• Committee Renews Request for Information on OSHA's Troubling Joint Employer Proposal
    Jan 19, 2016  - On October 13, 2015, we wrote to you regarding the Department of Labor’s (Department) draft memorandum to expand liability for workplace safety and health violations of franchisors under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (Act). Among other requests, the Committee’s letter specifically requeste... More
  • Committee Members Raise Concerns about OSHA’s Intrusion into Family Farms
    Jan 14, 2014  - Dear Assistant Secretary Michaels: We are increasingly concerned about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) reliance on guidance documents, letters of interpretation, and other non-regulatory actions to dramatically change OSHA policy. A glaring example is the June 28, 2011 en... More
  • Leaders Request Information on Regulatory Process from Agencies Within Committee's Jurisdiction
    Sep 12, 2013  - Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN), Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chairman Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Su... More
  • Kline, Walberg Request Information on OSHA's Proposed Injury and Illness Prevention Program
    Jun 5, 2013  - Dear Assistant Secretary Michaels: We strongly support and share the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) commitment to reducing occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Accordingly, any proposed regulations issued by OSHA ultimately must contribute to the goal of safer a... More
  • Kline Seeks Information on Health and Safety of MSHA Personnel
    May 14, 2012  - Dear Assistant Secretary Main: I respectfully request information and documents relating to the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) injury and illness rates for MSHA personnel. The safety and health of MSHA personnel, as well as all workers, is of the utmost importan... More
  • Kline Seeks Information Concerning Advance Notice of Mine Safety Inspections
    Apr 27, 2012  - I respectfully request information and documents relating to the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) efforts to stop advanced notice of a mine inspection. Under the Mine Act, “any person who gives advance notice of any inspection to be conducted under [the Mine Safet... More
  • Committee Requests Information on Proposed Farm Labor Rule
    Feb 17, 2012  - Dear Secretary Solis: We write to request additional information on an issue of significant concern to many farmers and ranchers throughout the United States. On September 2, 2011, the Department of Labor published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise labor regulations under the Fair La... More
  • Kline Letter to Secretary Solis on Retirement of Jack Kuzar
    Dec 16, 2011  - Dear Secretary Solis: I am informed that Mr. Jack Kuzar, who was leading the internal review of the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) actions related to the 2010 Upper Big Branch disaster, is no longer serving on te internal review team. Mr. Kuzar's appointment to lead the internal rev... More
  • Kline Calls on MSHA to Transmit Technical Audits to Mine Operators
    Nov 30, 2011  - Dear Secretary Main: Recently, an investigative report uncovered an incident in which the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) failed to transmit a critical technical support document to the affected mine operator. Unfortunately, this is not the first time such a lapse in communication has ... More
  • Letter to OSHA on Crystalline Silica Standards
    Aug 18, 2011  - Dear Dr. Michaels: For more than two years the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has worked to finalize a regulatory proposal to alter existing crystalline silica standards. A flawed process has created uncertainty and concerns among the public and industry. To provide employers ... More