WASHINGTON-After former President Bill Clinton’s ergonomics regulation was shot down by the new Congress following George W. Bush’s administration, the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are going to bat again. Under the new Republican administration, the rule-if one is created-is expected to be less onerous than the one developed under the Clinton administration. With the new Democratic Senate, courtesy of Senator Jim Jeffords’ (I-Vt.) switch, CUNA Associate General Counsel Mary Dunn emphasized nothing is a “slam dunk.” “Our main goal at CUNA regarding this matter is to ensure credit unions are not overly burdened with any new regulation, while at the same time we are strongly committed to the protection of individuals’ rights in the workplace,” Dunn wrote the Department of Labor in a comment letter. CUNA’s letter contained five specific points the trade association deems critical to credit unions’ adaptability to an ergonomics regulation. The department’s approach to ergonomics must be flexible; explore voluntary measures; if it is determined a regulation is necessary, ensure it is not “unduly burdening” to employees; clearly define an “ergonomics injury;” and should encourage the sharing of ergonomics “best practices.” While NAFCU did not comment at this point of the process, Director of Regulatory Affairs Gwen Baker said that NAFCU still wants to “make sure [the ergonomics rule] is understandable and doesn’t create a significant burden.” The trade association plans to continue to pursue the issue. [email protected]

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