Occupational Safety and Health Administration The United States Department of Labor

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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OSHA’s Latest Regulatory Agenda: Silica, Tree Care, Powered Industrial Trucks, Lockout/Tagout . . . and Much More

The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released its Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda, its semi-annual status report of all regulatory actions underway or being contemplated by the DOL’s agencies. Included in the agenda were...more

Early Returns: Browning-Ferris and the Expanding Employment Relationship

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, 362 NLRB No. 186, reworking the standard for joint employment under the National Labor Relations...more

Bipartisan Budget Deal Includes Provisions Impacting Employers

On Monday, President Obama signed into law a two-year bipartisan budget deal that has several implications for employers. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314) suspends the debt ceiling limit until March 2017, and...more

Turning the table on Whistleblowers: Alabama state court allows employer lawsuit to proceed against whistleblower

With whistleblower lawsuits on the rise, what options do companies have when faced with a whistleblower of their own. Can a company turn the table on a whistleblower who wrongfully accuses the company of bad...more

The Death of the Individual Independent Contractor: A Growing Trend Points to an Uncertain Future

It should come as no surprise that the workplace environment is rapidly changing. In the past, many industries have routinely hired temporary or part time workers and called them independent contractors. After all, it is a...more

Catastrophic Accident Resulted in a Workplace Fatality — Does Not Automatically Mean There Was an OSHA Violation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is charged with enforcing the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA Act), and its various regulations intended to keep employees safe in their workplaces. Failure to...more

Eighth Circuit Rejects OSHA’s Interpretation of Guarding Standard in Worker Fatality Appeal

On October 13, 2015, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Loren Cook in an 8–4 en banc decision in the carefully-watched machine guarding case of Perez v. Loren Cook Company, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals,...more

“BLACKLISTING” OR “BAD ACTOR” Executive Order 13673

Officially known as the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, Executive Order 13673 now consists of proposed guidance from the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and proposed regulations from the Federal Acquisition...more

OIG’s Audit Of OSHA Whistleblower Programs

On September 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) published the findings of its audit of OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Programs (Whistleblower Programs). The audit focused on (1)...more

What’s the Real Effect of OSHA’s Revamped Inspection Process, the “Enforcement Weighing System?”

On October 1, OSHA started its “Enforcement Weighing System,” which means that OSHA Compliance Officers and Area Offices will be under less pressure to complete a number of inspections and will receive credit for separate...more

Five Evolving Issues Confronting Employers in the Hospitality Industry

As the hospitality industry continues to grow and expand, one common goal is to provide all-inclusive experiences for visitors and patrons. Unfortunately, given the breadth of the goods and services offered to the public and...more

The Employment Expansion Trifecta: The Wage and Hour Division, The National Labor Relations Board, and . . . OSHA?

Perhaps it is the end of racing season in Saratoga, but the federal employment agencies are certainly looking to hit the trifecta against independent contractors, franchisors, parent companies, and similar entities under the...more

Will “Host Employers” Face Increased Scrutiny from OSHA? Recent NLRB ruling may expand OSHA’s focus on host employers.

For the past several years, the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA has put in place initiatives, formal and informal, relative to temporary employees in the workplace. The upshot of those initiatives is that OSHA cited both the...more

OSHA Testing Joint Enterprise Theory in Wake of NLRB Ruling

Around the same time the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its controversial and precedent-shattering decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. d/b/a BFI Newby Island Recyclery, a franchise...more

Blacklisting for Past Labor Violations -- Executive Order 13673

Officially known as “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces,” Executive Order 13673 now consists of proposed guidance from the Department of Labor (DOL) and proposed regulations from the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR). It...more

Back to the Future? The NLRB Clouds the Waters of Joint Employment

In a landmark decision overturning 30 years of established precedent, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has expanded the definition of “joint employment” for purposes of assessing joint-employer status under the...more

Must Poultry Employers Comply with Terms of Letter from Heads of USDA and OSHA?

OSHA recently reminded the Poultry Industry that it has not lost interest in a multiple front attack on processors, as shown by the almost $1,000,000 in citations issued against a Midwestern processor. You should view these...more

The NLRB Refuses to Require its General Counsel to Explain the Joint Employer Case Against McDonald's

The National Labor Relations Board continues the string of controversial moves in its unfair labor practice cases against McDonald’s. In December 2014, the NLRB’s General Counsel filed thirteen complaints naming the...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects SOX Whistleblower Claims Not Raised in Administrative Complaint; Adopts Liberal "Reasonable Belief" Pleading...

On July 31, 2015, the Fifth Circuit issued a decision that may have both a positive and negative impact on employers defending whistleblower retaliation claims under the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX). In this decision, the court...more

Proposed FAR Rules Impose Significant New Burdens for Government Contractors

On May 28, 2015, the Obama administration published proposed amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and related Department of Labor (DOL) guidance to implement the July 31, 2014, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces”...more

OSHA Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy for Confined Spaces in Construction

On July 9, 2015, the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a 60-day temporary enforcement policy of its Confined Spaces in Construction standard which becomes...more

By the Numbers: The Summer of Employment Law

There’s no doubt that this summer is keeping human resources professionals and employment lawyers hopping. With new proposed rules on overtime, benefit coverage for married same-sex couples, a few birthdays, and ongoing data...more

HCS: OSHA Issues Inspection Procedures for Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012)

On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued OSHA Directive Number CPL 02-02-079. The Directive is intended to establish "policies and procedures to ensure...more

U.S. Department of Labor's New Guidance on Independent Contractors Highlights a Key Risk Area for Employers

Businesses should carefully assess any independent contractor arrangements in light of an “Administrator’s Interpretation” issued on July 15, 2015 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL). While the...more

Employment Flash - July 2015

The July 2015 edition of Employment Flash covers a number of developments, including: the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that job applicants need only show that a religious accommodation was a factor in denying employment to...more

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