Expanding OSH Act, Increasing Penalties

Law360, New York (July 16, 2009, 1:11 PM EDT) -- Newly proposed legislation in Congress, entitled the Protecting American Workers Act (H.R. 2067), would create a broad expansion in the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s applicability and a significant increase in both criminal and civil penalties for employers. This expansion would also extend criminal liability for OSH Act violations to responsible corporate officers.

PAWA was introduced in late April by California representatives Lynn Woolsey and George Miller, with 14 other co-sponsors. Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy has indicated that he intends to introduce a similar measure in...
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