WASHINGTON, DC, September 24, 2021: Susan Harthill, a co-founder of Morgan Lewis’s workplace government relations and regulation practice, has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as commissioner for the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC).
OSHRC oversees contests of citations or penalties that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues to employers following inspections of US workplaces. OSHRC is an independent federal agency that is not part of the US Department of Labor (DOL) or OSHA. Susan will remain a senior consultant for Morgan Lewis until her confirmation.
“Susan has a deep understanding of labor and employment policy and has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to that rule of law throughout her long career of government service, education, and private practice,” Firm Chair Jami McKeon said. “We are so proud that Susan is continuing in the firm’s longstanding tradition of our lawyers serving in the highest levels of the government.”
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Susan served as deputy solicitor for national operations at the DOL, where she oversaw the legal activities performed for all DOL programs in the national oﬃce by lawyers in all 10 program divisions. She applied that experience to counsel clients in a full range of employment law matters, with a focus on counseling, compliance, litigation, and audits and investigations.
Susan helped launch the firm’s workplace government relations and regulation practice in 2020 to provide guidance on how to effectively navigate the agencies that regulate US workplaces. Led by former government officials of the major federal agencies that regulate workplaces in the United States, the workplace government relations and regulation team leverages its experience working within the government to help employers navigate the challenges of government regulation, legislation, and enforcement. This intrinsic understanding of government agencies and the process behind official guidance has proven especially helpful for employers as they navigate the quick-fire regulations released during the COVID-19 pandemic.