On March 1, 2023, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) formally convened the Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel regarding a possible Prevention of Workplace Violence in Healthcare and Social Assistance rule.
On February 3, 2023, California’s Office of Administrative Law approved Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Non-Emergency Regulation (NER). The NER is now the operative COVID-19 regulation for most California employers.
The non-emergency COVID regulation adopted by the Cal/OSHA Standards Board at its meeting on December 15, 2022, will not become effective until approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), which is expected to occur in January 2023.
On December 12, 2022, the New York State Legislature passed a workplace safety bill known as “Carlos’ Law.” This bill would amend the Penal Law in relation to incidents involving the death or injury of a worker.