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  • The Joint Employer Rule and OSHA Liability

    On April 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule that would revise and clarify the responsibilities of employers and “joint employers” to employees in certain “joint employer” arrangements.  The proposal, if adopted, will be the first substantial change to DOL regulations on this topic since 1958.

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  • Managers, Supervisors, and OSHA: A “Binding” Experience

    When a Compliance Officer (OSHA Inspector) appears at your workplace, employers should be aware that everything a supervisor or manager says at any point in time to the inspector could, and probably will, bind the company to support a citation.
    Imagine that an OSHA Inspector appears at your place of business based on a complaint of safety concerns by employees.  The OSHA Inspector presents credentials, and the opening conference begins.

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  • Look In the Sky: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s OSHA

    On May 18, 2018, OSHA issued an internal memorandum to its regional administrators outlining procedures for the use of “drones” during inspections.   Despite the fact this memorandum was issued nearly a year ago, very little is known about the practical impact on enforcement activities.   Employers need to remember that OSHA does not have unlimited search authority.

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  • May 6-10 is the 6th Annual National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction

    The 6th annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls will take place the week of May 6-10, 2019. Falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, yet each one is preventable. The stand-down is a voluntary opportunity for employers to pause work and have a conversation with workers about fall hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations.

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  • OSHA Rescinds Electronic Recording Requirements for Forms 300 & 301

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule which eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) to OSHA each year.

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