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September 22, 2020

OSHA Issues First COVID-19 Citation Invoking General Duty Clause

September 11, 2020 at 1:51 PM
OSHA has issued what appears to be its first citation to an employer for failing to protect workers from COVID-19 infections under the OSH Act’s general duty clause, a provision that attorneys have predicted will be the agency’s main authority for enforcing its array of sector-specific virus guidances during the pandemic. The agency in a Sept. 10 release announced that it will fine Smithfield Packaged Meats the statutory maximum of $13,494 for “serious” violations related to a coronavirus outbreak at...

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