Reconciling the Gap in Federal/State Marijuana Laws

As Congress feverishly rushed to finish up some critical legislative priorities before decamping for home for their annual August recess, they found time to initiate preliminary action to address the expanding policy gap between states that allow for the medical and/or recreational use of marijuana and the federal government’s prohibition on the use and possession […]

Biden Administration Updates Its Regulatory Plan for the Remainder of 2022

On June 21, 2022, the Biden administration released its Spring 2022 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, providing a detailed glimpse into the regulatory and deregulatory activities under development across approximately 67 federal departments, agencies and commissions. These semi-annual regulatory agendas report on the actions administrative agencies plan to issue in the near and […]

Department of Homeland Security Issues Memorandum on Worksite Enforcement

On October 12, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas issued a memorandum directing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to develop and update policies to enhance its impact in supporting the enforcement of wage protections, workplace safety, labor rights and […]

CDL Trainers Encouraged to Register Before New ELDT Rules Take Effect in February

In four months, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) entry-level driver-training (ELDT) final rule will take effect, setting a new federal standard for mandatory training of entry-level drivers and establishing minimum requirements for entry-level driver-training providers. The standards will apply to all those seeking commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) and will impose both theory and […]

OSHA to Embark Upon a Heat-Stress Standard … Yet Again

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, heat stress killed 815 workers and seriously injured more than 70,000 workers from 1992 through 2017. This year, record-setting heat waves across the Pacific Northwest have been linked to hundreds of deaths and hospital visits for heat-related illnesses. The August 9, 2021, publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on […]

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