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White House unveils plan to speed big projects permits

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 16:19

The plan, released by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), would help the administration advance big energy and infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL oil pipeline or roads, bridges and federal buildings that President Donald Trump and industry groups complained have been hampered by red tape.“For the first time in over 40 years today we are issuing a new rule under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to completely overhaul the dysfunctional bureaucratic system that has created these massive obstructions,” Trump said at the White House on Thursday.The propo

What's Next Now That DOL's Joint Employer Rule Is Final

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 16:16

 (January 13, 2020, 10:15 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Labor has finalized an eagerly anticipated rule revising its test for when two employers bear joint blame for shorting workers on pay, setting the stage for court battles about how the DOL's stance applies in wage-and-hour suits and, potentially, whether the rule can stand at all. The so-called joint employer rule, which is set to be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, asks courts to use a four-part test to decide whether two linked firms jointly employ a group of workers.

Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 16:12

In this action, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is proposing to update its regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). CEQ has not comprehensively updated its regulations since their promulgation in 1978, more than four decades ago. This proposed rule would modernize and clarify the regulations to facilitate more efficient, effective, and timely NEPA reviews by Federal agencies in connection with proposals for agency action.

News Coverage of Occupational Licensing and Certifications

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 14:15

Please find below several articles and opinion pieces related to legislation and other initiatives that is of interest to IHMM certificants as we are a part of PCC.  In particular, please note the positive editorial published earlier this week by the Richmond Times-Dispatch on the federal legislation we helped to draft that would allow individuals to use funds in 529 savings plans to cover the costs associated with obtaining or maintaining a credential.  The editorial specifically mentions the PCC’s endorsement of the bill.  We look forward to utilizing this positive coverage in support of

DOT Rules on Rules: Administrative Rulemaking, Guidance, and Enforcement Procedures

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:46

This final rule sets forth a comprehensive revision and update of the Department's regulations on rulemaking procedures and consolidates all of the Department's existing administrative procedures in one location. This final rule also incorporates and reflects the Department's current policies and procedures relating to the issuance of rulemaking documents.

‘ABC Test’ for Independent Contractors Set to Take Effect in California Jan. 1

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:51

Through AB 5, the California legislature codified and expanded the reach of the so-called “ABC Test” for determining whether a worker should be classified as an independent contractor. This new law expands the reach of the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision which applied to coverage under the California Industrial Welfare Commission’s Wage Orders.

IN MEMORIAM FOR AL ARNOFSKY

Sun, 01/05/2020 - 11:53

 IHMM is deeply saddened to inform our communities of practice of the passing of our friend and colleague Al Arnofsky over the weekend.Al had been a CHMM since 1988 and served as a Fellow of the Institute since 1996. As a cherished friend and industry leader, Al will be deeply missed.IHMM sends our condolences to his family and many friends.The arrangements are as follows:Monday January 6th at 11 amLouis Suburban Chapel12-01 Broadway (Route 4 West)Fair Lawn, NJ Shiva will be held at the home of Adam and Rebecca Arnofsky:29 Pine TerraceDemarest 07627Monday evening to Wednesday evening. 

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