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Notable Regulations That Took Effect in 2016/2017

Posted in: Legislative Updates

IEC has put together a brief list of regulations that impact the merit shop electrical contracting industry that took effect in 2016 or take effect in 2017.

Electronic Submission of OSHA 300 Forms (Effective Date – January 1, 2017)

Requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness form, which can be posted to the public on OSHA’s website:

  • Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017.
  • Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must submit information from their 2017 forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.
  • Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017, and their 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.
  • OSHA State Plan states must adopt requirements that are substantially identical to the requirements in this final rule within 6 months after publication of this final rule.

Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors (Effective Date – January 1, 2017)

Requires providing 56 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year. Permits an employee to take paid leave to care for anyone with whom the employee has a “significant personal bond” that is like a family relationship, regardless of a biological or legal relationship.

Anti-Retaliation Provision of OSHA's Electronic Recordkeeping Rule (Effective Date – December 1, 2016)

Prevents employers from drug testing workers after an on-the-job accident unless drugs are suspected to have contributed to the incident.

Silica Dust Rule (Effective date – June 23, 2016)

Reduces allowed exposure for construction workers from 250 micrograms per cubic meter over an eight-hour period to 50 micrograms. Currently being challenged in court.

Construction industry must come into compliance with most aspects of rule one year after effective date (June 23, 2017).