Safety Policies in 2021: How the New Administration Impacts Employers Now
Following a turbulent 2020 election, we’re now seeing the impact a new administration will have on occupational, safety and health (OHS) legislation plus regulatory activity. Join us to get a clear view of the changing landscape for employers and safety professionals, as well as what you need to do now to prepare.
We’ll address how executive branch changes are impacting OSHA policies, emphasis programs and enforcement - and the regulatory agenda. Plus, how changes in congressional balance will affect legislation such as comprehensive OSHA reform, public sector coverage, the voluntary protection program, and criminal prosecutions.
Learn how these changes affect your safety policies, and steps you can take now to ensure continued compliance. Join us as we cover:
- Key players at the US Department of Labor (DOL), and how that will impact current and future OSHA and MSHA activities and agendas
- How criminal penalties for OSHA violations may be enhanced, along with whistleblower protections
- The effects of emergency standards on employers
- How the state plan OSHA agencies’ COVID rules and enforcement may shape federal policy
- Ways 2020 DOL rulemaking on joint employers and independent contractor classification impacts OSHA enforcement
How a New Administration Will Impact Safety Policy and Enforcement
- Ways the OSHA/MSHA Semi-annual Regulatory Agenda is likely to be modified starting in the Spring
- Who is in charge at the key OHS-related agencies and what this means for changes to policy
- Impact of COVID-19 on OSHA enforcement activities and future trends
- OHS-related legislation introduced to date in 2021 and how it impacts your policies
- OSHA/MSHA/NIOSH funding for 2021, and the projected funding for 2022
- The impact of the new administration on existing OSHA enforcement programs
- Prospects for increases in criminal sanctions under the OSH Act and Mine Act, and with DOL
- Outlook for enhanced whistleblower protections and enforcement
- How will OSHA/NIOSH guidance on COVID-19 prevention for workplaces be altered
Get answers to key questions employers are asking including:
- Will OSHA revert to the protocols for enforcement and emphasis programs in place under the Obama administration, and which Trump programs and policies may be cancelled?
- How might criminal penalties be altered legislatively, and what other aspects of the OSH Act may be amended?
- Who really controls OSHA funding, and what does the “continuing resolution” adopted in late 2020 mean for the safety agencies (OSHA, MSHA, NIOSH)?
- Will the Biden OSHA push for expedited federal standards on the initiatives that were stalled under the Trump administration (infectious disease prevention, workplace violence, combustible dust, heat stress)?
About the Speaker
Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP is an attorney, safety professional and trainer who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. in Beltsville, MD, Charleston, WV, and Denver, CO, a multi-attorney firm focusing on safety, health and employment law nationwide. Adele is a certified mine safety professional and she also provides consultation, safety audits and training services to MSHA and OSHA regulated companies. Adele is a regular columnist for numerous magazines on legal, employment, mine and occupational safety/health issues, and is co-author of several books related to mining, construction, employment law, and occupational safety and health.She is a member of the Maryland, DC and Pennsylvania Bars, the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, DC and Tennessee, the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC, 3rd and 4th Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the George Washington University’s National Law Center, and earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.
In this informative program, you’ll learn how executive branch and congressional changes will affect
OSHA and state plan COVID-19 enforcement and legislation, as well as the development of additional emergency standards.
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