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President Trump Signs Resolution to Disallow OSHA Penalty Regulations

On April 3rd President Trump signed HJ Res 83 disallowing OSHA regulations that were contrary to statute and expanded the period during which employers would be at risk of penalties for OSHA reporting errors. See announcement at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/03/president-donald-j-trump-signs-hjres-69-hjres-83-hr-1228-sjres-34-law The rule that is being disallowed had the effect of extending to five years the statute of limitations […]

President Trump Signs Resolution to Disallow US DOL Drug Testing Regulations That Limit Agency Testing

President Trump today signed HJ Res 42 disallowing US DOL adopted regulations that limited drug testing of UI claimants by state UI agencies. >> White House Signed Legislation >> H.J. Res. 42 House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady was an advocate for the disallowance of the regulations and released a statement. “This new law […]

US Senate Votes to Disallow US DOL Regulations Restricting States from Testing UI Applicants for Controlled Substances

President Trump Expected to Sign The U.S. Senate on March 14th voted to approve House Joint Resolution H.J. Res 42 to disallow the regulations adopted by US DOL in August of 2016. The resolution may be viewed at https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hjres42/BILLS-115hjres42ih.pdf The Senate vote was along party lines, 51-48. The regulations have been the subject of concern […]

US DOL Requests OMB Authority to Expand Surveys to Search for Occupational Injury and Illness Underreporting

On March 7th The Department of Labor (DOL) submitted the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) sponsored information collection request (ICR) revision titled, ‘‘Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses,’’ to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995. Public comments on […]

Trump Administration Proposal To Pay Child Care Leave With UI Would Increase Employer Taxes and Administrative Burden

Recent discussions on Capitol Hill and with the Trump administration indicate that the outline of the paid child care proposal released during the campaign is being seriously proposed. A recent article in Bloomberg described some recent discussions. Background The Child Care proposal that was posted during the campaign provided for a series of tax credits […]

US House Passes Resolution to Disallow US DOL Drug Testing Regulations That Limit Agency Testing

The US House of Representatives on February 15, 2017 passed a resolution disallowing US DOL adopted regulations that limited drug testing of UI claimants. >> View H.J. Res 42 Background Attached is House Ways and Means background document on the Congressional Review Act and this issue. The House leadership believes that the Department of Labor did not […]

UI Recognition Award Nominations Due March 1

UWC is currently accepting UI Recognition Award Nominations.  Each year we accept nominations for awards to individuals who have had a profound impact on the Unemployment Insurance system as researchers, policy leaders and contributors to the integrity of the program. UWC accepts nominations for consideration and announces the awards at the annual National Unemployment Insurance […]

US DOL Releases New Comprehensive Black Lung Regulations

On January 4, 2017, as part of the wave of federal regulations filed late in the administration, the US DOL Office of Workers Compensation Programs released substantive rules for comment with respect to the payment of Black Lung medical benefits. The regulations generally set a new national method of determining approved medical reimbursement amounts. The changes […]

US DOL Releases FUTA Offset Credit Decisions

On November 23, 2016, the US DOL, Employment and Training Administration released its determination with respect to FUTA offset credits in the Federal Register. See https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-23/pdf/2016-28238.pdf Sections 3302(c)(2)(A) and 3302(d)(3) of the FUTA provide that employers in a State that has an outstanding balance of advances under Title XII of the Social Security Act at […]

US DOL Proposed Rule Would Result in Increased Longshore Maximum Benefits

Comments due by October 26 The US Department of Labor on August 26, 2016 filed proposed rules for comment on the definition of minimum and maximum compensation rate annual adjustments. See https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-26/pdf/2016-20467.pdf The main issue in contention is that the US DOL Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs is proposing to employ the average weekly wage […]