Federal Employment Law Update – July 2016
OSHA Delays Effect Date for Enforcing Employees’ Rights to Report Workplace Injuries, Illnesses
On July 13, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it is delaying enforcement of the antiretaliation provisions in its new injury and illness tracking rule to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. Originally scheduled to begin August 10, 2016, enforcement will now begin on November 1, 2016.
Under the rule, employers are required to:
- Inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation.
- Implement procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that are reasonable and do not deter workers from reporting.
- Incorporate the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.
Read the Injury and Illness Tracking Rule
EEOC Announces Second Opportunity for Public to Submit Comments on Proposal to Collect Pay Data
On July 13, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the publication of its revised proposal to collect pay data through the Employer Information Report (EEO-1), a longstanding joint information collection of the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The proposed revision would include collecting summary pay data from employers, including federal contractors, with 100 or more employees. The pay data will assist the agencies in identifying possible pay discrimination and assist employers in promoting equal pay in their workplaces.