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Workplace Safety and Health

Perhaps more than any other area of workplace law and policy, safety is inseparable from employee well-being and productivity.

Overview

One of the principal responsibilities of federal safety and health agencies is to enforce laws that protect the safety and health of employees. As a result of this enforcement mandate, employers routinely face unexpected and intense regulatory scrutiny. Rather than waiting for a sudden visit from OSHA or another agency, employers should proactively monitor and ensure compliance with all applicable safety and health laws. In addition to following the law, organizations can benefit from improving workplace safety to satisfy the needs and demands of workers and customers, as an unsafe workplace can be devastating to employee morale and public opinion.

With experienced Workplace Safety and Health attorneys located strategically throughout the nation, we are well-positioned to serve all of an employer’s needs with respect to safety and health programs and compliance issues. In situations where preventive measures are not enough to reduce exposure, we work collaboratively with our clients’ legal teams, as well as medical, scientific and engineering experts, and, where necessary, public relations professionals, to minimize reputational harm and legal liability.

Some of the specific services we provide include:

  • Facilitating on-site safety and health audits for compliance with federal and state occupational safety and health requirements;
  • Assisting with the creation and implementation of workplace safety programs and policies, training and enforcement processes;
  • Reviewing compliance with recordkeeping requirements;
  • Handling all aspects of client representation associated with inspections, citations, hearings and other enforcement proceedings;
  • Overseeing workplace environmental testing for asbestos, silica, mold and other airborne contaminants and potentially toxic substances;
  • Assisting in responding to various workplace complaints;
  • Helping clients handle complaints under the multiple laws overseen by OSHA whistleblower investigators and providing advice on how to avoid possible retaliation claims;
  • Providing representation during agency rulemaking proceedings;
  • Providing crisis management and risk reduction counseling, including responding to significant accidents, explosions, fires and chemical releases; and
  • Counseling on federal OSHA and MSHA compliance and advising clients during on-site OSHA and MSHA inspections and enforcement actions, as well as other federal and state agency actions.

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Apr 18

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Workplace Safety & Health Webinar Series: The Nuances of State Plans

April 18, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - 1*, HRCI - 1.0, SHRM - 1.0
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Jun 20

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Workplace Safety & Health Webinar Series: Preventing Safety Liability at Multi-Employer Worksites

June 20, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - 1*, HRCI - 1.0, SHRM - 1.0
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Workplace Safety & Health Webinar Series: What to Expect from MSHA under the Trump Administration

February 21, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.

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February 21, 2018

Maine Recreational Marijuana Law Limits Drug Testing, Disciplinary Consequences Imposed by Employers

February 21, 2018

A provision of Maine’s recreational marijuana law prohibits employers from taking adverse employment actions for off-premises marijuana use, as of February 1, 2018. This law effectively prevents Maine employers from testing for marijuana for pre-employment purposes. The law also affects employers who employ employees subject to federal... Read More

January 29, 2018

Fitness Industry Workplace Law Update – Winter 2018

January 29, 2018

Welcome to our premiere issue! Our goal is to keep fitness industry clients and contacts informed about employment and labor law issues that may affect your organizations. We hope you find this newsletter valuable and invite you to share it with interested colleagues and contacts. In this issue, we provide a brief summary of hot... Read More

January 24, 2018

2018: The Year Ahead for Employers

January 24, 2018

An executive summary of recent changes in workplace law and a look ahead to 2018. Read More

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February 21, 2018
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Kathryn Russo's Congressional Testimony Before House Subcommittee Highlighted

February 21, 2018

Kathryn Russo is highlighted for her recent Congressional testimony before House Subcommittees on the opioid epidemic and implications for workplaces in "Wake Up Call: Ex-Skadden Lawyer Gives Mueller Guilty Plea, Not Cooperation," published by Bloomberg BNA Big Law Business. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 20, 2018
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Jackson Lewis Attorney Kathryn J. Russo Testifies Before House Subcommittees on Impacts of Opioids in the Workplace

February 20, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 20, 2018) Kathryn J. Russo, Principal at Jackson Lewis P.C., testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions and the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections during a joint hearing on "The Opioids Epidemic: Implications for America's Workplaces" in... Read More

February 15, 2018
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Kathryn Russo Comments on the Impacts of Opioids in the Workplace

February 15, 2018

Kathryn Russo comments on the workplace impacts of opioid addiction, including increased work-related accidents and injuries, increased employee turnover and increased workers’ compensation costs in "Opioid Epidemic Is Major Workplace Concern, Lawmakers Told," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view... Read More

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New OSHA Tree Care Publication
February 22, 2018

Earlier this month OSHA published a guidance document for the tree care industry, “Solutions for Tree Care Hazards.”  The two page publication addresses five major hazards for the tree care industry, including traffic control, chippers, aerial lifts, power lines and drop zones for falling objects. Read More

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

Workplace Violence, Indoor Heat, Cannabis Regulations on Cal/OSHA 2018 Schedule
January 17, 2018

Starting the year with a bang, the Cal/OSHA Division said it intends to finalize several new standards this year, including on indoor heat illness prevention. It also intends to release new workplace violence prevention for general industries regulations and new regulations to affect the Cannabis industry. Read More