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112(r)(7) Air Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Knoxville, Tennessee Facility Enter into Expedited Settlement...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Republic Plastics, L.P., K-1 Facility (“RP”) entered into a November 14th Expedited Settlement Agreement (“ESA”) addressing alleged violations of Section 112(r)(7)...more

Use Of Impact Inspections Decreases At Metal/Non-Metal Mines

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The results from the September, 2017, MSHA impact inspections indicate a significant shift in enforcement practices and resources. The data shows that not only has the use of impact inspections in general receded over the...more

[Webinar] Miners’ and Mine Managers’ Rights - December 14th, 1pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

MSHA publishes and distributes information each year on miners’ rights in the workplace. The rights widely broadcast by the agency include the right to report hazards in the workplace to MSHA, to not be discriminated against...more

Drones Make Bridge Inspections Cheaper and Easier

The United States has a lot of bridges –more than 600,000 –many of which are in disrepair or reaching the end of their planned lives. According to the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil...more

Mine Safety Agency Proposes Further Changes To The Examinations Of Working Places In Metal And Nonmetal Mines Final Rule

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On September 12, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published two proposed rules seeking to further amend the Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines final rule which was published on...more

Textile factory safety claims proceed to arbitration under the Bangladesh Accord

by Hogan Lovells on

In a landmark ruling by an arbitration tribunal last month, claims against two global fashion brands under the 2013 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the “Bangladesh Accord“) were declared admissible and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Lyft, armed with a fresh billion from Google’s venture investment arm (CapitalG), is looking seriously at a 2018 IPO. The CapG money raises Lyft’s valuation from $6.9 billion to more than $10 billion....more

FDA Delays Start of New Animal Food Inspections

by Barley Snyder on

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced it will delay the date for certain routine regulatory inspections of large animal food facilities until next year....more

[Webinar] Internal and Third Party Safety Audits: Risks, Rewards and How to Protect the Results - August 24th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

There are numerous benefits to internal or third-party safety audits. These audits offer operators terrific insight for proactive safety and compliance improvements. But, can these audits be used against an operator…The short...more

Foreign device manufacturers should anticipate greater chance of FDA inspection under new FDA leadership

by Hogan Lovells on

Under the Trump administration, foreign device manufacturers may see new compliance pressures and increased inspections by the FDA. In this video, Michael Heyl discusses this growing trend and shares insights on how foreign...more

OSHA Inspections are on the Rise: Will You Be Ready?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As employers, manufacturers are aware of their responsibility for knowing the safety standards applicable to their businesses. But many do not understand their rights and obligations during the inspection process. In recent...more

OSHA Walks Back Guidance on Third Parties Participating in an OSHA Inspection at a Non-Unionized Workplace

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On February 21, 2013, Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard E. Fairfax issued an OSHA Letter of Interpretation suggesting that non-unionized workers without a collective bargaining agreement have a right to designate a...more

OSHA Withdraws Union Representative Walk-Around Letter of Interpretation

On April 25, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officially rescinded its 2013 letter of interpretation that many viewed as a clear bow to organized labor by the previous administration and that had...more

OSHA Rescinds Guidance Allowing Nonunion Employees to Select Union Representatives to Participate in OSHA Inspections

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On April 25, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Deputy Assistant Secretary released a memo withdrawing a 2013 interpretation that allowed nonunion employees to designate a union representative to...more

OSHA Advisory: OSHA Drops Controversial Inspection Interpretation

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Last week, OSHA rescinded a controversial 2013 interpretation letter that allowed union representatives – including organizers – to participate in OSHA inspections at non-union workplaces. Many employers and employer groups...more

OSHA Rescinds Rule on Union Reps Participating in Safety Walk-Throughs

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced late last week that it was rescinding its 2013 “Fairfax” memorandum, which allowed union representatives to participate in workplace safety...more

OSHA Rescinds its Union Non-Employee “Walk-Around” Rights Interpretation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a victory for employers, OSHA has rescinded its policy allowing union representatives to participate in OSHA inspections of non-union employers....more

OSHA Rescinds Policy Allowing Union Access to Nonunionized Facilities

On April 25, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) rescinded a four-year-old policy allowing unions to participate in OSHA safety and health inspections at nonunionized facilities. Under a...more

OSHA Dumps Crocodile Dundee Rule

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

You may recall from the Crocodile Dundee movies that Dundee was a big fan of walkabouts in the Australian outback…and Manhattan. A while back OSHA began encouraging walkabouts of a sort....more

OSHA Walks Back Allowing Union Representatives on "Walkarounds"

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Heralding a shift at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Department of Labor has confirmed that an Obama administration OSHA memorandum permitting union or community organization representatives to...more

OSHA Withdraws Fairfax Memo

by Fisher Phillips on

OSHA has provided notice, in the context of an on-going federal lawsuit, (National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Dougherty, N.D. Tex., No. 16-2568, 4/27/17), that it has rescinded the interpretation letter and...more

New Requirements for BC Joint Health and Safety Committees

by Dentons on

If you operate a workplace in British Columbia with 10 or more workers, you may need to make some changes to your workplace health and safety practices....more

[Webinar] Working With MSHA: Alternative Citation Resolution and Pre-Enforcement Interaction - April 25th, 1:00pm EDT

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

While operators have the right and opportunity to contest any citation or order issued by MSHA, there ways to address concerns with MSHA prior to contest....more

Workers flee during MOL investigation, roofing company fined for obstructing inspector

by Dentons on

A roofing company has been fined $40,000 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including $15,000 for obstructing a Ministry of Labour inspector. The MOL inspector had gone to the site because of a complaint. He...more

OLRB confirms 30-day hard-stop deadline for appealing Ontario MOL inspectors’ compliance orders

by Dentons on

A recent Ontario Labour Relations Board decision confirms that the 30-day deadline for appealing Ministry of Labour health and safety inspectors’ compliance orders under the Occupational Health and Safety Act cannot not be...more

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