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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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June 29, 2018
EHS Today

Tressi Cordaro Comments on OSHA's Crane Operator Certification Rule

June 29, 2018

Tressi Cordaro comments on OSHA's long-awaited proposed rule to clarify crane operator requirements in "OSHA Proposes Rule on Crane Operator Certification," published by EHS Today. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 8, 2018
SHRM

Tressi Cordaro Discusses Proposed Changes to the Electronic Record-Keeping Rule

June 8, 2018

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA’s electronic record-keeping requirements under the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses regulation and what employers must submit by July 1 in "Employers Must Prepare OSHA Form 300A for Electronic Filing," published by SHRM.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 23, 2018
Business Insurance

Tressi Cordaro Comments on Implications of Recently Proposed OSHA Regulations Under the Trump Administration

May 23, 2018

Tressi Cordaro comments on implications of OSHA’s regulatory actions under consideration in the most recent Regulatory Agenda for the Department of Labor in "Skepticism abounds on proposed OSHA rules under Trump Administration," published by Business Insurance. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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June 18, 2018

OSHA Beryllium Standard in Construction

June 18, 2018

On January 9, 2017, OSHA issued a final rule adopting a comprehensive standard for exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. A separate standard was promulgated for general industry, construction, and shipyard industries. When OSHA first announced its intent to promulgate a beryllium standard for construction in 2015, the scope... Read More

June 18, 2018

Construction Industry’s Ongoing Labor Shortage: Consider Implementing Non-Monetary Benefits

June 18, 2018

Findings from the “Q2 2018 USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index,” released June 5, 2018, show four straight quarters with more than 90 percent of contractors concerned over labor shortages. The construction industry, however, continues to experience significant economic opportunities. For example, the... Read More

June 18, 2018

OSHA Recordkeeping: OSHA Only Requiring Electronic Submission of 300A Forms

June 18, 2018

In its latest Regulatory Agenda, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicated that it was undergoing rulemaking to revise the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” regulation promulgated under the Obama Administration. OSHA noted it was considering deleting the requirement for employers with 250 or... 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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Cal/OSHA Issues Advisory for Employers to Take Precautions to Protect Workers Exposed to Hazards Relating to Wildfires
July 6, 2018

California  temperatures are rising leading to several active wildfire incidents in the state.  To ensure worker safety, Cal/OSHA has issued a high heat advisory for employers with outdoor workers in Central and Southern California and is also advising employers to take special precautions to protect workers from hazards associated with w Read More

Complimentary Webinar: What to Expect from an MSHA Investigation
July 6, 2018

On July 17, Justin Winter will present this webinar where we will cover the various types of MSHA investigations including the more common “Accident” and “Hazard Complaint” investigations, and those performed by its Special Investigations Department, such as 110(c) “Knowing/Willful Violations” and 105(c) “Discrimination Complaints.” We wi Read More

OSHA Issues Silica Enforcement Memo
June 15, 2018

The silica standard for construction came into effect last year, on September 23, 2017, whereas most provisions of the silica rule as it pertains to general industry and maritime (29 CFR § 1910.1053) take effect this month, on June 23, 2018. Read More