Valerie Butera Quoted in “Employers Wary of OSHA’s Public Shaming Tactics for Severe Violators”

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Valerie Butera, a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Business Insurance, in “Employers Wary of OSHA’s Public Shaming Tactics for Severe Violators,” by Gloria Gonzalez.

Following is an excerpt:

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is stepping up its enforcement against severe workplace safety violators, raising concerns about publicly shaming employers and the large number of small employers on the list.

“Basically, there's no end in sight (to the OSHA regulatory action) under the (Severe Violator Enforcement Program) and people need to be aware of that,” said Valerie Butera, a Washington-based member of the labor and employment practice of Epstein Becker & Green P.C.

OSHA's severe-violator program focuses on inspecting employers that the agency says have demonstrated indifference to their Occupational Safety and Health Act obligations through willful, repeated or failure-to-abate violations.

Ms. Butera also authored an article on this topic in OSHA Law Update, an Epstein Becker Green blog.