OSHA Moves Closer to Letting Union Members Onsite During Inspections

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

John Ho was quoted in a SHRM article discussing OSHA’s proposed walkaround rule that allows union members on employer premises during an agency inspection. Under current regulations, a walkaround representative must be an employee; however, the proposed rule would permit an OSHA inspector to make a judgment call on whether a third party, such as a labor union member, could join the walkaround.

Although the rule was sent to the White House for final approval, it lacks guidance on making judgment calls, leaving room for legal challenges if finalized. John explains, “Given the current administration’s very pro-union policies, it seems likely the expected proposed rule will eventually become a final rule, but it is equally likely that it will face legal challenges.” The rule could give unions access to underrepresented employees at their workplaces and provide new opportunities to promote union organizing.

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