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Newsroom & Insights: April 2014

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Tactics for Recruiting Veterans

If you had the opportunity to hire a new apprentice who could follow directions, think on his or her feet, learn complicated skills quickly and demonstrate them accurately, bounce back from difficult situations, work well on a team, and exhibit a strong sense of dedication and commitment to an organization, would you? You’d probably jump at the chance!

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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create Tax Credit for Hiring Apprentices

On April 10, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced S. 2234, the Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprenticeship Programs (LEAP) Act, to incentivize registered apprenticeships through a new tax credit for employers.

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President Announces New Initiatives and Grant Programs to Boost Apprenticeships

On April 16, President Obama and Vice President Biden visited Pennsylvania to announce the availability of the final $450 million in grants under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative to enhance job-driven training across America.

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House, Senate Legislators Introduce Bills to Stop NLRB “Ambush Elections” Rule

Last week, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Congressman John Kline (R-MN), and Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) introduced legislation to roll back the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recently reintroduced “ambush elections” rulemaking, which would drastically shorten the time period for union elections from the current median of 38 days to as little as 10.

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OSHA Announces New Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Regulation

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced a revision to the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Standard. OSHA’s goal was to make the construction standard (CFR 1910.Subpart V) more consistent with the general industry standard (CFR 1910.269).

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Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship Meets with Federal Officials

Bob Baird, IEC VP of Industry & Regulatory Affairs, attended meetings of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA) in Washington, DC, March 4-5 to discuss issues facing the apprenticeship community. The Committee highlighted the construction sector's use of apprenticeship; these lessons can be applied to other industry sectors. The committee also developed a series of recommendations for the Secretary of Labor including initiatives to link secondary education to apprenticeship.

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DOL Announces Further Delay in Final “Persuader” Rule Action

On March 6, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that action on its pending “persuader” rule has been further delayed with no projected date of action yet announced. The rule was previously scheduled to be finalized by March 2014 as indicated on DOL’s most recent regulatory agenda, although publication of the final rule has been continuously postponed since early 2012.

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NLRB Will Not Seek Supreme Court Ruling on Court-Invalidated Poster Rule

Last year, both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found the NLRB lacked statutory authority to issue a controversial rule requiring nearly 6 million business to post notices of workers’ rights to organize under the National Labor Relations Act in the workplace. Along with the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Right to Work, the National Federal of Independent Businesses, and the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) – of which IEC is a member – all participated in the D.C. Court of Appeals challenge.

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Proposed Rule Will Make OSHA 300 Information Public

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a rule to make OSHA 300 reported information publicly available. Employers with 20 to 249 employees will be required to submit their OSHA 300 forms annually. The proposed rule would require employers with more than 250 employees to submit OSHA 300 forms quarterly.

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Justices Skeptical of Appointment as Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Noel Canning

The Unites States Supreme Court heard 90 minutes of oral arguments in Noel Canning v NLRB, the pivotal case challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s 2012 appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the validity of their subsequent decisions.

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