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President Signs New Trade Agreement with Mexico And Canada To Replace NAFTA

President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement — or USMCA — in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30.

The agreement provides increased requirements for automotive components to be produced in North America and follows more than a year of talks to update the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which supports about $1.2 trillion in annual trade among the three countries in the USMCA. 

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OSHA Publishes New FAQs About Reporting Coronavirus Cases

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Oct. 1 published a new series of answers to its COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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AFS Presses for Business Liability Protection as Lawsuit Concerns Grow

U.S. manufacturers are working hard to take measures to protect their employees and customers amid the COVID-19 crisis. However, the risk of lawsuits poses a barrier in their ability to bounce back from the economic crisis. As manufacturers start to reopen, employers  want to know that if they follow public health guidelines, they will be protected against lawsuits.

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AFS Supports Legislation to Double R&D Tax Credit

A bill that would boost innovation and expand tax credits for small businesses has the support of the American Foundry Society. H.R. 7766 would assist metalcasters by doubling research and development tax credits and allowing more businesses to access these incentives.

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AFS calls on lawmakers to pass ‘bold’ infrastructure bill

The American Foundry Society is calling on U.S. lawmakers to make long-overdue investments in the nation’s critical infrastructure networks. As metal castings are used in 90 percent of all durable goods, they are integral to the nation's infrastructure.

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OSHA Issues Guidance for Uniform Enforcement of its Crystalline Silica Standards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a compliance directive designed to ensure uniformity in its inspection and enforcement procedures when addressing respirable crystalline silica exposures in general industry, maritime, and construction.

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CDC Issues Testing Strategy for COVID-19 after a Case is Identified

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a guidance document for high-density critical infrastructure workplaces that test employees for COVID-19 as part of their disease control measures.

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Bill to Fix COVID-19 Payroll Loan Program, Supported by AFS, Signed by President

A fix to the popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), created to help small businesses survive during the COVID-19 pandemic, was signed into law by President Trump on June 5.

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Medical Surveillance Requirements for OSHA’s Silica Rule Change on June 23

U.S. metalcasters should be aware that the medical surveillance requirements for OSHA’s silica rule change on June 23, 2020.

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Congressman Brady Discusses Solutions for Reopening the Economy Across the Country

The American Foundry Society held a virtual discussion on June 2 hosted by the AFS Government Affairs Division with U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-8), a 23-year veteran of Capitol Hill and the top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee.  The congressman kicked off his remarks by evaluating the work done by Congress so far to combat the effects of the global pandemic.

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