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OSHA Delays Enforcement of Portions of New Recordkeeping Rules

In response to employer complaints and a new federal lawsuit, on July 13, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a delay in enforcement of the non-retaliation portions of its new injury and...more

New OSHA Rule May Require Employers to Update Drug-Testing Policies

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new reporting rule goes into effect August 10, 2016. Although it does not expressly address post-accident drug testing, OSHA’s commentary related to the new rule...more

How a Tight Fit Creates Lethal Dangers

Plumbers, electricians, cleaning technicians, and other professionals are often required to work in confined spaces. This presents a number of dangers such as becoming trapped, being seriously injured by equipment, or being...more

OSHA Promulgates New Rule on Respirable Silica Particles

Workers who inhale very small crystalline silica particles are at increased risk of developing serious — and often deadly — silica-related diseases. These tiny particles (known as “respirable” particles) can penetrate deep...more

Violence In The Workplace: Is Your Business At Risk?

A large portion of my practice is concentrated in the area of workplace violence prevention. When I mention this at bar events and cocktail parties, it must conjure up images of mass shootings and SWAT teams. However,...more

OSHA Delays Effective Date of New Anti-Retaliation Rule

OSHA has announced that it will delay the implementation of its new anti-retaliation rule from August 10 to November 1, 2016, in order “to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for...more

Mark Your Calendar! Deadline on New OSHA Recordkeeping Rule is Around the Corner

Employers should note the August 10, 2016, deadline for compliance with the anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new electronic recordkeeping and reporting rules. Other...more

OSHA Postpones Its New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule in the Face of Scrutiny and a New Lawsuit

Over the past few months, we have published articles related to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) publication of amendments related to its workplace injury and illness...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of its New Anti-Retaliation Provisions until November 1, 2016

There have been significant developments impacting the portions of OSHA’s new work-related injury and illness rule scheduled to become effective on August 10. As our July 7 alert explained, the new requirements include, among...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Injury Reporting Anti-Retaliation Provisions

We recently alerted you to provisions affecting employer drug testing and safety incentive programs contained in the amended OSHA Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Standard. Drug testing and safety incentives that OSHA deems to...more

OSHA Ban on Incident-based Safety Incentive and Routine Mandatory Post-incident Drug Testing Programs Delayed

The date for implementation of OSHA’s ban on two programs – Incident-based Safety Incentive and Routine Mandatory Post-incident Drug Testing – has been set back from August 10, 2016, to November 1, 2016, as a result of motion...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Anti-Retaliation Provisions

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on July 13, 2016, that the anti-retaliation provisions included in the revised recordkeeping regulation, 29 CFR Part 1904, will not be enforced until November...more

Scrap Processor Sentenced on OSHA Criminal Violation Causing Death of Employee

Seyfarth Synopsis: Companies cannot go to prison, but their executives and managers can when they violate the OSHA laws. And, companies can face stiff fines and other business-disrupting (or ending) collateral consequences...more

New OSHA Rule Effective Next Month – Are Your Drug-Testing Policies Placing You At Risk?

Certain provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA’s”) new reporting Rule, which go into effect on August 10, 2016, implicate employers’ post-injury and post-accident drug-testing policies. As...more

OSHA Hits Employer with Hefty Fine for Failing to Protect Employee from Assault by Client

A national home health care provider, doing business in York Pennsylvania as Epic Health Services, was recently issued a citation and significant fine by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in connection...more

OSHA Workplace Safety Reporting Anti-Retaliation Regulations Effective August 10, 2016

OSHA Adds Electronic Reporting Requirement To Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Regulations; August 2016 Deadline For Anti-Retaliation Provisions; Potential For Increased Criminal Liability OSHA regulations designed to...more

New OSHA Rule Requires Employers To Reevaluate Certain Workplace Policies

On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule regarding reporting injuries and illnesses in the workplace and protecting employees who make those reports. The new rule expands...more

Employer Groups Sue To Block OSHA’s Drug Testing Provisions

A number of employers and employer groups — including the National Association of Manufacturers and Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. — filed suit last week in a federal court in Texas seeking to block parts of the...more

OSHA Penalties For Health & Safety Violations Are Going Way Up Starting August 1, 2016

In November 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. The Department of Labor (DOL) adjusted penalties for its agencies, including the Occupational...more

EPA Raises Statutory Civil Penalty Amounts

If the cost of doing business includes responding to and resolving periodic environmental and worker safety enforcement matters, the price goes up on August 1. The EPA is raising statutory civil penalty amounts for the many...more

OSHA and MSHA Increase Penalties for Workplace Safety Violations

On July 1, 2016, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased the maximum penalties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act by about 78 percent to account for inflation. Acting under authority conferred...more

Regulatory Enforcement for Food and Beverage Industry Heats Up

Mid-to-late June 2016, federal and state authorities brought a variety of enforcement actions against food and beverage companies under environmental, health, and safety statutes, suggesting increased governmental oversight...more

Does Your Company Have "Reasonable" Procedures for Employee Reporting of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Consistent with...

OSHA’s May 12, 2016 final rule revising its recording and reporting regulations received a great deal of publicity, in large part, because of the new requirements beginning in 2017 for some employers to electronically submit...more

How Regulations Protect Workers when Handling Explosives

There are over 650,000 chemicals in use within the United States. These chemicals are used to make everything from plastics and furniture, to bedding and food. These chemicals and the production processes they are used in are...more

New Interim Rules Impose 78% Increase in Maximum Monetary Penalties Under OSHA

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the implementation of two interim final rules that will increase penalties under various federal statutes, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act...more

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