Category Archives: Legislative News

OSHA releases return-to-work guidance addressing assessments and records

OSHA releases return-to-work guidance addressing assessments and records

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips by Kristin White The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a Guidance on Returning to Work document that describes strategies and recommends steps employers should take during all phases of reopening. Most of OSHA’s recommendations involve steps employers have been implementing based on state and local reopening […]

OSHA will increase in-person inspections as part of revised COVID-19 enforcement plan

OSHA will increase in-person inspections as part of revised COVID-19 enforcement plan

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips Fisher Phillips Authors: Todd Logsdon and Paul Goatley The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that OSHA area offices will begin to increase in-person inspections in some parts of the country as the agency released a revised response plan on how it will handle COVID-19-related complaints, referrals […]

Virginia passes first-in-nation OSHA standard for COVID-19

Virginia passes first-in-nation OSHA standard for COVID-19

States begin to enact their own temporary measures to protect workers from exposure to the novel coronavirus Source: EHS Today Courtney Malveaux Jul 16, 2020 Employers wondering whether Virginia is the new California just got their answer: California has some catching up to do. In a split vote, the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board […]

Your business may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $5,000 per employee — learn more about the “Employee Retention Tax Credit”

Your business may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $5,000 per employee — learn more about the “Employee Retention Tax Credit”

Employee Retention Credit (ERC) overview The Employee Retention Credit is a CARES Act relief measure for businesses. It is a fully refundable tax credit that eligible employers who are able to keep employees on payroll can claim. An Eligible Employer may not receive the Employee Retention Credit if the Eligible Employer receives a PPP loan […]

OSHA will increase in-person inspections as part of revised COVID-19 enforcement plan

OSHA will increase in-person inspections as part of revised COVID-19 enforcement plan

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips Fisher Phillips Authors: Todd Logsdon and Paul Goatley The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that OSHA area offices will begin to increase in-person inspections in some parts of the country as the agency released a revised response plan on how it will handle COVID-19-related complaints, referrals […]

Focused on unlocking customer value, Deere announces new operating model

Focused on unlocking customer value, Deere announces new operating model

MOLINE, IL — Deere & Company (DE) today announced a new vision and operating model in order to accelerate its success in the integration of smart technology innovation with Deere’s legacy of manufacturing excellence. The Deere Smart Industrial strategy is designed to unlock new value for customers and to help them become more profitable and […]

.S. Department of Labor issues guidance to ensure uniform enforcement of silica standards

.S. Department of Labor issues guidance to ensure uniform enforcement of silica standards

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a compliance directive designed to ensure uniformity in inspection and enforcement procedures when addressing respirable crystalline silica exposures in general industry, maritime, and construction. The new directive provides OSHA compliance safety and health officers with guidance on how to […]

Caterpillar expands remote control and semi-autonomous offerings with new CAT® command capabilities

Caterpillar expands remote control and semi-autonomous offerings with new CAT® command capabilities

Drawing from more than 30 years of equipment autonomy experience, Caterpillar announces the expansion of Cat® Command to a broader range of construction machines. Cat Command is now launching a line of remote control and semi-autonomous technologies, ranging from operator-assisted compaction to remote control loading, dozing and excavating operations. Scalable technologies built to flexibly meet […]

How much paid leave can employees take?

How much paid leave can employees take?

Many Americans affected by the coronavirus outbreak will benefit from new workplace protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. If you work for a private employer with fewer than 500 employees and are in one of the situations described below, you may be eligible for paid sick leave and/or paid family […]

Good news from the SBA and treasury about PPP good faith certifications

Good news from the SBA and treasury about PPP good faith certifications

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Treasury issued updated guidance on how the SBA will review borrowers’ required good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their loan request. Read FAQ 46 here. You can also read the full PPP FAQ here. Question: “How will SBA review borrowers’ required good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their […]

“Phase 4” Stimulus e-letter campaign

“Phase 4” Stimulus e-letter campaign

With the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives actively discussing a massive “Phase 4“ federal stimulus bill, now is the time to send an e-letter to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and your Congress member in support of the AGC NYS seven point plan to keep the construction industry working in New York. Click this link to […]

To the members of the Syracuse Builders Exchange

COVID-19 UPDATE To the Members of the Syracuse Builders Exchange Earl R. Hall, Executive Director May 12, 2020 As reported by various media outlets and press conferences by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and various County Executives throughout the 16-county central New York region, construction will most likely begin to reopen on or about May […]

Replacement WOTUS rule takes effect June 22nd

Replacement WOTUS rule takes effect June 22nd

The new Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, issued by the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers in January as a replacement for the 2015 rule, was published in the Federal Register April 21st which makes it effective on June 22nd. The 2015 rule was strongly opposed by the IAAP and other industry groups […]

From AGC of America: Critical new PPP loan program guidance

From AGC of America: Critical new PPP loan program guidance

On April 23, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of the Treasury issued new guidance (see question #31) that puts Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers and potential borrowers on notice that they should be able to prove in “good faith” that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support [their] ongoing operations” to […]

U.S. DOL announces OSHA interim enforcement response plan during coronavirus pandemic

U.S. DOL announces OSHA interim enforcement response plan during coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic. The response plan provides instructions and guidance to OSHA Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) for handling coronavirus-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports. During the coronavirus […]

Interim guidance on Executive Order 202.16

Interim guidance on Executive Order 202.16

Essential businesses, as well as state and local government agencies and authorities, must procure, fashion or otherwise obtain face coverings and provide such coverings to employees who directly interact with the public during the course of their work at no-cost to the employee. Businesses are deemed essential by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD), pursuant […]

New OSHA COVID-19 recordability guidance provides necessary clarification for contractors, says ABC

New OSHA COVID-19 recordability guidance provides necessary clarification for contractors, says ABC

WASHINGTON, DC — Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Development Greg Sizemore recently issued the following statement on the release of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s April 10 guidance on recording cases of COVID-19: “ABC is pleased OSHA has clarified its position regarding the recordability of COVID-19 cases under […]

To keep OSHA logs, or not to keep OSHA logs … that’s the question

To keep OSHA logs, or not to keep OSHA logs … that’s the question

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips by Kristin White and Chantell Foley The Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) requires covered employers to meet several reporting requirements to prove compliance. At this time of the year, many covered employers have posted (or should have posted) OSHA Form 300A for injuries and illnesses that […]

Daily update from AGC of America – April 1

Daily update from AGC of America – April 1

The U.S. Department of Labor released a temporary rule guiding how American workers and employers can use the new Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, which were included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The department’s Wage and Hour Division posted the temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant […]

EPA ends enforcement during Novel Coronavirus outbreak

EPA ends enforcement during Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Source: EHS Today Temporary policy addresses enforcement discretion for companies Stefanie Valentic Mar 27, 2020 Companies encountering civil violations during the COVID-19 outbreak should not expect penalties for noncompliance, according to new temporary guidance the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released. The agency is suspending its enforcement policies for civil violations indefinitely, citing lack […]

Gov’t agencies announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave / tax credits

Gov’t agencies announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave / tax credits

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor recently announced small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees […]

U.S. SBA fact sheet – Economic injury disaster loans

U.S. SBA fact sheet – Economic injury disaster loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses in your state that are suffering substantial economic loss as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The attached press release will outline the details on the governor certification that makes SBA assistance available for the entire state. […]

DOL releases model FFCRA poster

DOL releases model FFCRA poster

Below please find a model notice poster released by the United States Department of Labor notifying employees of their rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). All employers covered by the FFCRA are required to give employees notice. This poster will satisfy the FFCRA notice requirements. For a copy of the poster, click here.

For Immediate Release: 3/20/2020 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Guidance on essential services under the “New York State on Pause” executive order    On Friday, 3-20, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced he was signing the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. It includes a new directive that all […]

COVID-19 “pause” executive order

COVID-19 “pause” executive order

Governor Cuomo has issued guidance on essential services and businesses under his “New York State on PAUSE” Executive Order, which requires non-essential businesses to close in-office functions effective 8pm Sunday. The Governor’s order declares construction as “essential” and updated guidance posted by Empire State Development further states that “essential businesses or entities, including any for […]