The White House’s approval of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plans under the national Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, gives states access to FY22 and FY23 money to help install EV chargers along interstate highways. Read more.
We are right in the middle of hurricane season, but it is never too late to make sure you are prepared. As Hurricane Ian descends on the southern United States, the Department of Labor shared some tips to ensure you are prepared and keep everyone safe during and after a storm. Read more.
The Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor have partnered with about 60 industry representatives to develop the Job Quality Toolkit to help businesses recruit and retain workers in this ever changing work environment. “The toolkit is derived from the globally emulated Baldrige Excellence Framework and incorporates insights from numerous job quality experts. The toolkit describes […]
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the agency will host a free, virtual National Cyber Summit on Oct. 26, 2022. This cybersecurity forum, a first for the agency, will help introduce American small businesses to tools, tips, and resources to bolster their cybersecurity infrastructure in addition to exploring new trends and challenges entrepreneurs […]
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it is accepting applications for two programs that will make approximately $160 million available annually for the next five years for projects that use technology to improve our transportation infrastructure and make communities safer. Read more here.
Understanding how to deal with the impact of inflation as a result of the pandemic and other global factors, and knowing where to look for and navigate available resources to tackle it can sometimes be daunting. Today at 2:00 pm EST, join Small Business Majority and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for a free […]
For people who requested an IRS extension to file, the October 17, 2022, deadline may seem far away, but it’s coming up fast. Taxpayers who haven’t filed, whether they requested an extension or not, should file a complete and accurate return as soon as possible. For people who have all their paperwork in hand, filing sooner and filing electronically could help them avoid possible processing delays later.
To help struggling taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2022-36, which provides penalty relief to most people and businesses who file certain 2019 or 2020 returns late.
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, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-Site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) signed an alliance agreement to promote workplace mental health and suicide prevention awareness.
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) released its strategy outlining how the Department will implement $50 billion from the bipartisan CHIPS Act of 2022, signed by President Biden last month. The CHIPS for America program, housed within the Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will revitalize the domestic semiconductor industry and spur innovation while creating good-paying jobs in communities across the country.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the award of $45 million in grant funding to 13 colleges in 12 states to help expand career and technical education (CTE) programs.
September is National Preparedness Month. With the height of hurricane season fast approaching and the ongoing threat of wildfires in many places, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urges everyone to develop an emergency preparedness plan, or if they already have one, update it for 2022.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Small Business Minority signed a co-sponsorship agreement to partner on a new webinar series, “The Bottom Line”, to introduce our small businesses across America to SBA tools and resources to address timely economic challenges, on the heels of President Biden’s signing of the Inflation Reduction Act.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the appointment of members to the Women of Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB) to recruit, retain, support, and ensure the safety of women commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and strengthen the trucking industry as a whole.
In 2020, a mission-driven group of volunteers from across the construction industry came together with the goal of saving lives. They collaborated to launch the inaugural Suicide Prevention Week for the industry — a week dedicated to raising awareness about the higher-than-average number of suicides in the construction industry, and to providing resources to help prevent those deaths.
Join SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute for a webinar on Wednesday, August 31 at 2:00 p.m. ET to learn about access to capital for minority small businesses.
OSHA has created a heat-related illness prevention checklist to help small businesses address heat safety.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the award of $50 million in Apprenticeship Building America grant funding for Registered Apprenticeship hubs – organizations that help employers design, develop and deliver programs – and support the establishment, scaling, and expansion of Registered Apprenticeship programs in new and fast-growing industries and occupations.
To help struggling taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2022-36PDF, which provides penalty relief to most people and businesses who file certain 2019 or 2020 returns late.
Nearly 96% of consumers live outside the United States, and two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power is in foreign countries. The U.S. Small Business Administration has put together a page showcasing the resources you need to compete in an international market.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement following President Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act into law: “President Biden is securing historic victories for American families, American workers and our economy. The Inflation Reduction Act will lower cost for families, including health care and prescription drug costs, reduce the deficit, combat the climate crisis, and so much more…”
The U.S. Department of Labor is offering online compliance seminars for contracting agencies, contractors, unions, workers, and other stakeholders on the requirements governing payment of prevailing wages on federally funded construction and service contracts.
Workers responding to the cleanup from floods may be exposed to serious hazards including
electrical, fallen trees and debris, mold, and carbon monoxide. OSHA reminds employers that worker
safety is a priority, and the agency has resources available to protect workers from hazards
associated with flood response operations.
The U.S. Department of Commerce launched the Job Quality Toolkit, which provides strategies and actions to help small-and-medium-sized organizations recruit and retain a high-performing workforce. Read more here.
Join the U.S. Small Business Administration for a virtual armchair discussion to celebrate Rural Entrepreneurship! The discussion will focus on the importance of financial wellness, creating generational wealth through business ownership, and increasing equity and access to opportunities to help uplift and support rural-owned small businesses.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement following President Biden’s signing of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. “President Biden signed into law a historic investment that will help revitalize the U.S. domestic manufacturing economy, spur research and development in critical industries, and enable us to continue outcompeting and out-innovating the rest of the world…”
As hurricane season is approaching, OSHA has put together five steps employers can take to protect their workers before it kicks off.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded more than $2.2 billion from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to help urban and rural communities move forward on projects that modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and intermodal transportation and make our transportation systems safer, more accessible, more affordable, and more sustainable.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would like to remind those who have registered, or are required to register, large trucks and buses that it’s time to file Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return. The IRS strongly encourages using e-file and filing before the payment deadline of Aug. 31, 2022, for vehicles first used in July 2022.
Canada’s government said it will challenge US duties on softwood lumber, saying the tariffs have caused “unjustified harm” to the industry and workers.
The OSHA Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law poster, available for free from OSHA, informs workers of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. All covered employers are required to display the poster in their workplace.
SBA officials and members of the small business community participated in a series of engagements for the SBA’s “Build America, Buy American Month of Action.” From op-eds and interviews in local media outlets to in-person and virtual events, SBA Regional Administrators touted the Biden-Harris Administration’s delivery on its commitments to America’s small businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups and the opportunities created for small manufacturers and contractors through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
Biden Administration Allots $7.3 Billion from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Help Communities Build Resilient Infrastructure
In an ongoing effort to combat the effects of climate change and address the growing costs of extreme weather events negatively impacting communities, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced new guidance and $7.3 billion in formula funding to help states and communities better prepare for and respond to extreme weather events like wildfires, flooding, and extreme heat.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced grant awards to 32 industry-led workforce training partnerships across the country as part of the $500 million Good Jobs Challenge funded by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
With the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it – right on your mobile phone. The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers.
The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has awarded $3.1 million to community colleges and training institutes through grants that will assist current and former members of the Armed Forces who want to pursue careers in trucking to get commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and the training they need to enter the profession.
Do you travel for work or have employees that travel for you? Business travelers may be able to offset some travel expenses by claiming business travel deductions when they file their taxes.
The White House has put together a fact sheet listing 10 ways the Biden-Harris Administration is taking action against extreme heat injuries and fatalities.
Applications are now open for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), requires the FMCSA to establish an apprenticeship pilot program that would allow drivers between the ages of 18-20 with an intrastate commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate interstate commerce under very specific conditions.
Thieves use spear phishing to steal computer system credentials. Spear phishing scams can target specific individuals or specific groups. Spear phishing scams affect all types of businesses and organizations, including small businesses with a client database.
According to the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), “Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the SBA and the voice for America’s 33 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, announced that the Biden-Harris Administration exceeded its small business federal contracting goal, awarding 27.2 percent or $154.2 billion in federal contract dollars to small businesses, an $8 billion increase from the previous fiscal year.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), “Strong, steady job growth is an apt description of the second quarter of U.S. labor market. Over the last three months, the economy added an average of 375,000 jobs per month.”
In keeping with their National Emphasis Program for Excavations, OSHA compliance officers will perform more than 1,000 trench inspections nationwide where they may stop by, and inspect, any excavation site during their daily duties.
This year’s Safe + Sound Week will be August 15-21, 2022. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe.
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo co-hosted a Supply Chain Ministerial Forum July 19-20, 2022 to further build cooperation with stakeholders and key partner nations on supply chains.
Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman (SBA, President Biden’s Cabinet) joined Washington Governor Jay Inslee to tour a highway Infrastructure job site, as well as to meet with small businesses and contracting firms, to highlight how federal funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is helping to accelerate small businesses.
“With nearly 75% more funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this program will streamline CDL trainings to get more drivers on the road, reducing supply chain pressures and making goods more affordable for American families.”
Earlier this week, the Biden Administration released their plans to help combat BA.4 and BA.5, subvariants of the Omicron variant. The response includes making it easy for people to access vaccines and boosters as well as treatments and making free testing and masks widely available.
Last Thursday, the U.S. DOT’s Federal highway Administration issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for states and municipalities to track and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in support of President Biden’s commitment to combat climate change and reduce costs for families in the U.S.
U.S. Department of Labor Awards $121M in Apprenticeship Building America Grants to Expand, Diversify, Modernize Registered Apprenticeship Programs
Last week, the U.S. DOL announced awarding more than $121M in Apprenticeship Building America grants. The goal of the grants is to “strengthen and modernize Registered Apprenticeship programs and enable workers to find a reliable pathway to the middle class.”
The Department of Labor announced the selection of 207 officials and organizations that will serve as Apprenticeship Ambassadors as part of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative. This initiative was originally announced in November 2021.
When Ambassador Katherine Tai met with Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business, and Economic Development, Mary Ng last week, she reiterated that the unfair playing field in softwood lumber is an important priority for the United States.
Today, ABMA Committee members and members of the Retail Lumber Dealers Association of Maine (RLDAM) met with Senator Susan Collins and her staff to advocate for a US-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA). The most recent SLA expired in 2015. The lack of an agreement is contributing to the country’s rising and unpredictable lumber prices via high US tariffs, which in turn are contributing to affordable housing issues and fewer Canadian exports.
The U.S. SBA helps small businesses secure loans by setting guidelines and reducing lender risk. These SBA-backed loans make it easier for small businesses like you to get the money you need to expand your business, repair equipment, and more. Read more here.
During the hottest months of the year, OSHA will be doing on-site inspections of workplaces for heat related hazards. This effort is to ensure the safety of workers in hot conditions. Read more here.
If you are looking to hire new talent, make sure you are going about it the right way. You don’t want to end up on the wrong end of a discrimination suit, so make sure you and your hiring staff know what you can and cannot ask and what types of protections there are for […]
If you need help finding talent for your business, the U.S. DOL has solutions and tools such a recruitment and screening, training and education, and more. Read more here.
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US DOL Announced $140M in Available Funding to States to Create Jobs, Provide Employment Training, Services in Critical Industries
On Thursday, the U.S. DOL announced $140 Million in funding available to the states to support those who are un- and underemployed. The money can go towards job creation, outreach, training and support services. Read more here.
“Created in the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, funding from the $1 billion pilot program will help reconnect communities that were previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure.”
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise its standards for occupational exposure to lead.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final 6 months of 2022. Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes.
“Inflation may be the focus of a midterm cycle political blame game, but economists caution the problem — and the most effective solutions — are global. Rising prices were a focus of this week’s meeting of the Group of Seven (G-7) major economies.”
“Congress recently answered President Biden’s call for reform in the State of the Union by passing bipartisan legislation to crack down on excessive fees and other unfair practices in the ocean shipping industry…”
“The misclassification of employees as independent contractors is one of the most serious problems facing affected employees, employers, and the U.S. economy. Misclassified workers are denied basic workplace protections including rights to minimum wage and overtime pay, making it harder for them to support themselves and their families.”
Required by Executive Order 12866, the semiannual regulatory agenda lists all regulations under active consideration in the one-year period ahead, as well as longer-term regulatory actions, and ensures public engagement in the process of establishing regulations.
The Departments of Commerce and Labor have partnered to identify what comprises a good job. These eight principles create a framework for workers, businesses, labor unions, advocates, researchers, state and local governments, and federal agencies for a shared vision of job quality.
NFIB President Brad Close wrote a new op-ed in Fox Business explaining how Congress can help Main Street fight inflation.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden is not expected to cut U.S. tariffs on Canadian lumber as part of potential tariff relief he is considering to fight inflation.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and other department officials host a virtual event highlighting strategies that foster equitable and inclusive mental health-friendly workplaces.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo gave her remarks at the Build Back Better Regional Challenge Conference (BBBRC). According to Raimondo, “BBBRC finalists have a workforce development component to support skill building and the placement of workers into quality jobs.”
As June 2022 is Trench Safety Month, the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) will be celebrating Trench Safety Stand Down Week from June 20-24. A Safety Stand Down presents the opportunity for employers to talk directly to employees and others about safety.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and co-sponsors have launched the Let’s Talk About Heat Challenge, a national competition to identify innovative and effective communication strategies that inform people of the risks of extreme heat and offer ways to keep safe during the hottest days. Learn more here.
The OSHA Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law poster, available for free from OSHA, informs workers of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. All covered employers are required to display the poster in their workplace.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold an online meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Safety and Health on June 30, 2022, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold an online meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health on June 15, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.
OSHA welcomes you to its Summer Summit on June 22, an all-day safety conference with a broad variety of breakout sessions including but not limited to compliance with the General Duty Clause, effective approaches to workplace on suicide prevention, and powered industrial truck training and safety requirements.
The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) will be celebrating its 9th annual National Forklift Safety Day (NFSD) on June 14, 2022.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the award of more than $57 million in grants to organizations that help veterans experiencing homelessness find meaningful employment and assist them in overcoming barriers to transition back successfully into the workforce.
OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention campaign, launched in 2011, educates employers and workers on the dangers of working in the heat. Through training sessions, outreach events, informational sessions, publications, social media messaging, and media appearances, millions of workers and employers have learned how to protect workers from heat. OSHA’s safety message comes down to three key words: Water. Rest. Shade.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began its “Dirty Dozen” list for 2022, which includes potentially abusive arrangements that taxpayers should avoid.
The White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that Retired General Stephen R. Lyons, former Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, will be the new Port and Supply Chain Envoy to the Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force. Retired General Lyons will take over the role from John D. Porcari.
The Biden administration announced over $368 million in grants to improve rail infrastructure and enhance and strengthen supply chains. 46 projects in 32 states will modernize rail across rural and urban communities, enable economic growth.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Public Private Strategies Institute (PPSI) will host a webinar as part of their Building a Better America: A Small Business Resource Community (BBA Resource Community) series. The goal of this webinar will be to connect small businesses with critical resources and information about the Biden-Harris Administration’s policy agenda, including how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and American Rescue Plan create opportunities for small businesses.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined is a 6-month intensive training program that helps CEOs and Executives get unstuck and take their business to the next level. Accelerate your leadership skills, learn an MBA-level curriculum, receive tailored business coaching, and build relationships with a community of business owners, advisors, and experts.
Join the National Safety Council in June for National Safety Month—the annual observance to help keep each other safe from the workplace to anyplace.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh joined business leaders for a panel discussion on how private-sector employers can recruit, retain, and strengthen their workforce through investments in job quality.
ABMA members had a meeting with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) on Monday, April 18. During that meeting, Manoach (Manny) Lamarre discussed a number of workforce development resources and opportunities, which can be found here.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, U.S. Congresswomen Brenda Lawrence and Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, hosted a Supply Chain Summit, bringing innovation, resilience, and supplier diversity into focus.
Get “A Closer Look” at some simple disaster preparedness tips that everyone should follow to ensure they protect their critical tax and financial documents.
Every year in America, 1 in 5 adults experiences some form of mental illness, 1 in 20 experiences a serious mental illness, and 17 million experience a substance use disorder and mental illness. Despite the prevalence of mental health conditions, there’s still a stigma around discussing mental health and its treatment, especially at work – but there shouldn’t be.
The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant helps to expand pathways for women to enter and lead in all industries.
Secretary Xavier Becerra and leaders across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the following statements in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, which is observed every year in May.
Are you subscribed to OSHA’s Safety Reminders? Be sure to sign up to receive reminders regarding safety hazards, best workplace practices, and more.
Testimony by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the Senate Commerce Committee FY 2023 Budget Hearing
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo discussed President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), highlighting its impact on the supply chain and more.
For National Small Business Week, plan now to take advantage of tax benefits for 2022; enhanced deduction for business meals, home office deduction, and more.
In celebration of National Small Business Week, May 1-7, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is featuring information and resources to help small business owners, employers, and self-employed individuals succeed.
As we continue to move through the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is committed to ensuring equitable access to key resources affecting the health and safety of America’s workers and workplaces.
Labor and its Occupational Safety and Health Administration, sadly observe April 28 as Workers Memorial Day.