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OSHA’s New Weighted Inspection Rules Go Into Effect

In 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration adopted new weighted inspection rules to access its enforcement activity.  In the past, OSHA measured the effectiveness of its enforcement programs by counting the total number of inspections without regard to the type of inspection.  In other words, OSHA gave itself credit for effective enforcement by equating […]

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 […]