OSHA has issued a proposed rule revising its eye and face protection standards applicable to a number of industries. The amended rule incorporates the recent versions of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection standard. The proposal also seeks to amend language in the construction eye and face protection standard to make it consistent with OSHA’s general industry. Comments on the proposal are due on or before April 13.
On March 16, 2015, OSHA issued an Interpretation Letter allowing construction contractors to require workers to pay a deposit for company-issued personal protection equipment, such as fall prevention harnesses. The deposit requirement, however, cannot circumvent the requirement that employers provide protection equipment at no expense to the workers.
In 2004, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) updated its regulations addressing the various white collar overtime exemptions. In part, the DOL identified a number of employees which may be exempt under the “administrative exemption.” One of the specific examples listed in the regulations, 29 CFR § 541.203(b), were employees “in the financial services industry,” provided such employee did not have as his or her primary duty the selling of financial products.
An employee who complained of a major headache left work and went to a local health care clinic where a physician assistant diagnosed the employee with high blood pressure. The physician assistant provided the employee with a signed note indicating he could return to work in four days.