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|OSHA, NIOSH Release Joint Guidance on Zika Virus Prevention|
Donna Vetrano Pryor; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
May 18, 2016, previously published on May 2, 2016Federal government agencies have released interim guidance to provide employers and workers information and advice on preventing occupational exposure to the Zika virus.
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Revises Guidance on Heat and Hot Environments|
Carla J. Gunnin; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
May 18, 2016, previously published on April 28, 2016In the first revision in 30 years of its criteria document on workers’ exposure to heat and hot environments, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed ceiling limit recommendations for acclimatized and un-acclimated...
|Elevated Fine Lacks Justification, Mine Safety Agency Attorney Concedes|
Mark Savit; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
May 18, 2016, previously published on May 2, 2016A government attorney agreed with opposing counsel that the Mine Safety and Health Administration had not justified a proposed 127 percent increase in fines against an Illinois coal operator. The two sides disagreed, however, on the remedy to correct the situation.
|OSHA Issues Final Rule Requiring Electronic Submission (for some) of Workplace Injury Data|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
May 13, 2016, previously published on May 12, 2016The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule yesterday to require employers in certain industries to electronically submit injury and illness data. OSHA’s regulations (29 CFR Part 1904) require employers with more than 10 employees in most industries to keep...
|Opposition to OSHA’s Silica Rule Spurs Rush of Lawsuits|
Avidan Meyerstein; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
May 12, 2016, previously published on April 21, 2016Labor and business interests have dashed to the courthouse to launch lawsuits against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new silica standard, underscoring the controversy over the comprehensive health rule.
|Blowing the Whistle on Food Safety: OSHA Issues a Final Rule Related to FDCA Complaints|
David E. Jones; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 20, 2016On April 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it has issued procedural rules for enforcement of whistleblower complaints alleging violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). The new final rule, set out...
|OSHA’s Long-Awaited Silica Rule Faces Uncertain Future|
Henry Chajet; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
April 27, 2016, previously published on April 12, 2016More than 20 contentious years in the making, a comprehensive new silica rule, released in March by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, faces an uncertain future. The rule has met with fierce opposition from business groups and their allies in Congress, who contend the rule is...
|OSHA Lauds Success of Reporting Rule While Threatening Tough Consequences for Noncompliance|
Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
April 27, 2016, previously published on April 12, 2016The Occupational Safety and Health Administration finds that its new severe injury reporting program is a success. It believes a large number of severe injuries still are not being reported by employers. The agency has warned that tough consequences face employers who choose to ignore the reporting...
|OSHA Ups the Ante for Employers That Fail to Report Workplace Injuries|
Melissa A. Bailey, John F. Martin, Matthew Clark Thorne; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
April 26, 2016, previously published on April 11, 2016On March 4, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new procedures for enforcing revised injury and illness reporting requirements in 29 C.F.R. § 1904.39. Many of the 2014 interim procedures remain unchanged, but now employers will face a minimum penalty of $5,000...
|Bill 132 and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace|
Maria Kotsopoulos; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
April 26, 2016, previously published on March 30, 2016Bill 132 received royal assent on March 8, 2016. This Bill will amend various statutes with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence. Relevant for employers, Bill 132 will amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) in the following ways: