One bill (H.R. 2728) introduced by Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA) would allow businesses extra time to reply to OSHA citations. Under current law, businesses have 15 days to respond. However, H.R. 2728 would allow OSHA to grant exceptions to this deadline in cases where the employer failed to comply due to "mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect." Another bill (H.R. 2731) also introduced by Norwood would allow small businesses--those with fewer than 100 employees and a net worth of less than $7 million--to seek reimbursement of attorney's fees if they successfully contest an OSHA citation. Such fees could be collected from the government even if the citation was "substantially justified."

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