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Testimony of Stephanie Jones on OSHA Initiatives to Protect Workers From Heat-Related Hazards

This testimony from an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stakeholder meeting supports OSHA’s efforts to develop strong heat protections for workers, including rulemaking to establish a heat standard as well as complementary research, education, and enforcement initiatives. It recommends that OSHA incorporate thorough and reliable information on climate impacts…
Stephanie Jones
May 3, 2022
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How a Proposed Department of Labor Rule Would Help Protect Retirement Savings From Climate Risk

This blog explains how a Department of Labor proposal would help protect Americans’ retirement savings by highlighting the financial relevance of climate change; undoing harmful Trump administration rules; affirming that fiduciaries should consider ESG factors like climate change when relevant to investment risk-return analysis; applying the same rational principles to…
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OSHA Takes Important First Steps to Address Growing Risks of Heat to Workers

As climate change intensifies heat-related risks in the workplace, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is developing regulations that would provide critical protections for workers from heat hazards in indoor and outdoor settings — a process that should incorporate consideration of climate impacts and the firsthand expertise of affected…
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Comments on Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings (EDF, Institute for Policy Integrity)

These comments support an advance notice of proposed rulemaking by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) as an important step in OSHA’s efforts to develop strong heat stress protections for workers. The comments recommend that OSHA consider climate change amplification of occupational heat risks and the…
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Public Comments Overwhelmingly Support the US Labor Department Proposed Rule Addressing the Inclusion of ESG Criteria and Proxy Voting in ERISA-Governed Retirement Plans

This analysis of public comments found overwhelming support for the Department of Labor's proposed rule Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights, with 97 percent of comments in favor. The proposed rule affirms the ability of retirement plan fiduciaries to consider climate risk and other environmental,…
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Comments on Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings (Sabin Center)

These comments support an advance notice of proposed rulemaking by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) on heat injury and illness prevention in outdoor and indoor work settings. The comments emphasize the importance of this initiative in combatting extreme heat, the most lethal climate disaster of…
Jacob Elkin
December 14, 2021
Agency FilingFinancial RegulationRegulatory Activities

Comments on Department of Labor Proposed Rule on Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights

These comments support a Department of Labor proposed rule that clarifies that retirement plan fiduciaries should consider climate risk and other ESG factors whenever relevant to financial risk-return analysis for investment and proxy voting decisions. The comments additionally offer suggestions on potential improvements to the proposal for the Department's consideration.