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OSHA Penalties Increase by 78.156% Effective August 1, 2016

The two-year bipartisan budget President Obama signed on November 2, 2015, required OSHA to raise its citation penalties for the first time in 25 years. Since 1990, OSHA has been one of only three federal agencies that were...more

Workplace Warning: Stiffer OSHA Rules, Penalties Ahead

While workplace safety is a priority for most businesses, defining safety standards means navigating a complex set of OSHA regulations. The task is becoming more daunting, and the stakes are about to increase for missteps. ...more

OSHA's New Injury Reporting Standards and the Post-Accident Protocols All Employers Will Want to Re-examine

Employees may feel more secure in reporting injuries after a newly issued rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), but many employers will find previously compliant protocols are now vulnerable to...more

Meatpacking – The Hidden Dangers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has called meatpacking the most dangerous industry in the country, resulting in illnesses and injuries to over 40,000 workers each year. With such a high risk of illness and injury to workers, a...more

Preparing for the MANDATORY Digital Age of Workplace Injury Reporting You are about to be "Nudged"

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") issued a final rule last month that will require certain employers to participate in electronic data collection and reporting of recordable workplace injuries and...more

WATER. REST. SHADE.

Heat is Creating More Legal Problems this Summer. It has been close to 100° in many southern states and even worse in the West. The Union of Concerned Scientists has warned of a “dangerous heat wave and steps to take....more

OSHA Increasing Fines for Violations

Penalties assessed against employers for OSHA workplace health and safety violations will be adjusted for inflation under a law passed by Congress. On Nov. 2, 2015, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015,...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - June 2016

The scope of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act enacted on May 11, 2016 extends well beyond employment issues. However, its impact on an employer's asset protection and enforcement program is quite significant. Please...more

Even As They Lament The Horrific Reality Of Mass Violence, Employers Must Consider How To Prevent It In Their Workplaces

After last week’s horrific mass shooting in Orlando, which targeted the LGBT community, most of us have spent days lost in thought, in sadness, and in concern about how such tragedies continue to occur. As people return their...more

The Employment Law Authority - May/June 2016

The minimum salary threshold to qualify for the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will more than double on December 1, 2016, from $23,660 per year to $47,476 per...more

Employers Should Evaluate Safety Incentive Programs and Drug Testing Policies in Light of New OSHA Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published a final rule revising its recordkeeping and reporting regulation to specifically state that employer policies for reporting workplace injuries and...more

Construction E-Note - June 2016

In a Q&A published on May 13, 2016 by the Orlando Business Journal, Peter Vilmos provides insight on Orlando’s biggest construction challenges and offers solutions to the various issues facing the industry. Among those...more

Former head of OSHA discusses workplace injury policies, DOJ enforcement

At a recent presentation at the St. Louis office of Thompson Coburn, John Henshaw, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, offered some insights into several top-of-mind environmental, health and safety issues....more

Cal/OSHA Warns California Employers That Another Hot Summer is on the Horizon

On June 1, 2016, the California Occupational Safety and Health Division (Cal/OSHA), predicting that temperatures in certain parts of Southern California and even the cooler Bay Area are expected to exceed 100 degrees, issued...more

Employment Law - June 2016

OSHA's Electronic Submission Rule Finalized - Why it matters - Three years in the making, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) finalized a new rule mandating the electronic submission of injury...more

OSHA Finalizes Crystalline Silica Rule, Effective June 2016

After years in the making and thousands of comments to the proposed rule from 2013, OSHA has finalized the Crystalline Silica Rule for General Industry and Maritime. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on...more

Don’t Get Sandbagged - OSHA Releases Final Silica Rule

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA’s new Silica Rule will have a lasting effect on nearly 2.3 million workers and over 675,000 employers. The chances are high that the new Silica Rule will affect your business and may require you to...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — June 2016

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The June edition of the Insider Report highlights recent federal...more

OSHA Estimates Half of Employers Don’t Report Significant Injuries

Anytime a worker suffers a significant on the job injury or work related illness that results in lost time from work, medical treatment beyond first aid, loss of consciousness, transfer to another job, restricted work or...more

The Workplace is Not Immune: Guidance for Employers on the Zika Virus Outbreak

On April 22, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) jointly issued new guidance aimed at protecting workers from occupational exposure to the...more

New OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Rule Mandates Electronic Submission, Online Publication of Employee Injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently finalized a new rule governing injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting.1 Beginning in 2017, employers with 250 or more employees, and “high-risk”...more

Vague OHSA charges must be clarified: court orders prosecutor to provide particulars of charge

A judge has ordered a prosecutor to provide “particulars” of a vague charge under the Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act, so the constructor could understand the charge against it....more

OSHA Changes to Recordkeeping Rules Will Make Injury and Illness Data Public; Restricts Post-Incident Drug Testing and Safety...

Claiming that it will “nudge” employers to focus on safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule which updates the way it collects, and employers report, workplace injury and...more

OSHA To Require Public Disclosure of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA recently announced a final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. Under the new rule, employers will be required to submit injury and illness data to OSHA on an annual basis for posting on OSHA’s...more

What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate (in the Workplace)

For the third consecutive year, OSHA’s second most cited violation was for failure to comply with the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The HCS was promulgated in 1983 and requires chemical manufacturers and importers to...more

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