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New Antitrust and Money Laundering Laws to Expand OSHA Whistleblower Claims

USA - February 25 2021 The U.S. Department of Labor announced last week OSHA will oversee the processing of worker retaliation complaints filed under two new whistleblower…

CDC Says Fully Vaccinated People May Skip Covid Quarantines

USA - February 11 2021 CDC yesterday released an update to its recommended guidance on Vaccines & Immunizations. The guidance provides updated quarantine…

Biden OSHA Revises “Protecting Workers Guidance” on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

USA - January 29 2021 Last week, President Biden directed OSHA to release clear guidance for employers to help keep workers safe from COVID-19 exposure. On January 29…

USW Official James Frederick Selected as Deputy Assistant Secretary at OSHA

USA - January 21 2021 Frederick will take over as the No. 2 official at OSHA, after having already spent 25 years as the top investigator at the United…

Surprise! (Not Again) - OSHA and EPA Release Civil Penalty Increases for 2021

USA - January 19 2021 The DOL and U.S. EPA have published their 2021 increases to civil penalties. We have blogged previously about the annual adjustments to the maximum…

Cal/OSHA Finally Updates FAQs For Emergency Temporary COVID-19 Standard

USA - January 15 2021 The California Department of Industrial Relations’ Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved an Emergency Temporary Standard regarding COVID-19…

President-Elect Biden Selects Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as Labor Secretary

USA - January 8 2021 If confirmed as Labor Secretary, past union leader, Mayor Marty Walsh, would succeed former corporate employment attorney, Eugene Scalia.

New FAA Rule May Expand Use of Drones in OSHA Inspections

USA - December 30 2020 On December 28, 2020, the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, announced a final rule governing the…

Employers File Lawsuit Challenging Cal/OSHA’s Alleged Illegal Overreach in ETS Rulemaking

USA - December 23 2020 The National Retail Federation (NRF) and others brought an action against the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), Division of…

CDC Revises Guidance to Reduce COVID-19 Quarantine Time

USA - December 2 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just released revised guidance on quarantine time allowing for two quarantine options in addition…