Category Archives: Legislative News

U.S. DOL proposes rule to clarify employee and independent contractor status under Fair Labor Standards Act

U.S. DOL proposes rule to clarify employee and independent contractor status under Fair Labor Standards Act

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced a proposed rule clarifying the definition of employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as it relates to independent contractors. “The Department’s proposal aims to bring clarity and consistency to the determination of who’s an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” said […]

AEM mobilizes voters with new Equipped to Vote campaign

AEM mobilizes voters with new Equipped to Vote campaign

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) recently launched Equipped to Vote, a national get-out-the-vote campaign to urge the 2.8 million men and women of the industry to register to vote and support pro-manufacturing candidates during the 2020 election. The goal of the campaign is to engage, educate and mobilize manufacturing voters […]

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 […]

Talbert Manufacturing’s 55-ton traveling axle trailer offers optimum towing and recovery capabilities 

Talbert Manufacturing’s 55-ton traveling axle trailer offers optimum towing and recovery capabilities 

RENSSELAER, IN — Talbert Manufacturing now offers the 5553TA traveling axle trailer for optimum versatility and productivity. With a planetary winch and Talbert’s redesigned piggy-back cylinder for over 25% more power to move axles in adverse conditions, the 55-ton 5553TA excels in moving low clearance and dead loads, making it ideal for towing and recovery operations. An […]

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 […]

U.S. Department of Labor announces up to $400,000 available In Brookwood-Sago grants for mine safety education and training

U.S. Department of Labor announces up to $400,000 available In Brookwood-Sago grants for mine safety education and training

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of up to $400,000 in grant funding through its Brookwood-Sago grant program to support education and training to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in, and around, the nation’s mines. Administered by the Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Brookwood-Sago […]

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act makes significant changes to the forgiveness provisions of PPP Loans

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act makes significant changes to the forgiveness provisions of PPP Loans

Getting to the bottom line with Dannible & McKee, LLP Michael J. Reilly, CPA/ABV, CVA, CFF, CDA Managing Partner The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), enacted as part of the CARES Act, is a lending program designed to provide funds for small businesses to hold on to current employees and bring back workers who have been […]

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 […]

.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 […]

MSHA publishes new COVID-19 resources for miners

MSHA publishes new COVID-19 resources for miners

by Avi Meyerstein on June 23, 2020 POSTED IN COMPLIANCE TIPS, MSHA NIOSH and MSHA collaborated recently to publish more resources to mitigate miner exposure to COVID-19. The materials include a web page with guidance for staying healthy, as well as posters, all provided on both MSHA’s and the CDC’s web sites. The primary CDC […]

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 […]

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 […]

“The sound of silence” – What mine operators should expect from MSHA during pandemic

“The sound of silence” – What mine operators should expect from MSHA during pandemic

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips by Christopher G Peterson Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, most mine operators have been waiting for MSHA to release some health and safety guidance regarding the outbreak and how to safeguard the safety and health of their miners. After a protracted period of silence, on its […]

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 […]

What’s inside MSHA’s (relatively) new unified inspection handbook?

Source: Safety Law Matters By Avi Meyerstein on March 25, 2020 Posted in Enforcement updates, MSHA Now for a story that has nothing to do with viruses… In last month’s Rock Products magazine, our colleague Charles Fleischmann analyzed MSHA’s revisions to its inspection procedures. To find out what’s new and different in MSHA inspection policies, […]

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 […]