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Congress Eliminates OSHA Continuous Reporting Obligation Rule | Ohio Benefit Advisors

What played out as a soap opera of sorts involving all three branches of government has resulted in relief for employers. On March 22, 2017, the Senate narrowly adopted House Joint Resolution 83 (H.J.Res.83) under the Congressional Review Act. The joint resolution nullifies a recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) final rule that went … Continued

Ask the Experts: Working from Home During Bad Weather | Ohio Benefit Advisors

Question: Are we required to allow employees (either exempt or nonexempt) to work from home if we must close the office due to bad weather? Answer: No, employers are not required to allow employees to telework (work from home or another location; virtual work) under any specific weather conditions regardless of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemption … Continued

OSHA Updates Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs Guidelines | Ohio Benefit Advisors

On October 21, 2016, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a set of Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs to update OSHA’s 1989 guidelines. The updates reflect the countless changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues since its first release 30 years ago. The Recommended Practices combine … Continued

OSHA Reporting Changes: Employer Checklist | Ohio Employee Benefits

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued sweeping changes to record-keeping and reporting rules. Starting in 2017, employers with as few as 20 employees may be required to electronically report workplace injuries and illnesses on an annual basis, and the information from those reports will be searchable, by employer name, by any member … Continued

OSHA’s Final Rule on Electronic Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses | Ohio Benefit Advisors

Beginning in 2017, certain employers with as few as 20 employees at a single site will be required to electronically file information about employee injuries and accidents that occurred in the prior year. This means that, for many employers, injuries and illnesses occurring in 2016 will be subject to this change. Employers of as few … Continued

In the Spotlight Again: Workplace Violence

With three tragic incidents of workplace violence occurring during the same week in September, it’s no wonder the topic is once again making national headlines. Just ahead of these terrible events, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported citing two companies for knowingly violating their obligation to protect workers from unsafe conditions — under … Continued