Overnight Regulation: OSHA to publish workplace injuries online

Welcome to Overnight Regulation, your daily rundown of news from the federal agencies, Capitol Hill and beyond. It's Wednesday evening here in Washington and this rain is really bumming us out. April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but April ended two weeks ago. Get it together, weather.

 

THE BIG STORY

The Department of Labor is moving forward with a controversial plan to report information about workplace injuries and illnesses on a public website.

The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said Wednesday that employers in hazardous industries such as manufacturing and construction will be required to electronically report the information.

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"More attention to safety will save the lives and limbs of many workers," OSHA chief David Michaels told reporters.

The OSHA rule is intended to pressure companies into providing safe workplaces.

"Just as public disclosure of their kitchens' sanitary conditions encourages restaurant owners to improve food safety, OSHA expects that public disclosure of work injury data will encourage employers to increase their efforts to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses," the agency said.

Labor advocates and public interest groups said the injury reporting requirements will usher in a new era of workplace transparency.

But the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) accused the Labor Department of "publicly shaming" companies into compliance.

"This administration put a target on nearly every company and manufacturer in the United States," NAM vice president Rosario Palmieri said in a statement.

"Manufacturers are supportive of regulations aimed at increasing transparency, and we pride ourselves on creating safe workplaces for the men and women who make things in America," Palmieri said. "However, this regulation will lead to the unfair and unnecessary public shaming of these businesses. This is a misguided attempt at transparency that sacrifices employee and employer privacy."

The reporting requirements will apply to employers in hazardous industries, including manufacturing, construction, farming, and trucking, among others.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1Wqn4r6

 

ON TAP FOR THURSDAY

The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to mark up legislation to expand access to post-conviction DNA testing to help prisoners wrongly convicted of crimes. The panel will also discuss the nominations of judges to federal district courts in Maryland, Oklahoma and Massachusetts. http://1.usa.gov/1Oo54Fi

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing to discuss management practices and misconduct at the Transportation Security Administration. http://1.usa.gov/1TFBhcK

The Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. http://1.usa.gov/24My1Er

 

TOMORROW'S REGS TODAY

The Obama administration will publish 174 new regulations, proposed rules, notices and other administrative actions in Thursday's edition of the Federal Register.

--The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will consider new protections for Taiwanese humpback dolphins.

The NMFS will conduct a status review to determine whether the Taiwanese humpback dolphin should be listed as a threatened or endangered species.

This comes in response to a petition from WildEarth Guardians, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Animal Welfare Institute.

The public has 60 days to comment. http://bit.ly/1X1LRQE

--The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue new requirements for reporting occupational injuries and illnesses.

Employers will be required to electronically report injuries and illnesses to OSHA, so the information can be posted on a publicly available website.

The rule goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. http://bit.ly/24P3aKN

--The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will lift restrictions on oil exports.

The agency says it will "remove the short supply license requirements that applied to exports of crude oil from the United States."

The changes go into effect immediately. http://bit.ly/1QZ2zsN

 

NEWS RIGHT NOW 

Biz groups launch Rethink Red Tape campaign http://bit.ly/1QZ3Zn8

Reid: Clinton should re-nominate Merrick Garland http://bit.ly/23IlLCx

Feds: Texas chemical plant explosion was a crime http://bit.ly/24MBS4l

Pilots file sex discrimination charges against Frontier Airline http://bit.ly/1YmqQyO

Google bans ads for payday loans http://bit.ly/1QZ4QV3

House approves bill to launch opioids task force http://bit.ly/27eJ5wk

Dem rips daily fantasy sports operators during hearing http://bit.ly/1T5Noni

Judge says accused Planned Parenthood gunman not competent to stand trial - The Washington Post http://wapo.st/1seuilw

Italy approves same-sex civil unions - The New York Times http://nyti.ms/1seuFMJ

 

BY THE NUMBERS

4: Number of female pilots suing Frontier Airlines for sex discrimination.

The pilots filed charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this week, alleging the Denver-based airline failed to provide accommodations to pump breast milk.

http://bit.ly/1YmqQyO

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY 

"Most airlines don't let women fly after 32 weeks of pregnancy, mine included--but they also don't allow you to seek job reassignment so you can keep earning a paycheck," said Shannon Kiedrowski, a pilot for Frontier Airlines, who along with three colleagues filed sex discrimination charges against the airline. http://bit.ly/1YmqQyO

 

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