OSHA remains on the front lines of the political debate between pro-workplace safety advocates and pro-business advocates. Under the Obama administration, OSHA has received more prominence and financial support than under previous administrations. As of last fall, OSHA’s penalty framework was revised to increase penalties. OSHA and its supporters argue that these changes were necessary to enforce compliance and to encourage worker safety; they also argue that the old penalty framework was outdated. OSHA’s detractors argue that the increased penalties and enforcement threaten jobs and hurt businesses in an already tough economy.
Then, effective October 1, 2010, OSHA made several changes to its penalty calculation system ... (Construction Law Musings-Richmond, VA)