Category archive: Safe Workplaces

OSHA Interpretation Letter Allows Construction Contractors May Require Workers to Pay a Deposit for Company-Issued Personal Protection Equipment

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.

Obama Administration Enacts “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order

On July 31, 2014, President Obama issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order which is intended to ensure that all federal contractors and subcontractors are “responsible sources who comply with labor laws.” In his Executive Order, President Obama emphasized that “labor laws are designed to promote safe, healthy, fair and effective workplaces” and…


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