Expected OSHA Changes Under The Biden Administration

A talk by Howard A. Mavity
Partner, Atlanta, Fisher Phillips

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President-Elect Biden can begin taking actions that will immediately impact employers, and given his obligations to, and the presence of many labor allies, we know that the changes will not be employer friendly. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the pressure for more federal safety regulation and aggressive enforcement, the president-elect has already indicated direction. There is a long list of changes to OSHA wanted by unions and other groups. On the other hand, OSHA and many state plans are understaffed, overloaded, and frustrated – and big changes will require more funding and personnel. Many changes can immediately occur, but their effect may not be felt for months. Another factor is the direction in which different state plans will go, and the extent to which Cal-OSHA’s changes during the pandemic will affect the other state plans and their association. We’ll discuss likely quick changes, longer term developments, proper preparation, and opportunities to work with OSHA.

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