OSHA Issues Guidance On Reopening for Non-Essential Businesses
By: Hillary Freesmeier
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, better known as OSHA, has recently released its Guidance on Returning to Work for those businesses that have been deemed “non-essential” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Guidance directs a Three Phase …
OSHA Issues Updated Guidance On When Employers Must Record COVID-19 Cases
By: Elizabeth Fellmeth
In OSHA’s original guidance from April 2020, the agency acknowledged the difficulty in determining whether a COVID-19 case was “work-related” due to possible employee infections from outside the workplace. Most employers did not have a reporting obligation …
Can I Take Your Order Please? OSHA Releases COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants Offering Takeout or Curbside Pickup
By: Travis Cashbaugh
The COVID-19 pandemic has
impacted all industries across the country, perhaps none greater than the
restaurant, food and beverage industry. Faced with widespread closures, many
retailers in the food and beverage industry modified their business models for …
COVID-19: What Medical Inquiries Can Employers Make?
By: Jennifer Markowski
Last week, Brad Adler, addressed FAQ’s (and Answers) for Employers Dealing with the Coronavirus, COVID-19. Subsequent to that article, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Consequently, employers should follow …
OSHA Issues Guidance on the Usage of Headphones on Construction Sites
By: Erin Lamb
In late 2019, OSHA released a letter of interpretation in response to employers’ questions regarding the rapidly increasing use of headphones on construction sites. The convenience, simplicity, and decrease in price of wireless headphones have made them …
OSHA Developments Favorable for Employers
By: Amy Bender
Two recent OSHA developments signal good news for employers.
The first relates to the scope of OSHA inspections of an employer’s workplace. In a recent federal court case, after an employee of a poultry processing plant was …
Retaliation Claims Keep Expanding: Flight Attendants Bring OSHA Claim for Reporting "Security Threat"
By: Amy Combs Bender
A few days ago, thirteen flight attendants filed a complaint with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) against their former employer, United Airlines, claiming they were terminated in retaliation for reporting a security …