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Newsroom & Insights: May 2016

How to Handle an OSHA Investigation

Every company cares about safety and health in the workplace and want their employees to remain healthy. In an effort to protect their employees, companies invest substantial time, effort, and money in trying to create safe and healthy work environments. They would do this without regard to government regulation. Managing compliance with federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, however, is an indispensable part of managing safety in this day and age.

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OSHA and Department of Justice Double Teaming Employers

On December 17, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) formally agreed to “double team” employers to investigate and prosecute worker endangerment violations. While they have worked together in the past, this is now a formal arrangement that employers should be very concerned about. While facing OSHA is bad enough, it’s a walk in the park compared to tangling with the DOJ.

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Blacklisting Regulation in Final Stages; House Committee Approves Limiting Its Impact

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule that implements President Obama’s Executive Order 13673 (EO 13673), Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (a.k.a. "Blacklisting"), is currently being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is typically the last stage before a rule goes final...

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Resolution Introduced in Congress to Revoke ‘Persuader’ Rule

In late April, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) introduced a resolution (H.J. Res. 87) under the Congressional Review Act to block the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new rule expanding the “advice exemption,” which triggers reporting requirements to the DOL to include businesses that hire outside counsel to advise senior executives on labor relations and other workplace issues...

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Final Overtime Regulations Expected Soon

The final release of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulations governing the “white collar” exemption for overtime pay will likely be released before the end of the month...

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IEC Comments on Paid Sick Leave Rule for Federal Contractors

Last month, IEC submitted comments to the Department of Labor on a proposed rule that implements President Obama’s Executive Order 13706...

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Department of Labor Announces New $90M Investment in Apprenticeship

On April 21, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the Obama Administration’s latest step to increase access to apprenticeship through the use of the $90 million provided in 2015’s year-end omnibus spending bill...

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Legislation to Establish Worker Visa Pilot Program Introduced

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) recently introduced S. 2827, Willing Workers and Willing Employers Act of 2016, which would implement a modest, market-driven, less-skilled worker visa pilot program...

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Get Involved in the IEC PRIDE PAC!

The PRIDE PAC is IEC’s federal political action committee (PAC) and is funded entirely through personal donations from IEC members...

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