11th Circuit Court Reins In OSHA

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) a setback when it ruled recently that the agency couldn’t expand a single-incident investigation into a wall-to-wall, search-everything investigation based solely on records in the company’s OSHA Log 300. Even if these injury-illness records are filled with incidents, the court […]

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FMLA Forms Now Good Through 2021

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the reissuing of all Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms with a new expiration date of Aug. 31, 2021. The previous forms had expired on May 31 due to the Paperwork Reduction Act, which requires all government forms to be reviewed, re-approved and reissued (or […]

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White House Proposes Merging of Labor and Education Departments

In a long-rumored move, President Trump during a White House staff meeting today proposed merging the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (DOE) into a single branch to be known as the Department of Education and the Workforce. Efforts in the past to do similar agency reshuffling have been ignored by the Congress, which must […]

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OMB to Disclose Plans for Restructuring of HHS, USDA

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is expected to unveil plans this month to move several welfare-related functions from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Specifically, the restructuring would relocate the $70 billion food stamp program from Agriculture to HHS, and it would also […]

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OMB to Withhold Funding from the NLRB

While General Counsel Peter Robb seeks to reorganize and rein in the agency’s regional directors, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been told not to spend money past April by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). “The agency heads are claiming that OMB told them” the labor board “can’t spend past April” because […]

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OMB Approves DOL Request to Publish 18-Month Delay of Fiduciary Rule

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this week approved a request by the Department of Labor (DOL) to publish a rule delaying implementation of the enforcement phase of its fiduciary rule for 18 months, from Jan. 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018. Once the DOL publishes the rule, a public commentary period will commence, […]

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OMB Mulling Reversion of EEO-1 Pay Data Rule

A petition by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to review and possibly reverse the EEO-1 pay data mandate by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which takes effect on March 31, 2018, is under consideration by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), with no certain outlook. Meanwhile, acting EEOC chair Victoria Lipnic seems mostly against […]

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OMB Concludes Review of Fiduciary Rule Delay Proposal

Following an executive action by President Trump, the Department of Labor (DOL) submitted a proposal to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to delay implementation of its fiduciary rule by 180 days. OMB has now concluded its review, and the proposal could be opened to a public commentary period shortly. Originally set to take […]

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Slips, Trips, Falls Rule Withdrawn

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has withdrawn its Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems rule, commonly referred to as “slips, trips and falls,” from review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). It’s not clear what the reason for the withdrawal is, but OSHA appears committed to finalizing the rule, […]

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FMLA Forms Expire, Get 30-Day Reprieve

Due to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, government forms must be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval and then resubmitted every three years. The Department of Labor (DOL) forms for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) all expired this past Saturday, Feb. 28, after their three-year approval period, […]

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