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Stakeholders Call for Passage of Occupational Health Bill

Stakeholders in Nigeria’s health and judiciary sectors have requested that the National Assembly pass the Occupational Safety Health Bill into law. It is estimated that, in Nigeria, over 25,000 people die from work-related...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of October 17th

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

Despite Lawsuit, OSHA Publishes Interpretation for New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

Seyfarth Synopsis: Despite an ongoing lawsuit over its rules, OSHA issues interpretation for its May 2016 retaliation and recordkeeping rule. We previously blogged that OSHA had again delayed, to December 1, 2016,...more

California Employment Law Notes - October 2016

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Minimum Wage Increases - As of January 1, 2017, businesses with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour; the rate increases to $15.00 per hour in 2022....more

California’s Employment Law Class of 2017 (Part I): The Laws, Their Effects and Some Recommendations for Compliance

Amend, extend and clarify: the 2016 legislative session was not so much about creating new rights and responsibilities under California employment law, but more about expanding and addressing lingering questions that stem...more

Virginia OSHA is Serious about Safety and They’ll Issue Big Penalties ifNecessary.

We were stunned to see a squared away State OSHA plan issue a million dollar OSHA citation earlier this month. We should, therefore take note, when that state’s Governor actually spoke at the state’s “Governor’s Safety...more

OSHA Update: OSHA Issues Comprehensive Recommended Practices for Safety & Health Programs

On October 18th, OSHA issued its long-awaited “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs”. The Recommendations replace OSHA’s 1989 Voluntary Guidelines with a comprehensive web-site containing numerous resources to...more

OSHA Issues “Guidance” on New Anti-Retaliation Rules – Is Employee Drug Testing Now Off The Table?

On October 19, 2016, OSHA issued guidance with respect to certain controversial provisions of its new anti-retaliation rules, originally published on May 12, 2016. As we have previously discussed, OSHA’s new rules prohibit...more

OSHA’s New Reporting Rules to Make Employers Famous

By existing OSHA regulations, most employers (those with more than 10 employees) are required to complete and maintain records pertaining to serious work-related injuries and illnesses, using the OSHA 300 Log, OSHA 301...more

Retailer - Fall 2016

NEWS & ANALYSIS - Don’t let a “crowd crush” ruin the holiday retail season for your brick-and-mortar employees - As more consumers move to shopping online, retailers expect to lose some in-person traffic at stores...more

OSHA Postpones Enforcement of Anti-Retaliation Provisions of e-Recordkeeping Rule Again

OSHA has once again delayed enforcement of the controversial anti-retaliation provisions of its new electronic injury and illness recordkeeping rule. OSHA issued its second delay of the effective date of enforcement of this...more

U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Releases Strategic Plan for 2017-2021

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (“CSB”) released its Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 today. The Strategic Plan is the result of 18 months of staff and stakeholder development and review. The plan serves...more

OSHA Updates and Publishes “Top Ten” Most Frequently Cited Standards

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA just updated its annual list of the top ten cited standards. The list provides a starting point for employers reviewing their own safety programs. OSHA just announced the Agency’s annual listing...more

Enforcement Date Of OSHA Rule Delayed Again — Until December 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has delayed for a second time the enforcement date of its new “Reasonable Reporting Procedure” rule as it pertains to post-accident drug testing and safety incentive programs....more

Mine Safety Regulators Issue Seat Belt Alert

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert urging miners to buckle their seat belts while operating mobile equipment. According to a review of mining fatalities from 2010 to 2015, approximately...more

NIOSH Presentation on Engineering Controls for Nanotechnology Now Available

On September 27, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) met, and its discussion included engineering controls and nanomaterials. Kevin H. Dunn, Sc.D.,...more

OSHA Issues New Whistleblower Guidelines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule on the procedures, processes, and timeframes for handling whistleblower complaints under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as for hearings...more

OSHA further delays enforcement of post-accident testing ban

In a previous article, we outlined the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new final rules regarding the reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses. These rules include a substantial limitation on an...more

New Turbulence App May Prevent In-Flight Injuries

US aircraft experience 65,000 incidences of moderate to severe turbulence each year. Turbulence-related injuries range from minor cuts and bruises to fractures, broken bones, and serious spinal and head injuries. A flight...more

Quebec Court Rules for Safety over Religion

In a recent Quebec case, Sikh plaintiffs sought to be exempt from the requirement to wear a helmet when, in the exercise of their truck driver trade, they left their truck in terminals operated by the defendants in the Port...more

Premises Liability

Victor M. Regalado v. Jeffrey M. Callaghan - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (September 22, 2016) - Generally, when employees of independent contractors are injured in the workplace, they cannot sue the...more

OSHA Announces Feral Cats Are Not Vermin

On October 4, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a press release and announced that it was proposing changes to 18 separate regulations “as part of an ongoing effort to revise provisions in its...more

Cell Phones at the Workplace: Protecting Employee Safety

Seyfarth Synopsis: As OSHA’s enforcement relating to employee cell phone use gains more notoriety, it can be expected that it will have a significant collateral impact on law enforcement at all levels to address this hazard....more

With Penalties On The Rise, It's Time For Employers To Clean House Before OSHA Arrives

For the first time in twenty-five years, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines have increased significantly. In particular, last fall Congress enacted legislation that required all federal agencies to...more

OLRB dismisses union’s “fishing expedition” in safety case: documents requested from MOL and employer were not arguably relevant

The Ministry of Labour and the employer were not required to hand over certain documents requested by the union in a safety dispute, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has decided. The issue in dispute was whether the...more

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