Instant Insights / Reopening the Workplace in 2021: What to Consider


Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
woman at office wearing mask, using hand sanitizer, socially distanced from coworker It’s unlikely that all the rules enacted over the past year will go away even when we eventually get COVID-19 under control. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The convergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the change in presidential administrations is profoundly affecting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Employers need to prepare for a much more demanding regulatory environment.

Some context may be helpful. Workplace safety is regulated through a combination of OSHA, the federal agency charged with administering and enforcing the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and a collection of twenty-two state-specific OSHA programs with jurisdiction over most non-governmental employers. State programs can set their own rules but must be “no less effective” than the federal standard. In practice, this means they adopt the federal rules and then perhaps add some of their own.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO.com, part of your ALM digital membership.

Your access to unlimited BenefitsPRO.com content isn’t changing.
Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Critical BenefitsPRO.com information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and BenefitsPRO.com events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com

Already have an account?


Join BenefitsPRO

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to navigate the shifting employee benefits industry. Join BenefitsPRO.com now!

  • Unlimited access to BenefitsPRO.com - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
  • Exclusive discounts on BenefitsPRO.com and ALM events.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join BenefitsPRO

Copyright © 2023 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.