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Senate Nominations Committee Approves Trump Nomination For OSHA Administrator

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Senate Nominations Committee, during a December 13, 2017 meeting, approved the Trump nomination of Scott A. Mugno, for the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health,....more

California Wildfires Spark Cal/OSHA Advisory Notice

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) recently posted an advisory notice regarding the wildfires that have been afflicting Southern California. The notice advises employers to undertake...more

OSHA Announces Two-Week Extension for Electronic Submission of Form 300A

by Morgan Lewis on

Employers subject to recordkeeping regulations should immediately begin preparing electronic submissions to comply with the December 15 deadline....more

Mercury/OSHA Enforcement: Citations Issued to Plainville, Connecticut Contractor for Alleged Violations Related to Facility...

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued citations to a Plainville, Connecticut construction contractor for alleged violations related to the demolition of a mercury boiler. Manafort Brothers, Inc....more

Employee Quits and Then Slips: Covered Under Workers’ Comp or Not?

Is an employee who quits her job then injures herself before she gets out the door still covered by workers’ comp? In a recent Tennessee case of first impression, the court ruled that after an employee says “I quit,” the...more

Senate Committee Set For December 13, 2017 Vote On Confirmation Of Trump Nomination For OSHA Administrator

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Senate Nominations Committee has scheduled a vote on the Trump nomination, Scott A. Mugno, for the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health....more

Reminder: Electronic Submission Due December 15th

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Employers covered by the recordkeeping requirements in Section 1904 are reminded that Friday, December 15th is the DEADLINE to electronically submit their 2016 300A. This requirement applies to establishments with 250 or more...more

Death by Overwork in Japan: Cultivating a Healthy Workforce From Across the World

In the wake of increased international focus on karoshi—a common Japanese term meaning “death by overwork”—Japan’s government and business leaders alike agree that Japan’s “culture of overwork” is a critical issue in need of...more

8 For ‘18: 8 Things for Employers to Look For from OSHA and MSHA in 2018

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s that time of year again: for employers to celebrate the successes of the prior year and make plans and resolutions for the new one. But OSHA and MSHA are making New Year’s resolutions, too, and employers are well-advised...more

Roadside Workers at Risk

by Howard Ankin on

U.S. roadside workers are exposed to hazardous workplace conditions that put them at high risk of serious injury and death. Each year, thousands of roadside workers are injured or killed while performing their jobs....more

November 2017 OSHA News Releases

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

11/29/2017 – Region 3 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Fines US Environmental Inc. for Safety Violations and Proposes Penalties Totaling $333,756 - 11/28/2017 – Region 6 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of...more

Bill 30 Overhauls Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act

by Field Law on

On November 27, 2017 the Alberta Government introduced Bill 30 – An Act to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Working Albertans. Bill 30 proposes updates to Alberta’s Workers Compensation Act while offering a complete...more

OSHA Hazard Assessment: To What Extent Can a Multi-Facility Employer Rely on Hazard Assessments from One Facility in Another,...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

OSHA regulations require an employer to conduct a hazard assessment to determine if hazards are present, or likely to be present, that necessitate the use of Personal Protection Equipment (“PPE”). 29 CFR § 1910.132(d)(1). It...more

OSHA: Disclosure of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Due Next Week

As we outlined last year, OSHA recently revised its recording and reporting regulation to require certain employers to submit injury and illness data to OSHA on an annual basis for posting on OSHA’s website. The deadline for...more

Say Yes to Mugno

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In late October, President Trump nominated FedEx Ground official, Scott Mugno, as OSHA Director. Many critics of this Administration will be surprised to learn that Mr. Mugno appears to have an open mind and is not planning...more

Nothing To Sneeze At: Evaluating Employee Safety Protections In The Healthcare Industry

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: NIOSH reiterated last week that healthcare workers are exposed to a wide range of hazards on the job and healthcare employers may not be following best practices to protect against these hazards....more

OSHA Appeals Decision Invalidating Its Multi-Employer Citation Policy

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Although the Department of Labor under new Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has indicated that it will be scaling back on the broad interpretation of joint employer for purposes of determining enforcement liability, on November 6,...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

'Tis the Season for a Reminder about the Human Element of Workplace Health & Safety Programs

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

This time of year is a perfect time for a reminder of the "why" your business spends the time, energy and investments it does to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for its employees. Each and every person - who is a...more

Knock, Knock… Who’s There And Do I Have To Let You In?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Does an employer have to let a union official in? Only if they have a permit! Right of entry disputes are common – partly because of the multiple laws that at a glance seem to overlap in a way that can be confusing. The...more

Sweeping changes coming for Alberta’s occupational health and safety laws

by DLA Piper on

More than 40 years after its last in-depth review of Alberta’s occupational health and safety legislation the Alberta Government tabled Bill 30: An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans, which passed...more

OSHA Intends To “Reconsider, Revise, Or Remove Portions” Of Injury And Illness E-Reporting Rule Next Year

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA’s has indicated in a news release that it “intends to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to reconsider, revise, or remove portions” of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses”...more

The introduction of Bill 30 brings the potential for significant changes to Alberta’s workplace laws

by Dentons on

On November 27, 2017, the Government of Alberta introduced numerous proposed changes to Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act and Workers’ Compensation Act. The proposed changes are contained in Bill 30: An Act to...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

OSHA Announces Delay of Electronic Filing Deadline; Filing of OSHA 300A Now Required By December 15, 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The compliance date for employers to file their 2016 OSHA 300A reports on the new electronic website has been delayed an additional two (2) weeks pursuant to a regulation issued on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, and which is...more

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