Department of Labor Releases Fall 2017 Regulatory Agenda

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On Dec. 14, 2017, the Department of Labor released its regulatory plan statement and agenda for Fall 2017. The comprehensive list, which is issued twice each year, covers the regulations the DOL plans to consider for proposal, prerule or final rule in the following 6- to 12-month period. According to a memo by Gary L. Visscher, Esq., Of Counsel to ASSE Federal Representative Adele Abrams, the Trump Administration broke with tradition during this recent release, feauring a photo with the President and actively publicizing the administration's deregulatory goals.

Speaking to those goals, this agenda reflects the administration’s plan “to finalize three deregulatory actions for every new regulatory action in FY2018.” It is also consistent with the Office of Management and Budget expectation that each agency will “propose a net reduction in total incremental regulatory costs” for the same period. The items on the OSHA agenda expected to be addressed first include delaying the effective date of the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness rule and correcting 18 current standards. The two items on the MSHA agenda expected to be addressed first are revising the metal and non-metal workplace exam rule revisions and a limited reopening of the record on Refugee Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines.

Read the full agency rule list for Fall 2017 here


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