Washington Column

Federal Response to COVID-19

Perhaps by the time this column reaches TCI Magazine readers’ hands, certain states and even the federal government will have begun to lay out various strategies and pathways to reopening the country following the unprecedented changes COVID-19 has inflicted upon every day of our lives. However, at the time of this writing – Congress just […]

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. […]

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 […]

DHS Releases 35,000 Additional H-2B Visas, but more work remains

On March 5, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the agency will make an additional 35,000 H-2B visas available for the second half of 2020. TCIA has advocated for H-2B-cap relief and is please the administration has taken this important step toward helping American businesses in their busiest season. “The supplemental visas will […]

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