The Problems With PAWA

Law360, New York (May 8, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A bill introduced last month in the United States House of Representatives — H.R. 2067: Protecting America’s Workers Act of 2009 (the “PAWA”) — aims to expand the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”) of 1970 and increase the penalties that the Department of Labor can issue for health and safety violations by American employers.

While the PAWA remains in the early stages of consideration by the House, the bill threatens to subject American employers — including criminal penalties for corporate officers — to severe civil...
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