On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act (the “Act”) of 2015 into law.  P.L. 114-74. The Act changes the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, enacted at 28 U.S.C. §2461. These little-noticed changes have huge ramifications because they specifically remove OSHA from the list of agencies that are exempt

Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (also known as Ebola or EVD) has caused significant concerns for Ohio employers, particularly as the connections between our local workforce and Dallas healthcare worker April Vinson continue to come to light. Vinson, who has tested positive for the virus, reportedly traveled by air to Cleveland on October 10 and returned to

New Reporting Requirements:

OSHA has issued a final rule that modifies recordkeeping and reporting requirements for employers. The most significant change requires an employer to notify OSHA within twenty-four (24) hours of when an employee suffers a work-related, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye.  Under the prior rule, employers were only required to

This post was authored by Inna Shelley.

On June 21, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued a Hazard Alert addressing the health risks of exposure to airborne silica for workers employed on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” sites, in a process used to extract

On January 20th, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finally released its fall 2011 regulatory agenda on its website.  It reveals that OSHA’s top priorities include small business review of an injury and illness prevention program rule, a request for information on revision of OSHA’s permissible chemical exposure limits, and a

Late last year, OSHA announced in a posting on its website its plan to change its penalty calculation system with the overall goal of increasing fines to deter violations.  OSHA stated:

Many of the agency’s current penalty adjustment factors have been in place since the early 1970’s, resulting in penalties which are often too low to