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IWLA Considers Proposed Reforms to the Shipping Act

IWLA Considers Proposed Reforms to the Shipping Act The IWLA Government Affairs Committee is reviewing the National Industrial Transportation League’s (NITL) effort to reform the Shipping Act of 1984. According to the League, U.S. companies’ inability to access marine containers and chassis and secure sufficient vessel bookings in a timely manner has upended the ocean …

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Multiemployer Pension Plans Eligible for Special Financial Assistance

Multiemployer Pension Plans Eligible for Special Financial Assistance The Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently published a report listing multiemployer pensions plans it considers potentially eligible for special financial assistance under the American Rescue Plan Act. CRS based their eligibility criteria on the most recent data available from the Department of Treasury, the Department of Labor, …

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IWLA Urges Transportation Leaders to Adopt Twin 33’ Standard

IWLA Urges Transportation Leaders to Adopt Twin 33’ Standard In a letter addressed to Congressional leaders on the House and Senate Transportation Committees and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, IWLA and members of the Americans for Modern Transportation Coalition encouraged Congress to consider updating an outdated rule to allow a five-foot increase to …

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House Republicans Call on OSHA to Stop Work on COVID-19 Workplace Standard

House Republicans Call on OSHA to Stop Work on COVID-19 Workplace Standard May 24 every Republican member of the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee signed a letter sent to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh, urging the withdraw of a pending workplace standard for COVID-19 exposure. Education and Labor Republicans pointed to the …

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EEOC Provides Guidance on Employee Vaccine Incentives

EEOC Provides Guidance on Employee Vaccine Incentives May 28 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing questions arising under the federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws and vaccinations. Notably, the guidance says: Federal EEO laws do not prevent an employer from requiring all employees physically entering the …

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Senate Votes to Repeal EEOC’s Conciliation Rule

Senate Votes to Repeal EEOC’s Conciliation Rule Last week, the Senate voted 50-48 to reverse a Trump-era Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) conciliation rule through a Congressional Review Act resolution. The rule required the EEOC to provide employers with “a written summary of the known fact,” and other information when an employee files a discrimination …

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Markup of Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

Markup of Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released the bipartisan Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021 over the weekend. It sets a new, historically high baseline funding level of $303.5 billion for Department of Transportation programs for highways, roads, and bridges. The funding level is a more than 34 …

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Congressional Leaders Ask for PSR Study

Congressional Leaders Ask for PSR Study Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) are requesting the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine the impacts that the implementation of precision scheduled railroading (PSR) by …

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