By Brent I. Clark, Benjamin D. BriggsIlana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: A new Senate Bill that would radically increase Cal/OSHA’s enforcement powers is working its way through the California legislature. SB 606, authored by Senator Lena Gonzalez and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez – both of whom have significant organized labor backgrounds
Continue Reading California Legislature Considers Beefing-Up Cal/OSHA’s Enforcement Powers

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 A. Scott HeckerBrent I. Clark, Adam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: On December 28, 2020, the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, announced a final rule governing the “Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People.” This new rule could lead OSHA to push for increased use of drones in its inspections.
Continue Reading New FAA Rule May Expand Use of Drones in OSHA Inspections

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 Jeryl L. OlsonRebecca A. Davis, and Patrick D. Joyce

Seyfarth Synopsis: As the potential for a Presidential administration change moves closer to reality, another dramatic agenda swing is possible in the environmental regulatory world, from an anti-regulation Trump administration to a pro-enforcement Biden administration. While the past four years have been about easing restrictions on
Continue Reading What Now? Post-Election Environmental Outlook

By Brent I. Clark, Benjamin D. Briggs, James L. Curtis, Daniel R. BirnbaumPatrick D. Joyce, Adam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: On April 13, 2020, OSHA released an Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) which is intended to provide instructions and guidance to Area Offices and
Continue Reading OSHA Publishes Interim Enforcement Response Plan for COVID-19 Inspections

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

Seyfarth Synopsis: This morning our panel from Seyfarth’s Workplace Safety team led a briefing on OSHA regulation and enforcement under the Trump Administration. 

One year into the Trump Administration, employers’ expectations for a more business-friendly Agency have not yet materialized, as the still-leaderless Agency proceeds ahead with widespread aggressive enforcement. The panel addressed recent developments and trends our Group
Continue Reading PPT Slides from OSHA Trends and Developments: One Year into the Trump Administration