OSHA Fines Will Increase for the First Time Since 1990

by Gillian Wener 02 Dec. 2015

On 2 November 2015, President Obama ratified H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Public Law No. 114-74), amending the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990. Previously, the Act of 1990 did not include civil penalties under

Japan Launches "Stress Check-up System"

by Enhesa 02 Dec. 2015

On 15 April 2015, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (hereinafter referred to as ”MHLW”) published a Ministerial Ordinance regarding workers’ mental health. The Ordinance specifies the amendments to the relevant regulations under the revised

Stricter Emission Limits for Air & Water Proposed in China for Electrical Product Manufacturing Facilities

by Xiaolu Wang 19 Nov. 2015

On October 8, 2015 the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection published on its website, the proposed Emission standard of pollutants for electrical industry. The Proposal, once adopted, would provide emission limits for the air and water pollutants

Law on Green Growth & Energy Transition Introduces the Circular Economy and Planned Obsolence

by Agathe Subileau 04 Nov. 2015

On 18 July 2015, Law 2015-992 on green growth and energy transition was published in France. The energy transition Law is a groundbreaking piece of legislation that introduces the concepts of circular economy and planned obsolescence for the first time

Climate Change: The Regulatory & Practical Implications for Global Business

by Tjeerd Hendel-Blackford 27 Oct. 2015

Climate change is once more at the forefront of people's minds in the run up to the COP21 in Paris later this year. Yet, our changing climate has been on the minds of policy and law-makers for sometime as many political and regulatory measures are

VW Shareholders Lost EUR 8 Billion Overnight on Vehicle Air Emissions

by Thierry Dumortier 22 Sep. 2015

Product environmental regulations increasingly impact the corporate bottom line if they are not managed properly.  Volkswagen shareholders discovered the impact of non-compliance with environmental requirements overnight.  As often, a Non-Governmental

Legionnaires Outbreak in South Bronx Leads to Emergency Regulations

by Jillian Bernstein 16 Sep. 2015

In response to the recent outbreak of Legionnaires ’ disease in New York City, the New York Department of Health (DOH) passed emergency regulations to prevent the spread of the bacteria legionella. The new requirements apply to all owners of cooling

Six Figure Fines Seen in Recent OSHA Enforcement Cases in the South

by Janet Scanlon 10 Sep. 2015

As we continue our blog series this week on recent OSHA enforcement cases,  we look today at cases coming out of the South. One noticeable trend we are seeing, the proposed six-figure fine.

6 Companies in 6 Midwest States are Placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program

by Janet Scanlon 08 Sep. 2015

In continuing our observance of Labor Day here in the U.S., and our theme for this week’s blog, we take a look at some of the recent enforcement activity by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) throughout