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OSHA Revises National Emphasis Program to Reduce or Eliminate Worker Exposure to Silica

OSHA has issued a revised National Emphasis Program intended to reduce worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica in construction, general industry, and maritime.

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Lawmakers in Virginia Inch Closer to Enacting a Stricter Worker Misclassification Bill into Law

Virginia Senators previously approved a similar bill addressing misclassification (S.B. 744) on January 27. Differences in the bill must be reconciled before the measures can be sent to Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) who is expected to sign it into law.

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Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats Unveil $760 Billion Infrastructure Proposal, Includes $30 Billion Investment in Airport Infrastructure

The proposal itself is the work of Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce Committees. Those Committees will be responsible for drafting legislation related to the framework and plan to work together to identify ways to pay for the $760 billion package.

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Murphy Signs Several Bills Into Law Aimed at Combating Employee Misclassification

The bills signed into law Monday include legislation that will penalize employers in New Jersey who knowingly misclassify their workers, as well as a bill that requires employers to post notices in the workplace aimed at helping employees determine if they have been illegally misclassified.

 

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule Updating Regulations Interpreting Joint Employer Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

The final rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register this Thursday, January 16 and will take effect 60 days thereafter.

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New York State of the State address: Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls some independent contractor labels “a fraud,” commits to exploring worker misclassification legislation in NY

Governor Cuomo devoted a portion of his annual State of the State speech to discussing independent contractors and the so-called “gig economy.”

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Congress Includes Provision to Repeal Cadillac Tax as Part of Year-End Spending Deal

The year-end package to fund the federal government through the rest of fiscal year 2020 will include provisions permanently repealing the Cadillac tax. 

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US DOL Publishing Long-Awaited Final Rule Updating Regular Rate Regulations

On Monday, December 16, the U.S. Department of Labor is publishing its long-awaited final rule revising “regular rate” requirements employers must follow under section 7(e) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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OSHA Announces Increase in Inspections and Compliance Assistance in 2019

OSHA has released final fiscal year 2019 statistics that highlight a significant increase in the number of inspections and compliance assistance.

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State Appellate Court Rules That State Prevailing Wage Law Not Preempted by Federal Law

On December 2, 2019, the Appellate Court of Illinois for the Third District ruled that an Illinois state law that requires employers to pay fringe benefits to workers on public projects is not preempted by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). 

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Education Department’s College Scorecard Now Includes Program-Specific Debt and Earnings Data – How Does It Compare with Registered Apprenticeships?

The Department of Education’s College Scorecard data is a reminder that no matter which degree a young person chooses, they can be saddled with thousands of dollars of debt. This contrasts sharply with the benefits and wages enjoyed by those enrolled in a tuition-free registered apprenticeship with a SWACCA contractor. 

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SWACCA Encourages Members to Ask Their Member of Congress to Fix the Retail Glitch

These efforts to fix the so-called “retail glitch” have evolved and there is now a large coalition of diverse groups urging Congress to address this issue.

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