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Workplace Safety and Health

Enforcement and new regulations are twin themes for Department of Labor safety and health agencies, requiring employers to increase their vigilance and proactively address safety and health issues relevant to their worksites.

Overview

With experienced Workplace Safety and Health attorneys located strategically throughout the nation, we are well-positioned to serve all of an employer’s needs with respect to safety and health programs and compliance issues. We regularly counsel employers on federal and state safety and health statutes and regulations and have extensive expertise with safety and health agencies, including OSHA, MSHA, BATFE, DHS, NIOSH, CSB, NTSB, DOT, FRA, FAA, OPS and Coast Guard matters.

Our attorneys provide practical guidance on all aspects of workplace safety and health, including assisting with the establishment of safety and health programs, conducting audits, representing employers in safety and health-related legal proceedings, defending against whistleblower claims, responding to catastrophes and fatalities, seeking variances from state or federal agencies, representing employers during government investigations, responding to agency inquiries, providing advice regarding the requirements and obligations under applicable safety and health rules, legislative advocacy, and assisting with communication strategies for dealing with media, employees, communities and management.

General Safety and Health Advice and Counsel

At all times, our goal is to help clients address potential workplace safety and health issues through effective safety and health management systems. When preventive measures are not enough, we team with our clients' personnel, medical, scientific and engineering experts, and, where necessary, public relations professionals to... Read More

Industrial Crisis Management

In an environment where an immediate response is critical and can determine a company’s long-term lawsuit, liability and enforcement risks, our extensive experience with the federal and state agencies investigating the events, as well as in collecting evidence at the outset of a crisis, is central to risk reduction. Read More

OSHA and MSHA

OSHA and MSHA are using every tool at their disposal to ensure that employers are in compliance with applicable standards and rules. We provide comprehensive legal services to employers seeking to comply with federal and state OSHA/MSHA rules, defend against agency enforcement actions, and participate in agency rulemaking proceedings... Read More

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Austin, TX

BLR Safety Summit: Heat Stress - Comprehensive Planning Strategies for Preventing Heat Illness at Work

April 5, 2017 - 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM CST
701 E 11th St - Austin, TX

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Austin, TX

BLR Safety Summit: Safety Secrets for Managing the Temporary Workforce

April 5, 2017 - 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM CST
701 E 11th St - Austin, TX

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Roanoke, VA

Virginia Forestry Summit: The Benefit of Becoming an OSHA Wisperer - How to Speak the Language of Regulators

May 4, 2017 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST
110 Shenandoah Ave NE - Roanoke, VA

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January 10, 2017

2017: The Year Ahead for Employers

January 10, 2017

An executive summary of recent changes in workplace law and a look ahead to 2017. Read More

January 10, 2017

Ohio Limits Local Workplace Laws, Expands Concealed Carry Rights of Licensed Gun Holders

January 10, 2017

A new Ohio law mandates uniformity of laws across the state affecting wage-hour, paid sick and safe leave and other fringe benefits, and scheduling of employee work hours. Senate Bill 331 expressly prohibits cities and counties from adopting laws in these areas that differ from those enacted at the state and federal level. Senate Bill... Read More

December 12, 2016

Fast-Food Restaurant CEO Tapped to Head Labor Department: What to Expect

December 12, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate Andrew Puzder, Chief Executive Officer of CKE Holdings, the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, to head the U.S. Department of Labor. Puzder was a lawyer in St. Louis and represented the founder of Carl’s Jr. He later became the general... Read More

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January 10, 2017
SHRM

Michelle Phillips Comments on Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Proposing Bathroom Bill

January 10, 2017

Michelle Phillips comments on Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick launching controversial transgender “bathroom bill", similar to North Carolina's H.B. 2 bill in "Texas Lieutenant Governor Launches Effort to Enact ‘Bathroom Bill,’" published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 9, 2017
SHRM

Matthew Nieman Comments on Marijuana Laws Under a Trump Administration

January 9, 2017

Matthew Nieman comments on what stance President-elect Donald Trump's administration will take on marijuana enforcement in "Will Trump’s Administration Enforce Marijuana Laws?" published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 5, 2017
Workforce Magazine

Kathryn Russo Comments on Changing Marijuana Laws

January 5, 2017

Kathryn Russo comments on how changing marijuana laws are creating new challenges for employers as they develop drug-free workplace policies in "Advancing Pot Laws Put Employers in the Weeds," published by Workforce Magazine. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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Farewell Dr. Michaels
January 10, 2017

Dr. David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary for OSHA, announced that today, January 10th, would be his last day with the agency.  He will be returning to academia at George Washington University beginning January 17th. Read More

Are You Ready for California’s Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Rule?
December 19, 2016

By April 1, 2017, all employers in California operating in the following areas will be required to comply with Section 3342, the Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care rule:  health care facilities; home health care programs; drug treatment programs; emergency medical services; and outpatient medical services to correctional and det Read More

Happy Holidays from OSHA…Recordkeeping Violations Continue for 5 Years
December 19, 2016

As a parting gift, OSHA has issued one of its last final rules for this administration, “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.” 81 Fed. Reg. 91792 (December 19, 2016). Read More