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FMC to Demand Information on Detention & Demurrage from Ocean Carriers & Terminal Operators

FMC to Demand Information on Detention & Demurrage from Ocean Carriers & Terminal Operators February 17 Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Member Rebecca Dye announced that information demand orders would be issued to ocean carriers and marine terminal operators (MTOs) to determine if legal obligations related to detention and demurrage practices are being met. The orders …

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IWLA Comments on FDA’s Proposed Changes to Food Tracing Requirements

IWLA Comments on FDA’s Proposed Changes to Food Tracing Requirements IWLA submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its proposal to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for persons who manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods the Agency has designated for inclusion on the Food Traceability List. The term refers not only …

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House Planning to Vote on $1.9 Trillion Stimulus

House Planning to Vote on $1.9 Trillion Stimulus House Democrats are moving forward with consideration of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan, releasing the full text of the measure on February 19. The House is anticipated to vote on the legislative package as early as Friday, February 26. Senate …

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Congressional Committees Working on Details of Stimulus Package

Congressional Committees Working on Details of Stimulus Package February 5, the House voted to pass the Senate-approved 2021 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 5). This set up a tool to bypass the Senate filibuster and any Republican objections on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus proposal. Congressional Committees with jurisdiction in the House and Senate will …

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DOL Proposes Delay of Independent Contractor Rule Effective Date

DOL Proposes Delay of Independent Contractor Rule Effective Date U.S. Labor Department (DOL) has proposed extending the effective date of the Independent Contractor (IC) Rule finalized on January 7 under the Trump administration. This would allow DOL to have more time to review the rule. The final regulation reaffirmed the “economic reality” test when determining whether …

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Senate Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing for Labor Secretary Nominee

Senate Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing for Labor Secretary Nominee The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a confirmation hearing last week on Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s nomination to serve as Secretary of Labor. The Committee questioned Walsh on how he would lead the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and his policy positions …

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Congressional Democrats Reintroduce Broad Labor Reform Bill

Congressional Democrats Reintroduce Broad Labor Reform Bill February 4 Democrats in Congress reintroduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The bill is strongly backed by organized labor, as it includes over a dozen provisions drastically altering federal labor law in line with their interests, and it is the AFL-CIO’s top priority for 2021. …

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Senate Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing on Buttigieg’s Nomination for Transportation Secretary

Senate Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing on Buttigieg’s Nomination for Transportation Secretary The Senate Commerce Committee held a nomination hearing on January 21 to consider the presidential nomination of Pete Buttigieg to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). In his testimony, Buttigieg communicated his focus on improving COVID-19 safety on public transportation and …

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IWLA and Allies Send Letter to EEOC Regarding Employee Vaccine Incentives

IWLA and Allies Send Letter to EEOC Regarding Employee Vaccine Incentives As a member of a coalition representing employers of all sizes, IWLA sent a letter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair Charlotte Burrows on February 1, requesting official guidance to clarify the extent to which employers may offer employees incentives to vaccinate. …

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OSHA Publishes Guidance for Employers on COVID-19

OSHA Publishes Guidance for Employers on COVID-19 January 29 the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had issued stronger worker safety guidance for employers regarding protections for workers from COVID-19. The guidance strongly encourages employers to ensure they have implemented a coronavirus protection program. The guidance lists 15 …

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