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OSHA Signals The End Of The New Electronic Reporting Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to rescind the majority of its contentious electronic reporting requirements. You may recall, back in May 2016, OSHA issued a final rule requiring employers with 250 or more employees to submit electronically Forms 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), 300A (Summary […]

Red Cross Stuck With Phlebotomist’s Retaliatory Discharge Claim

On July 14, 2017, a Norfolk federal judge denied a motion to dismiss a former Red Cross employee’s claim that her employer fired her for reporting what she believed were health and safety violations committed by her supervisor.  Easterbrooks v. American Red Cross, No. 2:17cv98 (E.D.  Va. 2017). Judge Raymond Jackson ruled that plaintiff Julie […]

OSHA Launches E-Filing for Mandatory Injury and Illness Reports

On August 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) electronic portal, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), will go live for employers to file their reports of workplace illnesses and injuries.  OSHA’s electronic record-keeping rule, which applies to companies with 250 employees or more, requires employers to submit electronically the OSHA Form 300 (Log of […]

DOL Releases Guidance For Reporting Workplace Injuries

On October 19, 2016, the Department of Labor released a guidance memorandum regarding employers’ policies on reporting workplace injuries and illnesses, and further outlined the prohibitions on retaliating for such reporting. In May 2016, OSHA published a final rule requiring employers to have in place reasonable procedures for reporting workplace injuries or illnesses and prohibiting […]

OSHA Issues Whistleblower Settlement Guidance

On September 15, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued new guidance on proposed whistleblower settlements.  The new guidance, which can be found here and here, makes clear that language that contravenes public policy and statutory protections cannot be included in any whistleblower settlement agreement between a complainant and an employer. Among other things, […]

Another Reason To Use E-Verify …

Daisy Construction Company (“Daisy”) hired Jose Campos in 2008, but it did not verify his social security number despite the availability of e-Verify.   One day while working on a traffic crew, Campos was thrown from the back of a truck and injured his shoulder and back. Campos could not work, and he started receiving total […]