OSHA's Rule On Employees' Protective Equipment

Law360, New York (December 11, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- On Nov. 15, 2007, OSHA issued a rule (eight years after its initial proposal) requiring employers to pay for employees' necessary protective equipment. Although the agency’s new rule is a scant seven paragraphs in length, OSHA, aware of its controversial and far-reaching implications, required 86 pages to explain and attempt to justify it.

This controversial action, taken in the wake of a lawsuit filed earlier this year by the AFL-CIO, is likely to be the subject of litigation prior to the rule’s Feb. 13, 2008 effective...
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