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Tressi L. Cordaro

Principal
Washington, D.C. Region

P 703-483-8300
F 703-483-8301
Tressi.Cordaro@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Tressi L. Cordaro is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is co-leader of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

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November 13, 2018
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Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA’s Clarifications on Safety Incentives and Drug Testing

November 13, 2018

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA clarifying the DOL's position on workplace safety incentive programs and post-incident drug testing in "OSHA Clarifies when Post-Accident Drug Testing Is Permitted," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 14, 2018
SHRM

Tressi Cordaro Comments on OSHA Proposing Changes to Electronic Record-Keeping Rule

August 14, 2018

Tressi Cordaro comments OSHA announcing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the Electronic Recordkeeping Rule in "OSHA Proposes Change to Electronic Record-Keeping Rule," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

July 16, 2018
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Tressi Cordaro Discusses the Future of OSHA's Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

July 16, 2018

Tressi Cordaro discusses ACCSH's future as the terms of committee members are set to expire on July 18 in "Worker Safety Panel on Verge of Losing Industry, Union Members," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

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December 20, 2018

OSHA Issues New Trenching Emphasis Program

December 20, 2018

Responding to a rise in injuries and fatalities relating to the hazards in trenching and excavation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has implemented a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) for Trenching and Excavation. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) data, published by the Bureau of Labor... Read More

December 18, 2018

OSHA’s Emergency Eyewash Standard for Construction is Invalid, OSHRC Holds

December 18, 2018

The quasi-judicial body overseeing enforcement actions by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined that OSHA’s emergency eyewash standard for construction (29 C.F.R. § 1926.50(g)) was not legally promulgated and has vacated a serious citation against an employer. The case, Secretary of Labor v. Kiewit Power... Read More

October 16, 2018

New OSHA Guidance: Certain Safety Incentive Programs, Post-Accident Drug Tests Permissible

October 16, 2018

Most safety incentive programs and post-incident drug testing policies will not be considered retaliatory and unlawful under a new Standard Interpretation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA’s “Clarification of OSHA’s Position on Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing Under... Read More

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Workplace Safety & Health Webinar Series: The Recordkeeping Top Ten

December 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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Get Ready for OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

October 19, 2017 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

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Starting January 24th Employers Face Higher OSHA Penalties
January 23, 2019

Despite no federal funding, it appears that the Office of Federal Register is operational.  Today, the Federal Register published the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2019. Read More

Reminder to Employers to Post and Electronically File 300A Forms
January 22, 2019

For employers who are required to maintain work-related injury and illness records, its that time of year again. Read More

OSHA Penalties Increasing Once the Government Reopens
January 18, 2019

While much of the rest of the government is shutdown, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) is hard at work.  OSHA which is an agency within DOL is one of the few agencies that is fully funded and operational.  On January 15th, OSHA issued a pre-published version of its Federal Register notice for the increase in...… Read More