House Panel Blasts OSHA for Telework Misstep

By Guastella, Samantha | Nation's Cities Weekly, February 7, 2000 | Go to article overview

House Panel Blasts OSHA for Telework Misstep


Guastella, Samantha, Nation's Cities Weekly


A House panel blasted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for its enforcement policy on employees who work at home. When the initial ruling came out of OSHA last month, an uproar followed, prompting a quick retreat on the agency's part.

Officials at OSHA admitted that an advisory letter regarding the application of OSHA laws, rules and regulations to people that work at home was wrong and pledged to draft an external policy clarifying the issue within the next 30 days.

In view of safety and risk management programs being carried out by municipal governments, NLC opposes the extension of federal Occupational Safety and Health standards to municipal employees. NLC opposes any impairment of state and local governments to indemnify their agents, officers and employees against loss arising from the operation of such statutes. As a result, NLC views this misplaced advisory as an unnecessary and serious intrusion into municipal telecommuting policies.

The federal government and several state governments encourage the expansion of telework opportunities in order to cut down on pollution and traffic congestion and reduce costs such as daycare. …

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