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OSHA Issues Final Rule Allowing Employee Third-Party Representatives to Enter Workplace – Including Labor Unions

On March 29, 2024, the Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) released a final rule amending the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (“OSH Act”), clarifying who can serve as an employee representative to accompany the OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officer (“CSHO”) during physical workplace inspections. The final rule broadens employees’ rights to allow outside representatives – including labor union representatives – to join them during safety inspections. The final rule is set to take effect May 31, 2024.

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