OSHA and CDC Issue Joint Guidance

Last week, we reported separately on an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance as well as one from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) relating safety inspections/reports and reopening guidance respectively.  In our rush to get the most timely information out to our readers, we didn’t connect the two issues as clearly as we…

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OSHA Expands Inspections & COVID-19 Reporting

On Tuesday of this week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new policy regarding inspections and enforcement during the coronavirus pandemic as well as the obligation of employers to record COVID-19 cases within their workforce. Beginning Monday, May 26, the agency will begin to resume the usual level of in-person inspections of…

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OSHA & EEOC Issue Reopening Guidance

With COVID-19 still dominating national news and many states considering reopening processes and timeline options, the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have both issued updated guidance on COVID-19 and its impact on the workplace after re-openings. In its guidance, OSHA underscores that its guidance neither creates new…

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OSHA Publishes COVID-19 Interim Enforcement Plan

The Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) last week published an Interim Enforcement Response Plan that provides guidance to OSHA personnel on handling complaints, referrals and severe illness reports related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides insight for employers on OSHA’s intent to prioritize complaint investigations relating higher risk of COVID-19 exposure with the hope…

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Posting Requirements for Federal and State Notices

All employers are required to post certain federal and state postings on an annual basis – and generally the first of the year is the best time to ensure compliance. Federal law requires that an employer with less than 50 employees post 5 specific notices: the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Employee Polygraph Protection Act;…

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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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