On July 17, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a temporary rule increasing the numerical limitation on H-2B nonimmigrant visas to authorize the issuance of up to an additional 15,000 through the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. To file for one of these additional H-2B visas, petitioners must meet all existing H-2B eligibility requirements.
On July 11, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a final rule delaying the effective date of the International Entrepreneur Rule from July 17, 2017 to March 14, 2018. The final rule would have allowed international entrepreneurs to utilize the parole program to stay temporarily in the United States to grow their start-up businesses and create U.S.
IRS Announces that it will Review Whether to Rescind or Modify Estate Valuation Proposed Regulations
On July 7, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2017-38, that announced the agency would reviewing whether to rescind or modify proposed regulations (REG-163113-02) relating to the valuation of interests in a closely-held partnership or corporation for estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes.
Pursuant to Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is requesting information to assist in identifying existing regulations that should be modified or repealed.
USDA requests comments on several questions including the following:
View supporting documentation for performance indicators.
View supporting documentation for performance indicators.
- Regulatory cost savings
- Cost per $1 million in regulatory cost savings
- Regulatory staff with RFA expertise
- Published research and data reports
- Outreach events by regional advocates
- Presentations by Advocacy economists
On June 27, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed rule that would modify the agency's recent beryllium standards for the construction and shipyard sectors. Specifically, the proposed rule would maintain the permissible exposure limits (permissible exposure limit of 0.2 μg/m3 and short-term exposure limit of 2.0 μg/m3) for construction and shipyards, but would eliminate ancillary provisions such as housekeeping and personal protective equipment that were included in the January 9, 2017 final rule. OSHA is seeking comment on, among other things,
On June 28, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a four-month delay in the compliance date of its electronic reporting rule, formally called “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.” The compliance date would be extended from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017 and would allow the agency an opportunity to further review and consider its final rule that was published on May 12, 2016. The rule requires certain employers to submit their employee injury and illness logs to OSHA electronically.
Consumer Product Safety Commission Seeks Comments on Its Proposed Rule on Safety Standards Addressing Blade-Contact Injuries on Table Saws
On May 12, 2017, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a proposed rule to establish a performance standard for table saws. The proposed rule would require that table saws, when powered on, limit the depth of cut to 3.5 millimeters when a probe contacts the spinning blade at a radial approach rate of one meter per second (m/s). The rule would require saw manufacturers to incorporate patented Saw Stop technology in each of their devices.
On January 11, 2017, EPA issued a proposed rule requiring development of financial responsibility instruments to provide coverage for potential liabilities for releases of hazardous substances from hardrock mines. 82 Fed. Reg. 3388 (Jan. 11, 2017). On January 19, 2017, the Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) filed a comment letter requesting that EPA withdraw the proposal. The letter to EPA may be accessed at: http://www.sba.gov/advocacy.
Pursuant to Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”, requiring that Agencies identify regulations for repeal, replacement, or modification, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is requesting public comments to assist in identifying existing regulations that should be modified or repealed.
DOI is specifically requesting comments on the following:
Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday July 13th, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Best Western Plus.
Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in Boise, Idaho
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday July 11th, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Boise, Idaho. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Riverside Hotel.
Advocacy Invites Small Businesses to Attend Louisiana Roundtables
U.S. Department of the Interior Requests Public Comment on its Review of Certain National Monuments Established since 1996
Pursuant to E.O. 13792 dated April 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior is requesting comments on the review of National Monuments that have been designated or expanded since 1996 under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The review will be used to determine whether each designation or expansion conforms to the requirements and original objectives of the Act, and appropriately balance the protection of landmarks against appropriate use of Federal lands.
The monuments currently under review include the following:
Pursuant to its “Plan for Retrospective Review of Existing Rules” the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) seeks public input on ways the Commission could reduce the burden of its existing rules, while still furthering its mission.
CPSC requests comments on several questions including the following:
Federal Recreation Council and Bureau of Economic Analysis Seek Feedback on Development of Statistics for Economic Activity in Outdoor Recreation Segment
The Federal Recreation Council (FRC) and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) seek input from members of the public on how to define the outdoor recreation industry. The FRC is comprised of seven federal agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
On June 13, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) re-released proposed regulations that repeal the current rules governing partnership audits and replaces them with a new centralized partnership audit regime that generally assesses and collects tax at the partnership level. The proposed regs provide rules for partnerships subject to the new regime, including procedures for electing out of the centralized partnership audit regime, filing administrative adjustment requests, and the determination of amounts owed by the partnership or its partners attributable to adjustments that arise out
On June 7, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on independent contractors and joint employment. Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1 discussed the factors that make a worker an independent contractor or an employee, and under this guidance more workers were considered employees. Administrative Interpretation No.
On June 12, 2017, the Department of Labor released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to rescind the final rule titled, “Interpretation of the `Advice' Exemption in Section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.” “Persuader” activity pertains to labor-relations advice and services to influence employee unionizing and collective bargaining, and this rule expanded the type of activity that must be reported by employers and their outside consultants. This proposed rule was effective on April 15, 2016. However, the U.S.