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Pokémon NO: New App Creates Risks For Employers

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By Parnian Vafaeenia and Karla Grossenbacher

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pokémon GO’s popularity is at a fever pitch. However, the game poses several risks for employers including software security, privacy and workplace safety concerns.

Your employees may be on a quest to catch ‘em all. Over 15 million people have downloaded the Pokémon GO game since its release two weeks ago.  … Continue Reading

Wave of Shootings Puts Workplace Violence Back in the Spotlight

Posted in OSHA Compliance, Workplace Violence

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: DHS’s recommendations for active shooter prevention and preparedness is only one piece of an effective workplace violence prevention program. Employers should assess their workplaces and develop comprehensive workplace violence prevention programs and training.

With the wave of violence that has gripped the nation this summer, many clients are again asking … Continue Reading

OSHA Delays Enforcement Date for New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

Posted in OSHA Compliance, OSHA Litigation

By James L. Curtis, Brent I. Clark, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: After a lawsuit was filed against OSHA challenging its May 2016 retaliation and recordkeeping rule, OSHA announced a three month delay in the rule’s effective date.

OSHA announced yesterday that it has delayed the effective date for enforcement of its new rule to Improve … Continue Reading

Business Organizations Sue OSHA Over Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

Posted in OSHA Compliance, OSHA Litigation

By James L. Curtis, Brent I. Clark, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: A lawsuit has been filed against OSHA challenging its May 2016 retaliation and recordkeeping rule.

We had blogged recently about the OSHA’s new rule on drug-testing, retaliation claims, and accident reporting. Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (Rule), 81 Fed. Reg. 29624 (May … Continue Reading

OSHA To Post Employer Injury Data Online, Will Require Employers to Submit Logs Electronically

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By Mark A. Lies, II and Adam R. Young

Seyfarth Synopsis: New OSHA final rule requires employer to submit data electronically, to be posted on the OSHA website.

On May 12, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published the final rules requiring employers to submit injury and illness data electronically.  81 Fed. Reg. 29624.

OSHA will release … Continue Reading

OSHA Releases Two More Temporary Worker Guidance Documents

Posted in Investigations/Inspections, OSHA Compliance

By Benjamin D. Briggs, Brent I. Clark, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA has just reminded temporary staffing agencies and their clients (i.e., host employers) that they are jointly responsible for temporary employee’s safety and health in two new guidance documents relating to safety and health training and hazard communications. Temporary agencies and host employers that … Continue Reading

New Food Safety Whistleblower Regulations: OSHA Bites Off More Than It Can Chew

Posted in OSHA Compliance, Whistleblower

By Mark A. Lies, II and Adam R. Young

Seyfarth Synopis: Employers may face liability for retaliation charges from employees who report food safety issues under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Employers in the food industry have a new headache to worry about. On April 18, 2016, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration released final rules establishing standards … Continue Reading

Zika Virus Spreading to United States: OSHA Provides Recommendations

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By Benjamin D. Briggs and Adam R. Young

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA Interim Guidance recommends that all employers develop and implement policies to deal with Zika virus.

What is Zika?

The Zika virus disease (Zika) primarily is spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes.  The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).  While some … Continue Reading

OSHA – Injury to Intoxicated Employee is Recordable

Posted in OSHA Compliance

By James L. Curtis, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: An alcohol induced accident involving an intoxicated employee can be an OSHA recordable incident.

OSHA recently opined in an Interpretation Letter that, where an employee sustained an injury at work but the employee was found to be intoxicated from alcohol through a post-injury drug … Continue Reading

16 Legal Tips: Handling OSHA Citations the Right Way

Posted in OSHA Compliance, OSHA Enforcement

Seyfarth Partner James L. Curtis was one of sixteen “top legal experts” interviewed to provide a “list of critical information you should be aware of in the event you receive an OSHA citation.” See “16 Legal Tips: Handling OSHA Citations the Right Way”  (Intelivert, 2016).

The article notes that the experts weighed in with “simple, actionable tips that … Continue Reading