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10.12.2016   |   Articles / Publications

Burr Alert: Is Your Injury Reporting Rule “Reasonable”? OSHA’s Final Rules on Workplace Safety Reporting & Anti-Retaliation

On July 13, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced that it would delay the enforcement of the final rule, which is designed to improve workplace safety reporting, from the originally scheduled effective date of August 10, 2016 to November 1, 2016. The final rule requires employers to (1) inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation, and (2) establish a reasonable procedure for employees to report work-related injuries and illnesses. The final rule also explicitly prohibits discrimination against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.

Employers are well advised to become familiar with the far-reaching nature of the final rule. Specifically, employers should be aware that they could be subject to OSHA citation, if the agency determines that the policy for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses is unreasonable.

Download the full article, “Is Your Injury Reporting Rule “Reasonable”?: OSHA’s Final Rules on Workplace Safety Reporting & Anti-Retaliation.”

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