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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 -

OSHA Grants Brief Reprieve on Silica Enforcement

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On September 20, 2017, OSHA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary issued a memorandum to Regional Administrators on the new Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, which becomes effective September 23, 2017. In...more

An Often Overlooked Tool In Workplace Safety Prevention: The Near-Miss Investigation

by Cozen O'Connor on

OSHA defines a “near miss” as an incident in which no property was damaged and no personal injury was sustained, but where, given a slight shift in time or position, damage or injury easily could have occurred. Put simply,...more

OSHA Announces Enforcement Policy For Construction Silica Standard

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a memorandum issued today from Thomas Galassi to OSHA Regional Administrators, OSHA has announced how it will handle enforcement of the new Silica Standard for the construction industry, which takes effect on September 23,...more

Status of State Plan Implementation of OSHA’s E-Recordkeeping Data Submission Rule

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

OSHA’s Final Rule to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” (aka the E-Recordkeeping Rule) requires employers of certain sizes that fall into certain categories to proactively submit electronic injury and...more

DOL Flip-Flop: SOX's Anti-Retaliation Provisions Apply to Overseas Conduct After All

by Littler on

In a late-August decision with potentially far-reaching implications for foreign and multinational employers, the United States Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) held that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act's (SOX)...more

Disasters and the Workforce: Navigating Stormy Waters

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Thousands of Florida coastal residents were ordered to evacuate last week in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, even as their employers remained open. A pizza restaurant manager made headlines when he threatened action against...more

Time To Get Back To Work After Hurricane Irma – Part I

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Hurricane Irma did a number on South Florida and the Keys and while many people have no power and damage (myself included), we are all getting back to work. Over the next few days I’m going to focus my posts on post-Irma...more

Hurricane Ready: 5 Ways Florida Employers Can Prepare for the Next Big Storm

With the peak of hurricane season approaching, the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey fresh in our minds, and Hurricane Irma intensifying in the Atlantic Ocean with a westward path, Florida employers may want to...more

Legal Update: Trump’s One-offs to Labor Regulations Change the Big Picture

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

When Trump was a brand-new President (or force of nature, depending on how you look at it), we observed that the dawn of his administration would not necessarily augur wholesale changes to the overall landscape of legal...more

The Importance Of Reporting Workplace Injuries

by Cozen O'Connor on

There are some OSHA lessons to be learned and things to think about from the recent Third Department case in Silvestri v. New York City Transit Authority, 2017 N.Y Slip Op 06123 (August 10, 2017). In Silvestri, the Third...more

Out of Sight, Out of Mind...But Don’t Forget the Possibility of ACA Retaliation Claims

While many were hoping that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would finally be dead by now, and others are lamenting the fact that the “repeal-and-replace” attempts have fallen by the wayside, we thought it may be worthwhile to...more

What Issues May Employers Be Required to Address as Hurricane Irma Threatens?

by FordHarrison on

As Florida and the East Coast of the U.S. brace for Hurricane Irma, the approaching storm serves as a reminder that employers should be prepared to address storm-related issues if they are required to close their businesses...more

[Webinar] The Impact of Workplace Violence as it Relates to Employment Laws and OSHA - September 19th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Approximately 1 million workers experience violent acts at work annually. Violence in the workplace is a major concern for employers especially given the events that took place in 2016 in San Bernardino Inland Regional Center...more

After the Rain: Disaster Recovery and Employee Safety Following Hurricane Harvey

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: It is imperative that employers develop and implement organized and clearly communicated procedures for responding to a disaster. A well-planned and executed emergency response program will provide orderly...more

Beltway Buzz - September, 2017

2016 Overtime Rules Invalidated. U.S. District Court invalidates 2016 changes to overtime rules. Steven F. Pockrass has the details here....more

Employers Should Be Prepared to Deal with the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

by FordHarrison on

In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, many employers are faced with questions as they prepare to resume normal operations. Some of the most common questions, such as those arising under the Fair Labor...more

Hurricane Harvey Deployment - Revisiting Leave Issues

by Winstead PC on

It is important for employers to remember that important employee leave issues may arise in the wake of a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey. Any employer may receive requests for leaves related to Hurricane Harvey and...more

OSHA Proposes To Extend Crane Operator Certification Requirement

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In 2010 OSHA promulgated a final rule regulating cranes and derricks in the construction industry, Cranes and Derricks in Construction, Subpart CC (29 C.F.R. 1926.1400, et al.). Shortly after the final rule was issued OSHA...more

Guidance on Protecting Employees During Hurricane Harvey and Especially In Cleanup.

by Fisher Phillips on

Despite the constant news coverage, Americans are inevitably surprised by the violence of hurricanes … and even more by the damages inflicted by storm surges and the extraordinary amounts of rain once the hurricane high winds...more

[Webinar] Update on OSHA's Electronic Recordkeeping and Anti-Retaliation Rule - September 12th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

OSHA’s controversial Electronic Injury and Illness Recordkeeping data submission rule, along with new Anti-Retaliation elements, has thus far survived a barrage of negative stakeholder comments during the rulemaking, multiple...more

[Webinar] Who is this New Leadership Team at OSHA? - January 9th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA and the rest of the Leadership Team in OSHA’s national office in Washington, DC turned over the keys to the Trump Administration. After unprecedented delays, the Trump Administration...more

Chemical Exposures & The Cancers They Cause

by Howard Ankin on

Chemical exposure in the workplace poses a significant risk to all workers and can cause everything from skin problems to respiratory illnesses. As of 2014, roughly 8.8% of all work-related fatalities were attributed to...more

Fundamental Hazard Communications to Control Risk

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

To assure environmental health and safety, businesses must let their employees know the potential chemical hazards in the workplace. Businesses with such hazards were required to implement OSHA’s revised Hazard Communications...more

OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs Scheduled Makeover

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Interested in providing input on the OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (“VPP”)? The next and final in-person meeting is scheduled for August 28, 2017. If you happen to miss it, worry not, OSHA will accept public comments...more

OSHA Schedules Second Public Meeting On Voluntary Protection Programs

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled the second of two meetings to “reshape” the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) for August 28, 2017. The first meeting was held on July 17, 2017. ...more

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