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COVID-19 quick take: OSHA to consider ‘good faith’ in employer compliance

Susan Swann, Esq.  

Susan Swann, Esq.  

(April 17, 2020) - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on April 16 announced (2020 WL 1888734) interim guidance to its compliance officers to take employer good-faith efforts into “strong account” when evaluating compliance with safety and health standards during the pandemic.

Officers evaluating compliance with standards requiring periodic reviews, training or inspections can determine whether an employer demonstrated good-faith efforts such as examining training options, implementing alternatives and rescheduling.
 
Employers who make no effort to comply can still be cited, and OSHA will develop a program to revisit violations ignored for good faith.

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