Valerie Butera Quoted in “5 Employer Worries Raised by OSHA’s New Injury Rule”


Valerie Butera, a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted by Law360, in “5 Employer Worries Raised by OSHA’s New Injury Rule,” by Vin Gurrieri. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

While OSHA intends to delete whole columns from employer submissions that contain names and addresses, Butera said less savvy employers may not realize that they shouldn’t include such information in the “narrative” section of their forms.

When it comes to smaller employers with few workers, Butera said the presence of details such as the type of injury a worker sustained could allow readers to piece together the identity of an employee even if their name and other information about them is withheld.

“I see it as a privacy breach waiting to happen,” Butera said. “I’m beyond concerned that [OSHA] is intending to rely on only software. There should be a large emphasis on employers to be extremely careful about what they submit to OSHA. Employers can’t do recordkeeping quickly, everything has to be precise.”