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Ontario Bill Proposes to Create “Health and Safety Management System” under OHSA

The Ontario government has introduced legislation that seeks to, among other things, provide for the establishment of employer “health and safety management systems” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act....more

Longshoreman’s Negligence Claim Against a Vessel Limited to § 905(b)

In Seaboard Spirit LTD, et al. v. Antwon Hyman, et al., No. 15-12953, an unpublished opinion issued by the Eleventh Circuit on December 5, 2016, the Court of Appeals reversed a District Court’s opinion that had expanded a...more

2017 Labor & Employment Laws: New Year, New Government, New Challenges

On January 1, 2017, employers across the nation will face a host of new or amended federal, state, and/or local labor and employment requirements. At the same time, there is uncertainty as to how the Trump Administration and...more

Arbitrator finds employer violated OHSA workplace-violence obligations

A labour arbitrator has found that a mental health organization violated the Occupational Health and Safety Act when it failed to take certain workplace-violence precautions. The organization provided services to...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Hand-Injury Advisory

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued an advisory warning to mine operators and employees about the dangers of hand injuries. The agency said that from January 1, 2010, through August 31, 2016, there were...more

OSHA Update: OSHA Issues Recommended Practices for Construction Safety and Health Programs

Following the October 18th release of its “Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs,” OSHA issued similar Recommended Practices for the construction industry on December 1, 2016. Unlike general industry,...more

Have Yourself a Safe, Undistracted, and Accident Free Holiday

Seyfarth Synopsis: Keep your holidays happy and safe. At this time of year, with all of the joy, parties, and excitement the season brings, employers need to be especially vigilant to keep and maintain a safe workplace...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - December 2016

Littler's WPI Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The December edition of the Insider Report discusses recent efforts to block...more

Enforceable undertakings and where to find them

Like J.K. Rowling's fantasy film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, enforceable undertakings are the magical creatures of work health and safety law, allowing defendants to devote their time and resources to initiatives...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of November 28th

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

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 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

Federal Court Denies Motion For Preliminary Injunction Of Anti-Retaliation Provisions of OSHA Reporting Rule

Yesterday, a federal judge denied a preliminary injunction filed by several businesses and business groups regarding the anti-retaliation portion of OSHA’s final rule regarding injury and illness reporting. As previously...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

New OSHA Silica Rule Deadline Is Rapidly Approaching – Are You Ready?

While the Summer of 2018 may seem far away, companies should be preparing now to be ready to meet the significant new requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) new rule for respirable...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

Revised OSHA Fall Protection Standard Imposes New Obligations on Employers

OSHA recently published a long-anticipated final rule amending its existing Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standards. The rule, which applies to general industry, seeks to improve worker...more

GHS (WHMIS 2015) online courses now available

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has released two online courses on WHMIS 2015, which implements the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)....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

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

OSHA Update: Court Allows OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Rules To Stand – At Least For Now

On November 28, 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas denied a request for a preliminary injunction to prevent enforcement of OSHA’s controversial new anti-retaliation rules. The plaintiffs...more

FRA/OSHA Safety Advisory – Identification and Mitigation of Hazards Through Job Safety Briefings and Hazard Recognition Strategies

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Federal Railroad Administration’s new Safety Advisory seeks to cover activities that fall outside the scope of FRA safety regulations, but within the purview of the OSHA regulations. The Federal...more

Another Year, Another Set of Laws: What California Employers Should Know

In keeping with California’s reputation of being an employee-friendly state, Governor Brown has enacted a number of laws, most of which go into effect on January 1, 2017 (unless specified otherwise below), that place...more

OSHA Wants Public Assistance with Leading Indicators Guidance

The next version of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s annual voluntary guidance cataloging measures for improving safety and health in the workplace may include insights from the public. For the first time ever,...more

Court Denies Preliminary Injunction on New OSHA Rules on Drug-Testing, Retaliation Claims, and Accident Reporting

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Federal District Court has denied industry’s request to enjoin OSHA’s new rules on mandatory post-accident drug screenings and safety incentive programs, workplace retaliation, and requiring employers...more

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