Washington Column

Additional H-2B Visas Are on the Way

On March 31, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the forthcoming publication of a joint temporary final rule to make available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2022. As explained in the announcement, these visas will be […]

DHS Designates Afghan and Ukrainian Nationals for TPS

On March 16, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new 18-month designation for Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in response to ongoing violent, armed conflict in the country led by Taliban forces. This designation comes less than two weeks after the Secretary of Homeland Security designated TPS for Ukraine in response […]

Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates and Legal Challenges

Since the availability of COVID-19 vaccines to the public, the Biden Administration has made several efforts to implement vaccine or testing mandates for workers in certain capacities. Below are overviews of, and updates on, the statuses of vaccine mandates – relevant to TCIA’s members – that have been issued as part of the federal government’s […]

Biden Administration Previews Regulatory Agenda for 2022

On December 10, 2021, the Biden administration released its fall 2021 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, providing the public with a detailed glimpse into the regulatory and deregulatory activities under development across approximately 60 federal departments, agencies and commissions. Agendas generally are released in the fall and spring, and set target dates for […]

OSHA Extends Comment Deadline on Heat-Injury Ruling

On December 2, 2021, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the extension of its comment period for the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings to January 26, 2022. This 60-day extension came after a request from the […]

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