The Labor Department’s Fall Regulatory Agenda builds on our new Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2011-2016 that was released a few weeks ago. It also continues efforts described in our previous regulatory agendas and regulatory plans.
One such effort is Plan, Prevent, Protect. This strategy is premised on the fact that Congress charged employers with the responsibility for achieving compliance with workplace laws. The goal of Plan, Prevent, Protect is to assure those employers and others in our regulated communities live up to that responsibility.
“Plan” means that employers and others we regulate will be required to create a compliance plan that finds and fixes violations and other risks to workers before they occur, and to involve workers in the development of this plan.
“Prevent” means that employers will be required to implement these plans in ways that actually prevent violations of law, and eliminate or minimize other risks and hazards.
“Protect” means that employers must assure that the plan achieves its intended outcome – to protect workers. And if it doesn’t, they will need a new plan.
Several of the regulations in this regulatory agenda such as MSHA’s examination of work areas; OSHA’s illness and injury prevention program and; OFCCP’s construction contractor affirmative action requirements contribute to our Plan, Prevent, Protect strategy.
Openness and transparency is central to our regulatory strategy. This regulatory agenda emphasizes disclosure by our regulated communities but also acknowledges that the Department must continue its open government efforts. For example, EBSA’s improved fee disclosure for pension plans and OSHA’s modernization of record keeping both emphasize this regulatory strategy.
If we are going to enlist our regulated communities and other stakeholders in helping us to achieve our mission of widespread compliance with the laws Congress has directed us to administer, they will need ready access to the right information. This regulatory agenda and other Labor Department efforts, like our Enforcement Database, will help provide that information.
By advancing these efforts, this regulatory agenda is another step towards assuring that workers get the safe, healthy, diverse, family-friendly, and fair workplaces they deserve. We look forward to working with you to achieve those goals.
Ed. Note: Please note that comments posted to this blog are not part of the formal rulemaking process. You can find DOL’s proposed regulations, and submit comments, by visiting www.regulations.gov.