S.665: Protecting America's Workers Act

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Sponsor Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Total Cosponsors 10 (All Democrats)
Introduced March 22, 2013
Latest Major Action March 22, 2013
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Bill Summary

Protecting America's Workers Act - Amends the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) to expand its coverage to federal, state, and local government employees.

Authorizes the Secretary of Labor, under specified conditions, to cede OSHA jurisdiction to another federal agency with respect to certain occupational standards or regulations for such agency's employees. Declares OSHA inapplicable to working conditions covered by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.

Increases protections for whistle blowers under OSHA.

Prescribes requirements relating to: (1) a employer's duty to furnish a place of employment free from recognized hazards causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to any individual (not just an employer's employee) performing work there; (2) the posting of employee rights; (3) employer reporting of employee work-related deaths or hospitalizations; (4) a prohibition against employers adopting or implementing polici...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
March 22, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.