OSHA Announces Over $1 Million in COVID-19 Violations

On October 16th, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a total in proposed penalties for coronavirus violations. Since the start of the pandemic through October 8th, 2020, the agency has cited 85 establishments for related violations. These proposed penalties total $1,222,156. Overview of Violations OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing […]

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OSHA Expands Employer Guidance on COVID-19

On September 30th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the publication of additional COVID-19-related frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs). The new FAQs discuss the need to report employees’ in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities resulting from work-related cases of the coronavirus. As reported in June, OSHA has been […]

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Employers Need to Be Careful When It Comes to Flu Vaccinations

As fall and winter approach, it means that cases of seasonal flu will increase. This, in addition to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, might cause concern for employers everywhere. Some employers might even consider requiring employee flu vaccinations as a way to protect workers from the contagious illness. According to the National Law Review, however, employers […]

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OSHA Continues to Fine Businesses for COVID-19 Violations

In July 2020, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a workplace for failing to protect employees from the coronavirus. This was the first coronavirus-related fine levied by OSHA. According to the agency, the healthcare company was in violation of two respiratory protection standards: failing to develop a comprehensive written respiratory protection program; […]

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OSHA Releases New Guidance on Returning to Work

On June 18th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new guidance to assist employers as they reopen non-essential businesses.  The guidance provides suggestions for working with their employees who are returning to work during the evolving coronavirus pandemic. The new resource, titled “Guidance on Returning to Work,” […]

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OSHA Releases Guidance on Masks in the Workplace

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a series of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the use of masks in the workplace. “As our economy reopens for business, millions of Americans will be wearing masks in their workplace for the first time,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for […]

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OSHA Revises Coronavirus Enforcement Policies

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued two revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s requirements with respect to the coronavirus. As businesses begin to reopen across the country, OSHA wanted to update these resources to ensure that employers are acting to protect their employees. First, OSHA is increasing in-person […]

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OSHA’s COVID-19 Poster Now Available in 13 Translations

On May 4th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its “Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster in 11 additional language translations. Originally released on April 6th, in English and Spanish, the non-mandatory poster highlights 10 infection prevention measures every […]

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OSHA Releases Enforcement Guidance on Recording COVID-19 Cases

On April 10th, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued interim guidance for enforcing OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements (29 CFR Part 1904) as it relates to recording cases of COVID-19. Overview of OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements Under OSHA recordkeeping rules, many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep […]

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Reminder: Retaliating Against Workers Who Report Unsafe Pandemic Conditions is Illegal

In this incredibly uncertain time, when things seem to be changing on a daily basis, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) wants to remind employers that some things have not changed: it is still illegal to retaliate against workers who report unsafe and unhealthful conditions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Acts of […]

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