WSJ: “Employer Groups Criticize Mine-Safety Bill”

In case you missed it, the Wall Street Journal was one of the key media outlets to take note of employer opposition to the misguided H.R. 5663, titled “Miner Safety and Health Act of 2010.”

While detailing parts of the bill that would address rules governing mines, it went on to highlight the bill’s elements targeted at OSHA-covered workplaces:

The bill would also amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act and raise civil and criminal penalties for all private-sector employers for safety violations. Rep. John Kline (R., Minn.), said those changes would hurt job creation and should be removed from a bill that “ought to be squarely focused on the safety of miners underground.”

Among the voices dissenting against the bill is CWS and Morgan Lewis attorney Jonathan Snare, who testified this week against the bill:

Jonathan Snare, a lawyer representing an employer group called the Coalition for Workplace Safety, said the group “believes that this legislation is only about the punishment of employers.” He said the new rules would ultimately increase employer costs and litigation.

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