By James L. CurtisAdam R. Young, A. Scott HeckerPatrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last week, President Biden directed OSHA to release clear guidance for employers to help keep workers safe from COVID-19 exposure. On January 29, 2021, OSHA issued Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of
Continue Reading Biden OSHA Revises “Protecting Workers Guidance” on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

By James L. CurtisBrent I. Clark, Adam R. Young, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: Frederick will take over as the No. 2 official at OSHA, after having already spent 25 years as the top investigator at the United Steelworkers union’s health, safety, and environment department. In that job Frederick pressed for
Continue Reading USW Official James Frederick Selected as Deputy Assistant Secretary at OSHA

By Benjamin D. BriggsBrent I. Clark, James L. CurtisAdam R. Young, Ilana R. Morady, A. Scott HeckerPatrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: If confirmed as Labor Secretary, past union leader, Mayor Marty Walsh, would succeed former corporate employment attorney, Eugene Scalia. Secretary Scalia has been criticized by
Continue Reading President-Elect Biden Selects Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as Labor Secretary

By Brent I. Clark, Mark A. Lies, II, Benjamin D. BriggsJames L. CurtisA. Scott HeckerPatrick D. Joyce, and Adam R. Young

Seyfarth Synopsis: As the prospects of a likely Biden administration develop a key question becomes what should employers expect from OSHA under Biden? A COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard, aggressive enforcement,
Continue Reading What to Expect from OSHA in a Biden Administration

By Benjamin D. BriggsJames L. Curtis, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA’s enforcement budget increase to drive increase in 2021 inspections. 

The OSHA FY 2021 Congressional Budget Justification shows that in FY 2020 OSHA will receive an additional $12.7 million in funding that it will use to increase its Compliance Safety and Health Officer ranks
Continue Reading OSHA FY 2021 Congressional Budget Anticipates More Inspections to Come

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: A Democratic lead House subcommittee has proposed a large budget increase for both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

The Democratic budget proposal would allocate more than $660.9 million for OSHA in fiscal year 2020 – around $103 million more than the
Continue Reading Democratic House Proposes Large Increases for OSHA and MSHA Budgets

By James L. Curtis and Patrick D. Joyce

iStock_000065158991_Full.jpgAs we mentioned in our previous blog, the bipartisan budget signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015 contains provisions that will allow OSHA to raise maximum penalties for the first time in 25 years.

The maximum initial “catch up adjustment” will be based on the difference between the October 2015
Continue Reading UPDATE – New OSHA Maximum Penalty Amounts Become More Clear – October, 2015 CPI Released

By James L. Curtis and Patrick D. Joyce

iStock_000065158991_Full.jpgEmployers beware! The new bipartisan budget, passed by both the House and the Senate and signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015, contains provisions that will raise OSHA penalties for the first time in 25 years.

The budget allows for an initial penalty “catch up adjustment,” which must be in
Continue Reading New Budget Deal to Significantly Increase OSHA Fines for the First Time in Twenty-Five Years

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

The President just signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, H.R.3547, which will provide funding for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the 2014 fiscal year.

We previously blogged about OSHA’s 2014 Budget Justification, that included implementation of its new “weighted inspection system” to target the most serious
Continue Reading Funding For OSHA Enforcement Increases Under Law Signed by President

By Philip L. Comella and Craig B. Simonsen

The Obama Administration has proposed reducing funding for the Hazardous Substance Superfund Remedial program by $33 million. According to the Whitehouse EPA budget summary, this level of budget cut will “ensure that this reduction does not negatively impact public health.” The Administration maintains that the proposed funding level will be sufficient
Continue Reading Obama Administration Proposes to Make Cuts in Superfund Remediation Programs Under 2013 Budget