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Congress Considering $700,000 OSHA Penalties

A Congressional committee has approved maximum penalties of $700,000 per item for violations of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. To read this article in its entirety, please click here.
September 18, 2021

President’s Path Out of the Pandemic Adds Hurdles for Employers

On September 9, 2021, the White House issued Path Out of the Pandemic: President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan (the Plan). The Plan outlines a six-pronged approach, portions of which will impose new obligations on employers across the country. To read the article in its entirety, please click here.
September 9, 2021

California Face Covering and Vaccine Requirement Round-Up

In June, with much fanfare, California announced it was reopening and lifting many of the COVID-19 restrictions that had been in place through state executive and health department orders. However, as there have been surges of COVID-19 across the state, many state and local orders requiring COVID-19 controls have changed in response. Mask mandates and...
August 30, 2021

OSHA Updates Non-Healthcare Employer Guidance on COVID-19

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its COVID-19 guidance for non-healthcare employers, Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace, on August 13, 2021. To read this article in its entirety, please click here.… Continue Reading
August 17, 2021

OSHA’s Heat Standard Likely to Affect Indoor Manufacturing Facilities

This past spring, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its intention to implement a new heat illness standard that will apply to indoor environments. The agency said it has manufacturing facilities in mind, as the rule targets “indoor workers without climate-controlled environments.” To read this article in its entirety, please click here.… Continue Reading
July 15, 2021

Labor Unions Seek Appellate Review of OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC (UFCW), and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) have filed a petition for review of OSHA’s recent COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. The ETS covers only healthcare settings where COVID-19 patients...… Continue Reading
July 8, 2021

OSHA Standard Changes That Will Impact Construction

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulatory agenda for spring 2021 lists regulations the agency will focus on for the next six months, including 26 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, six of which are in the final rule stage and the rest are in the proposed or pre-rule stage. Many of them will directly affect...… Continue Reading
June 30, 2021

OSHA’s Updated Guidance for COVID-19 in Workplaces

When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rolled out its COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard on June 10, 2021, it also issued its updated Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in non-healthcare workplaces. To read the article in its entirety, please click here.… Continue Reading
June 30, 2021

OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Effective, With Enforcement Delays

After releasing an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for COVID-19 for healthcare employers on June 10, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it is publishing the ETS in the Federal Register on June 21, 2021. To read the article in its entirety, please click here.… Continue Reading
June 21, 2021

The Ongoing Saga with OSHA’s Rulemaking on New and Altered Hazard Communication Requirements

As Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) evaluates amending the Hazard Communication Standard (“HCS”), 29 CFR 1910.1200, both industry and work safety groups continue to warn that the proposed changes go too far. Although couched as simple changes that will bring the standard in alignment with international standards for management of hazardous materials, the agency’s...… Continue Reading
June 21, 2021

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