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Regulatory Deadline: OSHA 300A summary must be posted by Friday
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The deadline for posting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses is later this week on Friday, February 1. The OSHA 300-A is used to summarize the entries from the full OSHA From 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. OSHA requires companies to post this form no later than February 1 each year and keep it posted through April 30 in a conspicuous place where employee notices are typically posted. Companies also must ensure the posted summary is not altered, defaced or covered by other material during that time period. More

Legal Victory: NACD wins challenge against NLRB as court strikes down president's NLRB recess appointments
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On Jan. 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in Noel Canning v. NLRB that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he appointed individuals to fill vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Jan. 4, 2012. According to the D.C. Circuit's ruling, the NLRB lost quorum to decide cases on Jan. 3, 2012, and President Obama's actions were illegal because he had no authority to bypass the Senate by appointing individuals under certain Senate Recess rules. The "Recess Appointments" were not valid on the grounds that the appointments were made during pro forma Session, rather than intersession, which would have allowed the president authority to appoint individuals to fill vacancies. More

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Legislative Update: Chemical security bills seek safer technology
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Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., last week introduced two new chemical security bills (S. 67 and S. 68) that would require risk assessments and mandate the adoption of new technologies and chemicals. The two bills would modify and expand the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), the current law that has been the subject of criticism, particularly since a November 2011 internal memo was released that detailed many problems and challenges with the Department of Homeland Security program. More

Legislative Update: Hultgren reintroduces regulatory sunset bill
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Rep. Randy Hultgren, Ill.-14, along with four co-sponsors recently reintroduced his "Regulatory Sunset and Review Act" bill that establishes a process to review and, if needed, terminate federal regulations that have been on the books for years. The bill number for this Congress is H.R. 309 (in the previous Congress, it was H.R. 3068). He is seeking bipartisan support for the bill. Hultgren is sponsoring the legislation to eliminate federal regulations that are duplicative, conflicting, inconsistent, or obsolete. More

Legislative Update: Democrats announce bicameral climate task force
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Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., along with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced the creation of a Climate Change Task Force to assist President Barack Obama in addressing the challenges of climate change he highlighted in his inaugural address. The stated goals of the task force are "to raise awareness of the dangers of climate change in Congress, to provide a forum for the development of effective policies, and to achieve enactment of measures that reduce heat-trapping emissions, spur new technologies, and enhance resiliency to climatic disruption." The task force was announced in a letter the three lawmakers wrote to the president urging his support for action. A copy of the letter can be reviewed here.

State Legislative Update: Significant chemical policy activity likely
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According an analysis by Safer States, a project of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition that speaks for more than 450 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), at least 26 states are expected to consider legislation and policy changes in the chemical area in 2013. This represents approximately the same number they estimated last year (28). The group's predictions are given credence since it is a significant group in coordinating state legislative activity for chemicals. For the most part, these actions will focus on restricting or banning high profile chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA), flame retardants, and cadmium as well as labeling requirements in consumer products, particularly as they relate to exposures to children. More

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Global chemical compliance activities set to increase
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Almost 60 percent of companies expect to expand their in-house regulatory compliance teams over the next five years to help manage increased demands, according to preliminary findings from this year's Chemical Watch annual survey of chemical management and control activities. A further 60 percent say they will increase use of external service providers. Very few expect such activities to decrease. More

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  • FMCSA to release rules on drug, alcohol clearinghouse, e-logging
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    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials said they are planning to release at least five new proposed or final rules in 2013, including a supplemental proposed electronic logging device rule and a proposed drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule by the end of March. More

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    3 rules to watch in 2013
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    For trucking and logistics companies, 2013 brings rules that absolutely must be abided, because the cost of slacking off is far more expensive. New regulations will require transportation companies to be more transparent in their business practices, pay more attention to safety and alter work-rest schedules for federally regulated drivers. Operating costs will rise as a result, and you should expect capacity to tighten as some carriers and brokers exit the industry. More

    Highway funding, CSA and hours of service on T&I Committee watch list
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    The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has announced its oversight plan for the 113th Congress. Of interest to truckers, the committee lists highway funding, the CSA program and hours of service among its top priorities for the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit to keep an eye on. Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Ranking Member Nick Rahall, D-W.V., announced the bipartisan oversight plan Jan. 23. Items on the committee watch list could lead to hearings that will give OOIDA and truckers a chance to be at the table. More

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    Compliance e-book published
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    J.J. Keller has published a free, Web-based e-book examining current Department of Transportation regulatory pressures and offering carriers solutions to maintain compliance with those regulations both now and in the future. "Compliance for the Future" is a 13-page e-book presented by J. J. Keller's Encompass, a DOT compliance management tool. The publication covers a variety of timely topics, including the recent MAP-21 legislation and how this and other regulatory changes are increasing the demand for E-Log and EOBR solutions. More

    The importance of correct country of origin marking
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    Customs and Border Protection is actively engaged in efforts to enforce regulatory standards related to the proper country of origin markings of imported products. This regulation is referenced in CRF Title 19 Part 134, which places the responsibility on the importer of record to be aware of the marking requirements and to ensure that products are legally marked with the proper labeling prior to importation. More

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