Employer Duty to Record Injuries and Illnesses Extended to Five Years
On December 19, 2016, OSHA issued an amendment to its injury and illness recordkeeping regulation. The change states that an employer’s duty to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses is an ongoing obligation lasting five years. The new rule takes effect January 18, 2017, two days before President-Elect Trump takes office. Read More
Court Allows OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Rules To Stand
The new rule, which takes effect Jan. 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 forms. Analysis of this data will enable OSHA to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources more efficiently. The decision allows the Agency to proceed with enforcement. Employers are encouraged to review their policies and revise them appropriately. Read More
11-23-16: Federal Judge Blocks Overtime Rule
In a victory for NAHB, a federal judge in Texas on Nov. 22 granted a preliminary injunction to delay implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. The rule, which was scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, would double the minimum salary limit from $23,660 to $47,476. NAHB joined other business groups in filing a legal challenge to the overtime rule on Sept. 20. Read More
7-28-16: EPA Releases Final Formaldehyde Rule
The final Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products rule has been released by the Environmental Protection Agency. The rule establishes formaldehyde emission standards as well as product testing and tracking requirements for composite wood products. And thanks to the work of NAHB members and staff, the final rule includes some significant and notable changes for the renovation and construction industry, including clarification of certain terms to exclude renovation and construction activities. Learn more about what it covers and what it means for the housing industry.
6-28-16: Five New State Laws Will Soon Affect Colorado Employers
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper recently signed five bills into law that will soon impact employers in a number of different ways. Employers who do business in the state will face a new legal framework with respect to personnel files, classification of workers as employees or independent contractors for unemployment purposes, work status verification, and employment of workers with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Moreover, public employers will have additional challenges when it comes to employee whistleblowers. Read More
6-25-16: OSHA's New Silica Rule
OSHA's much-anticipated rule to regulate employee exposure to crystalline silica was published on March 25, 2016. The new rule took effect June 23, 2016. The compliance deadline for the construction industry is June 23, 2017. The new rule is extremely complex and detailed. OSHA's Crystalline Silica web page provides a good source of information, including a copy of the final rule and various overviews.
6-21-16: House Approves NAHB-Supported Health Care Bill
On June 21, 2016, the House approved the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act (H.R. 5447), legislation championed by the National Association of Home Builders. The bill would allow home building firms and other small businesses to provide Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), which let employers contribute something to their employee health costs. The HBA will track this issue as it moves forward in the legislative process. Read More
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