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The Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and all of the U.S. attorneys’ offices will work with the Department of Labor’s OSHA, MSHA and the Wage and Hour Division to investigate and prosecute worker endangerment violations under a new integrated plan. According to a Business Insurance report, the plan emanates from a joint effort started last year to increase the frequency and effectiveness of criminal prosecutions of worker endangerment violations, which culminated in a decision to consolidate the authorities to pursue worker safety statutes within the Environment and Natural Resource Division’s Environmental Crimes Section. The worker safety statutes generally provide for only misdemeanor penalties, but prosecutors are being encouraged to consider utilizing Title 18 of the of the Federal Criminal and Penal Code and environmental offenses, which often occur in conjunction with worker safety crimes, to enhance penalties and increase deterrence.

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