Comprehensive Rewrite of Pesticide Regulations Introduced in Congress

Opponents say bill could limit controls available for invasive pests. On August 4, 2020, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) introduced companion legislation that would fundamentally rewrite and amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) – the law governing pesticide use in the United States. S.B. 4406 and […]

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No Safety Standard on COVID-19 for Federal OSHA

Virginia Issues First Workplace Safety Standard on COVID-19, but Federal OSHA Charts a Different Path Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, worker advocates and labor unions have called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for workplace safety designed to mitigate the COVID-19 threat posed to […]

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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 […]

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