Congress finally holds hearing on legislation to modernize workplace health and safety penalties

[tweetmeme]The Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing on legislation to modernize workplace health and safety penalties yesterday March 16, 2010.  This hearing could be the next step towards big changes coming to America’s business community.  The Protecting America’s Workers Act (H.R. 2067), introduced by U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D- CA), chair of the subcommittee, would strengthen and modernize the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the law that ensures the health and safety of American workers. 

Increasing OSHA penalty amounts, mandating written safety policies, strengthening whistleblower protections, and expanding coverage to state and local public employees are on issues this bill would address. 

Archived Webcast »

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (CA) Opening Statement »


  • John Cruden » Acting Assistant Attorney General
    Environment and Natural Resources Division Department of Justice Washington, D.C.
  • David Michaels » Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupation Safety and Health Administration Washington, D.C.
  • Eric Frumin » Health and Safety Coordinator Change to Win New York, N.Y.
  • Jonathan Snare » Partner Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce Washington, D.C.
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