ABC Praises President for Eliminating Burdensome Recordkeeping Rule

May 2017

Associated Builders and Contractors commended President Donald J. Trump April 4, 2017, for signing a resolution into law eliminating the previous administration’s controversial “Volks rule” (formally known as Clarification of an Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness final rule). Congress passed the resolution through the Congressional Review Act.
    
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, contractors are still required by OSHA to maintain injury and illness logs for five years. The CRA resolutiondoes not change contractors’ responsibility to maintain injury and illness logs, however, it limits OSHA’s ability to retroactively cite contractors for past incidents to the six month statute of limitations set by the OSH Act and multiple U.S. Court of Appeals decisions.
    
ABC sent letters to members of Congress ahead of the CRA resolution votes on the Volks rule urging them to support the resolution and informing them ABC would consider the vote a key vote on its 115th Congressional Scorecard.