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FMCSA issues final rule on hours of service

December 29th, 2011

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a final rule establishing new hours of service (HOS) regulations for commercial truck drivers.
Under the new rule, the current 11-hour daily driving limit will be maintained unless further study indicates that the benefits of reducing the limit outweigh the costs. The rule does reduce [Read more...]

The Paychex Top 12 in ‘12: Potential regulatory changes small businesses should know about in the new year

December 29th, 2011

Paychex, Inc, released its top 12 in ‘12 list, containing the top 12 potential regulatory changes that America’s small businesses need to know about in 2012. “As we close the book on 2011 and prepare to ring in the New Year, Paychex is looking out for America’s small businesses by identifying the top 12 issues [Read more...]

Minimum wage set to rise in eight states

December 28th, 2011

The new year will bring a bit more money for workers in eight states, where minimum wages are tied to inflation and will increase starting on January 1.
Workers in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington will see their salaries rise by anywhere from 28 to 37 cents an hour, according to the [Read more...]

Ranking member of Senate HELP committee says he will challenge NLRB election reforms under Congressional Review Act

December 28th, 2011

Following the release of a final rule last week by the NLRB that amended its representation election processes, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), the Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that he plans to challenge the rule under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows the House or Senate [Read more...]

OSHA aims to protect workers during winter storms

December 27th, 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a winter storms web page to help protect workers from hazards they may face during winter storm response and recovery operations. The web page provides guidance on how employers and workers involved in cleanup and recovery operations can recognize snow storm-related hazards [Read more...]