New Healthcare Workplace Safety Prevention Laws Take Effect April 1, 2017, in California

By | OSHA Law Blog | March 30, 2017
Healthcare employers in California should prepare for a host of new workplace safety requirements, starting this weekend. California’s new healthcare workplace safety prevention law takes effect April 1, 2017. The scope of the regulation affects almost all health care facilities, medical groups, and several other care facilities including senior care centers, nursing homes, and retirement homes. View Full Post
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OSHA’s Volks Rule Overturned by Congressional Review Act

By | OSHA Law Blog | March 22, 2017
Late today, the Senate voted 50-48 to adopt H.J. Res 83, nullifying OSHA’s rule “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness,” informally referred to as the “Volks” rule. The “Volks” rule made recordkeeping requirements a continuing obligation and effectively gave OSHA the ability to issue citations to employers for failing to record work-related injuries and illnesses during the 5-year retention period, contrary to the six-month statute of limitations.   View Full Post
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House of Representatives Votes to Block OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

By | OSHA Law Blog | March 17, 2017
The House of Representatives has voted to block a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordkeeping rule implemented in the last weeks of the Obama Administration. “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness” was published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2016, and became effective on January 18, 2017. View Full Post
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Senate Votes to Disapprove Obama-Era Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

By | OSHA Law Blog | March 7, 2017
The U.S. Senate has passed, by a single-vote margin, a joint resolution previously passed by the U.S. House that “disapproves” President Barack Obama’s 2014 Executive Order 13673: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, often called the “blacklisting” executive order.  To find out what this means, click here. View Full Post
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California’s Upcoming Indoor Heat Regulation

By | OSHA Law Blog | March 6, 2017
In October 2016, Governor Brown signed and approved Senate Bill 1167 which went into effect on January 1, 2017. The law directs Cal/OSHA to draft and propose heat illness and injury prevention standards for indoor workplaces by January 1, 2019. Specifically, the legislation adds Labor Code Section 6720, which states in relevant part: By January 1, 2019, the division shall propose to the standards board for the board’s review and adoption a standard that minimizes heat-related illness and injury among workers working in indoor places of employment. View Full Post
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Beryllium Final Rule’s Effective Date On Hold Again

By | OSHA Law Blog | March 1, 2017
OSHA has announced a second proposed delay in the effective date of the Occupational Exposure to Beryllium standard.  The final rule was published on January 9, 2017, but following the White House’s January 24, 2017 memorandum “Implementation of Regulatory Freeze,” OSHA delayed the effective date until March 21, 2017.  View Full Post
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