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Element Two of the Unpreventable Employee Misconduct Defense: Effective Communication

In part 2 of this four-part series addressing the “unpreventable employee misconduct” defense, we will examine the second element an employer must prove to successfully defend against an OSHA citation: that the employer effectively communicated a rule, which, if followed, would have prevented the violation. The idea behind this element is simple: the employer must be able to show that the employee whose conduct was in violation of the rule had previously been told about the rule.  However, proving that the communication (1) occurred and…

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