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House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Joint Employer Liability

On September 13, the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing examining joint employer liability, which focuses on contract employees shared by more than one employer. During the hearing, business owners spoke how changes made to the joint employer standard during the Obama Administration created additional expenses. In July, Rep. Bradley Byrne R-AL introduced the Save Local Business Act H.R. 3441 to clarify joint employer liability. Earlier this year, on June 7, DOL rescinded an Oba...

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NLBMDA 9/25/2017 Comments(0)

Employers must begin using the new Form I-9 by September 18

The new form will have the publication date 07/17/17 N bottom left and expiration date 8/31/2019 top right on each page. The previous version had a publication date of 11/14/2016 on the bottom left of each page. This version may be used through September 17, 2017; however, the new form is available now. The changes are mostly technical, but employers must always use the most current version. The new form will have one page for each of the three sections. The PDF version will have a fourth page, ...

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NLBMDA 9/25/2017 Comments(0)

True or False: Working Safely in Hot Weather

Our July 3 WSRM newsletter include bullets based on our Hot Weather Checklist. OSHA continues to emphasize the importance of protecting workers from the risk of heat exposure. See OSHA's webpage Water. Rest. Shade . You can also find useful information in NLBMDA's Working in Hot Weather: What to Know; What to Do . We use this "To Do List" to develop the following True or False statements. While elements on the To Do List and other OSHA materials are not specifically mandatory, each employer is e...

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NLBMDA 9/25/2017 Comments(0)

Legislative Update - September 2017

The following workers comp bill has been filed for 2018. SB 258 Insurance Rates by Senator Farmer Insurance Rates; Prohibiting attorney fees paid pursuant to specified provisions under the Workers' Compensation Law and the Florida Insurance Code from being included in an insurer's rate base or used to justify a rate or rate change, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2018 The National Council on Compensation Insurance NCCI recommended a 9.6% workers comp rate decrease to Florida's Office of Insurance Regul...

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Nancy Stephens, CAE, DPL 9/25/2017 Comments(0)

CPSC's Proposed Rule on Safety Standard Addressing Blade-Contact Injuries on Table Saws

On May 12, the Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC published a proposed rule, Safety Standard Addressing Blade-Contact Injuries on Table Saws, which would require table saw manufacturers to incorporate active injury mitigation AIM technology in all types of table saws. The U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy argues that the CPSC's proposed rule is overly broad and imposes such stringent and cost-prohibitive requirements that it will cause most, if not all, small table saw...

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U.S. Small Business Administration 8/14/2017 Comments(0)