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When Will OSHA Treat Independent Contractors as Employees?

When Will OSHA Treat Independent Contractors as Employees?

As OSHA attorneys, we often hear from our clients that OSHA cited them for the acts of their subcontractors or independent contractors. Generally, an employer is not liable for the acts of its subcontractors or independent contractors, but there are exceptions. One...

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OSHA’s New Leadership Under the Biden Administration

OSHA’s New Leadership Under the Biden Administration

Under the Biden administration, there will be sweeping changes to OSHA, including to the people that run OSHA and the direction that they take the Administration. With former Boston Mayor and union leader Marty Walsh tapped to lead the Department of Labor, it is clear...

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Who is exempt from OSHA?

Who is exempt from OSHA?

Because of OSHA's broad scope, most employers and employees must follow its standards and regulations on occupational health and safety. However, there is a small category of persons exempt from OSHA, i.e., they are safe from citations and punishment if they do not...

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How to Quash an OSHA Warrant

How to Quash an OSHA Warrant

If an employer refuses an OSHA inspection, or if prior to the inspection it is believed that the employer will refuse the inspection, OSHA can seek an inspection warrant. Once the employer receives the OSHA inspection warrant, it is possible to get the warrant...

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When OSHA Can Request 300 Logs

When OSHA Can Request 300 Logs

When an OSHA representative requests an employer to provide copies of its 300 log, the employer must provide copies of the log within four business hours. But when is OSHA allowed to request the 300 logs? An OSHA inspector can access an employer’s 300 log if the...

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Contesting OSHA Citations Late

Contesting OSHA Citations Late

Upon receiving an OSHA citation from federal OSHA, an employer has 15 working days from receipt of the Citation and Notification of Penalty to file a written Notice of Contest. 29 U.S.C. § 659(a). But if an employer misses the 15-day window to file a Notice of...

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