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Temporary, Contract, and Gig Worker Safety: Essential Strategies to Protect Employees and Prevent Citations - On-Demand

Temporary, Contract, and Gig Worker Safety: Essential Strategies to Protect Employees and Prevent Citations - On-Demand

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Temporary, Contract, and Gig Worker Safety: Essential Strategies to Protect Employees and Prevent Citations - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Attend this webinar to understand OSHA’s position on temporary worker safety, how it creates enforcement risks for your organization, and what steps you can take to ensure your compliance.

As a share of the overall workforce, temporary workers, contract employees, and gig economy workers are on the rise. Although these shorter-term and more flexible work arrangements can offer many benefits to employers and employees alike, these employees are more vulnerable to work-related injuries than their full-time counterparts. And amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these employees are on the front lines and vulnerable to exposure if their safety is neglected. Unlike direct workers, in many states worker’s compensation will not be viewed as an “exclusive remedy” if temporary workers become ill or injured.

Employers that hire or manage temporary or contract workers need to ensure that these employees don’t fall through the cracks when it comes to safety. Whether you are a host employer, a staffing agency, or an employer using contractors, your safety program must effectively deal with all workers. A detailed contract specifying the safety role and responsibilities of each party is an excellent start, but it is not enough. OSHA not only looks at contractual language, but also at the actual practices in effect at the worksite, meaning that you must ensure that your written agreement is properly implemented and enforced and that your temporary workers are afforded the same level of protection as all other workers.

Recent regulatory changes within the US Department of Labor concerning classification of workers as independent contractors, and which companies can be viewed as “joint employers” (e.g., staffing agencies/host employers or franchise arrangements), also impact OSHA enforcement and legal obligations. These issues will be address during this webinar.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand OSHA’s position on temporary worker safety and how it creates enforcement risks for your organization
  • Comprehend the new DOL “joint employer” and “independent contractor” rules, the status of legal action against the agency over these issues, and the impact on OSHA enforcement
  • Effectively coordinate safety programs, policies, and procedures between host employers and staffing organizations
  • Identify the roles, responsibilities, and obligations of the host employer vs the staffing agency and how to develop a division of duties that works for your organization
  • Implement best practices for training, PPE, hazard communication, accident reporting, medical treatment, supervision, and more
  • Recognize the top safety concerns for both host employers and staffing agencies

About Your Presenter

Adele Abrams     

Adele Abrams, Esq.

Adele L. Abrams is an attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a multi-attorney firm with offices in Maryland, Colorado, and West Virginia. The firm represents employers in OSHA and MSHA litigation nationwide, and her firm also handles employment law matters in a large number of states. Abrams and her firm colleagues provide employment and safety law consultation, safety audits, industrial hygiene assistance, and training services to companies in a variety of industries.

She is a member of multiple federal courts and state bars including the US Supreme Court. She also serves on the adjunct faculties of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she teaches on employment, labor and occupational safety law.

She has been a professional member of ASSE (now ASSP) since 1997 and has been a SPY award recipient multiple times. She is an active member of the National Safety Council, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) in 2017.