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One-Member Commission Will Spawn Backlog of Worker Safety Cases

April 5, 2017, 4:00 AM

Unless the Trump administration acts before April 27, the system in which employers challenge safety and health citations will slow, but not necessarily halt, attorneys and observers tell Bloomberg BNA.

By late April, Chairman Heather L. MacDougall’s term on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission will end, leaving only one member on the three-seat body. MacDougall’s reappointment or appointing another nominee requires Senate approval.

Although the commission has operated without a full complement of members since April 2015, and a single member panel isn’t without precedent, observers and practitioners say that a single-member commission will create procedural and substantive ...

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