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Senate Examines Wildland Fire-Mitigation Recommendations

On March 12, 2024, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing to discuss findings and recommendations for the Wildland and Fire Mitigation and Management Commission. This hearing provided members of Congress and witnesses the opportunity to discuss new and potential policies to address the nation’s wildfire crisis. TCIA has had a […]

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Biden Administration’s Independent Contractor Rule Goes Into Effect

On March 11, 2024, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division’s (WHD) final rule for determining whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor became effective. The final rule rescinds DOL’s 2021 regulation that was published at the end of the Trump administration and establishes a new test to determine worker classification. […]

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OSHA Focusing on Regional Fatality and Injury Rates in Tree Care

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) utilizes various strategies to mitigate workplace hazards and ensure compliance with safety standards. One approach is the implementation of Regional Emphasis Programs (REPs). REPs are primarily targeted enforcement and inspections in specific high-risk industries or for particular hazards within a region. As of the end of 2023, OSHA […]

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Biden Administration Updates Its Regulatory Plan

On December 6, 2023, the Biden administration released its Fall 2023 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, providing a detailed glimpse into the initiatives under development across approximately 67 federal departments, agencies and commissions. These semi-annual regulatory agendas report on what these agencies plan to issue in the near and long term. Target dates […]

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TCIA Joins Comments on OSHA’s Proposed Worker Walkaround Rule

On November 13, 2023, the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and 73 other organizations joined comments, led by the Coalition for Workplace Safety (CWS), in response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Proposed Worker Walkaround Representative Designation Process Rule. The proposal seeks to amend OSHA’s existing regulation governing the participation of third parties […]

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