Competitor News

A group of Democratic senators, 5 of whom are candidates for the democratic presidential nomination and have pandered to protesters against the company in past weeks, wrote Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta to demand a “full investigation” into workplace violence against McDonald’s employees.  They wrote in response to an OSHA complaint against one location filed…

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OSHA Nominee Withdraws

File it under the heading “Enough is enough!”, as President Trump’s nominee to head the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration, Scott Mugno,  has withdrawn his name from consideration. A former FedEx safety executive, the Mugno nomination (filed in 2017) was caught up in a tug-of-war between the Congress and the White House over a host…

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Miscellaneous

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a federation of state and local occupational safety nonprofits, released its Dirty Dozen 2019 report Wednesday. The annual report lists employers that the council believes put workers at risk – and this year, McDonald’s made the cut for its “failure to act” on more than 2 dozen…

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Senatorial Shutdown?

Well, not formally, but as far as confirmation of Presidential nominees is concerned, it might as well be. As the partial government shutdown enters its 3rd full week, the Senate’s block on the re-nomination of democratic Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum is complete with her term expiring after nine years with the agency. President…

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OSHA Softens Reporting Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last week issued formal notice of its intention to rescind an Obama-era rule on injury and illness reporting. The rule was implemented in 2016 and requires employers with 250 or more workers, and employers in especially dangerous occupations, to report detailed injury data including a trove of personal…

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OSHA Inspections Up Under Trump

In what may seem a surprise to some, the number of official workplace inspections conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the Trump administration is higher than those conducted under President Obama’s administration. But, the number of enforcement actions pursued as a result of those inspections has decreased. Earlier this week, left-leaning…

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Trump Picks FedEx Exec for OSHA

Continuing full speed ahead to fill a host of important positions in his administration, President Trump last week nominated FedEx Executive Scott Mugno to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Department of Labor. Mugno, who previously headed up corporate safety health and fire prevention for FedEx Express and is currently vice…

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OSHA Delays Injury Reporting Rule

Elsewhere in the federal bureaucracy, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is officially delaying new reporting requirements implemented by the Obama administration that dramatically increased the obligations of businesses to report illnesses and injuries in the workplace. The electronic reporting requirements were originally to be effective last August, then postponed to November, then January,…

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OSHA Drops “Walk-around Rule”

More good news from the Trump administration as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has officially rescinded another Obama-era pro-union rule. The so-called “walk-around rule”, implemented back in 2013, effectively changed the OSHA allowing a third-party to “walk-around” with the inspector so long as he/she made a “positive contribution”! Previously, the standard required that…

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Dismantling Obama ‘Legacy’

Notwithstanding the failure to ‘repeal and replace’ Obama Care with the American Health Care Act last week, the Obama legacy is in large measure being steadily and systematically dismantled by Congress and President Trump. This past week, the President signed a number of CRA (Congressional Review Act) resolutions into law – the first blocks an…

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