On Wednesday, OSHA announced a further two-week delay in the deadline for employers to submit their 2016 injury and illness data electronically to the agency. The new deadline will be December 15, 2017. That will mark the first time that employers are required to routinely submit such data under a new rule issued during the Obama administration (to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses”). Here’s what employers need to know… Continue Reading 10 top questions about OSHA’s Dec. 15 injury reporting deadline

Today, OSHA announced a further two-week delay in the deadline for employers to submit their 2016 injury and illness data electronically to the agency. The new deadline will be December 15, 2017. That will mark the first time that employers are required to routinely submit such data under a new rule issued during the Obama administration. Continue Reading Does your business have to give OSHA injury data by December 15?

DOL has new leadership under Secretary Acosta. But, at least one longstanding OSHA policy is not changing any time soon if the agency has its way. OSHA recently asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to uphold the agency’s multi-employer citation policy after an administrative law judge tossed out an OSHA citation based on the policy. Continue Reading OSHA defends citation to “controlling employer” under multi-employer citation policy

OSHA has announced the top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety regulations in fiscal year 2017.  The top 5 standards remain the same as last year, with slight movement in the rankings of other standards.  Employers should consider using this list as guidance for their workplace safety programs and their internal compliance audits. Continue Reading Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2017

It’s hard to avoid the Harvey Weinstein scandal in the news this week.  For those that missed it, Weinstein, a movie executive and co-founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Company, was terminated after multiple women came forward with detailed allegations of sexual harassment and assault. While many of the women who have come forward were aspiring actresses and not company employees, at least one of those women was a 25-year-old receptionist. A recent New Yorker article states that Weinstein, the company CEO, made overt sexual advances toward this woman at least a dozen times. The young woman told the New Yorker she was “very afraid” of Weinstein, but she still reported the incidents to the company. It was reported that sixteen former and current executives and assistants at Weinstein’s companies had witnessed or had knowledge of his behavior (relating to various women), but it does not appear that the company thoroughly investigated or took action to properly address the reports and allegations. Continue Reading What is your workplace “Harvey Weinstein?”

The dramatic evacuation of a 1.5-mile area around the Arkema, Inc. organic peroxide plant in Crosby, Texas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has renewed interest in pending amendments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Risk Management Program and may well affect the outcome of EPA’s reconsideration of these amendments. Continue Reading Did Hurricane Harvey change the course of EPA’s RMP Rule Amendments?