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Business Law & Regulations, Workplace Safety & Health

OSH Law Primer, Part I: Understanding the OSH Act and OSHA

January 11, 2024

Via: National Law Review

The Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1970, and, in addition to other things, the OSH Act called for the creation of an agency to develop regulations to effectuate its purpose and administer its […]


Business Law & Regulations, Employment & Labor

OSHA to Expand Employee Discretion During Walkaround Inspections

October 24, 2023

Via: JD Supra

On August 29, 2023, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a press release announcing proposed changes to the Representatives of Employers and Employees standard. In the past, although not explicitly allowed by OSHA regulations, the agency permitted third-party […]


Business Law & Regulations, Employment & Labor

OSHA Announces Proposed Rule Change Expanding Authorized Employee Representation During Workplace Inspection to Include Union Officials and Other Non-Employees

September 20, 2023

Via: JD Supra

On August 30, 2023, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend its regulations regarding who employees may authorize to act as their representative and accompany the Compliance Safety and Health […]


Business Law & Regulations, Workplace Safety & Health

DOL Publishes Proposed Rule to Allow Third-Party & Union Participation in OSHA Walkthroughs

September 12, 2023

Via: JD Supra

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”) can conduct inspections for several reasons, including as a response to an employee complaint, after the report of a fatality or injury, and in accordance with an emphasis program. The reasonable scope of […]


Business Law & Regulations, Workplace Safety & Health

Cal/OSHA Standards Board Receives More Public Comments on Proposed Indoor Heat Illness Prevention Standard

August 23, 2023

Via: JD Supra

Background and Proposed Changes Currently, California has an Outdoor Heat Illness Regulation for all outdoor places of employment. That regulation has been in effect for more than a decade, and Cal/OSHA regularly and aggressively enforces it throughout California. The May […]


Tax Code, Regulations and Guidance

Majority of States Have Legalized Marijuana, but OSHA’s Post-Incident Drug-Testing Guidance Hasn’t Changed

May 31, 2023

Via: National Law Review

As of May 1, 2023, marijuana had been legalized for medicinal or recreational use, or both, in thirty-eight states. Some 35–55 million Americans report using marijuana two or more times per month. According to published reports, drug tests administered by […]


Business Law & Regulations, Workplace Safety & Health

Biden Administration Ends Federal Vaccine Mandates – What This Means for Employers

May 2, 2023

Via: LexBlog

On May 1, 2023, President Biden issued a statement announcing the end of the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including those impacting federal contractors and CMS-covered healthcare employers, among others. But what impact does this have on employer vaccine mandates? As […]


Business Law & Regulations, Employment & Labor

California Bill Would Set Workplace Violence Prevention Regulations

March 21, 2023

Via: SHRM

Workplace violence is a serious concern for California employers in all industries, but the state’s workplace violence prevention regulations are currently applicable only to the healthcare industry. A bill recently introduced in the California legislature would require the state’s occupational […]


Business Law & Regulations, Workplace Safety & Health

OSHA Highlights Stress and Mental Health in the Workplace

November 8, 2022

Via: JD Supra

OSHA, citing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention July 2018 publication on Mental Health in the Workplace, has released a Safety and Health Topics bulletin addressing workplace stress and mental health hazards. According to OSHA, these workplace hazards have […]


Business Law & Regulations, Workplace Safety & Health

California Issues Monkeypox Guidance for Employers

September 21, 2022

Via: SHRM

On Sept. 15, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) published guidance on protecting workers from monkeypox. The guidance applies to workplaces covered by the Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) standard, which includes healthcare facilities, medical transport, police, and public […]


Business Law & Regulations, Employment & Labor

California Increases Enforcement of Indoor Heat Safety Regs

August 24, 2022

Via: SHRM

California’s outdoor heat illness prevention standard is well known by employers with employees who commonly work outside. While there is no official indoor heat illness standard, employers still need to consider heat hazards when evaluating workplace safety, especially in light […]


Business Law & Regulations, Employment & Labor

OSHA Fines Dollar General $1.3 Million Over Safety Issues

August 22, 2022

Via: SHRM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Dollar General approximately $1.3 million over workplace safety issues at three stores in Georgia. We’ve gathered articles on the news from SHRM Online and other media outlets. Several Violations OSHA found […]


Business Law & Regulations, Workplace Safety & Health

Workplace Safety in Arizona: OSHA Delays Decision on Proposal to Revoke State Plan

August 12, 2022

Via: National Law Review

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is holding off on deciding whether to revoke final approval of Arizona’s occupational safety and health (OSH) plan. On August 10, 2022, OSHA said it is extending the comment period on a […]


Business Law & Regulations, Workplace Safety & Health

California Board to Set COVID-19 Safety Provisions

August 10, 2022

Via: SHRM

On Sept. 15, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will continue the long and arduous journey to establish COVID-19 safety measures in the workplace. Since the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (Cal/OSHA) initial emergency temporary standards […]


Business Law & Regulations, Employment & Labor

Cal/OSHA Approves Third COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards

April 28, 2022

Via: SHRM

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) recently approved the third readoption of the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) to take effect on May 7. This ETS will be in effect until Dec. 31, as the final update […]


Business Law & Regulations, Employment & Labor

“Strait” Talk for Employers on COVID-19 Compliance After OSHA Pulls Short-lived Vaccine ETS

February 3, 2022

Via: JD Supra

After federal workplace safety officials withdrew the emergency temporary standard that would have forced larger employers to either mandate COVID-19 vaccinations or require each unvaccinated worker to be tested each week, some employers are wondering whether it’s a case of […]


Business Law & Regulations, Workplace Safety & Health

Oregon OSHA Announces Stance on Federal Vaccine-or-Testing Standard

January 28, 2022

Via: SHRM

On Jan. 13, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) announced that because the U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), it “will not […]


Business Law & Regulations, Workplace Safety & Health

OSHA Withdraws Temporary COVID-19 Vaccine Rule, Foreshadows Permanent Standard

January 26, 2022

Via: JD Supra

On Jan. 25, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) responded to the Supreme Court’s recent stay of its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) mandating COVID-19 vaccination or testing by releasing a rule that primarily does three things: (1) it […]


Business Law & Regulations, Workplace Safety & Health

COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing: 4 Reasons Why Employer Inaction Is Not An Option

January 24, 2022

Via: Lawyer Monthly

On Jan. 13, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the stay on the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 vaccination and testing, which required private-sector employers of 100 people, or more, to ensure workers […]


Business Law & Regulations, Workplace Safety & Health

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Rulings in Challenge to OSHA Vaccine and Testing ETS and CMS Interim Final Rule

January 13, 2022

Via: LexBlog

Q: Did the U.S. Supreme Court issue a ruling in the challenge to OSHA’s vaccine and testing emergency temporary standard (ETS) and CMS interim final rule (IFR)? A: Yes. On January 13, 2022, the Court granted the applications for stays […]