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With summer now upon us, employees are being exposed to higher temperatures in or at workplaces, and OSHA has announced an initiative to enforce claims related to heat-related illnesses and deaths. Although OSHA has not yet adopted specific standards related to heat exposure, it has relied on its "general duty clause" to find employers in violation of the Occupational Safety and... read more

Effective January 15, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Admnistration (OSHA) is authorized to assess higher fines against employers based on the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index. The new fine schedule is:  Type of Violation               Maximum Penalty Serious or  Other-Than-Serious       ... read more

On June 30, Governor DeSantis signed into law HB 487, which increased the size of development projects that may be the subject of "small scale" land use amendments from 10 acres to 50 acres. The new acreage threshold provides for a more efficient use of local and state government resources, while shortening the timeline within which new development can be reviewed. The former acreage... read more

Late last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) updated its COVID-19 guidance to employers in light of recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) relating to vaccinated individuals. A link to the revised guidance is here.  OSHA modified its prior guidance in the following material ways: The prior... read more

On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) launched a National Emphasis Program (“NEP”) in an effort to protect workers from the hazard of contracting COVID-19 at work.  This NEP was issued the same week the American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law, giving OSHA an additional $100 million in funding for this purpose. The NEP... read more

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