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Labor (DOL) could also impact the
glazing industry. Some legal experts
say Andrew Puzder, Trump’s nominee
to lead the DOL,could roll back unpop-
ular regulations handed down recently
by the department’s OSHA.
Last May, OSHA implemented the
“Improve Tracking of Workplace In-
juries and Illnesses” rule. It requires
employers in high-hazard industries,
including manufacturing and construc-
tion, to send injury and illness data
straight to OSHA every year.The agency
will then post that information on its
website. The new requirements took ef-
fect in August 2016,with phased-in data
submissions beginning in 2017.
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by employers about these changes,”
Edwin Foulke, Jr., co-chair of the Fisher
Phillips law firm’s Workplace Safety
and Catastrophe Management Practice
Group and a former head of OSHA, told
JD Supra, a news organization focused
on the regulatory landscape.
Likewise, OSHA created a stir last
March when it issued the ﬁnal version
of its controversial silica rule, which
aims to limit workers’ exposure to
crystalline silica. The rule, which has
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the permissible exposure limit (PEL) pliance is nearly impossible,” Foulke
Additionally, Puzder has expressed
for respirable crystalline silica to 50 told JD Supra,adding that the standard opposition to the DOL’s overtime rule.
micrograms per cubic meter of air, av- is likely to be scrapped or radically re- The regulation was scheduled to take
eraged over an eight-hour shift. It also vised under Puzder.
requires employers to implement engi-
neering controls, offer medical exams move away from the sole focus of en-
effect on December 1, but a lawsuit
Foulke also believes that OSHA will blocked its implementation.
The rule would have increased the
and develop a control plan.
The construction sector has pushed and compliance assistant” mode.
back hard against the new regulation,
“I believe that Secretary of Labor per week ($23,360 annually) to an es-
forcement to more of an “enforcement salary level under which employees
qualify for overtime pay from $455
and last April, eight industry organiza- Puzder will look at the use of the joint timated $913 per week ($47,476 annu-
tions ﬁled a petition for review of the employer doctrine in the OSHA setting, ally). In addition, the rule would have
rule with the U.S. Court of Appeals for scaling back some of the aggressive provided for automatic updates to the
the Fifth Circuit.
positions taken by the Obama admin- threshold every three years.
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Some employers believe that com- istration,” Foulke said.
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