On April 8, 2014, Epstein Becker Green's national OSHA Practice Group presented a webinar regarding OSHA's Temporary Worker Initiative. The briefing addressed enforcement issues and data related to the temporary work relationship, and recommendations and strategies for managing safety and health issues related to the temporary workforce.
Companies are expected to employ many more temporary workers as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, particularly when the "Employer Mandate" kicks in, which will require employers with 50 or more workers to provide affordable coverage to employees who work at least 30 hours per week. With this anticipated increase in the use of temporary workers, along with recent reports of temporary workers suffering fatal workplace injuries on their first days on a new job, OSHA will make temporary worker safety a top priority in 2014 and has already launched a Temporary Worker Initiative.
This webinar was the first in a five-part OSHA webinar series for employers facing the daunting task of complying with OSHA's numerous federal and state occupational safety and health standards and regulations. Read more about the webinar and the series, or click here to register.
As was mentioned during the webinar, these briefings will all be recorded, and the recording and slides from the Temporaroy Worker webinar are now available. To download either or both, click here, scroll to the bottom of the page, insert the password “OSHA1” in in the box, and click “Go.” Links to a PDF of the slides and to the full recording of the webinar will appear at the bottom of the page.