Presented by Amanda R. Walker, Nick Scala, and Lindsay DiSalvo
President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021 and his admin. is sure to usher in significant changes for employers. During the Trump Admin., the federal government focused on deregulation and the rules and regulations that were promulgated by federal agencies tended to minimize the regulatory burden on employers. In the safety and health context, OSHA passed a regulation that narrowed the injury and illness information required to be submitted by covered employers on an annual basis per a rule originally passed in the Obama Admin. While MSHA significantly curbed its significant enforcement actions, and largely moved on from Obama era enforcement tools such as Rules To Live By and monthly targeted Impact Inspections, but also left the door open for the Biden Admin. to carry on rulemaking efforts for Crystalline Silica exposure in mines.
Initial actions taken by the Biden Admin. will likely be focused on addressing the ramifications of COVID-19 and the economic recovery, which, in and of itself will have substantial ramifications for employers. In addition, the regulated community is likely to see an increase in enforcement, as well as efforts to pass regulations that were in the works during the Obama Admin., like the proposed rule on workplace violence. Employers are also likely to see a shift in agency practices and priorities.
Participants in this webinar will learn about:
• Potential changes in approach to combatting COVID-19
• Predictions as to impact on leadership at the relevant federal agencies (OSHA, MSHA, EEOC, etc.)
• Potential regulatory priorities and changes in the regulatory landscape
• Impact on agency enforcement efforts and initiatives