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On Friday, one of the Obama administration’s most unpopular regulations could become law, much to the chagrin of many in the agricultural community. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule – also known as Waters of the United States, or WOTUS – will take effect Friday, barring an injunction from one of the lawsuits currently seeking to halt the rule. The lawsuits include challenges from more than two dozen states and 12 organizations in five separate cases filed across the country. 

It has been reported that EPA has requested a consolidation of all the lawsuits filed in District Courts into one case to be heard by the District Court in Washington, D.C., something opposed by both states and industry groups. At the appellate level, the cases have all been consolidated to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. 

NAEDA will continue to monitor the regulation’s implementation by EPA and its effect on a dealership’s operations. We want to also make sure that this issue doesn’t fall off Congress’s radar in the coming months as a court case could drag on for several months/years. Read More...

Industry & Manufacturing News

The Toro Company today announced that Richard M. Olson has been elected to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer effective September 1, 2015. Olson, 51, has served the company in various roles throughout his 29-year tenure, most recently as Group Vice President of its International and Micro-Irrigation businesses while also having responsibility for global distributor development and its wholly-owned domestic distributorships. In this new role, Olson will continue to report to Michael J. Hoffman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and will oversee all of the company’s businesses and global operations.  Toro Company Read More...

NAEDA & Association News

Question: An employee has requested a leave due to depression. I advised her to seek medical advice and provided her with FMLA. Is depression usually considered a valid reason to be off work under the FMLA guidelines? Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is under fire over the toxic mine waste spill it caused in Colorado. The spill of 3 million gallons of sludge filled with heavy metals into a river led to immediate scorn from Republicans and the EPA'’s opponents. Critics accused the Obama administration of hypocrisy and said officials are not holding themselves to the same standards as private companies that pollute. The accident comes at a particularly sensitive time for the EPA and President Obama'’s environmental record, putting officials on the back foot.  The Hill Read More...

NAEDA & Association News

Beginning October 1, 2015, all businesses that accept in-person payments must be able to take cards embedded with chips, or risk being responsible for card fraud losses. Chip cards are more secure than magnetic stripe cards, which data thieves can easily skim for cardholder information. Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News

On July 15, 2015 the Department of Labor issued Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1. With this Memorandum, the Department hopes to provide clarity to businesses on the proper classification of employees and independent contractors in the work force. The Department’s Memorandum opines that failure to properly classify workers is problematic because it deprives workers from protections such as minimum wage, overtime compensation, unemployment insurance and workers compensation.  The Department also notes that improper classification “results in lower tax revenues for government…” Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News

Last week OSHA proposed a new regulation "clarifying" that employers have a duty under the OSH Act to continually update their respective OSHA 300 Annual Logs to include instances of recordable injuries. Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News

OSHA has posted a fully updated version of its guide to all agency training requirements to help employers, safety and health professionals, training directors and others comply with the law and keep workers safe. Training Requirements in OSHA Standards organizes the training requirements into five categories: General Industry, Maritime, Construction, Agriculture and Federal Employee Programs. OSHA Quick Takes Read More...

NAEDA & Association News

Sponsorships by exhibitors will provide a wealth of education and networking opportunities exclusively for dealers during the 2015 GIE+EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo), which is set for Oct. 21-23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The popular Dealer Resource Pavilion returns with features to benefit all levels of a dealership team – from technicians to management. Coupled with opportunities to network and win prizes, the return on investment for dealers who attend has high potential. Click here to view the registration brouchure. Read More...

Legislative & Regulatory News

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) workplace Communication Standards are now in place. These standards require employers to utilize “Safety Data Sheets” for chemicals used and/or present in the workplace. In addition, the Communications Standards require employers to provide training to ensure that employees understand the content and meaning of the Safety Data Sheets. The standardized format is designed to arm employees with an understanding of the safety risks and necessary safety precautions associated with work place chemicals. Safety Data Sheets contain sixteen different categories “disclosures”. A full description of the categories can be obtained here.

Equipment dealer owners and managers may want to consult with legal counsel to ensure that their business is fully compliant with these Communications Standards and all other applicable OSHA standards. For a quick self-check, review OSHA’s top ten cited standards here. Read More...

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