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|Federal Appeals Court Hears Challenge against Mine Safety Agency Coal Dust Regulation|
Henry Chajet, Avidan Meyerstein; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 30, 2015, previously published on March 25, 2015The National Mining Association and others in the industry have sued the Mine Safety and Health Administration to halt implementation of massive changes to MSHA’s coal mine dust regulations. The regulations, published on May 1, 2014, are scheduled to become fully effective by August 2016.
|The Amendments to the Heat Illness Prevention Plan|
Alka Ramchandani; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 30, 2015, previously published on February 26, 2015On February 20, 2015, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted on new changes to the Heat Illness Prevention regulation. The Standards Board voted 5-1 to approve the proposed amended statute. Marley Heart, Executive Director of the Standards Board, requested the Office of...
|OSHA Internal Memo Outlines Triage Process for Reported Fatalities, Injuries|
Tressi L. Cordaro, Bradford T. Hammock; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 30, 2015, previously published on March 6, 2015Effective January 1, 2015, employers in states with federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration jurisdiction must report to OSHA all work-related fatalities (occurring within 30 days of a work-related incident) within 8 hours of learning of the fatality, and all work-related in-patient...
|Federal Mine Safety Agency to Increase Enforcement|
Henry Chajet, Donna Vetrano Pryor; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 30, 2015, previously published on February 27, 2015The Mine Safety and Health Administration is intensifying its enforcement efforts at facilities that exceed the industry average in the number of violations of standards covered by the “Rules to Live By” program, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joe Main announced...
|New Sexual Harassment Laws Coming Soon to the Workplace|
Daniel Pugen; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
March 26, 2015, previously published on March 10, 2015On March 6, 2015, the Ontario Government published its plan aimed at addressing sexual violence and harassment in Ontario. The document is titled, “It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment” (the “Action Plan”). The Action Plan has a lot to...
|Unions Unleash Safety Attacks on Fast Food Restaurants|
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
March 25, 2015, previously published on March 17, 2015Yesterday was one of those occasions when I wish that my predictions had been inaccurate. I have speculated that the SEIU and other unions harassing fast food restaurants would eventually add mass OSHA complaints to their joint employer, discrimination, living wage, and other attacks. Yesterday,...
|Review of New Illinois Laws: Health & Safety|
Heyl Royster Voelker Allen Professional Corporation;
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 2015Medical Record Disclosure and Confidentiality. The provisions of several acts on confidentiality and disclosure of medical information are made uniform, and some federal regulations on medical information privacy are adopted. Use of health information exchanges is encouraged. A patient can opt out...
|OSHA’s New Reporting Rules: When a Report Will Result in an Inspection|
Daniel R. Flynn; Leech Tishman;
March 24, 2015The phones have been ringing off the hook at many OSHA Area Offices since January 1, 2015. As expected, OSHA’s new reporting rules have caused a significant increase in the number of injuries that employers must now report to OSHA. As many employers have already seen, OSHA has responded to...
|OSHA’s New Reporting Rules Are in Effect—What Will OSHA Do With the Data?|
Melissa A. Bailey; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
March 19, 2015, previously published on February 4, 2015On January 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) revised regulation for reporting work-related injuries went into effect.
|It’s Time to Post the OSHA 300A Annual Summary of Illnesses and Injuries|
John C. Artz, John F. Martin; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
March 19, 2015, previously published on February 6, 2015The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Form 300A, which lists a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2014 at each workplace, must be posted between February 1 and April 30, 2015. Place it in a conspicuous location where...