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Eric Conn Quoted in Article, "Be Prepared for OSHA Audits"

AGWEEK, 1/23/2012

Eric Conn, a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the Washington, DC, office, was quoted in an article titled "Be Prepared for OSHA Audits," by Mikkel Pates.

Following is an excerpt:

The North Dakota Grain Dealers Association celebrated its 100th anniversary with a program that was heavy on celebrating, and nary a discouraging word — except for Occupational Safety and Health Administration audits.

One featured speaker talked about how the Obama administration has become more focused on rule enforcement and penalties, and how employers can avoid being a "poster child for enforcement stories about big penalties and — worse yet — potential criminal action."

Instead of outreach and training, the emphasis the past three years has been on enforcement and penalties, which can top the $1 million mark, said Conn.