July 28, 2021
Employers in New York state must have an infectious disease exposure prevention plan in place by August 5, according to a state Department of Labor spokesperson. However, the precautions under the plans only go into effect when state public health authorities make a “highly contagious communicable disease” declaration.

July 28, 2021
On July 23, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is seeking nearly $1 million in penalties from 4 employers at a poultry processing facility where 6 workers died from nitrogen exposure caused by a malfunctioning freezer.

July 23, 2021
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a Bergen County, New Jersey, roofing contractor with violating a settlement agreement and 10 new safety violations. The agency is now seeking $600,741 in penalties for the new violations.

July 21, 2021
A Colorado contractor has been sentenced to 10 months in jail for a fatal 2018 trench collapse at a Granby, Colorado, work site. The case comes under a partnership between the Department of Labor (DOL) Solicitor's Office and state and local prosecutors to prosecute employers under state criminal statutes.

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July 30, 2021 (Proposed Rule) - The Department of Labor has published the Semiannual Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions online. However, the Regulatory Flexibility Act requires publication of a regulatory flexibility agenda in the Federal Register. This Federal Register Notice contains the regulatory flexibility agenda.

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