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Senate HELP Committee Approves Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Nominees

On December 3, 2019, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) unanimously approved President Donald Trump’s two nominees to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The president tapped both nominees—Amanda Wood Laihow and Cynthia L. Attwood—for the commission earlier this year in October.

Laihow, who currently serves as chief counsel to the commission’s chair, James J. Sullivan, Jr., was nominated to fill the remainder of the unexpired term of former chair Heather MacDougall. That seat on the commission has been vacant since March 2019 and the term expires in April 2023. In addition, the president nominated Attwood to serve a third term on the commission after her previous term expired in April 2019.

The HELP Committee’s unanimous approval moves the nominations one step closer to confirmation by the full Senate, and thus one step closer to restoring a full complement of commissioners for the three-member panel. The commission needs at least two commissioners for a quorum to decide the cases before it, which it has not been able to do since Attwood’s term expired in April.

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Eric Hobbs, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney

Eric Hobbs is a shareholder whose practice focuses on labor and employment, with an emphasis on employment counseling and policy development, occupational safety and health, employment discrimination litigation worker’s compensation, wage-hour matters, and clergy abuse. He also has experience in wage-hour, employment discrimination and multi-district class action cases.

Mr. Hobbs represents employers of all sizes in a variety of industries from service to heavy manufacturing. He has litigated before state and federal agencies and courts...

Davis Jenkins Associate Washington D.C. workplace safety and health,  federal and state OSHA compliance,challenging citations, and litigating OSHA

Davis represents and advises employers on matters of workplace safety and health.  His practice includes providing guidance on federal and state OSHA compliance, challenging citations, and litigating OSHA related matters before federal and state agencies and courts.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Davis served as an attorney-advisor in the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission’s Office of General Counsel where he advised Commissioners on the disposition of pending cases at the review level.  His previous experience includes serving as a law fellow for the Legal Services Corporation and as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Donald B. Hocker of the South Carolina Circuit Court.