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Donna Puglisi's Articles

ABC Opposes DOL Proposal To Overhaul H-2B Wages

ABC Nov. 12 objected to a notice of proposed rulemaking from the Department of Labor (DOL) that would rescind the current methodology for establishing wage rates for H-2B temporary workers and replace it with a system emphasizing Davis-Bacon Act wage determinations.

EPA Withdraws Portions Of Stormwater Management Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Aug. 13 announced that it will be withdrawing a key portion of the new stormwater management regulations for construction sites, the Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG), originally published in Dec. 2009.

ABC Wary Of EPA Expansion Of Lead Program To Commercial Buildings

ABC July 6 responded to an advance notice of proposed rulemaking by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could eventually expand the agency’s Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program to include commercial and public buildings.

OSHA Will Issue Ergonomics Citations Under General Duty Clause

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Administrator David Michaels April 7 said during a live web chat that ergonomics hazards will be enforced under OSHA’s general duty clause. The web chat was part of an OSHA outreach effort to discuss its strategic plan, which is supposed to take effect Sept. 30 and be in place until October 2016.

ABC Urges OSHA To Abandon Proposed Musculoskeletal Reporting Rule

ABC March 30 objected to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed rule that would revise the OSHA Form 300 to include an additional reporting column for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). The proposed rule would amend OSHA’s recordkeeping regulation, although OSHA claims it would not require employers to implement any new controls in the workplace.

DOL Budget Focuses On Employer Enforcement And Independent Contractor Classification

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Feb. 1 requested a fiscal year 2011 discretionary budget of $13.98 billion that includes an increase in oversight of wage and hour rules and occupational safety and health laws in addition to funding an initiative to crack down on misclassification of independent contractors.

EPA Publishes Final Stormwater Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Dec. 1 published a final rule regulating stormwater runoff and pollution on construction sites that is scheduled to go into effect Feb. 1.