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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 -

Rules To Come? Future Regulatory Agenda For OSHA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It’s that time of year again…when the federal government tells the regulated community what types of rulemaking initiatives that various agencies are undertaking for the year. Yesterday, the semiannual regulatory agenda was...more

OSHA Proposes Delay for New Injury Reporting Requirements

Late last month, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a proposed delay for implementation of its new injury and illness reporting requirements until December 1. The rule originally was...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Workplace Policy under the Trump Administration Begins to Take Shape as "Repeal and Replace" of the ACA...

by Littler on

Five months into President Trump's term, his administration's workplace policy is beginning to take shape. From notable developments at the Department of Labor (DOL), to long-awaited nominations to the National Labor...more

June 2017: The Top 15 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. June 2017 was no different, with...more

Flurry of Activity by Trump Department of Labor, Including Action on the Enjoined FLSA Overtime Exemption Regulations

On April 27, 2017, the Senate confirmed R. Alexander Acosta as the Secretary of Labor.  More than four months after President Trump took office, the U.S. Department of Labor finally had a new leader....more

OSHA Proposes Delay Until December 1 for Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

by Fisher Phillips on

OSHA has proposed to delay the compliance date of the electronic recordkeeping portion of the new recordkeeping regulation, known as “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” from July 1, 2017 to December 1,...more

Safety Agencies’ FY 2018 Budgets Survive Despite Significant Labor Department Budget Cuts

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In its fiscal year 2018 budget, the Trump Administration recommended $543.3 million for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a decrease of about two percent from the fiscal year 2017 $552.8 million funding...more

Unions Leverage OSHA and other Dept. of Labor Enforcement as an Organizing Tactic

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

As the private sector continues to see a decline in labor union membership among employees, labor unions are struggling to remain relevant and recruit new, dues-paying members. Traditionally, when a labor union begins an...more

WPI Insider Briefing: What Will the Second Hundred Days of the Trump Administration Hold?

by Littler on

From the workplace policy perspective, much of the focus of the first 100 days of the Trump administration was on confirming a new Secretary of Labor and reversing the Obama administration’s labor and employment agenda....more

DOL Challenges Injury and Accident Reporting Policy Under OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Rule

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

OSHA’s new anti-retaliation rule went into effect on December 1, 2016. The purpose of the new rule was to clarify what OSHA considered “the existing implicit requirement” that an employer work-related injury and illness...more

Trumpdate: Proposed Budget Shows “Yuuuge” Changes Afoot In Labor And Employment Arena

Yesterday, the Trump Administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which runs from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. Here are the highlights related to labor and employment law, and there are a...more

One DOL Drug Testing Rule Officially Gone – Is OSHA Next?

by Cozen O'Connor on

On May 10, the Department of Labor officially nullified a rule passed during the Obama administration that limited states’ ability to require mandatory drug testing for individuals applying for unemployment benefits. As...more

New Developments at OSHA!

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Following are a couple of significant new OSHA developments for all safety professionals to be aware of, relating to limitations for OSHA citations and validity of OSHA interpretation letters....more

45 Ways in 100 Days: The Projected Impact of the Trump Administration on Today’s Workplace

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

April 29, 2017, marks the 100th day of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. He has proven he is not a traditional conservative Republican, and many in the business community are still wondering about the...more

March 2017: The 15 Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. March 2017 was another month...more

Judge Continues Case Challenging OSHA Electronic Record-Keeping Rule – Employers Must Comply With July 1 Electronic Reporting...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A Texas federal court won’t decide the legality of OSHA’s rule regarding the “Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” until after the July 1, 2017 deadline for employers to comply with the rule....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, Quartz reported on a new academic study about gender-based differential treatment in the finance industry. According to the study, women working as financial advisors are 50% more likely than men to lose their...more

Trump Proposes a $2.5 Billion Cut to the Dept. of Labor’s Budget and to Eliminate Funding for Labor Initiatives and the Chemical...

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The Trump Administration submitted a blueprint budget for 2018 to Congress proposing $2.5 Billion in cuts to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) operating budget. The President’s proposed budget expressly calls for...more

[Webinar] A Review of the DOL's Major 2016 Regulatory Initiatives and How (and / or Whether) those will be Implemented in the...

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The Department of Labor was extremely active in 2016 as President Obama’s second term came to a close. From more than doubling the threshold salary level to be classified as an exempt employee to requiring employers provide...more

DOL Proposes to Delay Fiduciary and Beryllium Rules

by Littler on

In response to recent presidential directives, the U.S. Department of Labor is taking steps to delay the applicability and effective dates of two rules. First, the DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has...more

Executive Order Creating Steps for Regulatory Review and Reform Could Target Burdensome Employment Rules

by Littler on

On Friday, President Trump issued an executive order, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda ("the Order"), which calls for each federal agency to develop a regulatory reform task force to identify burdensome regulations for...more

Labor and Employment Regulations Potentially Affected by Trump Regulatory Freeze

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Trump administration's "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review" (Freeze Memo) instructs the heads of federal executive departments and agencies to send no regulation to the Office of Federal Register (OFR) until a presidential...more

Second Time's The Charm? An Employer's Guide To Labor Secretary Nominee Alexander Acosta

by Fisher Phillips on

After his initial selection of Andrew Puzder was scuttled by staunch opposition from Democrats and worker advocates, President Trump nominated Alexander Acosta to be the country’s next Secretary of Labor. This Cabinet-level...more

What to Expect from OSHA Under President Trump

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Republican administrations tend to put more emphasis on helping employers comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements than on punitive enforcement actions. President Trump is familiar with OSHA...more

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Sides with Businesses on Labor and OSHA Issues

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

On February 1, 2017, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado, to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by Antonin Scalia’s death in February...more

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