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New form 300A rule from still being reviewed

A new filing rule surrounding From 300A from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still being reviewed. It went into effect on Jan. 1, 2017 and employers now have until Dec. 1, 2017 to comply with the rule. The rule originally made some employers file their 2016 Form 300A by July 1.

The form documents injuries and illnesses suffered by employees while on the job. All of the data collected from the submitted forms was to be displayed on a public-facing website. Just a couple of days prior to the original filing deadline of July 1, OSHA decided to give companies until Dec. 1 to file their 2016 Form 300A.

The continued delay with the reporting date is centered around the administration’s review of the electronic reporting requirements and whether or not they should be implemented. The requirements prevent companies from retaliating against employees who report an injury or illness suffered on the job.

Employers are primarily concerned with mandatory drug-testing following incidents, which might now be banned due to the anti-retaliation rules with the new reporting requirements. OSHA has stated before that it does not want companies drug testing employees as a form of retaliation because employees might view this as invasive or embarrassing. Many companies utilize post-accident drug testing as a way to eliminate causes for accidents.

Workplace illnesses are serious issues that must be taken care of immediately. When they are ignored, employees can become very sick and could miss quite a bit of time on the job. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can answer all of your workplace illness questions in Dauphin.

Source: Builder Online, “New OSHA Guidelines Under Review,” Brian Croce, Aug. 02, 2017


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