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COVID-19 OSHA Enforcement & Regulatory Update
Presented by Aaron Gelb, Amanda R. Walker, and Dan Deacon

One of the most anticipated changes at OSHA as we transition to a Democratic administration under President Biden is the manner in which the agency regulates and enforces COVID-19 safety in the workplace. Issuing a federal OSHA COVID-19 emergency temporary standard will be a top priority of the new administration. President-elect Biden’s transition team includes several key proponents of a federal rule, including former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, and the Division Chief at Cal/OSHA, Doug Parker, who oversaw the rulemaking for an emergency rule in California. In the interim, the regulated community can expect an increase in enforcement under OSHA’s General Duty Clause, as well as other existing standards related to infection control. While the vaccine roll-out offers a sign of hope for everyone, 2021 will still present major challenges for employers, and the new ramped-up enforcement landscape at OSHA will surely be one of them.

During this webinar, participants will learn about:

• A review of COVID-related OSHA enforcement from the start of the pandemic to now
• A forecast of COVID-related enforcement under President Biden’s OSHA
• Status and likely content of a Fed OSHA COVID Emergency Temporary Standard
• An update regarding State OSH Plan Emergency Rules and their enforcement
• Strategy for avoiding and managing COVID-related OSHA citations

Apr 20, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Aaron R. Gelb
Partner, OSHA and Labor & Employment Practices @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Aaron R. Gelb Heads Conn Maciel Carey’s new Chicago office. His practice specializes in labor & employment and OSHA litigation. He has extensive experience litigating equal employment opportunity matters in federal and state courts, having tried numerous cases to verdict and defended employers before the EEOC as well as fair employment agencies nationwide. Aaron also advises employers through inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving fed OSHA and state OSH programs, and manages the full range of litigation against OSHA.
Amanda R. Strainis-Walker
Partner, OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Amanda R. Strainis-Walker is a partner with Conn Maciel Carey LLP. She focuses on occupational safety and health (OSHA) law. Prior to private practice, she was a Presidential Appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, and then as an attorney in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor of Labor, where she advised her clients, OSHA and MSHA, on a diverse range of legal and regulatory issues.
Dan C. Deacon
Associate, OSHA and Labor & Employment Practice @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Daniel C. Deacon is an Associate in the Washington, DC office of Conn Maciel Carey, working in both the Labor and Employment and OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Groups. Dan's practice focuses on all aspects of occupational safety & health law and labor and employment law. He represents employers in inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving OSHA and other state and local safety related agencies.