Barack Obama's Path to Progress in 2015-16: Thirteen Essential Regulatory Actions [UPDATED]
In 2014, the Center for Progressive Reform issued a report identifying 13 key regulatory actions that the Obama administration should be certain to finish before June of 2016, in order to ensure that the rules would 1) make it out of the regulatory pipeline during Obama's tenure, and 2) be finalized in time to be safe from repeal by the successor administration. In 2016, CPR followed up to see whether the Obama administration had adopted the necessary sense of urgency. (Read the online version of this report for the 2016 updates.)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, James Goodwin, Matt Shudtz, Anne Havemann
OSHA Penalties Are Too Low for Serious Workplace Violations
Workplace Safety Civil Penalties Comments
Letter to OSHA on Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Catch-Up Adjustments from Martha McCluskey, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, and Katherine Tracy, July 11, 2016.
Author(s): Martha McCluskey, Sidney Shapiro, Thomas McGarity, Katie Tracy
The President’s Schizophrenia on the Working Class
Writing for The Huffington Post, Rena Steinzor and Matthew Shudtz call on President Obama to focus more energy on OSHA's obligation to protect workers on the job from a range of safety hazards.
Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Matt Shudtz
June 30, 2016, New Report: When OSHA Gives Discounts on Danger, Workers Are Put at Risk.
OSHA's Discount on Danger: OSHA Should Revise Its Informal Settlement Policies to Maximize the Deterrent Value of Citations
More than 30,000 workers have died as a result of on-the-job injuries since 2009, many because their employers failed to follow safety procedures -- violations for which OSHA imposed fines. But a report from CPR finds that OSHA is routinely discounting those fines, greatly diminishing any deterrent value.
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Author(s): Martha McCluskey, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, Katie Tracy
When a Workplace Tragedy Is Also a Crime
Writing for FairWarning and the Sacramento Bee, Rena Steinzor and Katie Tracy point to recent on-the-job deaths that resulted from employer negligence and call for prosecution of companies, supervisors and executives who cut corners at the expense of their employees life and limb.
Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Katie Tracy
Worker Deaths Should Lead to Punishment for Companies, Executives
Dangerous Bedfellows: The stalemate on criminal justice reform.
Writing for The American Prospect, Rena Steinzor takes note of the unusual roll call of supporters for criminal justice reform legislation, and efforts by conservatives to use the bill to weaken enforcement of white-collar crime laws.
Author(s): Rena Steinzor