Articles by Marc Freedman


When is a Regulation Not a Regulation?

The Obama administration is avoiding proper regulatory procedure by using subregulatory actions.

Businesses Describe Responses to State, Local Employment Mandates

Businesses battle an onslaught of state and local workplace mandates.


Whither the Regulatory Agenda(s)?

The administration has yet to produce the required Spring 2012 Regulatory Agenda, and there's little expectation that the Fall 2012 agenda will emerge.


It’s Official: OSHA Overstates Claims of Study on Inspections

The agency is making a lot of noise over a study that claims inspections save lives without costing jobs or other deleterious effects.


Five Myths About OSHA's New Hazard Communication Regulation

The concept of this regulation has has merit but the way OSHA issued it creates some very significant problems.


OSHA White Paper Makes Case for Prevention Programs but Not for Regulation

On January 10, OSHA inaugurated the New Year by issuing a white paper extolling the virtues of Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (also known as IIPPs, I2P2, or just safety and health programs). What the white paper fails to do is make the case for a regulation from OSHA mandating these programs which we know is OSHA's top regulatory priority.


Sunstein Discusses Problems and Possibilities of Regulations

Cass Sunstein, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and the point person for the administration’s overall regulatory agenda, addressed a meeting of the  Chamber’s Labor Relations Committee yesterday. He talked about the approach his office is taking to impro


U.S. Chamber Welcomes Rep. Hanna’s Proposed Regulatory Time-Out Bill

The U.S. Chamber appreciates Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) introducing the Regulatory Time-Out Act of 2011 (H.R. 3257).  This is the companion to Sen. Susan Collins’ (R-ME) bill (S.1538), and reaffirms that regulations must balance protecting public health, safety, and welfare with economic growth, in


Data Must Support OSHA Regulations

In an op-ed that ran in the Lincoln, Nebraska Journal Star, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka asserts that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is “calling for…targeting OSHA and life-saving safety regulations for cuts.”  To be clear: the U.S. Chamber has not advocated cutting or undoing ANY OSHA regulati


MSHA Reform Bill Fails in House

In what can only be described as a last ditch, desperate effort to move a workplace safety bill, Rep. George Miller, outgoing chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee brought to the floor on December 7, a bill that would have made radical changes to how the Mine Safety and Health Adminis