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Tressi L. Cordaro

Principal
Washington, D.C. Region*

*Admitted only in CA and DC

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 31, 2019
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Tressi Cordaro Comments on OSHA's Recent Employer Penalty Increase

January 31, 2019

Tressi Cordaro comments on the implications of OSHA increasing penalties levied against employers for safety violations in "OSHA Raises Employer Penalties for 2019," published by EHS today. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 31, 2019
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Tressi Cordaro Comments on Implications of OSHA's Final Injury and Illness Tracking Rule

January 31, 2019

Tressi Cordaro comments on implications of OSHA's recently issued final rule eliminating the requirement that worksites with 250 or more employees electronically submit certain injury and illness information to the agency in "OSHA Scales Back Electronic Record-Keeping Rule," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view... Read More

November 13, 2018
SHRM

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

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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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Trump Officially Nominates Scalia to Head DOL
August 28, 2019

On Tuesday, President Trump formally nominated Eugene Scalia to serve as Secretary of Labor.  Gene Scalia is the son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia has prior experience with the Department of Labor where he served as solicitor (chief attorney) under an appointment by former President George W. Bush. Read More

ACCSH September Meeting to Address Proposed Rule for Beryllium in Construction
August 20, 2019

Last May OSHA began enforcing various provisions of the agency’s requirements of the beryllium standard.  Since then, for the construction and shipyard industries, only the permissible exposure limits and short term exposure limit are being enforced until OSHA undertakes additional rulemaking for those industries. Read More

California Legislature Considers Electronic Notification for Fatalities and Serious Injuries
August 13, 2019

Under current California law, an employer with an establishment in California must report a serious work-related injury, illness or death that occurs at the employer’s place of employment or in connection with their employment to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health by telephone or email within 8 hours after the employer know Read More