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David Weil Named Dean of Brandeis University's Heller School

June 2017

We are pleased to announce that David Weil, Transparency Policy Project Co-Director, will become the new dean of Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management, effective August 14, 2017. Weil will also become a full professor on the Heller faculty. In his new role, Weil will lead a policy school and research institution focused on driving positive social change and addressing disparities in well-being from health care to sustainable development. "I believe that inequality is the contral issue of our time, and addressing it is at the core of Heller's mission,' Weil said. Read the announcement here

Delaying Workplace Transparency Hurts American Workers

June 2017

In an op-ed on The Hill, David Michaels, formerly OSHA Administrator, and David Weil, Transparency Policy Project Co-Director, criticize the Trump administration's decision to indefinitely delay a transparency rule that would have promoted workplace safety. The rule, which would have gone into effect in July 2017, required employees to file injury and illnesses reports with OSHA in electronic format. OSHA promised to make the data available to the general public on the internet. This transparency measure, Michaels and Weil explain, would nudge employers to protect their workers, would allow better targeting of OSHA's scarce resources, and would let employees choose safer workplaces. The authors also urge President Trump to embrace workplace transparency, an inexpensive and commonsense way to save the limbs and lives of American workers. Read their op-ed here