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OSHA Injury Tracking Requires Electronic Submission

After an initial delay of 5 months, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has once again pushed back the deadline for the electronic submission of injury and illness reports. The new due date is December 15, 2017. With only days to go before the previous December 1 deadline, OSHA has invoked a legal exception Read more

September is National Preparedness Month!

Each September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launches the National Preparedness Month campaign. The goal of the campaign is to increase the number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness for emergencies at home, work, business, school, and place of worship. In the last few weeks, we have seen how devastating natural Read more

OSHA Whistleblower Complaint Form Updated

Continuing the trend of modernization we’ve seen recently from federal agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has decided to take advantage of the interactivity that the use of online forms makes possible. The agency’s online whistleblower complaint form has been revised to ensure that individuals issuing complaints are aware of their rights and Read more

New OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

Earlier this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its intention to propose a later deadline for the submission of injury and illness data in compliance with the agency’s electronic recordkeeping requirement, originally scheduled for July 1. In a new proposed rule, OSHA suggests pushing the deadline for the electronic submission of injury Read more

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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recently announced that will not require electronic submissions of injury and illness logs by July 1, 2017 as expected. In first an email and then a statement released on OSHA’s website, the agency informed stakeholders that it planned to propose an extension to the due date required by Read more

Virginia OSHA Penalties Increase

For those who follow federal OSHA news, this may be a disappointment even if it isn’t a shock: the Commonwealth of Virginia is raising its State Plan maximum penalties for occupational safety and health violations. Virginia is one of 26 states operating under an OSHA-approved State Plan. State Plans are required to “remain at least Read more

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has pulled back a controversial guidance letter authorizing union officials to act as employee representatives for non-unionized workplaces during OSHA inspections. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, a representative of the employer and a representative authorized by employees are allowed to accompany a Compliance Safety and Health Read more

On January 18, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Final Rule establishing the civil monetary penalty amounts, adjusted for inflation, which can be issued by the various agencies under the DOL’s authority for violations assessed after January 13, 2017. These agencies include, among others, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, the Wage and Hour Read more

After significant delay, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) will begin enforcement of its new anti-retaliation regulations today. Although these provisions of the Improving Tracking of Workplace Illness and Injury rule actually went into effect in August of this year, OSHA agreed to push back the enforcement deadline twice, most recently at the request of Read more

Despite legal challenges and controversy, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) will begin enforcing its new anti-retaliation and anti-deterrence regulations December 1 of 2016. The regulations became effective as of August 10, 2016, but OSHA has delayed enforcement twice in order to address members of the regulated community who found the provisions unclear and Read more