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Congress should "take control" of the federal regulatory system before it grows out of control, says Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs chairman is calling for a "subtractive process" to keep the cost of regulations in check. 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...

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A monthly USDA report on egg production and chicken flocks reveals the depth of the impact of bird flu on the nation’s egg producers. In the report released Monday that May’s national table egg production fell 6½ percent from last year to 6.86 billion eggs. Laying hen numbers fell 8 percent to 329 million as of June 1. Read More...

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The EPA will be in Kansas City today for their hearing on the proposed Renewable Fuels Standard rules. The hearing begins at 9 a.m. Central at the Jack Reardon Center. Read More...

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The Obama administration laid out a major step Friday in its fight against climate change with a plan it said would reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses by 1 billion metric tons. The matching regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Transportation Department would improve fuel efficiency standards by an average of 24 percent for medium-sized and heavy trucks, buses and big trailers through model year 2027, which would cut the output of Earth-warming carbon dioxide while saving 1.8 billion barrels of oil.  The Hill Read More...

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Legislation unveiled in the House this week would eliminate funding for an Environmental Protection Agency account for climate change research. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) argued that using funds in the EPA’s science and technology account for such studies are duplicative because the Department of Energy conducts similar research.  The Hill Read More...

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On June 5, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had reopened the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has now received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the H-2B cap for the second half of FY 2015. June 11, 2015 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2015. The final receipt date is the date when USCIS received enough cap-subject petitions to reach the statutory limit of 66,000 H-2B workers for FY 2015. Read More...

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The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has released its analysis of the EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule and concluded that it is worse than the proposed rule, according to AFBF president Bob Stallman. “Our analysis shows yet again how unwise, extreme and unlawful this rule is,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said. “Our public affairs specialists and legal team have assembled the best analysis available anywhere, and their conclusions are sobering: Despite months of comments and innumerable complaints, the Waters of the U.S. proposal is even worse than before.”  Read More...

NAEDA & Association News

On June 23, 2015, Federated is pleased to provide NAEDA members access to a complimentary webinar hosted by EnquironTM titled “Employment Tort Exposures and the Affordable Care Act.” This webinar will focus on:

ACA initiatives and privacy issue
Best practices for record keeping
How to deal with clawback issues and ACA whistleblowers
Conflict between ACA, GINA, and ADA 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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