June 2016

OSHA issues final rule about data collection for workplace injuries and illness

OSHA has issued a final rule modernizing injury data collection in order to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. "Under the new rule, all establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness information from OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301. Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain industries* must electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A only."

Under the new rule, employers in high-hazard industries will send OSHA injury and illness data they are already required to collect for posting on OSHA's website. OSHA believes public disclosure of work injury data will result in employers putting more emphasis on prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses. OSHA will remove all personally identifiable information associated with the data before posting on its website.

The new requirements take effect on August 10, 2016. There will be phased in data submissions in 2017.

Higher Penalties for Delinquent Employers July 1

Employers will pay a higher penalty for failing to report or pay contributions on time effective July 1, 2016. A penalty of $25 per month (or fraction of a month) will be assessed for each delinquent report and an additional penalty of $25 for each delinquent contribution. The maximum penalty will increase to $150 for each delinquent report and $150 for each delinquent contribution, for a total possible penalty of $300.

Interest at 1.5 percent per month or fraction of a month may also apply. For additional information on penalty and interest, call 605.626.2312.

Upcoming Webinars

DLR is teaming up with South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) for two webinars this summer. July includes hiring people with disabilities, and August covers the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

Business Startup Packet

The Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) has released the newest version of the Business Startup Packet. This includes great information on how to start and maintain a successful business.