“New DOJ/DOL Initiative Criminalizes Worker Safety Violations – Employment Law This Week”

One of the featured stories on Employment Law This Week – Epstein Becker Green’s new video program – is that in a year when OSHA penalties are already set to increase, a new enforcement initiative is putting pressure on companies to make sure they’re compliant.

The Department of Justice and the Department of Labor have teamed up to encourage federal prosecutors to pursue OSHA and other worker safety violations as environmental crimes. These crimes can be charged as felonies, while OSHA violations are considered misdemeanors. The initiative will facilitate the sharing of information and files between the DOJ and DOL to pursue criminal actions.

See above to view the episode and a related client ( Below video on YouTube) advisory co-authored by our own Valerie Butera.

Source: OSHA Law Update – 1-26-2016

 

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