House Votes to Overturn OSHA Recordkeeping Clarification Rule

In a victory for home builders and other members of the small business community, the House on March 1 approved H.J. Res. 83, legislation sponsored by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) that would overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recordkeeping rule known as the Volks rule.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

The rule would subject millions of small businesses to citations for paperwork violations, while doing nothing to improve worker health and safety.

NAHB has vigorously opposed the rule from the start, and has led the charge along with scores of other industry groups who stand ready to fight this unlawful example of regulatory overreach.

The rule attempts to extend to five years the explicit six-month statute of limitations on recordkeeping paperwork violations in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

Subsequent court rulings have affirmed applicability of the six-month statute of limitations. Nonetheless, in a clear attempt to circumvent congressional authority and in spite of the court rulings, the agency proceeded with its rulemaking, which went into effect last month.

Following House passage, NAHB will now work with Sen. Cassidy to advance his bill to the Senate floor.

For more information, contact Alex Strong at 800-368-5242 x8279.

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