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  • 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
  • OSHA Promulgates Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19 for Healthcare Employers

    Fifteen months after the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has promulgated an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for healthcare employers. OSHA has published voluntary guidance for other industries. To read this article in full, please click here. Continue Reading…
    June 10, 2021
  • OSHA Promulgates Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19 for Healthcare Employers

    Fifteen months after the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has promulgated an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for healthcare employers. OSHA has published voluntary guidance for other industries. To read this article in full, please click here.… Continue Reading
    June 10, 2021
  • As States Reopen Employers Face Hard Choices on How to Manage Workplace Safety

    The coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic has continued to evolve, with COVID-19 cases declining in some areas and vaccinations being rolled out in phases by local public health authorities. Yet widespread vaccinations are not expected to be in place until later in 2021, with many Americans not having access to vaccines until May or June at the...… Continue Reading
    March 9, 2021
  • U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition Seeking to Scrap McDonnell Douglas Burden-Shifting Analysis

    Arguing the decades-old analysis is no longer helpful to anyone, Reginald Sprowl petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to scrap application of the McDonnell Douglas burden-shifting analysis in Title VII race discrimination and retaliation claims. On January 19, 2021, the Supreme Court rejected Sprowl’s petition and denied certiorari. Sprowl v. Mercedes-Benz U.S. Int’l, Inc., 815 Fed....… Continue Reading
    February 22, 2021
  • MIOSHA Issues Temporary Emergency Rules for Managing COVID-19 in the Workplace

    Following the October 2, 2020 Michigan Supreme Court decision invalidating Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s pandemic executive orders, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) issued temporary emergency rules to help control, prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Effective October 14, 2020, these rules apply to all employers currently covered by Michigan’s Occupational Health and...… Continue Reading
    October 30, 2020