Bloomberg Law
April 14, 2020, 1:16 PM

OSHA Virus Guidance Raises Employer, Worker Advocate Concerns

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen
Fatima Hussein
Fatima Hussein
Legal Reporter

New OSHA guidance that most employers won’t have to determine whether a worker’s coronavirus infection was job-related is raising concerns among worker advocates and employers and discussions of possible court challenges.

They said the April 10 memorandum essentially changed OSHA’s requirements on when illnesses must be recorded in federally mandated logs, limiting it to only certain employers.

“Now, as this crisis is escalating, the Trump administration has rolled back protections telling employers that they don’t have to determine if Covid-19 infections are due to exposures at work, which will lead to more workers becoming infected and dying,” said AFL-CIO health ...

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