Attempts to Strike Favorable Safety Fitness Language Defeated
On May 24, the House Appropriations Committee held a mark-up session of the Fiscal Year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill. NSTA supports the bill's language that prevents the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from finalizing the Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking before allowing the necessary reforms to CSA directed in the FAST Act to be completed.
Safety Fitness Determination Rulemaking Removed from Federal Regulatory Priority List
On May 19, the White House released its semiannual report entitled Spring 2016 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The report provides public notice of federal agencies' plans to review, propose or issue regulations.
DERA Reauthorization Advances in Congress
The Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) provides funding for the retrofit and replacement of diesel vehicles and equipment, including a significant focus on "greening" the nation's school bus fleet.
OSHA Issues Final Rule on Injury Reporting
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its Final Rule requiring employers to submit injury and illness records electronically on May 12. Under the rule, once reports are electronically filed OSHA will post them on the internet.
Department of Labor Issues Final Rule on Overtime
The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor recently issued its Final Rule requiring employers to re-evaluate their employee status and recognize new thresholds for whether or not an employee meets the requirements to earn overtime pay.