Valerie Butera Mentioned in “Washington Update: The Recordkeeping Workaround”

Safety + Health

Valerie Butera, a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was mentioned in Safety + Health magazine, in “Washington Update: The Recordkeeping Workaround,” by Kyle Morrison.

Following is an excerpt:

Valerie Butera, a member of Epstein Becker Green’s labor and employment practice, is concerned about the move, claiming the rule’s intent may be outside of OSHA’s authority. The agency does not have the right to extend the statute of limitations, and Butera believes the proposed rule may do just that.

Although the requirements of both initially recording the injury and keeping that record for five years are intertwined (you can’t have the latter without the former), Butera said the two are separate requirements. Only the maintaining of the record is a continuing obligation; the other is a one-off occurrence that would have to comply with the six-month statute of limitations, she said.