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On May 22, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) made an important announcement that affects the reporting of injuries at the workplace. OSHA announced it is suspending its previously issued electronic reporting requirements on workplace injuries. Earlier this year, OSHA had instituted a new rule that was to take effect in July that would have required employers to electronically submit injury and illness logs. The original rule would have given builders, contractors, and other companies until July 1 to electronically submit their lists of 2016 workplace injuries. However, now that rule appears to be in limbo, as OHSA proposed the July 1, 2017 be suspended until further notice.  Industry insiders have hinted the suspension may be due to concerns over the rule by the new Secretary for the Department of Labor, R. Alexander Acosta, who took office on May 5, 2017. Johnson & Bell will provide any updates on this critical development as they become available.

 

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