Updated Resources and Guidance from USDOL and OSHA

Independent Contractor Rule  A new proposed rule would clarify employee and independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Click here. Farm Safety and Health  Farm Safety and Health Week, observed every year during the third week of September, provides an opportunity to reflect on practices to keep agricultural workers safe and healthy all […]

Extension and Modification of PPE Export Restrictions

FEMA has issued a new rule that extends and modifies restrictions on exports of certain types of PPE.  The export restrictions are extended through December 31 and apply to surgical N95 filtering facepiece respirators, surgical masks, nitrile gloves, Level 3 and 4 surgical gowns, and surgical isolation gowns. Other filtering facepiece respirators and elastomeric, air-purifying […]

US Commerce Seeks Input on Section 232 Transformer Investigation

On May 19, the US Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a notice in the Federal Register (click here) soliciting public comment on the Section 232 investigation recently launched (click here for more) into possible national security risks associated with the importation of laminations for stacked cores for incorporation into transformers, stacked and wound cores for incorporation […]

REMINDER | Comments Due on Proposed Changes to Environmental Citations Rule February 21

ANR’s proposed amended Ch. 25 Environmental Citations Rule is currently on notice, and review and input during the comment period, open through February 21, would be appreciated. The proposed rule revison is available on the Secretary of State database and DEC web page at the following links: https://secure.vermont.gov/SOS/rules/index.php (Rule No. 20P001) https://dec.vermont.gov/enforcement/rules Summary of Amendment […]

Federal Updates | New Proposed Federal Labor Rules

The following updates are provided in cooperation with our national allies at NAM. Proposed Rule: Regular Rate Under the FLSA.  On March 29, DOL published a proposed rule on the regular rate under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This proposed rule would make clear what employers must include in the calculations of a nonexempt employee’s […]

Action Alert | Draft Reissuance and Amendment to Construction General Permit 3-9020

ANR is proposing to issue a general permit for stormwater runoff from construction sites.  The draft permit is referred to as General Permit 3-9020 (2019). On September 13, 2006, the Agency issued General Permit 3-9020 (2006) for Stormwater Construction Runoff from Construction Sites.  In February 2008, the Agency amended General Permit 3-9020 to the current […]

Action Alert | Report Highlights Chemicals that Could Receive Additional Regulatory or Legislative Attention, Also Suggests Bans on Certain Products Containing Flame Retardants

Action Request | Contact AIV to Stay Informed and Engaged As noted below, it would benefit all manufacturers to be aware of and review the draft biennial report of the Interagency Committee on Chemical Management, particularly those that file reports under Tier II of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), and especially […]

Worksite Wellness Award Application Period Open

The 2019 Worksite Wellness Award application period is open.  The application process has been revised this year, with a new Worksite Wellness Assessment tool created to help employers assess what policy, program, and environmental supports are currently in place to promote the health and wellness of employees.  It is broken down into seven sections that […]