Sessions memo changes DOJ position on transgender discrimination

October 06, 2017 0 COMMENTS

Transgender snipby Tammy Binford

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement changing his department’s position on transgender employment discrimination marks a change in the legal landscape, but it doesn’t alter employer obligations under various state and local laws or the position taken by other federal agencies.

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OSHA again delays enforcement of new record-keeping rule

October 19, 2016 0 COMMENTS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has once again delayed enforcement of its new record-keeping rule that would, among other things, limit an employer’s ability to conduct postaccident drug and alcohol testing.

As first reported by McAfee Taft attorney Paige Hoster Good, OSHA agreed to delay enforcement of the rule until December 1, 2016. The rule had been scheduled to take effect on November 1, a date settled on after the rule was first scheduled to take effect on August 10.

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Employers must meet new safety data requirement by June 1

May 13, 2016 0 COMMENTS

by Jacob Monty

Employers need to be ready for a new requirement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that changes the format of safety data related to chemicals in the workplace.

OSHA is replacing its material safety data sheet (MSDS) requirement with a more uniform document called the safety data sheet (SDS). The deadline for employers to comply is June 1.

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New OSHA reporting requirement takes effect January 1

December 15, 2014 0 COMMENTS

by Judith E. Kramer

A new rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requiring employers to notify the agency when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye goes into effect on January 1 for workplaces under OSHA’s jurisdiction. The rule also updates the list of employers that are partially exempt from OSHA’s record-keeping requirements.

The previous regulation required employers to report work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees within eight hours of the event. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye wasn’t required under the previous rule.

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OSHA seeks more comments on injury and illness tracking

September 22, 2014 0 COMMENTS

by Judith E. Kramer

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the comment period for the proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. Comments will be accepted through October 14.

The proposal, published on November 8, 2013, would amend the agency’s record-keeping regulation to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information that employers are already required to keep.

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OSHA injury, illness summary to be posted by February 1

January 30, 2013 2 COMMENTS

February 1 marks the deadline for covered employers to post a new summary of work-related injuries and illnesses.

The summary—the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Form 300A—is required to be posted in the workplace every year from February 1 to April 30. The summary form must be completed and posted even if no work-related injuries or illnesses occurred during the year.

Employers with 10 or more employees whose workplaces aren’t classified as a partially exempt industry must record work-related injuries and illnesses using OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301. (Partially exempt industries include those in specific low-hazard retail, service, finance, insurance, or real estate industries.) Information on which employers are required to keep them and links to the forms are available on OSHA’s website.

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Minneapolis shooting a reminder to be on guard against workplace violence

October 02, 2012 0 COMMENTS

by Tammy Binford

The September 28 shootings that killed six at a Minneapolis business put employers on notice that workplace violence can occur with no warning.

Other times, though, there are signs that employers should heed. The October issue of Minnesota Employment Law Letter contains an article titled “Employers look anew at preventing violence in the workplace.” It reminds employers that indications of potential workplace violence can include violent or aggressive behavior, threats, employees carrying weapons, and drug or alcohol abuse.

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OSHA Seeks Comments on Revised Whistleblower Rules

November 03, 2011 0 COMMENTS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking comments on interim final rules that revise the regulations on whistleblower complaints filed under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX).

The whistleblower protection provisions of SOX were amended by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 to clarify that subsidiaries of publicly traded companies are covered employers under the statute and to add nationally recognized statistical rating organizations as covered employers. The Dodd-Frank Act also extended the statute of limitations for filing a complaint from 90 to 180 days.

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New OSHA Mobile App Helps Workers Prevent Heat Illness

August 12, 2011 0 COMMENTS

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is going high-tech with its efforts to prevent heat-related illnesses. The agency announced on August 11 that it has released a free application for mobile devices that is aimed at helping workers and supervisors monitor the heat index at their work sites.

Available in English and Spanish, the app combines heat index data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with the user’s location to determine when outdoor workers should take protective measures. Such measures include reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for heat-related illness. Also, users can contact OSHA directly through the app.

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OSHA Beefing Up Whistleblower Program

August 10, 2011 1 COMMENTS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced changes aimed at strengthening its protection of employees who report suspected unlawful activity on the part of their employers.

The plan to correct problems with the Whistleblower Protection Program comes after OSHA conducted a top-to-bottom review prompted by audits of the program by the Government Accountability Office in 2009 and 2010. A statement from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) said problems with the program were related to its transparency and accountability, training for investigators and managers, and internal communications and audit program.

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