Do you have to report an employee’s positive COVID-19 case to OSHA and will OSHA investigate it? On the reporting front, OSHA’s initial guidance said positive cases were reportable only in specific industries, like healthcare, emergency response organizations, and correctional institutions. However, since outbreaks have been reported in additional specific industries, OSHA is now requiring
Alexander G. Thrasher
Alex Thrasher is an attorney in the Construction Practice Group who represents owners, general contractors and subcontractors across the country in complex commercial disputes. In addition, Alex advises clients on a range of other legal issues, including strategic business and project planning, contract drafting, negotiation and administration, government contracting, and lien and bond claims. He also represents and advises clients in real estate transactions and other general commercial matters.
We Just Learned We Have a COVID-Positive Employee: Do We Have to Tell OSHA?
Employers long have been required to record and report work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA. A new question in the pandemic environment is whether you have to record an employee who tests positive for COVID-19.
On April 10, 2020, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued interim guidance for the enforcement of employer recording…
Changing Marijuana Laws and Effective Drug Testing Policy
Although marijuana is classified as an illegal drug under federal law, a majority of states have now legalized its use in one form or another. This rapidly evolving legal landscape presents new challenges for employers, particularly those with offices and employees in several states. Employers must balance complying with often divergent federal and state laws,…