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As of last week, OSHA received about 214,000 electronically submitted 300A forms from 70,000 employers. Of those, some 20 to 30 percent were from establishments not required to submit them electronically. It seems a review of which employers are required to submit 300A forms electronically is in order.
2/22/2018
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced that it will conduct random audits of about 10 percent of all post-registration Declaration of Use filings going forward. This is a permanent extension of a pilot program launched by the USPTO in March 2017, following reports of increases in fraudulent claims of use and overly broad listings of goods and services by trademark applicants.
2/15/2018
In its en banc decision in In re: Larry Doiron, Inc., No. 16-30217 (5th Cir. Jan. 8, 2018), the Fifth Circuit considered whether a contract for performance of specialty services to facilitate the drilling or production of oil and gas on navigable waters was a maritime contract.
1/22/2018
The voices of those experiencing sexual harassment grow louder as employees continue to speak out about their personal experiences. With the power that comes from numbers and national awareness of this issue, employers should seize the opportunity by taking proactive steps that help foster a workplace environment that is free of sexual harassment and other misconduct.
12/7/2017
On November 7, 2017, the House of Representatives voted to pass the “Save Local Business Act” (H.R. 3441). The Save Local Business Act was introduced by Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and is a direct counter to the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial landmark 2015 ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries, which greatly expanded joint employer liability for businesses.
11/20/2017
In just a matter of days, on December 1, 2017, several amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (the “Rules”) will go into effect, significantly altering the way creditors handle consumer-bankruptcy cases.
11/20/2017
The lack of flood insurance policies in the areas affected by the floods in Louisiana in August 2016 and those in the Houston area in 2017 has spurred much discussion about National Flood Insurance Program requirements for homeowners. With the NFIP set to expire this December, a case recently filed in Houston could add an interesting element to the debate in Congress over whether and how to address the program’s financial challenges.
11/7/2017
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