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New ATSDR Silica Study Profiles Adverse Health Affects

Don Gallo, Sean FryeOctober 9, 2019
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently...

Liable for Contractor’s Miscues? Don’t Be Fooled by General Rule—Know the Exceptions

Aneet KaurMay 6, 2019
There are several benefits to hiring independent contractors. One benefit is avoiding liability for work the contractor negligently performs. Specifically,...

Legal Primer: Conducting & Managing the Results of Safety Audits

Troy ThompsonFebruary 5, 2019
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) and its substantive regulations, covered employers are subject to certain safety...

Court Rules OSHA’s Rollback of Requirement for Submission of Detailed Data Regarding Workplace Injuries and Illnesses May Proceed

Don GalloJanuary 4, 2019
OSHA issued new regulations to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” that took effect January 1, 2017.  The new...

Retaliation Claims During OSHA Investigations Can Add Scrutiny to Employment Practices

Tyler WilkinsonOctober 19, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for participating in Occupational Safety and...

Workplace Safety Violations: More Costly and With More Criminal Penalties in 2016

Eric HuntMarch 28, 2016
Congress’s recently passed budget agreement includes a provision that permits the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to increase fines...

Is that Medical Exam Really “Necessary”?

Michael ModlOctober 28, 2015
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits an employer from compelling employees to undergo a medical exam unless the employer...

Minimizing Liability Exposure to OSHA Whistleblower Claims

Troy ThompsonDecember 18, 2013
Construction employers should take notice of a steady increase in OSHA whistleblower claims over the last several years. The U.S....

State Worker Can Be Sued For Failing to Follow Safety Regulations

Timothy BarberJuly 20, 2009
In Umansky v. ABC Insurance, Inc., 2009 WI 82, ____ Wis. 2d ____, ____ N.W.2d ____, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held...