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USMCA Ratified by Congress

On Jan. 16, the U.S. Senate approved President Trump’s signature trade deal with Mexico and Canada, the USMCA, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan 89-10 vote. The agreement previously passed the House in December on a similarly bipartisan 385-41 vote and now awaits the president’s signature of the deal into law.

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Reminder: Deadline for Electronically Reporting OSHA Form 300A Data is March 2

OSHA’s Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule requires certain establishments to electronically submit information from their OSHA Form 300A for calendar year 2019 by March 2.

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Employer Update: OSHA Civil Monetary Penalties Increase

On Jan. 15, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, the U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the department, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, for 2020.

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DOL Issues Regular Rate Final Rule

On Dec. 16, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published its final rule clarifying and updating the regulations governing regular rate requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

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OSHA Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy for Crane Operator Certifications from CIC

On Nov. 26, OSHA issued a temporary enforcement policy for crane operator certifications issued by Crane Institute Certification, which no longer holds such accreditation.

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ABC Comments in Support of DOL Fluctuating Workweek Proposal

On Dec. 5, ABC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in support of its proposal to revise the DOL’s regulation for computing overtime compensation for salaried nonexempt employees who work hours that vary each week (i.e., a fluctuating workweek) under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Reminder: DOL Overtime Rule Effective Jan. 1, 2020

On Sept. 27, the DOL issued a final rule on overtime, officially named Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees, which updates and revises the “white-collar” overtime exemption regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The final rule goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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Trump Administration Releases Fall 2019 Regulatory Agenda

On Nov. 20, the Trump administration released its Fall 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The agenda lists upcoming rulemakings and other regulatory actions from each agency that the administration expects to publish through the end of the year and into 2020. 
 

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House Passes Reauthorization of Terrorism Insurance Program

On Nov. 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 by an overwhelming bipartisan vote. TRIA is a shared public/private insurance program available to the construction and real estate sectors to cover catastrophic losses caused by acts of terrorism. ABC urges all senators to support H.R. 4634.

  

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ABC Comments on OSHA’s Beryllium Proposed Rule

ABC, as part of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, recently submitted comments to OSHA in regards to a proposed Beryllium rule. ABC stated that the 30-day timeframe OSHA requested for feedback was not enough time for people in the industry to submit thoughtful comments to the agency.

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