Bloomberg Law
Oct. 23, 2020, 10:26 PM

Labor Department Drops Shroud of Secrecy Over Job Safety Actions

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen
Fatima Hussein
Fatima Hussein
Legal Reporter

The Department of Labor is prohibiting its worker protection agencies from issuing press releases announcing when they issue citations and sanction employers.

The DOL policy, set forth in an intra-departmental memo dated Sept. 24, targets the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Mine Safety and Health Administration, and the Wage and Hour Division.

“As a matter of Department policy, in general, enforcement agencies should not issue news releases before achieving a successful outcome,” DOL Deputy Secretary Patrick Pizzella said in the directive to six division heads, with copies sent to Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, as well as the department’s ...

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