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Government News for 2016

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November 2016

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    11.23.16: DOL's Overtime Rule Blocked Nationwide By Judge

    About 4 million workers would have become eligible for overtime pay under the rule which would have doubled the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,892 a year for full-time executive, administrative and professional workers.

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    11.22.16: Joint Opening Brief Filed on OSHA Silica Rulemaking

    The OSHA silica rule, issued in March, cuts the current permissible exposure limit for silica in half and requires companies to implement costly engineering controls and a host of ancillary provisions

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    11.18.16: Judge Blocks Persuader Rule Requiring Firms to Disclose Labor Advice

    On Wednesday, November 17, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a permanent injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) persuader rule in the case brought by several business organizations.

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    11.17.16: OSHA Issues Final Rule Updating Walking-Working Surfaces Standard

    On November 17, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its long-awaited final rule update to the general industry walking-working surfaces standard specific to slip, trip and fall hazards.

October 2016

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    10.10.16: Labor Department Releases Final Rule on Paid Leave for Federal Contractors

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its final rule implementing the paid sick leave executive order requiring federal contractors to provide up to seven days' paid sick leave to their employees. The final rule will go into effect for new solicitations issued on or after January 1, 2017.

September 2016

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August 2016

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July 2016

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June 2016

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May 2016

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    05.25.16: U.S. Labor Department Issues Final Rule on Overtime

    Under a final rule published by the U.S. Department of Labor on May 23, the minimum salary threshold for employees to be considered overtime "exempt" under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will double beginning December 1, 2016.

April 2016

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March 2016

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February 2016

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January 2016

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    01.31.16: AFS Supported Regulatory Reform Bill Approved by House

    In early January, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act (H.R. 712) by a vote of 244 – 173.

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    01.27.16: AFS Joins Legal Challenge to Ozone Regulation

    A group of business associations, including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, recently filed a petition for review to challenge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule that significantly lowered the primary ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) standard from 75 ppb to 70 ppb.

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    01.04.16: OSHA Activates Injury Reporting Form on Website

    On December 24, 2015, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its long delayed online injury reporting form is now available to employers to satisfy the agency's recordkeeping rule (29 C.F.R. 1904.39) requiring employers to provide notification of fatalities within eight hours and hospitalizations, amputations or eye losses within 24 hours.

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