According to media reports, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is launching what it calls a “no-notice” campaign in West Virginia this summer. OSHA indicated that this campaign is designed to reduce construction injuries and deaths.
Over the past couple of years there has been a lot written about the changed makeup of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the resulting expected reversal of a number of labor law rulings that employers must abide by, and the table tilting towards the unions at the expense of employers. The NLRB majority is now comprised of individuals who held employment as legal counsel for unions or who worked a member of a law firm representing unions. For the most part, such changes are expected when political winds shift. But there is new artillery being wheeled onto the battlefield.
In a recent meeting where the OSHA Area Director for West Virginia explained how OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on recordkeeping would be carried out in our state, it was made abundantly clear that the OSHA recordkeeping practices of employers will be under a much brighter spotlight by the agency going forward than many believed.