The February issue of InsideCounsel magazine includes quotes from Ed Foulke, co-chair of the firm's Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. The article "Protecting America's Workers Act Would Give OSHA New Ammunition Against Employers," outlined the Protecting America's Workers Act (PAWA) - legislation that would give Labor Secretary Hilda Solis more ammunition to back up her promise to the AFL-CIO that "the DOL will once again be back in the enforcement business." PAWA, a wide-ranging bill, would strengthen whistleblower protections, require OSHA to investigate all cases of death and serious injuries, and prohibit policies or practices that discourage employees from reporting work-related injuries or illnesses or that provide for adverse action against employees who do report them. Civil penalties would increase, with serious violation maximum fines rising to $12,000 from $7,000 and willful violation fines going to as high as $120,000 from $70,000. Ed, a former head of OSHA, said that the provisions for felony charges will probably be the most contentious in the entire bill. "Changing from misdemeanor charges to felonies would have the most opposition from the business community."