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OSHA's Updated Walkaround Rule Takes Effect May 31, 2024

OSHA’s new Worker Walkaround Designation Process Rule, which goes into effect at the end of this month, opens the door for union organizers, labor activists, and interest groups to access company worksites.  The Rule also creates new challenges for companies seeking to protect trade secrets and proprietary information from competitors and public disclosure, and increases the possibility of OSHA citations and penalties resulting from inspections.  Businesses in industries at high risk for OSHA enforcement and union organizing activity, including the construction, manufacturing, warehousing, and wholesale trade industries, should prepare for the Rule’s implementation.

You can read more about the new Rule, and our recommendations for implementation by clicking here.

Disclaimer: This article does not offer specific legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. You should not reach any legal conclusions based on the information contained in this article without first seeking the advice of counsel.

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Angela H. Sanders is a Principal in the firm's Employment and Labor Practice Group. She focuses her practice in the areas of employment law, employment litigation, and civil litigation. Ms. Sanders provides day-to-day counseling to employers on a wide range of employment topics, including wage and hour issues, FMLA compliance, harassment and discrimination, hiring, employee misconduct, discipline and termination, drug and alcohol abuse, OSHA compliance, collective bargaining, and labor relations. She also assists clients in developing employee manuals, employment policies, and diversity plans. She regularly conducts training on employment law topics for employers, businesses, and professional and industry groups.

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Glenn M. Campbell is a Principal in the Firm's Casualty Litigation Department and has over thirty years of litigation experience representing defendants in complex construction accident and injury, workplace and industrial accident, and products liability cases. His clients include self-insured commercial and residential construction companies, contractors and subcontractors, and industrial manufacturing companies, as well as insurers and third-party administrators. 

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