January 4, 2012
Arnstein & Lehr is pleased to announce the opening of its Milwaukee office with the addition of partner Charles W. Pautsch, and associates Lisa Baiocchi and Jesse Dill to the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. All three attorneys join Arnstein & Lehr from the law firm of Jackson Lewis LLP. The expansion of this practice complements the recent addition of labor and employment partner Lori Adelson in Fort Lauderdale in December from the law firm of Ruden McClosky.
“The growth of this practice greatly strengthens our ability to serve clients with labor and employment needs throughout all of Arnstein & Lehr’s markets,” said Ray Werner, managing partner of Arnstein & Lehr, a Chicago-based law firm. “Building upon the success of our labor and employment practice, the Milwaukee office marks the latest milestone in the firm’s commitment to expansion in response to client needs.”
January 3, 2012
By Casey M. Cosentino and Eric J. Conn
According to statistics recently reported by OSHA, the number of workplace inspections conducted by federal OSHA in FY 2011 fell to a total of 40,215, down 778 in 2010. The agency attributes this slight decline in the number of inspections to the fact that many inspections, particularly those focused on health hazards and recordkeeping compliance, require more time per inspection. Gone are the days when the Compliance Officer drops by for a cup of coffee. Now, OSHA wants to know which office in which they should set up because they are going to be there awhile.
Notwithstanding the fewer number of inspections, the size of enforcement actions continues to rise. The average OSHA penalty per Serious violation in 2011 increased to $2,132, more than doubling from 2010’s average of $1,053. In the last year of the Bush administration, 2008, that average was $998.