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New Electronic Reporting Rule for Workplace Injuries in Effect

OSHA’s new rule requiring employers to electronically submit data on workplace injuries and illnesses went into effect yesterday, December 1, 2016. Actual electronic submissions to OSHA, however, do not begin until July 2017....more

Federal Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction on OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Regulation

On Nov. 28, 2016 a federal judge in Texas cleared the way for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new anti-retaliation regulation to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016, at least temporarily (Texo ABC/AGC,...more

Employers Should Review Their Drug Testing Policies To Avoid Possible OSHA Penalties

Effective November 1, 2016, employers now face several new requirements from OSHA relating to injury and illness reporting. Among other requirements that went into effect, employers should now post OSHA’s “It’s the Law”...more

OSHA's Enforcement of New Anti-Retaliation Provisions Commences on December 1, 2016, as Industry's Request for Preliminary...

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) vague, broad and controversial new anti-retaliation regulations prohibiting employers from retaliating or taking adverse action against employees who report injuries...more

OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Workplace Illness and Injury Reporting Rule: How Employers Can Prepare

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas denied a preliminary injunction that sought to block the nationwide implementation of the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s...more

OSHA’s New Rule Will Impact Employer Post-Accident Drug Testing Policies

On November 28, 2016, a Texas federal judge denied a request for a preliminary injunction, which sought to enjoin implementation of the anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s...more

All Play and No Work: TN Body Clarifies When Recreational Activities Are Covered Under Worker’s Comp Law

Since the early 1930s, the Tennessee Supreme Court has consistently ruled that an employee’s injury during voluntary recreational activity is not compensable as a work-related accident. However, Tennessee Code Annotated §...more

New York Court of Appeals Finds Question of Fact Where Plaintiff Sustained Electric Shock and Fell From Ladder

In Nazario v 222 Broadway, LLC, 2016 N.Y. LEXIS 3534 (N.Y. Nov. 21, 2016), plaintiff was performing electrical work as part of a retrofitting or renovation, and was reaching up while standing on the third or fourth rung of a...more

Court Allows OSHA’s Reporting Rule To Proceed As Scheduled Although Rule Can Still Be Challenged, December 1 Effective Date Is On...

On November 28, a Texas federal court judge issued a ruling that cleared the way for the whistleblower provisions of the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Recordkeeping Rule to take effect as scheduled....more

Texas Court Declines to Enjoin OSHA's Anti-Retaliation Rules

In the last few weeks, federal courts in Texas have been the center of attention, deciding what rules and regulations of the current administration may fall to legal challenges asserted in the jurisdiction by collections of...more

Court Refuses To Block OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Rule That Restricts Post-Accident Drug Testing And Safety Incentive Programs

A federal judge in Dallas, Texas, decided Monday that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration could begin enforcing the anti-retaliation provisions of its new “Reasonable Reporting Procedure” rule starting tomorrow...more

OSHA, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Musical Soundtrack to OSHA’s NewDrug Testing and Anti-Retaliation Rule

It’s the first of December. Significant changes in workplace safety law take effect today. OSHA’s new drug testing and anti-retaliation rule, which alters the circumstances when drug testing can be conducted and...more

Federal Judge Refuses to Block New OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule from Taking Effect Tomorrow

A federal judge has refused to issue a preliminary injunction to block OSHA’s new anti-retaliation and discrimination rule from taking effect as scheduled. This means that tomorrow, December 1, the rule prohibiting employers...more

OSHA’s Regulation of Post-Accident Drug and Alcohol Testing to Become Effective, For Now

On November 28, 2016, a federal district court issued an order that allowed OSHA to move forward with implementation of its controversial standards related to mandatory post-accident drug testing programs and incident-based...more

Court Denies Motion to Stay OSHA’s Enforcement of Anti-Retaliation Elements of E-Recordkeeping Rule

On November 28, 2016, the federal district court Judge in the Northern District of Texas hearing Industry’s legal challenge to the anti-retaliation portions of OSHA’s new electronic recordkeeping rule (i.e., limits on injury...more

OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Will Take Effect December 1

A federal judge on November 28 refused to block implementation of the anti-retaliation provisions of OSHA’s recordkeeping and reporting rule scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. The business groups challenging the rule...more

Court Denies Temporary Injunction on OSHA’s Electronic Reporting Regulation

On November 28, 2016, a federal district judge rejected several industry groups’ attempt to halt certain aspects of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and...more

Court Declines to Enjoin OSHA Drug Testing and Safety Incentives Under the Electronic Recordkeeping Reporting Rule

On a very limited legal basis, a federal district court has declined to enjoin the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration from enforcing portions of its new recordkeeping rule related to potentially retaliatory...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of November 21st

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

Idaho Supreme Court Refuses to Modify the Workers Compensation Exclusive Remedy Doctrine

In order to provide near certain relief for employees injured in the course of employment, the Idaho Worker’s Compensation Act withdrew the common law remedies workers traditionally held against their employers. This...more

Maine Workers’ Comp Alert: Appellate Division Addresses Distinction Between Employees Covered Under the Act and Volunteers

In Huff v. Regional Transportation Program the Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division affirmed a decision finding that an individual was not an employee but, rather, a volunteer. The individual was a driver for a...more

OSHA Issues Guidance on Recordkeeping Anti-Retaliation Rule Even with Fate of the Rule in Question

OSHA’s new electronic injury recordkeeping rule includes anti-retaliation provisions that create new employer obligations and prohibitions related to internal employee injury reporting procedures, and expands OSHA’s...more

Wow! OSHA Releases Massive Rule Updating General Industry Standards on Walking-Working Surfaces

Seyfarth Synopsis: Despite Congressional direction to the contrary, OSHA just adopted a significant 500+ page final rule on industry, and only provided employers sixty days to comply! Despite a Congressional “request”...more

OSHA Issues New Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Standard for General Industry

On November 18, 2016, OSHA issued its long-awaited final rule for “Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems).” The new rule, which has been in the making since 1990, does not change...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Tribal Sovereign Immunity Issue Related to Individual Tribal Employees

The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Lewis v. Clarke, (No. 15-1500) addressing the issue of whether the sovereign immunity of an Indian Tribe bars individual-damages actions against tribal employees for torts...more

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