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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Final Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule still imposes substantial burdens on federal contractors

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) and the US Department of Labor (DOL) simultaneously released, on August 24, a final rule and accompanying guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces...more

OSHA’s Electronic Reporting Rule and Its Heightened Focus on Non-Retaliation

On November 1, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will begin enforcement of a new final rule on electronic reporting of workplace injuries. The rule increases employers’ obligations to make sure...more

OSHA’s Recordkeeping Anti-Retaliation Rule: Assault on Pizza Parties, Drug Tests and Exec Compensation

OSHA’s recent Injury and Illness Recordkeeping reform has created quite a stir for employers. As we discussed in an earlier article about the new Recordkeeping rule, OSHA now requires employers to electronically submit to...more

OSHA Post-Accident Drug Testing

On August 10, 2016, OSHA’s final rules on electronic reporting of workplace injuries went into effect. The new rules require employers to implement “a reasonable procedure” for employees to report workplace injuries that...more

The Zika Threat Is Now In Our Backyard! What Employers Need To Know

As the dog days of summer draw to a close, many United States residents continue to think of the Zika virus as that slight distraction to Olympic athletes and the fans who cheered them to victory in the Rio games. However,...more

Assault of Home Health Worker by a Patient’s Father Prompts OSHA Violation

A provider of pediatric home health, Epic Health Services, was recently fined $98,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in connection with the sexual assault of a home health employee by a patient’s...more

Administration Releases Final Blacklisting Regulations for Government Contractors

On August 24, 2016, the Obama administration published the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council’s final rule and the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) guidance implementing the July 31, 2014 “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces”...more

Federal Contractors Must Report All Federal Labor Law Violations

Federal contractors and subcontractors soon will be required to report all federal “labor law violations” to the government, for review by contracting officers. Here’s what you need to know about this sweeping new...more

Georgia Magistrate Judge Limits OSHA Safety Inspections in Poultry Plants

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fighting a Gainesville, Georgia, magistrate judge’s recommendation that would restrict its new regional worker-safety program aimed at poultry processing facilities....more

OSHA Tests New Program to Expedite Whistleblower Claims

In an effort to speed up claims under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Whistleblower Protection Program, the Labor Department’s San Francisco region has launched a new process, called the “Expedited Case...more

BEWARE OSHA Phishing Scam Email

Employers should be cautious of an email that has been circulating to numerous employers around the country that appears on its face to be a request from OSHA to download a guidance document about “Safety & Health at U.S.:...more

Fired For My Firearm? I’ll Sue!

As if employers already did not have enough reasons to have to think through termination decisions carefully, here is yet another “trigger” word that should make employers think twice about plans to discipline or fire an...more

OSHA Responds to Manufacturers’ Lawsuit on New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA asserts that its new injury illness reporting rule is fully within OSHA’s mandate. This is in follow-up to our earlier blog on OSHA’s new rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses...more

[Webinar] Post-OSHA Citation: Contest Process, Settlement Goals and Strategy - September 7th, 1:00pm EDT

You just received a set of OSHA citations in the mail. What now? Should we accept the citations and pay the penalty? Should we participate in an Informal Settlement Conference with the OSHA Area Office? Should we contest...more

OSHA’s Fact Sheet Providing Guidance to Employers To Protect Workers from Exposure to the Zika Virus

OSHA’s Fact Sheet providing guidance for protecting workers from occupational exposure to the Zika virus explains that the Zika virus is primarily spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes and that mosquitoes can become...more

OSHA Pilots New Expedited Whistleblower Process – Will Allow Complainants to Request Judicial Review

Seyfarth Synopsis: The DOL announced this week its new Whistleblower expedited Case review pilot process, to be conducted in its Region 9. Employers in this region may now anticipate even more cases going to the ALJ’s, and...more

Zika Virus and the Workplace: What Employers Should Know

News that the Zika virus has reached the United States may be prompting employers to think more closely about employee safety and what steps should be taken to address disease prevention and management in the workplace....more

Your Employee, Worried About Zika, Has to Travel to Miami. Now What?

Your industry’s major conference is set for Miami Beach – the land of sun, beaches, and, now it seems, mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. Your key sales employee — the one who was setting up your booth for the...more

OSHA Launches “Expedited Case Processing Pilot” For Whistleblower Claims

On August 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) launched a new pilot program, titled “Expedited Case Processing Pilot,” in its Western region. The program enables a complainant filing claims under whistleblower...more

"Employment Flash - August 2016"

The August 2016 edition of Employment Flash covers a number of developments, including the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on when the clock starts ticking on the filing period for constructive discharge claims; the Department of...more

OSHA Issues Special Zika Guidance to Employers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued “interim guidance” to provide employers and workers information and advice on preventing occupational exposure to the mosquito-borne Zika virus....more

Emerging Labor & Employment Law Trends (Part 1)

With summer 2016 almost behind us, employers should begin to plan for the major labor and employment law trends expected to emerge in the final quarter of the year and into 2017. In the first part of this two-part series, we...more

Life in the Fast Lane: New OSHA Pilot Program Offers Expedited Review of Whistleblower Complaints

OSHA’s San Francisco region, which includes California, Nevada, and Arizona, launched a new pilot program on August 1, 2016 that would allow complainants, under certain circumstances, to ask OSHA to cease its investigation...more

Quirky Question #288: Zika in the Workplace?

Question: We have been flooded with coverage of Zika, from the Rio Olympics to the recent travel restrictions in Miami As an employer, I want to be prepared and proactive to protect my employees, but I am also concerned...more

The Rio Olympics and the Zika Virus: Guidance for Employers

The Olympics in Rio have been a huge success for American athletes, but the games have also brought some hazards. U.S. Swimmer, Ryan Lochte, was mugged at gunpoint and other athletes have dealt with any number of...more

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