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OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency and Permanent Standards and Enforcement
Presented by Eric J. Conn, Kate McMahon, Aaron Gelb and Amanda Strainis-Walker

As US employers grapple with the latest surge of COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant, they are also left to grapple with uncertainty following the Supreme Court’s decision to reinstitute a Stay of OSHA’s Vaccinate-or-Test ETS. Will we see another COVID-19 emergency rule that tries to navigate the guardrails set by the Supreme Court? Will OSHA return to aggressive enforcement under the OSH Act’s General Duty Clause? What is expected from employers on the COVID-19 front to avoid OSHA enforcement?

During this webinar, attorneys from CMC’s COVID-19 Task Force will provide a detailed analysis of OSHA’s regulatory and enforcement landscape post-Supreme Court. Specifically, we will address these important questions raised by the latest developments on the COVID-19 front:

• What does the Supreme Court’s decision mean for OSHA’s COVID-19 emergency rules and enforcement?
• What COVID-19 Prevention controls do employers need to implement to avoid OSHA citations?
• Can OSHA still require any form of vaccination or testing requirements for the workplace?
• What are the State OSH Plans going to do for COVID-19 regulation and enforcement?
• What is on the horizon as far as a permanent infectious disease rule?
• Where does the Healthcare COVID-19 ETS stand?

This webinar has reached full capacity! If you are unable to join live, we will send links to a copy of the slides and the recording to all of the registrants a few days after the program.

Feb 10, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Eric J. Conn
Chair, OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group, Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Eric J. Conn is a founding partner and Chair of Conn Maciel Carey's national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group, where he focuses his practice on all aspects of occupational safety & health law. The first decade of Mr. Conn’s now 20+ year career in occupational safety and health law was alongside the former first General Counsel of the OSH Review Commission. He represents employers in inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving OSHA, the CSB, MSHA, EPA and state and local safety related agencies. He also handles all aspects of OSHA litigation, from appeals of citations to criminal prosecutions. Mr. Conn also conducts and directs attorney-client privileged workplace safety audits, delivers safety training, and helps employers develop and implement compliant safety and health programs. He writes and speaks extensively on safety & health law issues, including curating the award winning OSHA Defense Report blog and authoring chapters in multiple OSHA Treatises.
Kathryn M. McMahon
Partner, OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group, Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Kathryn M. McMahon is a partner in the national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group of Conn Maciel Carey LLP. She focuses her practice in the areas of occupational safety and health (OSHA) law and environmental law. Ms. McMahon helps clients manage incident and fatality inspections, and litigation related to alleged violations by federal OSHA and state OSHA programs. She also represents industry stakeholders in all aspects of OSHA rulemaking, including proposed rules regarding silica, injury and illness recordkeeping, hexavalent chromium, and beryllium, among others.
Aaron R. Gelb
Partner, OSHA • Workplace Safety and Labor • Employment Practice Groups, Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Aaron R. Gelb is the partner in charge of Conn Maciel Carey’s Chicago office and leads the firm’s Midwest OSHA practice, representing employers during inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving fed OSHA and state OSH programs. In addition to managing the full range of litigation against OSHA, Aaron reviews safety policies and procedures, manages audit programs, and helps develop and present training on a variety of topics. Aaron serves as the primary workplace safety and health education provider to the Illinois Manufacturers Association and is a frequent speaker on such matters throughout the United States. Aaron also 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.
Amanda R. Strainis-Walker
Partner, OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group, 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.