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How Should Employers Provide Bathrooms for Transgender Employees? OSHA Has the Answer.

One of the great equalizing principles in life is that everyone, regardless of gender, has to use a bathroom. This leads to one of the touchier issues involving employers and transgender employees, however, as bathroom use is generally divided by gender. Should employers allow transgender employees to use the bathroom of her or his gender identity? Should employers require transgender employees to use the bathroom of his or her gender assigned at birth? Luckily, OSHA recently released guidance to help employers understand the needs of transgender persons. More >

OSHA’s New Regulations Increase Employers’ Reporting Responsibilities

On September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) released a new rule which will significantly increase the type of injuries that must be reported to the agency. The new rule maintains the requirement for employers to notify OSHA of any workplace fatalities within eight (8) hours. Now, in addition, employers are required to report all hospitalizations, plus any injuries that result in amputations or loss of an eye within twenty-four (24) hours. According to OSHA Administrator David Michaels, the expanded reporting requirements for severe injuries will result in employers being “more likely to take the steps necessary to better protect the lives and limbs of their employees.” Michaels said OSHA will use the data they receive to better target industries that need to do more to prevent injuries. More >

OSHA & MSHA Budget Proposals for Fiscal Year 2015

As an employment and labor law attorney, I am constantly emphasizing the importance of complying with regulations regarding employee health and safety. Training, up-to-date policies and procedures, and an environment focused on safety are the best ways to ward off costly fines and potential employee lawsuits. More >

Mind Regulations When It Is Time To Mine

The Department of Labor recently issued a reminder to employers involved in the mining industry. As spring (slowly) approaches, surface mines will reopen. As miners head back to the job site and prepare equipment for the new season, potential for injury is high. More >

Employers Should Take Note of WorkSmart Kentucky

On January 27, 2014, Governor Steve Beshear announced the launch of WorkSmart Kentucky, an initiative aimed at matching employers with their workforce needs. WorkSmart Kentucky is comprised of professionals from the state’s Cabinet for Economic Development, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Labor Cabinet, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.  Governor Beshear hopes the program will help “maintain the Commonwealth as a key player in the global economy for years to come.” As employers know, qualified workforces are the essential factor for success. More >

Comment Period Almost Over for OSHA Crystalline Silica Proposal, Cont.

As discussed on Monday, the permissible exposure level (“PEL”) for crystalline silica may soon be changing. OSHA has proposed a rule that would establish a new PEL, along with other safety measures to protect against the hazardous material. It should be kept in mind that any federal regulation set is the minimum standard that an employer must adhere to; it is always permissible for an employer to set more stringent requirements (in this case, a lower PEL) for their workplace. In addition, here are some recommended tips for employers whose workforces encounter crystalline silica: More >

Comment Period Almost Over for OSHA Crystalline Silica Proposal

In August 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced a proposed rule regarding workplace exposure to crystalline silica. The proposal includes two separate standards – one for general industry and maritime employment, and one for construction. More >

Don’t Want Your Injury and Illness Reports Online? Submit Your Comments to OSHA Now!

In a proposed rule appearing in the Federal Register on November 8, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) publicized its intention to bring about drastic changes to employer reporting and recordkeeping practices. The proposal followed the agency’s annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, which estimated that three million workers were injured on the job in 2012. More >

Private Employers/Employees Are Not Insulated From Government Shutdown

Last week, the Federal Government entered into its first partial shutdown in over seventeen years. Federal civilian workers woke up on Tuesday to an unclear future; over 800,000 were sent home until further notice on unpaid furlough.  In the event the Government cannot come to an agreement with regard to the debt ceiling in the next 10 days, there may be widespread economic ramifications for nearly every employer.  In the meantime, the partial Government shutdown is resulting in inconveniences for those in the private sector. More >

OSHA Looking Out for Temporary Workers’ Safety

The summer months often spur an influx in the hiring of temporary workers throughout the region. Unfortunately, some employers do not have programs in place to ensure proper training and compliance with safety standards for employees who are not on the path to permanent employment. Seeking to remedy this scenario, on April 29, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) released a memo detailing their new initiative to protect temporary employees from workplace hazards. More >

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