Firm hosts webinar on workplace safety programs after OSHA memo discourages safety incentives

McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, will host a live webinar on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, from noon to 1pm, to discuss the future of workplace safety programs in light of a recently released memorandum (see this alert) by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) which takes direct aim at employee safety incentives and the enforcement of safety policies. It’s an issue that has many employers wondering what the agency expects them to do to ensure worker safety if such proven programs and policies are eliminated.

“Once employers learn what OSHA is saying in this memo, it comes as quite a shock,” said Roberta Fields, McAfee & Taft employment attorney and a featured panelist for this webinar. “Workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths have gone down pretty consistently over the last 10 years. Now, OSHA has decided to take away the proverbial ‘carrot and stick’ incentives that have been a large part of the recent gains companies have made recently.”

Fields will be joined during the webinar by fellow employment attorney Nathan Whatley and regulatory attorney Chris Paul as they examine the safety programs and policies targeted by OSHA’s memo and explore practical ways for improving workplace safety while avoiding undue governmental scrutiny.

McAfee & Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal and serves clients locally, nationally and internationally in the areas of aviation, business law, corporate and securities, employee benefits, entertainment law, environmental law, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, oil and gas, real estate and tax and family wealth. The firm employs nearly 350 Oklahomans, including 180 attorneys, and has offices in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.