By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs & assistant general counsel, ARTBA
The U.S. Senate March 22 struck down the ARTBA-opposed “Volks Rule,” which would have allowed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to expand the timeline for prosecution of workplace recordkeeping violations from six months to five years.
ARTBA, as part of the Coalition for Workplace Safety, sent a Feb. 27 letter to Senate leaders criticizing the rule as “an extreme abuse of authority by a federal agency that will subject millions of American businesses to citations for paperwork violations, while doing nothing too improve worker health and safety.”
The Senate used the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows either chamber to disapprove of regulations passed late in the term of the prior administration, to spike the Volks Rule, named after the plaintiff in a legal case that triggered the OSHA measure. The House of Representatives previously passed a CRA resolution disapproving of the rule.
The measure now heads to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.