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Reminder: Electronic submission due December 15th

Employers covered by the recordkeeping requirements in Section 1904 are reminded that Friday, December 15th is the DEADLINE to electronically submit their 2016 300A. This requirement applies to establishments with 250 or more employees and to establishments in certain high-risk industries with 20 or more but less than 250 employees.

8 For ‘18: 8 Things for Employers to Look For from OSHA and MSHA in 2018

It’s that time of year again: for employers to celebrate the successes of the prior year and make plans and resolutions for the new one. But OSHA and MSHA are making New Year’s resolutions, too, and employers are well-advised to consider what actions these agencies may take in 2018 that could affect their businesses.

OSHA Appeals Decision Invalidating its Multi-Employer Citation Policy

Although the Department of Labor under new Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has indicated that it will be scaling back on the broad interpretation of joint employer for purposes of determining enforcement liability, on November 6, 2017, OSHA filed an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit seeking to preserve the agency’s multi-employer citation policy which has been in place for decades.

eLABORate: OSHA Extends Injury Reporting Deadline Until December 15, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has announced a two-week delay of the deadline for employers to submit their 2016 “Summary of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses.” The deadline previously was December 1, 2017, but has been extended until December 15, 2017. The requirement to submit this data is a result of a new rule issued during the Obama administration and will be a first for employers.

OSHA Extends Date for Electronically Reporting Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

Employers covered by federal workplace safety recordkeeping regulations have an additional two weeks to electronically file their 2016 injury and illness data. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the date by which employers must electronically report their Form 300A data through the agency's Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017.

OSHA Extends Date for Electronically Submitting Injury and Illness Reports

On November 21, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) (https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/index.html) to December 15, 2017.

OSHA Delays Electronic Filing By Two Weeks

Today OSHA announced that it will delay the electronic submission requirements for employers covered by the recordkeeping requirements in Section 1904 until December 15, 2017. Last year OSHA finalized its Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses regulation, which established new requirements for certain employers to electronically submit their injury and illness recordkeeping forms via a secure website. Specifically, employers covered by OSHA’s recordkeeing requirements must either file their 300A or their 300A, 300 Log and 301 Forms depending on the establishment size and other criteria.

OSHA Further Delays Deadline Regarding Crane Operator Certification to 2018

On November 9, 2017, OSHA published a Final Rule further extending by one year the employer duty to ensure the competency of crane operators involved in construction work. Previously, this duty was scheduled to terminate on November 10, 2017, but is now extended to November 10, 2018. OSHA is also further extending the deadline for crane operator certification for one year to November 10, 2018.

I Wonder How Many Other Hollywood Personalities Wish that they had Promised their Boss a Missouri Whooping?

I am not encouraging workplace violence, even for individuals who may deserve a good old fashioned whooping. However, it is worth noting that one of the few Hollywood celebrities to have largely survived the onslaught of harassment claims with some dignity is Brad Pitt. As everyone knows, while dating a young Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad Pitt reportedly confronted Harvey Weinstein, told him to stop harassing Miss Paltrow, and threatened a “Missouri Whooping.” Given the story, I tend to suspect that he actually promised a “Missouri Ass Whipping” (pardon my language).

What If.... Harassment, "Me Too" and the Media.

We encourage larger companies to establish a committee to meet every six to twelve months to engage in “What-if” risk planning. If we have learned anything this year, it’s that businesses face more unexpected risk than ever before.