We’ve all heard that “the wheels of government turn slowly”, but this fact raises that old adage to legendary status. It seems after some 26 years of deliberation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that at long last it has finalized a “new” rule on slip, trip and fall hazards for employees. Actually, OSHA has proposed changes to Subpart – D on a number of occasions since it was first created back in 1971, but never could agree to finalize them. That seemingly changed a couple of weeks ago when the new rule was published in the Federal Register (November 18). Most of the provisions of the regulation will become effective on January 17, 2017, but OSHA has extended the effective date on several of its updates to give employers more time to comply. In other OSHA news this week, their record-keeping anti-retaliation regulations took effect yesterday after a federal court in Texas denied an injunction of the rule. Several business groups filed a legal challenge against the provisions requiring employers to inform workers of their rights to report work-related injuries without threat of retaliation. The rule became effective December 1.