Overview: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the division of the Department of Labor in charge of creating and enforcing workplace safety and health. With limited exceptions, OSHA regulates almost all private industry workers in states that do not have their own, OSHA-approved state plan.
OSHA creates regulations for several specific industries, as well as general regulations for all industries; it conducts inspections of workplaces to make sure employers are complying with applicable standards; and it issues citations for violations. To make compliance easier, OSHA also offers many compliance programs to help employers create safer workplaces and to encourage and recognize the workplaces that go above and beyond, as well as to put extra pressure on those workplaces that consistently fail to follow the regulations.
Along with the health and safety regulations, OSHA also has several recordkeeping and posting requirements that almost all regulated employers must follow. Most employers that fall under OSHA must fill out the OSHA logs every year, as well as post a total injury and illness record in a conspicuous place every year from February 1 to April 30. At all times, employers must have the OSHA Job Safety and Health: It's the Law poster hanging in the workplace.
Trends: OSHA recently updated its Hazard Communication Standard to better conform to the Globally Harmonized System. With a series of rolling deadlines, employers need to update their written programs, training requirements, safety data sheets and labels and warnings.
Author: Ashley Shaw, JD, Legal Editor
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a whistleblower retaliation claim against Tyco Electronics Corporation (Tyco) based on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act's anti-retaliation provisions.
Updated to reflect NLRB requirements with respect to workplace recordings.
Updated to reflect the forthcoming statewide ban on handheld phone use by commercial motor vehicle drivers, effective July 1, 2016.
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This section assists HR professionals in minimizing liability risks. The section also highlights the federal government's major enforcement initiatives and possible damages, fines or penalties resulting from noncompliance.
President Barack Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which repeals the automatic enrollment requirement mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), increases OSHA penalties and addresses employer premiums with respect to pensions.
This briefing for supervisors examines accident prevention and response, eligibility for workers' compensation benefits, the types of benefits available to employees, and the several remedies available to employers throughout the workers' compensation claims process.
The 2nd Circuit's 2-1 Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC decision sets up a circuit split that may lead the Supreme Court to resolve the dispute.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new policies on the process for resolving whistleblower complaints. The new policies are intended to create an early resolution process as part of a regional alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed new rules intended to clarify its recordkeeping obligations.
HR guidance on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).