post-Accident Drug Tests Under OSHA’s New “Reasonable Reporting Procedure”...

As we reported in our May 13, 2016, OSHA Update, on August 10, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcing its new regulation requiring employers (1) to have a “reasonable procedure” for employees...more

Meatpacking – The Hidden Dangers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has called meatpacking the most dangerous industry in the country, resulting in illnesses and injuries to over 40,000 workers each year. With such a high risk of illness and injury to workers, a...more

Preparing for the MANDATORY Digital Age of Workplace Injury Reporting You are about to be "Nudged"

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") issued a final rule last month that will require certain employers to participate in electronic data collection and reporting of recordable workplace injuries and...more

New OSHA Reporting Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) new rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses takes effect in two phases on August 10, 2016 and January 1, 2017. Beginning August 10, 2016, the...more

New OSHA rules on drug-testing, retaliation claims, and accident reporting

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA’s new final rules call into question mandatory post-accident drug screenings and safety incentive programs, open the door to new retaliation citations, and will require employers to post OSHA logs...more

Five Key Issues Facing Employers in the Hospitality Industry

Hospitality employers, like employers in many other service-related industries, are challenged by having to persistently focus on staying competitive and increasing profits in oversaturated markets. However, focusing on these...more

WATER. REST. SHADE.

Heat is Creating More Legal Problems this Summer. It has been close to 100° in many southern states and even worse in the West. The Union of Concerned Scientists has warned of a “dangerous heat wave and steps to take....more

OSHA Announces New Enforcement Program for Whistleblower Cases

The “pilot” Severe Violator Enforcement Program will impose more stringent inspection procedures, enhanced settlement provisions, and “public scrutiny” for employers that OSHA deems to have engaged in “egregious behavior and...more

OSHA Increasing Fines for Violations

Penalties assessed against employers for OSHA workplace health and safety violations will be adjusted for inflation under a law passed by Congress. On Nov. 2, 2015, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015,...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - June 2016

The scope of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act enacted on May 11, 2016 extends well beyond employment issues. However, its impact on an employer's asset protection and enforcement program is quite significant. Please...more

Five Issues Employers Should Consider with OSHA’s New Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Reporting Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently released its final rule revising the Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulations. Employers should not be taken in by the benign...more

Even As They Lament The Horrific Reality Of Mass Violence, Employers Must Consider How To Prevent It In Their Workplaces

After last week’s horrific mass shooting in Orlando, which targeted the LGBT community, most of us have spent days lost in thought, in sadness, and in concern about how such tragedies continue to occur. As people return their...more

New OSHA Whistleblower ‘Shaming’ Program Draws Fire

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a pilot program in the Midwest region to shame employers who allegedly violate their employees’ whistleblower rights egregiously, but a critic contends the...more

OSHA New Rules Address Post-Accident Drug Testing, Retaliation Claims, and Electronic Injury/Illness Reporting

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA’s new final rules call into question mandatory post-accident drug screenings and safety incentive programs, open the door to new retaliation citations, and will require employers to post OSHA logs...more

The Employment Law Authority - May/June 2016

The minimum salary threshold to qualify for the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will more than double on December 1, 2016, from $23,660 per year to $47,476 per...more

Employers Should Evaluate Safety Incentive Programs and Drug Testing Policies in Light of New OSHA Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published a final rule revising its recordkeeping and reporting regulation to specifically state that employer policies for reporting workplace injuries and...more

OSHA Takes Hard Stance Against Automatic Post-Injury Drug Testing Policies - Employers Have Until August 10, 2016 to Comply

Under the Occupation Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) new rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, many employers risk citation by OSHA for post-injury drug testing policies that were once...more

Construction E-Note - June 2016

In a Q&A published on May 13, 2016 by the Orlando Business Journal, Peter Vilmos provides insight on Orlando’s biggest construction challenges and offers solutions to the various issues facing the industry. Among those...more

Steps to Keep OSHA from Raising the Retaliation Issue

OSHA’s new anti-retaliation provisions go into effect on August 10, 2016. The provisions require employers to: 1) inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without being subjected to...more

Former head of OSHA discusses workplace injury policies, DOJ enforcement

At a recent presentation at the St. Louis office of Thompson Coburn, John Henshaw, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, offered some insights into several top-of-mind environmental, health and safety issues....more

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