Category Archives: Legislative News

To keep OSHA logs, or not to keep OSHA logs … that’s the question

To keep OSHA logs, or not to keep OSHA logs … that’s the question

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips by Kristin White and Chantell Foley The Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) requires covered employers to meet several reporting requirements to prove compliance. At this time of the year, many covered employers have posted (or should have posted) OSHA Form 300A for injuries and illnesses that […]

Daily update from AGC of America – April 1

Daily update from AGC of America – April 1

The U.S. Department of Labor released a temporary rule guiding how American workers and employers can use the new Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, which were included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The department’s Wage and Hour Division posted the temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant […]

EPA ends enforcement during Novel Coronavirus outbreak

EPA ends enforcement during Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Source: EHS Today Temporary policy addresses enforcement discretion for companies Stefanie Valentic Mar 27, 2020 Companies encountering civil violations during the COVID-19 outbreak should not expect penalties for noncompliance, according to new temporary guidance the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released. The agency is suspending its enforcement policies for civil violations indefinitely, citing lack […]

Gov’t agencies announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave / tax credits

Gov’t agencies announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave / tax credits

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor recently announced small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees […]

What’s inside MSHA’s (relatively) new unified inspection handbook?

Source: Safety Law Matters By Avi Meyerstein on March 25, 2020 Posted in Enforcement updates, MSHA Now for a story that has nothing to do with viruses… In last month’s Rock Products magazine, our colleague Charles Fleischmann analyzed MSHA’s revisions to its inspection procedures. To find out what’s new and different in MSHA inspection policies, […]