OSHA New Anti-Retaliation Rules Goes Into Effect December 1, 2016

On November 28, 2016, a Texas federal district court denied a motion for an injunction to block the December 1, 2016 implementation of the anti-retaliation provisions found in OSHA’s new injury and reporting rule. Therefore, starting tomorrow, OSHA’s new anti-retaliation provisions will limit post-accident and post-injury discipline and drug testing, as well as how accident and injury-related incentive programs can be administered by employers. These new rules will apply to all employers. Accordingly, all employers should review their safety-related policies and practices to determine if their existing policies or post-accident drug testing policies violate the new anti-retaliation rule.

Additionally, starting January 1, 2017, companies with 250 or more employees must electronically submit their OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 Forms, which cover information about workplace injuries and illnesses. Companies with 20-249 employees in certain “high risk” industries such as construction and manufacturing must electronically submit their OSHA 300A Forms. Our other coverage of these new OSHA rules can be found at our previous blogs here and here .

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