If you’re wondering where those strongly worded press releases announcing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations have gone since January 20, you’re not alone. In the wake of President Trump’s inauguration, OSHA hasn’t issued a single press release about a severe violation — in fact, the last one was posted on January 18. However, one man is taking it on himself to get the word out about workplace safety citations. Jordan Barab, a former deputy assistant secretary at OSHA, is publishing information about violations on his blog, Confined Spaces.
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President Trump repealed the so-called “blacklisting rule” Monday that required federal contractors to disclose labor violations. The Obama-era rule was intended to prevent the government from contracting with businesses responsible for wage theft or workplace safety violations at any point within the last three years. But business groups feared it gave unions the upper hand at the bargaining table.
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The Senate voted 50-48 Wednesday to overturn the Volks rule, which authorized the agency to extend its enforcement authority of recordkeeping violations from six months to five years, according to The Hill. The House passed the measure earlier this month. The legislation now heads to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.
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