Four Additional States Enjoined from 2015 WOTUS Rule

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Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas have joined the list of states where the 2015 Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule is not in effect. Existing stays exist from separate litigation in two district courts in North Dakota and Georgia previously enjoined the rule in 24 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming).  

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Department of Labor Launches H-2B Compliance Initiative for Hotel & Landscape Industries

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In September, the US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (DOL) announced two nationwide initiatives to strengthen compliance with the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program.  

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DOL Schedules Listening Sessions on Overtime Rule

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The US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has announced that in the upcoming weeks, it will hold public listening sessions to gather views on the Overtime Rule. The Department plans to update the Overtime Rule, and is interested in hearing the views and ideas of participants on possible revisions to the regulations.

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Court Overturns Rule Delaying 2015 WOTUS Rule

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On August 16, the US District for the District of South Carolina issued a ruling enjoining nationwide the rule that delayed until February 2020 implementation of the 2015 WOTUS Rule. The district court’s decision was based on procedural grounds. The court said the rule’s delay violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) because the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers did not take comment on the substance of the 2015 WOTUS Rule or the prior regulations that would stay in place during the delay of the 2015 Rule. 

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OSHA Proposes to Ease Electronic Reporting Requirements

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Beginning last December, clubs with 250 or more employees were required to electronically report injury and illness information to OSHA. On July 30, OSHA announced a proposed rule to rescind part of the reporting requirement.

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Have You Read These Popular OSHA Resources?

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Labor Poster

The Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) recently published their five most popular publications. Add these to your reading list and share with your management team:

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The End of the Road for DOL’s Persuader Rule

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Persuader Rule End


The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially rescinded the 2016 Persuader Rule. The Persuader Rule would have required full public disclosure on the use of labor relations consultants by employers. In short, the rule required employers and their hired consultants to report when the consultants directly persuade workers or when the consultants participate in four indirect categories in relation to labor organization or disputes. The Persuader rule was first introduced in 2011, but has been on hold since 2014. Read more... (Log in required)