In 2008, a 34-year-old retail worker was trampled to death when Black Friday shoppers in Long Island busted through the doors to claim their holiday bargains.
On November 20, 2015 the fall semiannual regulatory agenda for federal agencies was published.
Word is starting to spread about the potential increases — up to 80% — for OSHA penalties based upon recent federal government budget legislation.
For the first time since 1990, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been authorized to increase its civil penalties.
As we mentioned in our previous blog, the bipartisan budget signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015 contains provisions that will allow OSHA to raise maximum penalties for the first time in 25 years.
In August, OSHA issued a revised version of its 2006 Directive on the Agency’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations that includes an updated list of 80 industries, primarily in manufacturing, that are targeted for inspection based on the high number of amputations that have occurred in those industries since 2006.
Under the Recordkeeping regulation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), covered employers must prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses.
OSHA is being criticized for a recent interpretation letter clarifying who is responsible for recording illnesses and injuries in what the agency considers a “joint employer relationship” where supervision is shared between a host employer and a staffing agency.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a draft document intended to “help employers” to develop a program to protect employees from retaliation when issues or concerns about workplace conditions or activities that could harm workers or members of the public are raised.