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OSHA Postpones Deadline for Electronic Submissions

July 12, 2017
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that it will delay from July 1 to December 1 the compliance date for electronic submission of the OSHA 300A form, the annual summary of workplace injuries and illnesses.
Electronic submission was created as part of OSHA’s May 2016 final rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness.  Employers covered by the rule faced a phased-in compliance deadline for the electronic submission of the recordkeeping form.
For 2017, the rule required employers with 250 or more employees - and employers with fewer than 250 employees but 20 or more in certain high-risk industries - to electronically submit their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017.  AIM highlighted this compliance obligation in its Employment Laws for Massachusetts
Companies guide for 2017. Employers should now disregard the July 1 reference in the guide and refer to this latest update. 
The government has apparently encountered problems establishing a secure weblink for employers to submit their data. OSHA also made it clear that the additional five months will provide the agency with an opportunity to consider the rule in its entirety. 
Please contact the AIM Employer Hotline at 800-470-6277 if you have any questions about this or any other HR related issue.
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