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The Legislative Report blog provides timely information on federal and state legislation and regulations and state trends as well as the myriad issues affecting the private club industry. A companion to CMAA's Legislative website, this resource should be your first stop for any information regarding legal, tax or legislative club-specific issues.

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DOL Releases Proposed Overtime Regulations, Major Increase in Threshold

(Dept of Labor) Permanent link

7_2_15The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a proposed rule to change the existing overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The last updates to the DOL’s overtime regulations occurred in 2004.  Read more...

Senate Committee Approves Measure to Require Withdrawal of EPA’s Waters of the US Rule

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6_17_15On Wednesday, June 10, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved S.1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act.  Read more...

H-2B Cap Met Again for FY2015

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has again met the congressionally mandated limit of H-2B visa applications for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2015. Read more...

USCIS Reopens H-2B Cap for Remainder of FY2015

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In the reversal of a previous announcement on April 2, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will again begin accepting H-2B visa applications for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2015. Read more...

Remind Your Employees: Water, Rest & Shade

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06_5_15 It is summer and your season is in full swing, with a full complement of staff and members using your outdoor facilities. As the temperatures soar, make sure you are training and educating your employees on how to handle the heat. OSHA shares these valuable tips:
 
•    "Easy does it" on your first days of work in the heat. You need to get used to it. Workers new to the heat or those that have been away from work and are returning can be most vulnerable to heat stress and they must be acclimatized. Read more...

EPA Announces Final Clean Water Act Rule, Effective Late August

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On March 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers announced the final Clean Water Act (CWA) rule, previously referred to as the Waters of the US rule. Many water bodies on golf courses including rivers, streams, creeks, wetlands, ponds, ditches and ephemeral drainages will now be subject to federal jurisdiction. This will impact operations and budgets as clubs will be required to obtain costly, federal permits for any land management activities or land use decisions in, over or near these regulated waters.  Details...

House Passes Measure to Require Withdrawal of EPA's Waters of the US Rule

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05_14_15 Golf Course with Pond On Tuesday, May 12, the House of Representatives passed HR 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015. The measure passed 261 to 155. The bill would direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the Waters of the US rule within 30 days of the bill's enactment. Read more...