Senator Patty Murray (D. WA) and co-sponsor Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D. NH) recently reintroduced the Protecting America’s Workers Act (“PAWA”). PAWA is designed to expand the protections and enforcement scope of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”). PAWA increases OSHA protections to include state, county, municipal and U.S. government employees. Moreover, PAWA increases whistleblower… Continue Reading
On June 6, an Administrative Law Judge ruled that OSHA had engaged in “improper rulemaking” in issuing a memorandum requiring employers in the oil and gas drilling industry to provide and require their workers to use fire resistant/retardant clothing (FRC). For the time being, this decision is a victory for employers in the oil and gas industry.
The OSHA Standard for Reporting and Recording Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, 29 C.F.R. § 1904, requires that certain employers track work related illnesses and injuries of their employees throughout the year, and post the summaries of those injuries from the previous year from February 1 to April 30. OSHA’s deadline for employers to post their annual summary of injuries and illnesses is February 1, 2012.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking public comment on interim final rules that revise its regulations on the filing and handling of Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) whistleblower complaints.