OSHA safety rules: Do homework on employee home work

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If you were watching the U.S. Labor Department last month, you might have whiplash from its quick turnaround on policy guidance regarding an employer's responsibility for the safety of employee home offices.

A policy letter from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said companies are responsible for fixing home-office hazards of which they are, or should be, aware. One day after the letter was publicized, pressure from business groups and congressional Republicans forced Labor Secretary Alexis Herman to pull the letter. She vowed a "national dialogue" on bringing OSHA into line with the changing nature of work.

The net effect is probably a long wait for specific policies governing work in the home. But in the meantime, don't think you're in the clear. OSHA says it regarded this policy letter as simply a detailed explanation of existing policy, not as a new policy. That means OSHA still has the po...(register to read more)

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