Dems unveil bill to bring back workplace safety rule

Dems unveil bill to bring back workplace safety rule
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Democrats on Monday introduced a bill to reinstate an Obama-era worker protection rule Republicans overturned in March.

The Accurate Workplace Injury and Illness Records Restoration Act would bring back the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) record-keeping rule that was overturned by way of a resolution under the Congressional Review Act.

The rule, which took effect in January 2017, clarified that employers are obligated to record and keep records on injuries and illnesses for five years. Trump signed the resolution into law in April. 

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Democratic Reps. Mark Takano (Calif.), Joe Courtney (Conn.) and Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottOvernight Health Care: House set to vote on bill targeting drug companies for overcharging Medicaid | Dems press Trump officials on pre-existing conditions | Tobacco giant invests .8B in Canadian marijuana grower A new Congress, time for a new focus on public education Top Dems press Trump officials for answers on pre-existing conditions MORE (Va.), along with Sens. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayVA senior adviser forced out amid concerns that he was 'getting paid to sit on his couch': report The Year Ahead: Drug pricing efforts to test bipartisanship Overnight Health Care: Manchin pitched Trump on reviving bipartisan ObamaCare fix | 4 in 10 don’t plan to get flu shots | Survey finds more than a quarter have pre-existing conditions MORE (Wash.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), introduced the bill.

“The Trump administration promised to stand up for America's workers but it has pursued an aggressive anti-worker agenda,” Takano said in a statement. “This is an opportunity for President Trump is fix a mistake and keep his promise to stand with working families.”

The legislation introduced Monday requires OSHA to issue a new regulation within 180 days and specifically authorizes OSHA to do so since the Congressional Review Act bars agencies from issuing a rule in “substantially the same form” as the rule that was repealed.

The bill also amends the six-month statute of limitation on citations so the six-month clock starts running out when OSHA identifies a continuing violation instead of the date the violation occurred.