Washington Column

Considering the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Here at TCIA, we are always thinking about our members’ businesses. But let’s face it – it is impossible for us to know all the issues impacting our members on a day-to-day basis. We rely on you for information on what is keeping you up at night. This summer, a 100-year-old law about birds was […]

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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. […]

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