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OSHA Considers Employer’s Good Faith Efforts When Enforcing Compliance During Coronavirus Pandemic

OSHA Considers Employer’s Good Faith Efforts When Enforcing Compliance During Coronavirus Pandemic

 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued interim guidance to advise compliance safety and health officers to evaluate an employer’s good faith efforts to comply with safety and health standards during the coronavirus pandemic. Current infection control practices may limit the availability of employees, consultants or contractors who normally provide training, auditing, equipment inspections, testing, and other essential safety and industrial hygiene services. Business closures and other restrictions may also preclude employee participation in training if trainers are unavailable and access to medical testing facilities may be limited or suspended. During an inspection, compliance safety and...

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OSHA's Form 300, 300A and 301 for 2020. Dentists, Doctors and Other Healthcare Professionals

OSHA's Form 300, 300A and 301 for 2020. Dentists, Doctors and Other Healthcare Professionals

Every year about this time we receive a lot of calls asking about OSHA's Form 300. Although most people know that the form is a Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, they're unsure exactly what their obligation is and what type of injuries have to be included. There's a group of three forms that are used to document work-related injuries. OSHA Form 300 is the main Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, OSHA Form 300A is a Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses and, unless exempt, it's required to be posted annually from February 1st through April 30th. Finally OSHA Form 301 is the...

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OSHA Fines up in 2020. Penalties Have Almost Doubled Since 2015

OSHA Fines up in 2020. Penalties Have Almost Doubled Since 2015

Earlier this week the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased it's fines for non-compliance starting on January 15, 2020. This latest increase now raises the maximum penalty for violations considered serious, other-than-serious and posting violations to $13,494 per incident. Willful violations or violations in which the employer intentionally failed to follow an OSHA standard or showed a lack of concern regarding employee safety, now have a minimum fine of $9,639 with the maximum capped at $134,937. OSHA fines have soared since congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment and Improvements Act in November of 2015. Maximum fines in 2015 were limited to $7,000 per incident, fast-forward...

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Dental Office Pays a $10,000 Penalty for Improper Disclosure of PHI on Yelp.

Dental Office Pays a $10,000 Penalty for Improper Disclosure of PHI on Yelp.

In October, Health and Human Services (HHS) released a press statement that a Dallas based dental office had agreed to a settlement of $10,000 for improperly disclosing patient protected health information (PHI) on a social media platform known for online reviews.   HHS's Office of Civil Rights received a complaint in June 2016 from a patient alleging that Elite Dental Associates had disclosed the patient's last name and details of their condition. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is an organization that operates within HHS and has the responsibility of enforcing the Privacy and Security Rules. During their investigation they confirmed that the dental...

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The Top 5 Ways to Avoid a HIPAA Fine in 2019

The Top 5 Ways to Avoid a HIPAA Fine in 2019

You might remember this scene in the movie The Matrix. Cypher and Agent Smith are seated in a fancy restaurant. Cypher agrees to sell out his friends with the understanding he will be put back into the Matrix with no recollection of it's existence."I know this steak doesn't exist; I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it's juicy and delicious." <Cypher takes an indulgent bite of his steak> "After 9 years, you know what I realized? Ignorance is bliss." "HIPAA fines for non-compliance are based on the level of perceived negligence found within your organization...

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