Valerie Butera Quoted in “Governor Proposes 1,400 More Workplace Inspections Under Cal/OSHA Budget”

Bloomberg BNA’s Occupational Safety & Health Daily

Valerie Butera, Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA’s Occupational Safety & Health Daily, in “Governor Proposes 1,400 More Workplace Inspections Under Cal/OSHA Budget,” by David McAfee.

Following is an excerpt:

Valerie N. Butera, a member of Epstein Becker & Green PC's labor and employment practice, said the budget proposal is “in direct response to recent criticisms by federal OSHA about Cal/OSHA's underperformance compared to other state plans.” Federal OSHA evaluates each of the 27 state plans every year and issues a report summarizing its findings, according to Butera. …

“In OSHA's most recent evaluation of Cal/OSHA, it found that many of the major problems identified in its assessment of the Cal/OSHA program last year remained unaddressed and sharply criticized Cal/OSHA's continued failure to fill vacant staff positions. This problem is compounded by a steady decrease of inspectors since 2011,” Butera told Bloomberg BNA in a Jan. 26 e-mail message. Butera further noted that Cal/OSHA sought funding for only 11 new staff members last year.

“Although Cal/OSHA has been criticized by federal OSHA for these staffing problems for years, Cal/OSHA has failed to take aggressive action to correct the problem,” she said.