ABMA Opposes Cross-Border Truck Driver Vaccine Mandate

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On January 21st, the ABMA sent a letter to US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas outlining our serious concerns with the US Department of Homeland Security’s vaccine mandate for inbound foreign national truck drivers crossing the United States-Canadian border.

ABMA Legislative Committee Update

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On January 20th, the ABMA Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a congressional briefing from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita, specifically detailing the stalled Build Back Better (BBB) package. The Committee discussed where things stand currently on Capitol Hill, reviewed the Supreme Court’s ruling on the OSHA Vaccine ETS, and finalized plans for the 2022 ABMA Advocacy Week.

OSHA Vaccine ETS: What’s Next?

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On January 13, the United States Supreme Court stayed the “Emergency Temporary Standard” (ETS) issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety Administration (OSHA) on COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing requirements for employers with over one hundred employees. The ruling held that the ETS mandate would not be enforced, as OSHA may have exceeded its authority. The Supreme Court returned the issue back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to decide the validity of the ETS.

Supreme Court Blocks OSHA COVID-19 ETS

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Previously, on December 17, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit granted the administration’s request to dissolve the Fifth Circuit’s November 6th stay on the regulation. The divided three-member court said the harm caused by keeping the emergency temporary standard frozen outweighs any damage that would come from letting it go into effect.

ABMA Joins Call for Increased Testing Resources

The rapid spread and impacts of the omicron variant has put new urgency on the availability of testing resources for critical infrastructure and essential workers. ABMA signed on to a coalition letter, spearheaded by the Critical Infrastructure Supply Chain Council (CISCC), asking President Biden to prioritize our workers with new testing resources.

OSHA Winter Weather Resources

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Winter weather presents hazards including slippery roads/surfaces, strong winds, and environmental cold. Employers must prevent illnesses, injuries, or fatalities by controlling these hazards in workplaces impacted by winter weather.

Softwood Lumber Congressional Letter

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Concerned about how the impact of increased tariffs on Canadian imports will impact lumber prices and overall construction costs, Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.) sent a bipartisan letter Monday to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, signed by 84 representatives.

SBA Provides Small Business Tax Resources

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps businesses to meet their federal, state, and local tax obligations to stay in good legal standing. Your business structure and location will influence which taxes your business has to pay

ABMA Legislative Committee Update

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On December 16th, the ABMA Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a congressional briefing from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita, specifically detailing the ongoing saga of the Build Back Better (BBB) package. The Committee discussed where things stand currently on Capitol Hill, evaluated new priorities, and continued to look ahead and solidify plans for our 2022 strategies.

OSHA Vaccine and Testing ETS Stay Update

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The United State Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied en banc review in the OSHA vaccine mandate consolidated cases. An en banc session is a session in which a case is heard before all the judges of a court rather than by a smaller panel of judges.

“Meet Matt”

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ABMA Legislative Committee Member Matt Semonik sits down with ABMA Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Director Kirk Ives in our latest “get to know you” session.

Take Action Now: Oppose BBB Tax Increases

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The House-passed Build Back Better (BBB) legislation contains damaging increased tax rates on S-Corporations and other pass-through tax structures that are popular among retail lumber and building material (LBM) dealers.

OSHA Offers Winter Weather Resources

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OSHA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are working together on a public education effort aimed at improving the way people prepare for and respond to severe weather.

ABMA Objects to BBB Tax Increases

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Earlier this week, the ABMA sent a letter to the Senate outlining our concerns with tax provisions in the Build Back
Better (BBB) legislation recently passed by the House. If enacted, the tax rate for small and medium sized businesses could jump to over 41 percent—a sizable increase for LBM businesses.

ABMA Opposes Softwood Tariff Hike

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The United States Department of Commerce announced late last week that they would proceed with an administrative review to increase the tariffs on Canadian lumber shipments from 9% to 17.9%.

SBA Updates EIDL Guidance

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The SBA announced updated guidance for COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program applicants to better serve small business owners in need, while funding remains available.

DOL Offers Holiday Safety Resources

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During the upcoming holidays, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reminds employers not to overlook their worker’s rights to a safe and healthy workplace and to be paid all of their legally earned wages.

ABMA Legislative Committee Update

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On November 18th, the ABMA Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a congressional update from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita, discuss the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 vaccines and testing and the current legal status of the ETS, look ahead to potential 2022 priorities, and highlighted our upcoming virtual event with Congressman Kurt Schrader from Oregon.

OSHA Vaccine and Testing ETS Stay Upheld

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On November 12, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an order continuing its initial November 6, 2021 stay of the emergency temporary standard (ETS) that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued on November 4, 2021.

IRS Tax Resources For Businesses

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers a useful collection of information and resources for businesses on a variety of tax topics and questions.

DOT Issues American Mobility Fact Sheet

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The Infrastructure Deal is a significant investment in America’s transportation network. It will allow the nation to modernize its infrastructure, making it safer and more resilient.

IRS Announces 401(k) Limit Increases

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the amount individuals can contribute to their 401(k) plans in 2022 has increased to $20,500, up from $19,500 for 2021 and 2020.

OSHA Releases Vaccine and Testing ETS

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On November 4th, ABMA staff attended an OSHA briefing on the recently announced Vaccine and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The ETS takes effect immediately. Employers have 30 days (December 5th) to comply with all requirements except testing for employees who are not fully vaccinated.

OSHA Vaccine and Testing ETS Webinar

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In conjunction with the November 4th release of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), OSHA has provided an overview of it’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS.

FTC Protecting Small Businesses

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can help small businesses avoid scams, protect their computers and networks, keep customers’ data safe, and protect a businesses’ bottom line.

OSHA On-Site Consultations

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OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program offers no-cost and confidential occupational safety and health services to small- and medium-sized businesses in all 50 states with priority given to high-hazard worksites.

Business Community Opposes Grantor Trust/Minority Valuation Changes

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The ABMA joined with more than 90 trade associations representing millions of individually- and family-owned businesses to sound the alarm on the proposed changes to grantor trust and valuation rules in the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) and called on lawmakers to reject these provisions.

DOL Workplace Posters

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Some of the statutes and regulations enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) require that notices be provided to employees and/or posted in the workplace.

Hiring Employees With Disabilities

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Hiring disabled individuals can help businesses meet their talent needs while strengthening their competitive edge. The SBA offers a variety of resources to h

Take Action Now: Support Workforce Development/CTE

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As the budget reconciliation negotiations continue and legislators look for ways to make the overall package more affordable, we need to ask the Members of Congress to protect critical workforce and CTE funding.

ABMA Legislative Committee Update

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On October 21st, the ABMA Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a congressional briefing from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita, discuss the pending OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 vaccines and testing, update the status of our Federal PAC formation and look forward to our virtual Congressional meeting in November.

Keeping Young Workers Safe

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OSHA provides resources and education to help provide a safe and healthful work environment and comply with occupational safety and health standards.

National Apprenticeship Week

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The 7th annual Department of Labor National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) will take place November 15 – 21, 2021.

Department of Labor Workforce Resource Center

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The DOL State Resources Finder provides a list of websites that businesses may find useful for workforce issues. Resources cover the following topics: employee training, hiring, human resources planning, legal and admin

HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccinations, and the Workplace

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights issued guidance to help the public understand when the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies to disclosures and requests for information about whether a person has received a COVID-19 vaccine.

New Job Quality Initiative

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The Department of Commerce launched their new Job Quality Initiative. The initiative is aimed at helping American employers become more competitive by providin

Take Action Now: Oppose Federal Tax Hikes

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As Congress continues its deliberations on both the infrastructure and budget reconciliation packages, please tell your legislator to not raise revenue to pay for the packages on the backs of America’s small businesses.

Are You Registered To Vote?

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There is no more powerful way to impact our regulatory and legislative advocacy efforts than participating on election day.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

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In a recent US Department of Labor blog, the DOL highlighted the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and the benefit it can have for both employers and job seekers.

ABMA Prioritizes Workforce Development

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On Wednesday, September 29th, the ABMA sent a letter to Congress asking legislators to invest in recruiting, developing, training, and incentivizing potential employees to fill skilled labor positions.

FMCSA Regulatory Guidance Tool

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The FMCSA  provides an easy to use web portal that is a searchable, indexed database that contains links to all guidance documents in effect from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

OSHA Addresses Heat-Related Illnesses

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OSHA announced they are initiating enhanced measures to protect workers better in hot environments and reduce the dangers of exposure to ambient heat.

ABMA Legislative Committee Update

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On September 23rd, the ABMA Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a congressional update from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita, outline our strategies for our current priority issues, and discuss our preliminary plans for our 2022 Legislative Conference.

ABMA Outlines Vaccine Mandate Concerns to OSHA

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On Friday, September 17th, ABMA Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita and ABMA Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Kirk Ives attended a U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) sponsored meeting with OSHA officials and other interested parties on a number of workplace safety issues, most importantly, President Biden’s proposed vaccine mandate and testing requirements for employers with 100 or more employees.

“Meet Pat”

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ABMA Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita sits down with ABMA Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Director Kirk Ives in a “get to know you” session.

IRS Reporting Guidance on Qualified Leave Wages

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The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2021-53, which provides guidance to employers about reporting on Form W-2 the amount of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees for leave taken in 2021.

SBA Virtual Small Business Week

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The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week Virtual Summit event is happening September 13-15, 2021.

FMCSA Updates Hours-of-Service Waiver for Trucking

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced an extension of the current exemptions which provide regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19.

Take Action Now: Introducing the ABMA

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September 1 is the official launch date of the American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA). Please take a moment to access this easy-to-use action alert to contact your federal legislators and help us introduce the ABMA to Congress.

ABMA Legislative Committee Update

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On August 26, 2021, the ABMA Federal Legislative Committee held its inaugural meeting to approve the Committee Charter, establish preliminary priority issues, and receive a Capitol Hill update from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita.