FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION
OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES
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SECRETARY OF LABOR,
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
on behalf of DARCY WHITE,
PRAIRIE STATE GENERATING CO.,
Docket No. LAKE 2021-0158
MSHA Case No. MORG-CD-2020-08
Mine: Lively Grove Mine
Mine ID: 11-03193
ORDER GRANTING JOINT MOTION TO APPROVE
TEMPORARY ECONOMIC REINSTATEMENT
MOTION AND AGREEMENT
This matter is before the undersigned on the Secretary of Labor’s Application for Temporary Reinstatement filed on behalf of miner Darcy White pursuant to section 105(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, 30 U.S.C. § 801, et seq., as amended (“Mine Act”), and 29 C.F.R. § 2700.45. On July 01, 2021, Respondent filed a Motion to Dismiss Application for Temporary Reinstatement for Failure to Join a Required Party or To Join Required Party, wherein it attached a Declaration from Prairie State Safety Manager, Lane Hendricks. On July 08, 2021, the Secretary filed its Response to Respondent’s Motion to Dismiss, opposing the motion. On July 12, 2021, the Respondent filed a Reply to the Secretary’s Response, wherein it attached the contractual agreement between Prairie State and Custom Staffing, White’s employer.
On July 09, 2021, a Notice of Hearing was sent to the parties for a virtual hearing via Zoom to be held on July 20, 2021. On that date, the undersigned opened the hearing and asked the parties if there was any further possibility of exploring settlement avenues. The parties thereafter agreed to explore settlement possibilities in breakout rooms over Zoom. After approximately three hours, including status updates with the undersigned, the parties and their clients reached a meeting of the minds on material terms of settlement and placed the material terms of the tentative agreement on the record.
On July 27, 2021, the parties filed a Joint Motion to Approve Temporary Economic Reinstatement, as well as an Agreement Regarding Economic Reinstatement for Darcy White. The full terms and conditions of the parties’ economic reinstatement agreement are hereby incorporated by reference. The undersigned has reviewed the Motion and Agreement, and the undersigned concludes that the proposed economic reinstatement agreement is fair, reasonable, appropriate, and protects the public interest because it will further the intent and purpose of the Mine Act.
This Order SHALL remain in effect until final order or determination on the underlying discrimination complaint as set forth in section 105(c)(2) of the Mine Act. 30 U.S.C. § 815(c)(2). The undersigned retains jurisdiction over this temporary reinstatement proceeding. 29 C.F.R. § 2700.45(e)(4).
Pursuant to section 105(c)(3) of the Act, the Secretary is required to notify the Complainant whether a violation has occurred within 90 days of the receipt of the complaint. Ms. White filed her complaint on April 20, 2021, and the Secretary is beyond the 90-day statutory requirement. The Secretary is ORDERED to complete its investigation and to make a determination within 30 days, or to provide this tribunal with a detailed reason for why this deadline cannot be met.
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