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States appeal OSHA restoration



Six states that challenged the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's return of its electronic registry rule on Friday appealed to a judge's decision that the Trump administration's move to remove the claim was legal.

State of New Jersey v. R. Alexander Acosta filed in March 2019, the states of Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey and the New York challenged the Trump administration's "illegal and unjustified" measures to reverse a 2016 rule that required companies with 250 or more to publicly report workplace injuries and illnesses.

In July 2018, OSHA proposed that the requirement be repealed and stated that the change was about concerns about the authority's ability to protect personal data for injured workers. In 201

9, the agency published its final rule that removed the reporting requirements for the Obama administration.

On January 11, Judge Timothy Kelly of the District Court of the District of Columbia dismissed the state's challenge. The states claimed that OSHA "did not provide sufficient justification" for its decision to remove the rule required by the Administrative Procedure Act and have asked the court to leave and permanently state the application of the final rule for 2019.

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