The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has put on hold its court defense of its policy that allows union representatives to accompany inspectors during inspections of non-union workplaces, according to Bloomberg BNA.
Attorneys for OSHA told a federal judge the agency needs a 30-day delay to allow the incoming Trump administration to have adequate time to review the policy; the motion was filed Feb. 13 and has the support of attorneys representing the National Federation of Independent Business, the industry group challenging the policy.
The judge hearing the case on Feb. 3 told OSHA he believed the policy was a significant departure from past interpretations of inspection requirements; under that stance, OSHA would have the choice of withdrawing the policy or beginning a rulemaking—including public hearings—to properly enact the policy.
OSHA has used the policy, which was enacted by the Obama administration, on at least five occasions. Industry groups are urging the Trump administration to overturn it.