Enforcement Update: OSHA Still Embarrassed About Enforcing the Law

Press Release Drought Continues When Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta testified last month before the US Senate, he committed to citing employers who have the information about how to make the workplace safe, but don’t do what they need to do to provide a safe workplace.  Well, to their credit, OSHA continues to enforce the…

Ohio Decides Injured Workers Deserve Workers Comp — Even if Undocumented

A proposal that would have blocked workers compensation benefits for undocumented workers injured on the job was defeated Wednesday in the Ohio state Senate. Last month, by a vote of 65-29, the Ohio House of Representatives passed H.B. 27, which included language giving “employers immunity for injuries suffered by undocumented immigrants except when the worker…

OSHA Enforcement Update: Press Release Forecast – Still Slim to None.

Since late April, OSHA has issued only three additional enforcement press releases (listed below, Gulf Cable, the Saipan casino case, and Republic Steel). Whereas the Obama administration issued press releases for any case greater than $40,000 (as well as “novel” cases like workplace violence and heat stroke), there seems to be no rhyme or reason…

Ohio Comp Bill Encourages Employers to Hire Undocumented Workers

I’m not sure that was their intention, but what could make hiring undocumented workers more attractive than passing a law that  “prohibits undocumented workers from receiving payments if injured on the job?” And that’s not all:  “It also gives employers immunity for injuries suffered by undocumented immigrants except when the worker can prove the employer…

OSHA Press Releases Hide Behind “Cloak of Invisibility”

After almost four months, the Trump Administration’s OSHA has issued only two enforcement-related press releases, despite having issued well over 200 citations with penalties exceeding $40,000 — the former threshold for a press release.  The more than 200 cases with penalties greater than $40,000 since January 20 are listed below. The Washington Post today describes OSHA’s failure…