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HTMLNew OSHA Rule May Impact Drug Testing Policies
Shawe Rosenthal LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 19, 2016, previously published on July 28, 2016
New workplace injury and illness reporting requirements from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about which we provided a general overview in our May 2016 E-Update, may require revisions to workplace drug testing policies.

 

HTMLOSHA Launches Summer Heat Safety Campaign
Joseph S. Dreesen; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 18, 2016, previously published on August 11, 2016
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s new campaign - “Water. Rest. Shade.” - alerts employers and workers to the hazards of working in high summer temperatures and highlights OSHA’s educational and training resources, including a free app, to help lower the...

 

HTMLMaximum OSHA Fines for Safety Violations Increase by 78%
Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 18, 2016, previously published on August 11, 2016
The first increases to Occupational Safety and Health Administration fines for violations of safety regulations since 1990 went into effect on August 1, 2016. The increases are substantial: the maximum penalties have increased by 78 percent. In addition, OSHA will adjust the amounts annually based...

 

HTMLEnforcement of New Rule Which Would Limit Many Post Accident Drug Testing and Incentive Programs Delayed by OSHA
Charles R. Bacharach, David W. Beugelmans, Robert C. Kellner; Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 11, 2016, previously published on August 3, 2016
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") has delayed implementation of its controversial anti-retaliation rule from August 10th until November 1st, 2016.

 

HTMLThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration to Raise Penalties Beginning August 1, 2016
Nadia H. Patrick; Hall & Evans, LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 10, 2016, previously published on July 27, 2016
For the first time since 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will raise its penalty amounts by nearly 80 percent. The new civil penalty amounts, courtesy of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, are applicable only to civil penalties...

 

HTMLDomestic Violence in the Louisiana Workplace, Part 3: Workplace Violence
Rachael M. Coe; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 2016
It is not a matter of if, but when an employer will be confronted with a challenging domestic violence-related issue in the workplace. Domestic violence not only causes lost productivity and increased costs for employers, but also raises a host of potential legal obligations and liabilities that...

 

HTMLOSHA Settlement May Point Direction on Injury Reporting Policies
John F. Martin, William Rutchow; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 22, 2016
Earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signaled an intention to take employers to task for maintaining policies that required employees to immediately report workplace injuries and accidents or face discipline. OSHA considers such policies to be retaliatory and...

 

HTMLProof of Workplace Injury Not Required for Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claim in Ohio
Patrick O. Peters, James M. Stone; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 26, 2016
Proof of a workplace injury is not required to state a prima facie claim of retaliatory discharge under Ohio’s workers’ compensation statute, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled, resolving a split among the Ohio Courts of Appeal. Onderko v. Sierra Lobo, Inc., Slip Opinion No....

 

HTMLOSHA Rule Imposes New Injury Reporting Procedures and Seeks to Restrict Common Drug Testing and Safety Programs
Charles R. Bacharach, David W. Beugelmans, Robert C. Kellner; Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on May 17, 2016
On May 12, 2016, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released a final rule that imposes new employer injury and illness reporting requirements and mandates that certain employers electronically report injury and illness data to OSHA for publication...

 

HTMLOSHA Tries to Make Workers Safer by Making Post-Accident Drug Screens and Safety-Incentive Programs More Difficult to Apply
Jerry L. Stovall; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 2016
On May 12, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final Rule requiring many employers to submit illness and injury data electronically. This provision has been widely publicized and will take effect January 1, 2017. However, the new Rule also contains a much less...

 


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