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H-2B Programs and Current Advocacy

TCIA, alongside the H-2B Workforce Coalition, has ramped up its advocacy efforts to make the H-2B visa program more accessible and reliable for its members. Many employers in the tree care industry depend on the H-2B visa program to provide them with temporary guest workers to meet seasonal demand. The current H-2B system, however, does […]

FMCSA Provides Relief for Motor Carriers During Pandemic

In early July 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provided regulatory relief for motor carriers operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 6, the FMCSA issued its “Notice of Enforcement Discretion Determination: Random Controlled Substance and Alcohol Testing” to provide “reasonable enforcement flexibility” for motor carriers who “may be unable to comply with […]

OSHA Issues Revised Guidance on Recording Work-Related COVID-19 Cases

On May 19, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued revised enforcement guidance clarifying employers’ obligations to record work-related COVID-19 cases during this public-health emergency. The enforcement guidance, entitled “Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” sets forth criteria determining when a case of COVID-19 illness is work related and […]

TCIA Members Weigh In on Draft Tree Care Standard

On March 22, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) formally convened a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel (commonly known as a SBREFA panel) on Tree Care Operations, and scheduled four teleconferences with potentially regulated small entity representatives (SERs) for the month of April to discuss creation of a tree care operations standard. […]

Federal Response to COVID-19

Perhaps by the time this column reaches TCI Magazine readers’ hands, certain states and even the federal government will have begun to lay out various strategies and pathways to reopening the country following the unprecedented changes COVID-19 has inflicted upon every day of our lives. However, at the time of this writing – Congress just […]

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