Worker Protections Updates for Small Business December 9, 2021, 12:00pm EST December 9, 2021, 1:00pm EST

Proper training and effective worker safety and health procedures can save lives, improve performance and competitiveness. Understanding trends in the labor market and common preventable violations can save money on your small business’ bottom line.

TAKE ACTION first by joining us and improving your awareness of workers’ rights and safety protocol trends. Representatives from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will provide an update on the latest worker protections to help your business achieve compliance.

What you will learn:

OSHA Updates & Regional Emphasis Program (REP)

Find out about the latest OSHA updates, and get your questions answered. In Massachusetts, a falling tree branch struck and killed a worker cutting down oak trees, while a falling tree limb struck an elevated bucket lift, ejecting the worker whose fall was fatal. In nearby Rhode Island, a log conveyor rolled over a worker performing repairs, crushing and killing him. That’s why OSHA has programmed inspections for certain industries, targeting specific small businesses such as tree removal service companies -- to reduce workplace fatalities and injuries during tree removal, tree trimming and land clearing operations. Find out more about the latest compliance updates targeting NAICS codes 561730 (Tree Trimming & Removal and Landscaping Service Industries) and 238910 (Site Preparation Contractors).

Wage and Hour Updates & Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Get an overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and what an employer should know about Wage and Hour and the investigative process. This would include minimum wage obligations, what is considered hours worked, overtime pay and when employers are obligated to pay it, record keeping requirements, child labor and the WH enforcement process. In addition -- you will find out about the latest Wage and Hour updates, learn about trends in the labor market and common violations that WH finds with small businesses that can be prevented. You will also learn where to find resources and how to connect with representatives at WH when questions arise about payment/wage obligations to employees.


About Occupational Safety and Health Administration

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.


Peter Barletta

Compliance Assistance Specialist, CSP, MPA

OSHA Boston South Office

Braintree, MA 02184

617-565-6924 – Main Office

781-664-2904 Direct

781-801-4507 Cell


About Wage and Hour Division

The mission of the Wage and Hour Division is to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the nation\'s workforce. The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces other Acts including the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration related statutes. Additionally, WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts and the Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.


Patty Colarossi

Community Outreach and Planning Specialist

US Dept. of Labor/Wage and Hour Division

(857)264-4716 (office)

(617)-756-7594 (cell)

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