Category Archives: Legislative News

ABC lauds workforce development, infrastructure priorities in President Trump’s State of the Union speech

WASHINGTON, DC —Associated Builders and Contractors President and Chief Executive Officer Michael D. Bellaman issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address: “President Trump and his administration continue to prioritize policies that allow the construction industry and U.S. business community to grow our economy. From strengthening workforce development initiatives to the […]

AED Alert: AED Urges Congress to pursue the equipment industry’s pro-growth legislative agenda

On January 25, AED delivered a letter to Congress outlining the construction equipment industry’s legislative priorities for the 116th congressional session, which includes infrastructure investment, addressing the skills gap, tax permanency and pursuing pro-growth trade and energy policies.  “AED members are ready for Congress to work together in a bipartisan manner to enact pro-growth, job-creating […]

MSHA updates its penalties, topping out at $266,275 per violation

Source: By Avi Meyerstein on January 24, 2019 POSTED IN ENFORCEMENT UPDATES, MSHA A regular MSHA citation that hits all the high notes in terms of penalty points will cost as much as $72,620 in 2019 (based on company size, prior violations, negligence, and gravity), MSHA announced yesterday. A flagrant MSHA violation – the most […]

Nominees for safety agencies OSHA and FMSHRC sent back to the Senate. Will they pass (and when)?

Source: Safety Law Matters By Avi Meyerstein on January 24, 2019 POSTED IN MSHA, OSHA The White House has re-nominated several safety agency nominees, whose nominations expired when the last Congress adjourned. These include Scott Mugno, nominated to serve as OSHA’s leader, and three nominees to be judges on the Federal Mine Safety and Health […]

U.S. Department of Labor publishes new FAQ on controlling silica in general industry

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has posted new frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the agency’s standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry. OSHA developed the FAQs in consultation with industry and union stakeholders to provide guidance to employers and employees on the standard’s requirements, such […]