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Michael Taylor is Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice's OSHA group. He focuses his practice exclusively on representing employers regarding Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Chemical Safety Board (CSB) matters across the country. Over the last eighteen years, Michael has defended scores of employers during enforcement litigation before federal OSHA, Cal-OSHA, SC-OSHA, WA-DOSH, as well as other state plan states. Many of these representations have involved a significant injury, fatality, or catastrophic event in the workplace.

Currently, Michael is providing guidance to employers regarding appropriate engineering, work practices, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment when dealing with COVID-19 in the workplace. Michael also provides OSHA compliance counseling, OSHA inspection counseling, OSHA whistleblower representation, and OSHA due diligence reviews, and CSB investigations for clients.  Michael has wide-ranging experience in the workplace safety field, including his prior public service as General Counsel to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the federal agency in charge of the trials and appeals of workplace safety and health disputes between federal OSHA and the regulated community. In 2013, EHS Today named Michael as one of the Top 50 People Who Most Influenced Environmental, Health, and Safety. A highly committed advocate, Michael's clients can rely on him to be present and engaged regarding any workplace safety and health issue in any state across the country.

‡ Admitted in the District of Columbia. Not admitted in Virginia. Practice in Virginia limited to federal OSHA and proceedings before federal agencies.

On May 17, 2022, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) released a draft regulation for workplace violence prevention that applies to all California employers, with only limited
Continue Reading California Employers Soon May Be Subject to a Workplace Violence Safety Standard

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on April 12, 2022, that it is launching a national emphasis program focused on heat-related illnesses and injuries.

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Continue Reading Federal OSHA Emphasizes Heat-Related Illnesses and Injuries in the Workplace

In this episode, Mike Taylor and Adam Roseman talk to Sam Harkins, Environmental, Health & Safety Vice President at Versa Integrity Group, Inc., about his experiences developing and maintaining a
Continue Reading Workplace Safety Review: Episode 21 | Interview with Sam Harkins, Versa Integrity Group, Inc. Environmental, Health & Safety Vice President

On Jan. 13, 2022, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced another increase in the maximum civil monetary penalties for violations of federal Occupational Safety and Health standards
Continue Reading OSHA Again Increases Its Maximum Civil Monetary Penalties

In a 6-to-3 decision, the Court stayed the requirement that employees of large employers (100+ employees) either receive a COVID-19 vaccination or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing and wear
Continue Reading Supreme Court Stays Enforcement of OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard on Workplace COVID-19 Vaccination, Testing

On Dec. 16, 2021, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted revisions to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). The ETS updates amend employer requirements for
Continue Reading Cal/OSHA Revises COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards

On Dec. 17, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, by a 2-1 vote, dissolved the Fifth Circuit’s stay of the Occupational Safety
Continue Reading A Not So Happy New Year for Employers? 6th Circuit Dissolves Stay of OSHA COVID-19 ETS

On Nov. 16, 2021, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is suspending all implementation and enforcement efforts related to the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on mandatory
Continue Reading OSHA Suspends Implementation and Enforcement of Vaccine Mandate Pending Litigation

On Nov. 4, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) unveiled its long-awaited Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination, vaccination verification, face coverings, and
Continue Reading The COVID-19 Vaccine/Testing Mandate Is Here: What Does It Mean for Employers?