The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new rule that will require all non-exempt employers to implement procedures for employees to report occupational injuries and illnesses and policies that expressly forbid retaliation against employees who make such reports. The rule will also require certain employers to submit employee injury and illness logs electronically to OSHA for public publication on OSHA's website.
The Department of Justice and the Department of Labour recently signed a memorandum of understanding to coordinate criminal prosecutions of worker safety and health law violations. The goal of the initiative is to increase the frequency and effectiveness of criminal prosecution of violations of worker health and safety law. Industry can expect incidents that result in serious worker injury or death to be the subject of greater federal scrutiny.