Manesh K. Rath Testifies Before Congress on Workplace Healthcare Violence Bill

Date: Mar 01, 2019

Keller and Heckman partner Manesh K. Rath testified before the Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor on H.R. 1309 “Caring for Our Caregivers: Protecting Health Care and Social Service Workers from Workplace Violence” on February 27, 2019. 

Mr. Rath’s practice focuses on Occupational Safety and Health and labor and employment law. 

Mr. Rath’s opening statement and responses to questions covered several topics, but focused on two main points:

  • H.R. 1309 neglects the longstanding principle that Occupational Safety and Health standards should be based on evidence. By directing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to immediately publish an enforceable rule, H.R. 1309 denies OSHA the opportunity to identify workplace violence causes manageable by employers and proven employer intervention techniques.
  • H.R. 1309 deprives stakeholders their administrative due process right to participate in the development of a healthcare workplace violence standard by directing OSHA to immediately adopt a final interim rule.

Watch Mr. Rath's opening statement here:
Watch the Subcommittee's questions for the witness panel, including Mr. Rath, here:

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