Audit, Compliance and Risk Blog

Parts of Ontario employer vaccine policy found unreasonable in arbitration

EPA publishes National Recycling Strategy

OSHA emergency temporary standard for COVID vaccination and testing – issued but stayed by litigation

OSHA begins work-related heat illness rulemaking

US Government rolls out comprehensive approach to PFAS “forever chemicals”

EPA marks the 35th anniversary of Toxics Release Inventory and proposes to list additional chemicals

SEC emphasizes need for clear disclosure of climate change-related impacts on public companies

Biden Administration Proposes to reverse most Trump Administration revisions to Federal Environmental Impact Assessment rules

OSHA begins nationwide effort to prevent work-related heat illness

EPA finalizing HFC phase-down rules

US Federal insurance Office seeking information on climate-related financial risks

OSHA narrows procedural protections for employees exercising their rights

WorkSafeBC – COVID-19 safety plans shift to communicable disease prevention

Ontario Reviews When Directors May Be Liable Across Common Employers

Maine enacts first US extended producer responsibility law for packaging

OSHA recommends masks for fully vaccinated workers in high COVID-19 transmission areas

Proliferating product stewardship programs facilitate recycling

COVID-19 Impacts to Your SPPC Plans: Are Your Plans Up-to-Date?

After 50 years, OSHA is reviewing its Mechanical Power Presses Standard

National Contingency Plan now requires monitoring of chemical dispersants

Biden Administration proposes to expand EPA’s budget significantly

OSHA issues COVID protection standard for healthcare employers

South Coast Air Quality Management District to regulate warehouses’ indirect emissions

OSHA revises COVID-19 guidance to reflect vaccinations

Preventing Work-related Heat Illness

Supreme Court reminder in Superfund case: settling a case under one environmental law may not affect potential liability under others

OSHA proposes to correct and clarify handrail and stair rail requirements

After 15 years of controversy, Circuit Court gives EPA 60 days to rule on Chlorpyrifos pesticide

Department of Justice recalibrating enforcement policies

Avoiding false and misleading environmental advertising

Another Encouragement for Canadian Directors to Consider Non-shareholder Interests

US joins the world in HFC phasedown

EPA Revises Multi-Sector General Permit For Industrial Stormwater Discharges

Fire Prevention Plans

Department of Homeland Security receives 100,000th Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Standards program Top-Screen

Do you check for mold when reopening after COVID lockouts?

The right to bare arms: Considerations for COVID-19 vaccines in the workplace

OSHA proposes to update its Hazard Communication Standard

OSHA increases emphasis on COVID-19 enforcement

Employment Law: Protecting Whistleblowers Protects the Organization

First CDC guidance to people vaccinated against COVID provides little guidance for employers

Federal agency model for COVID-19 safety plans

Biden directs agencies to review all Trump administrative actions

How, and how fast, can Democrats make environmental policy changes they’ve promised?

OSHA updates COVID-19 guidance

Ontario Finds that one Invalid Clause Voids an Entire Employment Termination Agreement

EPA estimates that hundreds of thousands of diesel trucks have been modified to defeat Clean Air Act emission limits

EPA reaffirms national particulate standards

EPA revises benefit-cost analyses for air rules

EEOC provides guidance for employer requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations

OSHA recommends employers consider whether COVID-19 risks affect workplace ventilation

COVID masks may or may not be required by worker protection agencies

Can a Québec employer force employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination?

EPA adopts rules for hazardous air pollutant sources to reclassify from “major” to “area” using administrative controls

OSHA requirements for workplaces exit routes

California Adopts Universal Wastes Rules For Photovoltaics

Protecting against workplace violence during COVID

Chemical Safety Board issues review of combustible dust hazards and management

EPA revises regulatory methodology for determining whether source modifications trigger “new” source review

Study compares environmental enforcement during Trump administration with predecessors

Environmental policy: what are the Democrats promising

British Columbia Supreme Court Finds Human Rights and Workers Comp Claims are not Mutually Exclusive

Trump administration guidelines for easing enforcement

Cleaning up after wildfires

CERB and EI changes: What employers and workers need to know

California regulates Air Toxics “Hot Spots”

Regulating routine emissions of air toxics

As Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30, it’s a good time to review accommodations

Protecting your workplace from wildfires

OSHA revises and narrows beryllium standard

EPA revises ignitability characteristic of hazardous waste

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative prepares to add a new member

Supreme Court of Canada Reaffirms Insolvency Court Judge Discretion

Supreme Court decision provides Superfund Responsible Parties with some relief

Virginia adopts first standard specifically requiring workplace protections against COVID

Alberta Reaffirms Non-Discharge of Director’s Penalty Liability in Bankruptcy

California’s new ag worker standard is useful for anyone working outside at night

OSHA issues new post-COVID back-to-work guidance

President Trump directs agencies to ease regulations to ease economic burdens of COVID-19

Chemical Safety Board issues Best Practice guidance for boards of directors to instill safety in their companies

Remember OSHA’s workplace hygiene requirements

Environmental Protection Agency issues administrative inspection rules

Is that workplace COVID case work related? OSHA revises enforcement review of employer determinations

Coming out of the COVID-19 lockdown: Issues and challenges facing Canadian employers

Department of Justice Restricts Supplemental Environmental Project Agreements

Dispute management during COVID-19: Moving from litigation to arbitration

NLRB Redefines “Joint Employer”

Supreme Court provides greater clarity about when discharges to groundwater require Clean Water Act permits

OSHA issues interim enforcement procedures for COVID-19 cases

EPA Finalizes First List of “Low Priority” Chemicals

EPA responds to coronavirus by offering compliance waivers

US Employers: It’s Time For New I-9 Forms

Protecting employees against coronavirus at operating workplaces

EPA and the Corps of Engineers Finish Redefining “Waters of the United States”

Chemical Safety Board Finalizes Chemical Incident Reporting Rule

Trump Administration Proposes to “Modernize” Federal Environmental Impact Assessments by Narrowing Them

Trump Administration 2021 Budget Proposal Would Cut EPA

Appeals Court Affirms OSHA’s Approach to Workplace Air Testing and Respiratory Protection

Ontario Courts Reaffirm the Weave of the Corporate Veil

Northeastern States Propose Regional Cap-and-Trade Program to Reduce Greenhouse Gases From Transportation

New EPA Policy Redefines “Ambient” Air on Stationary Source Sites

The Court of Appeal Has Spoken: Safety Must Come First at the Port of Montréal’s Terminals

Chemical Safety Board Proposes Accident Reporting Regulations

EPA Completes Re-Revisions to Accidental Release Prevention Rules

EPA Adds Aerosol Cans to Universal Wastes

Protecting Workers Working Alone

EPA Seeking to Enhance Water Quality Trading

EPA Proposes to Revise Rule Governing Lead in Drinking Water

Recent Confirmation That Canadian Directors Can Consider Non-Shareholder Interests

Protecting Workers During Holiday Sales Events

OSHA Revises Its Inspection Priority Weighting System

President Trump Restricts Agencies’ Use of Guidelines

OSHA Revises Respiratory Protection Requirements

EPA’s Superfund Task Force Issues Final Report

Feds Issue Nationwide Motor Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Standards and Declare California’s Standards to be Preempted

Department of Justice Reemphasizes its Disfavor for Supplemental Environmental Project Agreements with State and Local Governments

Business Roundtable (Re)states Position for Broad Corporate “Purpose”

Chemical Safety Board To Work on Accident Reporting Regulations

EPA Decides Not to Require SPCCs to Address Hazardous Substance Spills

DC Circuit Upholds Most of EPA’s 2015 Standards For Ground Level Ozone

EPA Proposes to Allow Hazardous Air Pollutant Sources to Reclassify From “Major” to “Area” Using Administrative Controls

Reversed on Appeal: Workplace Harassment Isn’t a Tort In Ontario After All

Motor Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Standards–California and Four Manufacturers Finesse the Turf War With the Federal Government

Protecting Workers When Wildfires Create Bad Air

EPA Replaces Obama-Era Rules For Coal Fired Power Plants

Canada—Federal Employers: Prepare for a Wave of Change in Workplace Harassment Obligations

Creating an Enforceable Online Contract: Best Practices

Reporting EHS Releases – Responsibilities Continue Except For Some Farm Emissions

EPA Takes Another Step To “Reform” Benefit Cost Analyses

Status of Trump Administration Environmental Regulatory Rollbacks

It’s Time To Submit Annual Toxic Release Inventory Reports

Global Rules Coming For Plastic Import-Export

OSHA Unlocks Review of Its Lockout/Tagout Standard

California Proposes Universal Wastes Rules For Photovoltaics

Do You Generate Universal Wastes?

Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Confirms Employer’s General Duty Clause Applies to Workplace Violence

EPA Requiring Notice and Review Before Lapsed Uses of Asbestos Can Be Reintroduced

Trump Administration Further Tightens Controls Over Agency Rulemaking

Bureau of Land Management Amends Methane and Waste Prevention Rule

If You’re In A Flood Zone, Your Insurance Options May Be Changing

Reevaluating Your D&O Coverage

EPA’s New Chemical Review Priorities Should Encourage User Reviews Too

EPA Reaffirms National Sulfur Oxide Standard

EPA Massively Updates National Chemical TSCA Inventory Database

Administration Again Proposes Massive Cuts To EPA

EPA Adopts Pharmaceutical Waste Management Requirements

Clarity in Online Gambling Regulation? Don’t Bet On It

Another Round of EPA and Corps of Engineers Proposals to Redefine “Waters of the United States”

If You Want Everyone To Know You’re A Transparent and Sustainable Company, Delaware Can Help

Keeping Safe in Winter Weather

Is Your Workplace Injury and Illness Log Ready for Compliance with OSHA Requirements?

California Requires Pharmaceutical and Sharps Waste Stewardship

Directors' Liability for Workplace Sexual Harassment in Canada Can Depend on Which Laws are Applied

EPA Will Aggregate “Substantially Related” Activities When Considering “Project” Thresholds For Pre-Construction Permit Review

NLRB Proposes New Rule Defining “Joint Employer”

New International Initiative to Reduce Plastic Waste

More Jurisdictions Targeting Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

United States Government Quietly Releases Dramatic New Recommendations For Combating Climate Change

Employment Contracts and Employee Termination Rights

Protecting Workplaces From Combustible Dust

Supreme Court Limits Government Access to Cell Phone Tracking Data

Are My Machines Guarded To Prevent Injuries?

Tackling the Gender Pay Gap: Ontario’s Pay Transparency Act, 2018

Finding and Correcting Workplace Mold Infestations

EPA Proposes To Replace Obama-Era Rules For Coal Fired Power Plants

Court Reinstates Delayed Accidental Release Prevention Revisions, While EPA Moves To Rescind Them

Environmental Justice Update

EPA is Considering a Regulatory Roadmap For Additional Uses of Asbestos

OSHA Provides Planning and Response Advice Addressing Hurricanes

The Unexpected Benefits of Walking to School

Circuit Court Ends a Decade of Delay by Ordering EPA to Cancel a Hazardous Pesticide

New Supreme Court Ruling Will Be Taxing to E-Commerce

Are My Workers Protected Against Carcinogens?

California Returns Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 1990 Levels

UST Compliance: Are You Ready For The October 2018 Requirements?

Federal Enforcement Falls in President Trump’s First Year

Feds Formally Propose to Roll Back Future Auto Emission Standards

EPA Adopts Rules to Expand Mercury Reporting

EPA Schedules Compliance Deadline for Revised Agricultural Worker Training Requirements

EPA Proposes to Rescind Last Administration’s Long-Delayed Accidental Release Prevention Revisions

EPA Repeals Vacated Secondary Waste Management Rules

Is it Time to Change How Federal Agencies Review Environmental Impacts?

Facebook, Privacy and Your Business

EPA Promulgates “Back-to-Basics” Process for Reviewing Air Quality Standards

Congress Defines “Rule” Broadly, to Have More to Repeal

Supreme Court Avoids Choosing Between Religion and Anti-Discrimination in Commerce

Protecting Isolated Workers

A Beaver’s Tale: Lessons Learned at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Upcycling:  Creativity Reigns the Recycling Box

EPA Decides to Revise 2022-2025 Automobile GHG Emission Standards

Are Your Climate Risks “Material”, and If So, Do You Disclose Them?

Key Employment Law Decisions from 2017

California Adds Ergonomics Standard for Hotel Workers

EPA’s Data Transparency Proposal – Secrets are in the Eye of the Beholder

Universal Wastes - EPA Proposes to Add Aerosol Cans

Should You Have AEDs In Your Workplace?

Does Sex Discrimination Include Sexual Orientation – The Second Circuit Changes Sides

Striking a New Pose: Sustainability in Fashion

Ninth Circuit: Salary History Doesn’t Justify Male-Female Pay Disparities

SEC Expands Public Company Cybersecurity Disclosure Expectations