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On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) launched a National Emphasis Program (“NEP”) in an effort to protect workers from the hazard of contracting COVID-19 at work.  This NEP was issued the same week the American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law, giving OSHA an additional $100 million in funding for this purpose. The NEP... read more

On January 29, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidance to employers on how to make the workplace safe from potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. You should know that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) covers all private-sector employers with any employees, and unlike other workplace legislation, the OSH Act does not have a... read more

Beginning January 15, 2021, the maximum fine under the Occupational Safety and Health Act for a serious or other-than-serious violation increases to $13,653 per violation.  Significantly, for each willful or repeat violation, the maximum fine increases to $136,532, almost twice what it was just a few years ago.  Moreover, the Secretary of Labor for the incoming administration has a... read more

On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a new proclamation temporarily suspending entry into the United States of certain nonimmigrants seeking to enter on the popular H-1B (specialty occupation), H-2B (seasonal worker), L-1 (intracompany transferee), and J-1 (exchange visitor) visas.  The proclamation, titled Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Present a Risk to... read more

The coronavirus pandemic presents unique challenges regarding evaluation of workers’ compensation claims by employees who claim to have contracted COVID-19 in the course of their employment. Florida and other states have taken varying approaches to such claims. On March 30, 2020, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis issued Directive 2020-05, which directs the Division of Risk... read more

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