Safety & Health

Coalition Letter to Sec. Walsh on Abandoning or Postponing Anticipated DOL Overtime Regulations

The Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO or Partnership) and the 93 undersigned organizations urge the Department of Labor’s (DOL or Department) Wage and Hour Division to abandon or at least postpone issuance of its announced proposed rulemaking altering the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Due to significant concerns with supply chain disruptions, workforce shortages, inflationary pressures, and the shifting dynamics of the American workforce following the COVID-19 pandemic, any rule change now would be ill-advised.

Letter to the Department of Labor Requesting Stakeholder Meetings Prior to Development and Release of Proposed New Overtime Regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act

The 110 undersigned organizations, which represent a wide range of employers from private industry, states, municipalities, universities, colleges, k-12 schools and non-profits, write to request the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) hold stakeholder meetings prior to the development and issuance of its anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) on the “exemption of bona fide executive, administrative, and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements” (also known as the “white-collar” exemptions).

Letter Requesting Extension for the Comment Period on OSHA's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Heat Injury and Illness Prevention

The Coalition for Workplace Safety (“CWS”) respectfully requests an extension to the comment period on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“ANPRM”), Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings, which was published in the Federal Register on October 27, 2021. CWS and many of its member associations intend to comment on the ANPRM. OSHA’s current comment period, however, poses challenges for stakeholders seeking to provide thoughtful, accurate responses to the numerous questions posed in the ANPRM.

Letter to Request an Extension of Vaccine Emergency Temporary Standard

On behalf of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), I write to request an extension to the extremely short comment period for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard. The agency has only provided the public with 30 days to submit input. This is an extensive rulemaking, and stakeholders need more time to provide the agency with comprehensive comments. Additional time will allow the employer community to find issues or points of concern as they attempt to implement the ETS.

Letter to the House Committee on Education and Labor Sharing Concerns on the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)

As the House Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittees on Workforce Protections and Civil Rights and Human Services examine vaccine mandates in the workplace, I am writing to share our concerns regarding the obligations of the executive order requiring vaccinations or COVID-19 testing through an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, aggregates operators have taken aggressive actions to protect workers, as they continue to produce Americ

FY22 MSHA and NIOSH Appropriations Letter

We appreciate President Biden’s commitment to MSHA in his FY 2022 budget request and urge the Committees to support additional funding for MSHA’s Directorate of Educational Policy and Development (EPD). EPD is essential to promoting mine safety through better training and compliance assistance. Further, we call on the Committees to provide resources for thorough and continuous training of inspectors – particularly newly hired individuals and those who are transitioning from inspecting coal mines to inspecting metal/non-metal operations.

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