A longtime police sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department, Jon Schorsch retired from the force in 2007 and went on to earn his law degree from the Seattle University School of Law. Focused on employment law, Jon Schorsch is particularly knowledgeable about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
First passed in 1990, the ADA contains provisions to protect those with disabilities in a wide range of situations, including on the job, in school districts, on public transportation, and in many other areas. The legislation and related laws have been tweaked and re-worked at various points over the past 30 years, including a significant definitional overhaul in 2008. Now, the United States Congress may be set to make another major change.
In February 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the ADA Education and Reform Act, which puts restrictions on the timing of lawsuits related to ADA violations. Under the new bill, plaintiffs who desire to sue a business for violating ADA rules must first deliver a written warning. Businesses would then have 120 days to develop and implement a plan to rectify the violation.
Supporters of the bill, such as retail shopping associations, state the changes will reduce the number of frivolous lawsuits over ADA violations, while critics claim that it will make it easier to discriminate against those with disabilities. As of April 2018, the Senate had not taken action on the bill.
Jon Schorsch spent more than a decade as a sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department before retiring and going on to earn his JD at the Seattle University School of Law. In his professional life, Jon Schorsch drew upon extensive experience with employment laws and regulations related to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Formed by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA functions as a division of the Department of Labor and is led by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. The primary purpose of OSHA is to create and enforce standards and regulations related to workplace safety in the United States.
In March of 2018, OSHA announced that it would begin enforcing a rule related to workplace exposure to beryllium. The law sets an eight-hour limit for beryllium exposure, with a shorter limit for those working in the construction and shipyard industries. Beryllium is a metal commonly used in the aerospace, medical, and electronics industries. When processed, beryllium dust can be inhaled by workers and cause a variety of illnesses.
OSHA initially announced the rule in January of 2017. The agency stated the delay in enforcement was to allow time for the industry to fully understand the new regulations.
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