By Benjamin D. BriggsA. Scott Hecker, Adam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: CDC’s new COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation calculator “takes the stress out of deciding when, and for how long, individuals with COVID-19 and close contacts need to stay home, get tested, and wear a well-fitting mask.”

The new CDC calculator may
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By Benjamin D. BriggsAdam R. Young, A. Scott Hecker, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reopened its rulemaking record and scheduled an informal public hearing to seek comments on specific topics that relate to the development of a permanent OSHA standard to protect healthcare and healthcare support
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By James L. Curtis, Brent I. ClarkMark A. LiesAdam YoungPatrick D. Joyce, A. Scott Hecker, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that “U.S. healthcare workers experienced a staggering 249 percent increase in injury and illness rates in 2020, based on employer-reported data, as
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By Mark A. Lies, IIAdam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent Eastern District of Wisconsin case held that an OSHA 11(c) retaliation claim will survive summary judgment where the employer failed to comply with its own investigation procedures.

In Acosta v Dura-Fibre, No. 17-C-589, 27 OSHC 1179 (ED Wis. May 30,
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By Joshua M. HendersonIlana R. Morady, Brent I. Clark, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis:  On March 9, 2018, the California Office of Administrative Law approved the new regulation that will require hotels and other lodging establishments (such as resorts and bed and breakfast inns) to implement new requirements to protect employees who perform housekeeping
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By Joshua M. Henderson

Seyfarth Synopsis:  This past week, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board approved a new regulation that will require hotels and other lodging establishments (such as resorts and bed and breakfast inns) to implement new requirements to protect employees who perform housekeeping tasks from any “musculoskeletal injury.”

This new regulation–“Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention”–is intended to
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Starting January 1, 2015, OSHA’s recordkeeping rules will undergo a change to two key provisions.

One, a number of industries that were previously not required to keep OSHA injury and illness records will now have to maintain a log to comply with OSHA standards, and two, the list of severe work-related injuries and hospitalizations that must be reported to OSHA
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By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

In a stunning finding, after public hearings, OSHA has concluded, based on “many stakeholders expressed concern,” that its illness reporting requirements proposal “could motivate employers to under-record injuries and illnesses.” 79 Fed. Reg. 47605 (August 14, 2014).

As we noted in an earlier blog (OSHA Shame Game Continues: Its Plan to
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By James L. Curtis, Kerry M. Mohan, and Craig B. Simonsen

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced yesterday that it will extend the comment period thirty days, to March 8, 2014, on its proposed rule to “improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses.” 79 Fed. Reg. 778 (January 7, 2014).

As we
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By Brent I. Clark and Kerry M. Mohan

On November 7, 2013, OSHA announced a proposed rule regarding its injury and illness recordkeeping requirements that would make employee injury and illness records public. 78 Fed. Reg. 67254 (Nov. 8, 2013).

Currently, employers with eleven or more employees are required to keep and maintain OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 injury and
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