By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

The Obama administration’s “Volks Rule,” which allowed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to expand the timeline for prosecution of workplace recordkeeping violations from six months to five years, has been overturned by a new law effective May 3. Volks had become effective Jan. 18, two days before Donald Trump was inaugurated as president.

This spring, the House and Senate each passed resolutions opposing Volks under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows either chamber to disapprove of regulations passed late in the term of the prior administration. Trump signed the measure on April 3.

ARTBA opposed Volks through the Coalition for Workplace Safety. The rule was named after the plaintiff in a legal case that triggered the OSHA measure.