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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

ABMA Vaccine Mandate Survey Results

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Last week, President Biden announced that the Department of Labor is preparing to mandate that all businesses with 100 or more workers require their employees to either get vaccinated or face mandatory weekly testing. We wanted to know where you stand. The results are in.

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.

SBA COVID-19 Relief Options

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a number of relief programs and counseling opportunities for small businesses affected by COVID-19.  Read more here.

DOL Coronavirus Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor has compiled a Coronavirus resource page that can help businesses navigate questions on vaccines, workplace safety, unemployment, and much more. Read more here.

OSHA’s Current Workplace COVID Guidance

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This guidance is intended to help employers and workers not covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)…