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Early this morning, the Trump administration approved a federal waiver of the Jones Act for 10 days. The waiver covers products to be shipped from U.S. coastwise points to Puerto Rico. There is already discussion that the waiver will be extended by the administration for more than 10 days, and the action has given a platform to traditional anti-Jones Act voices, like Sen. John McCain, to now call for a full repeal of the Jones Act.
9/28/2017
The AIA-A201 requires that contractors take reasonable precautions to prevent damage, injury, or loss to work, materials and equipment. It also requires contractors to comply with laws and ordinances concerning safety. When hurricanes threaten, equipment must be secured and materials should be removed from the project site whenever possible. The costs of demobilization and remobilizing can be significant. Moreover, progress along the critical path may cease temporarily.
9/8/2017
On May 19, 2017, we alerted our readers to the fact that OSHA had proposed a delay for implementation of the electronic submission of injury and illness data, moving the dates of compliance from July 1, 2017, to October 1, 2017. OSHA has extended the date of implementation again.
6/30/2017
OSHA recently announced that it intends to extend the deadline for employers to electronically report their employee injury and illness records. The rule currently requires most employers with ten or more employees to electronically report injury and illness records on or before July 1, 2017. OSHA has yet to develop the website to facilitate this reporting and has yet to indicate what the new deadline will be.
5/19/2017
President Trump has signed a resolution reversing an Obama Administration rule that strengthened OSHA’s enforcement powers with regard to employee illness and injury records. OSHA requires that employers maintain records concerning a host of issues related to health and safety of their employees, including medical records, training records, and accident and injury statistics.
4/4/2017
Healthcare fraud and abuse claims under the False Claims Act are on the rise, with the United States Department of Justice boasting that it recovered $2.5 billion in settlements and judgments in healthcare fraud investigations, prosecutions and civil litigations in 2016.
3/30/2017
Virginia Amends Data Breach Statute to Add Notification Requirement for Breach of Payroll Data. Tax scams remain a vexing problem for companies and individual taxpayers. On February 2, 2017, the IRS issued a second alert to employers warning of the increasing threat of W-2 phishing schemes. The IRS issued a similar alert on March 1, 2016.
3/24/2017
With the coming of summer (and a particularly warm winter and spring in Houston), please find attached four documents related to heat in the workplace and dealing with heat in the workplace. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (WSDL&I) has a no cost app that can be used for good observation, near-miss and accident Reporting.
3/23/2017
Construction owners and operators face new requirements under rules that took effect on February 26, 2017. Since 1992, United States EPA regulations have required that operators of construction activity that involves more than one acre must control stormwater leaving the construction site through use of a Construction General Permit (CGP) and a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).
3/1/2017
A deposit into a checking or savings account seems like a pretty straightforward and innocuous transaction–unless the customer files for bankruptcy, and the bankruptcy trustee starts looking for assets to recover. Bankruptcy trustees will seek to recover money that once belonged to the borrower under various theories including fraudulent conveyance, particularly if the debtor-bank customer was running some sort of Ponzi or investment fraud scheme.
2/20/2017
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