A bill (H.R. 739) that would have allowed employers more latitude in disputes with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was approved by the House of Representatives but was never taken up by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The legislation would have allowed employees more time to contest safety violations. Currently, employers have 15 days to contest safety violations. The bill would allow employees to exceed that 15-day time limit if the failure to contest results from “mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect.” H.R. 739 would also have allowed employers with 100 or fewer employees and a net worth of $7 million or less to collect attorney’s fees if they prevailed in a dispute with OSHA.

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