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Dear Employers, Familiarize Yourself with OSHA's Electronic Injury Tracking Application Before December 1, 2017

As reported by the Employment Law Observer in June, OSHA has formally proposed to delay the July 1, 2017 deadline for electronic injury and illness reporting to December 1, 2017. Since announcing the delay, OSHA formally launched the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), which will serve as the secure website covered employers will use to electronically report mandatory injury and illness information. This was the missing piece preventing the July 1, 2017 deadline from taking effect, as OSHA had not set up the portal in advance of the original deadline.  More ›

Electronic OSHA Reporting Deadline Delayed For Now, or Forever?

With the July 1, 2017 deadline looming for OSHA's electronic reporting requirement, it came as a relief to employers when, in May. OSHA gave word that it intended to propose extending this deadline.   More ›

DOL Challenges Injury and Accident Reporting Policy Under OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Rule

OSHA’s new anti-retaliation rule went into effect on December 1, 2016. The purpose of the new rule was to clarify what OSHA considered “the existing implicit requirement” that an employer work-related injury and illness policies be reasonable and not deter or discourage employees from reporting injuries. Since that time, employers and lawyers alike have waited to see what types of policies OSHA would target under the new rule. The Department of Labor’s recent complaint filed in the Eastern District of Wisconsin sheds some light on that question. More ›

OSHA Likely to Postpone Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting

OSHA has announced it intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 deadline by which certain employers were scheduled to begin reporting workplace injuries and illnesses electronically, as required by OSHA's new rule.  This may not come as a surprise, as the electronic portal through which reporting is to be made has not been created.  Updates will be posted to OSHA's webpage, which you can find here, when available.  More ›

Who Invited You? OSHA Reverses Itself on Fairfax Memo

OSHA recently announced it will no longer bring union representatives to inspections of non-unionized workplaces.  As a result, barring a designation by an employee (which I'll discuss further below), non-unionized employers no longer have reason to fear that an OSHA compliance officer will appear at the door accompanied by a union representative on an inspection or walk-around. More ›

Texas Court Declines to Enjoin OSHA's Anti-Retaliation Rules

In the last few weeks, federal courts in Texas have been the center of attention, deciding what rules and regulations of the current administration may fall to legal challenges asserted in the jurisdiction by collections of states, business, and trade associations, among others.  Texas courts have issued preliminary injunctions impacting the persuader rule, and most recently the DOL's new overtime rule.  More ›

Calling All Employers: Webinar Discussing OSHA's Final Rule on Reporting Workplace Injury and Illness Data

OSHA Webinar HeaderWorried about what the new OSHA Final Rule means for your company? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. If you are a business owner, in-house counsel, human resource policy decision-maker, employment and labor law specialist, or a front-line HR professional, you won’t want to miss our webinar on Wednesday, December 7th at noon Central.  Hinshaw Labor & Employment lawyers Aimee E. Delaney and Elizabeth Odian will walk
you through the revised OSHA regulations, their implications, and ways you can manage risk to your  organization. More ›

OSHA Issues Guidance on Transgender Workers and Workplace Restrooms

For those savvy employers staying ahead of the curve, here’s something new: OSHA has published a “Best Practices” guide addressing restroom access for transgender workers.  To be clear, as “guidance,” the OSHA publication is not a rule or regulation, and does not create legal obligations for employers. Still, this is the latest development in a fast-changing area of employment law, with protections for transgender workers shifting (it feels) all the time.  More ›

OSHA Fines Employer $1.2 Million for Exposing Workers to Asbestos Hazards

AMD Industries, Inc.of Cicero, IL discovered asbestos containing materials on its heaters, boilers and connected pipes. Allegedly, they used their own workers, who were untrained and not issued proper protective clothing and equipment, to remove the asbestos and thereby exposed the workers to this hazard. AMD was prosecuted under OSHA's newly created "Severe Violators Enforcement Program," which targets recalcitrant employers who have previously been cited for multiple OSHA violations in the past. DOL press release.

OSHA Public Outreach: Private Employer Survey

OSHA has announced that it will send a survey to 19,000 private employers to get input concerning workplace safety & health management practices. The goal is to obtain information to help guide future rules, compliance and outreach efforts. As we mentioned earlier this month, the EEOC is also engaging in a public outreach effort to assist reviewing its regulations. See, OSHA Press Release

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