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OSHA Delays Enforcement of Recordkeeping Rule until December 1

Submitted by Firm:
Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.
Firm Contacts:
Abtin Mehdizadegan, J. Bruce Cross, Misty Wilson Borkowski
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Legal Update
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has delayed enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its injury and illness tracking rule until December 1, 2016. 

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas requested the delay to allow additional time to consider a motion challenging the new provisions. The anti-retaliation provisions were originally scheduled to begin August 10, 2016, but were previously delayed until November 10 to allow time for outreach to the regulated community.

Under the rule, employers are required to inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation; implement procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that are reasonable and do not deter workers from reporting; and incorporate the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.