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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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January 2, 2018
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Tressi Cordaro Authors "OSHA Penalties Up To Adjust for Inflation"

January 2, 2018

Tressi Cordaro authors "OSHA Penalties Up To Adjust for Inflation," (p. 6) published by the American Society of Safety Engineers. Read More

December 19, 2017
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Tressi Cordaro Comments on Implications of Electronic Record-Keeping Rule

December 19, 2017

 Tressi Cordaro comments on implications of the electronic record-keeping rule and anticipated changes in "OSHA Is Accepting Electronic Injury and Illness Records Through Dec. 31," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article  Read More

December 19, 2017
Business Insurance

Tressi Cordaro Comments on Privacy Concerns Surrounding OSHA's Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Reports

December 19, 2017

Tressi Cordaro comments on OSHA possibly pulling back on requiring employers to electronically submit certain injury and illness reports amid privacy concerns in "Privacy concerns may stall OSHA record-keeping move," published by Business Insurance. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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July 12, 2017

Construction Contractors Develop New Safety Helmets

July 12, 2017

Construction firms are developing new safety helmets designed to provide workers with better protection from falls and to curb fatal injuries, according to a report from Bloomberg BNA. According to government researchers, from 2003 to 2010, 2,210 fatal traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occurred in the construction industry, a rate of 2.6... Read More

June 27, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert on Coal Truck Dumping Safety

June 27, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert following the death of a tractor trailer coal truck driver whose truck tipped over earlier this year. MSHA said the driver was driving a tractor trailer on February 3 and the coal in the truck bed was damp and frozen. As the driver raised the bed, attempting to dump... Read More

May 24, 2017

Trump Nominates Sullivan for Last Vacant Seat on Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

May 24, 2017

President Donald Trump has nominated attorney James Sullivan to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) to fill the remaining vacancy on the three-member commission. OSHRC is an independent agency that adjudicates contested citations between employers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration... 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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Employers Must Post OSHA 300A From February 1 – April 30
February 8, 2018

Employers covered by OSHA’s recordkeeping rule are required to prepare and post the OSHA Form 300A, “Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses,” beginning February 1 and keep the form posted until April 30.  The form must be posted at each establishment covered, in a conspicuous place where notices to employees are customarily posted Read More

OSHA Penalties Up To Adjust for Inflation
January 2, 2018

OSHA is beginning the New Year with higher penalties. Effective today, civil penalties for violations of OSHA standards and regulations increased to adjust for inflation. In a Federal Register notice issued today, the U.S. Read More

OSHA Considers Limiting Electronic Submission to 300A Forms Only
December 18, 2017

It may be back to the drawing board for OSHA.  OSHA had previously announced its intention to make changes to its 2016 Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses regulation, but the recent Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions released December 14, 2017 provides some specific detail on what employers may expect a Read More