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6 Common Misconceptions About OSHA Law

By: Carl Habekost, Esq. [email protected] There are misunderstandings about OSHA law, OSHA citations, the burden of proof, and other issues which often result in wasted time and resources.  This article will highlight common misperceptions and discuss the correct understanding of these issues. 1. Serious Citations A “serious” citation does not mean serious in the ordinary sense of the word.  The…

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards

The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA for Fiscal Year 2020 (Oct. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020). This list is updated and released annually. Fall Protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) Hazard Communication Standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) Respiratory Protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134) Scaffolding,…

The Ohio Employment Law Uniformity Act

Ohio House Bill 352 (HB 352), known as the Employment Law Uniformity Act, was signed into law by Governor DeWine on January 12, 2021.  The Act goes into effect on April 15, 2021.  The new law makes changes to several areas of Ohio’s employment discrimination laws.   Statute of Limitations The Employment Law Uniformity Act shortens the time period for…

Industrial Commission Meeting: Phone and In-Person Hearings

Yesterday, March 22, 2021, the Industrial Commission of Ohio conducted a special telephone meeting in which the use of Webex was discussed.  Tom Connor, Director of Adjudications, stated that the Commission presently hears 3 hearings per hour for seven hours per day.  He anticipates the move to Webex will take place in mid-April.  Of note, the Commission has conducted telephone…

Marijuana: Hazy Laws for an ‘Essential Business’

Marijuana presents a challenging situation for employers around the country. Marijuana (cannabis) is illegal under federal law because it is classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.   This means Congress has determined that there is no medical value whatsoever for marijuana.  Yet a total of some 36 states legalized cannabis for medical purposes, and…

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