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House Democrats move to strengthen OSHA, whistleblower regulations



Democrats in the U.S. The House of Representatives has a resolution against a new regulation rolling back portions of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's electronic record-keeping rule and to provide additional protections for whistleblowers

H.J. Res. 44, introduced by Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., On Friday, would disapprove of the final OSHA rule called Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses published by the agency on Jan. 25, meaning the rule would not take effect if the resolution was jointly adopted by both houses of Congress.

The Congressional Review Act gives Congress 60 legislative days to disapprove of any regulation. This has been previously used to disapprove OSHA regulations, including the 201

7 resolution of disapproval that targeted the agency's rule that aims to clarify that employers have a continuing obligation to maintain and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness for five years. But such an action requires a simple majority vote in both houses of Congress, and Republicans maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate

Meanwhile, Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., Introduced H.R. 1974 on Thursday to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to expand coverage under the statute, increase protection for whistleblowers, increase penalties for high-gravity violations, adjust penalties for inflation and provide rights for victims of their family members, according to bill summary.


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