All Items: Workplace Safety

  • OSHA Issues Final Rule on Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements

    Date:
    15 September 2014

    On September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule on Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements. The new rule will go into effect on January 1, 2015.

  • OSHA and NIOSH Issue Recommendations on Protecting Temporary Workers

    Date:
    03 September 2014

    As part of a Temporary Worker Initiative launched in April 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have released "Recommended Practices for Protecting Temporary Workers."

  • Dodd-Frank Retaliation Protections Do Not Apply Outside of US, Federal Appeals Court Rules

    Date:
    19 August 2014

    The retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) do not apply outside the US, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. With this decision, the 2nd Circuit has joined the 5th Circuit in determining that, although other Dodd-Frank provisions do apply outside of the US, the retaliation provisions do not.

  • Littler Employer Survey Highlights Whistleblowing Concerns, Regulatory Enforcement

    Date:
    18 July 2014

    A new employer survey by law firm Littler Mendelson highlights employers' concerns with respect to regulatory enforcement and whistleblowing activities. Over 500 HR professionals, in-house counsel and corporate executives completed the survey.

  • SEC Brings First Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Enforcement Action

    Date:
    18 June 2014

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled the first case brought under its new authority to bring anti-retaliation enforcement actions against a NY-based hedge fund advisory firm. The firm's owner was also charged with conducting conflicted transactions.

  • NLRB, OSHA Enter into Whistleblower Complaint Referral Program

    Date:
    29 May 2014

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) entered into a referral program in which OSHA agreed to refer time-barred whistleblower complaints regarding workplace safety to the NLRB for further investigation. The NLRB is likely to see a surge of safety-related ULPs as a result of this alliance with OSHA.

  • Whistleblowers: Supreme Court, CFTC and Court Developments

    Date:
    27 May 2014

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case weighing the public's right to know with national security issues; the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) awards its first bounty under its whistleblower program; and the circuits continue to debate Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) and Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) whistleblower provisions.

  • White House 2015 Budget Proposal Lists Enforcement, Investment Priorities

    Date:
    11 March 2014

    The White House proposed its 2015 budget last week, outlining the Obama Administration's enforcement priorities. An employer should expect increased enforcement of wage and hour laws and family and medical leave protections if Congress authorizes the administration's requests. New provisions regarding accelerated filing due dates for wage reporting and new electronic filing requirements (including penalty provisions) would be forthcoming if the proposed budget were approved.

  • Supreme Court: SOX Whistleblower Provisions Protect Contractor, Subcontractor Employees

    Date:
    04 March 2014

    The Supreme Court has ruled that employees of private companies that contract with public companies are covered by the whistleblower protections found in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX). The Court's ruling in Lawson v. FMR, LLC preserves the relatively broad interpretation of SOX's whistleblower provisions favored by the US Department of Labor (DOL).

  • OSHA Issues 2014 Inspection Plan

    Date:
    03 March 2014

    OSHA released its 2014 inspection plan, which focuses its inspection resources on non-construction, high-hazard industries. An employer with 20 or more workers in one of these industries could be randomly selected for a programmed inspection.

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