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Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards
Document Number: E7-24181
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-12-14
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this direct final rule, the Agency is removing several references to consensus standards that have requirements that duplicate, or are comparable to, other OSHA rules; this action includes correcting a paragraph citation in one of these OSHA rules. The Agency also is removing a reference to American Welding Society standard A3.0- 1969 (``Terms and Definitions'') in its general-industry welding standards. This rulemaking is a continuation of OSHA's ongoing effort to update references to consensus and industry standards used throughout its rules.
Proposed Collection for Workforce Information Grants to States Application Instructions for Program Year (PY) 2008; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-24180
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-14
Agency: Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment and Training Administration is soliciting comments concerning a revision to a currently approved collection for Workforce Information Grants to States under OMB Control Number 1205- 0417. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addressee section of this notice or by accessing: http://www.doleta.gov/OMBCN/ OMBControlNumber.cfm.
Apprenticeship Programs, Labor Standards for Registration, Amendment of Regulations
Document Number: E7-24178
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-12-13
Agency: Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (DOL or Department) is issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to update the regulations that implement the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937. 29 U.S.C. 50. On February 18, 1977, the Department promulgated 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 29 to establish, for certain Federal purposes, labor standards, policies and procedures for the registration, cancellation and deregistration of apprenticeship programs, and apprenticeship agreements. Part 29 also provided for the recognition of a State Apprenticeship Agency as an agency authorized to register local apprenticeship programs for Federal purposes, and for the revocation of such recognition. In the succeeding 30 years, the American economy and workforce have changed significantly. The proposed rule addresses those changes by both making the procedures for apprenticeship program registration more flexible and by strengthening oversight of program performance. The proposed rule also updates part 29 to incorporate gender neutral terms and technological advances in the delivery of related technical instruction. Such revisions will enable DOL to promote apprenticeship opportunity in the 21st century while continuing to safeguard the welfare of apprentices.
The Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO); Notice of Open Meeting
Document Number: E7-24157
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-13
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training, Veterans Employment and Training Service
Reasonable Contract or Arrangement Under Section 408(b)(2)-Fee Disclosure
Document Number: E7-24064
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-12-13
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains a proposed regulation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) that, upon adoption, would require that contracts and arrangements between employee benefit plans and certain providers of services to such plans include provisions that will ensure the disclosure of information to assist plan fiduciaries in assessing the reasonableness of the compensation or fees paid for services that are rendered to the plan and the potential for conflicts of interest that may affect a service provider's performance of services. The proposed regulation will redefine what constitutes a ``reasonable contract or arrangement'' for purposes of the statutory exemption from certain prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA. The regulation, upon adoption, will affect employee benefit plan sponsors and fiduciaries and the service providers to such plans.
Proposed Class Exemption for Plan Fiduciaries When Plan Service Arrangements Fail To Comply With ERISA Section 408(b)(2)
Document Number: E7-24063
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-13
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains a notice of pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of a proposed class exemption from certain prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (the Act or ERISA). If granted, the proposed exemption would relieve a plan fiduciary from engaging in a transaction that constitutes a prohibited furnishing of services to an employee benefit plan. The exemption would apply to a plan fiduciary who enters into (or extends or renews) a written contract or arrangement for the provision of services to an employee benefit plan by a service provider to the plan when the resulting contract or arrangement between the plan and the service provider fails to constitute a ``reasonable contract or arrangement'' due to the service provider's failure to comply with its contractual obligation to disclose certain information as required by 29 CFR Sec. 2550.408b- 2(c)(1), as amended (``disclosure obligations''). The proposed exemption, if granted, would also affect participants and beneficiaries of employee benefit plans to the extent such plans enter into any contracts or arrangements for ``necessary services'' with entities that do not provide sufficient disclosures to the plan to enable the responsible plan fiduciary to determine that there is a ``reasonable contract or arrangement'' that complies with ERISA section 408(b)(2).
Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements
Document Number: E7-24042
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-12
Agency: Employment Standards Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection: Housing Occupancy CertificateMigrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (WH-520). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice.
Proposed Revision of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements
Document Number: E7-24041
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-12
Agency: Employment Standards Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection: Report of Changes that May Affect Your Black Lung Benefits (CM-929 and CM-929P). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice.
Publication of Year 2007 Form M-1 With Electronic Filing Option, Notice
Document Number: E7-24040
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-12
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document announces the availability of the Year 2007 Form M-1, Annual Report for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements and Certain Entities Claiming Exception. It is substantively identical to the 2006 Form M-1. The Form M-1 may again be filed electronically over the Internet.
Job Corps: Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Proposed Job Corps Training Center Located at 4000 Airport Road Approximately Two Miles Northwest of Riverton, WY
Document Number: E7-24036
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-12
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Pursuant to the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR part 1500-08) implementing procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Job Corps, in accordance with 29 CFR 11.11(d), gives notice that an Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for a proposed new Job Corps Training Center to be located in Riverton, Wyoming, and that the proposed plan for a new Job Corps Training Center will have no significant environmental impact. This Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will be made available for public review and comment for a period of 30 days.
Gerdau Ameristeel, Perth Amboy, NJ; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E7-24020
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-12
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Proposed Information Collection Request; Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Qualification/Certification Program and Man Hoist Operators Physical Fitness
Document Number: E7-23942
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-11
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps ensure that requested data is provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Mine Accident, Injury, and Illness Report and Quarterly Mine Employment and Coal Production Report (MSHA Forms 7000-1 and 7000-2)
Document Number: E7-23941
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-11
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E7-23933
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-11
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and 30 CFR Part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification filed by the parties listed below to modify the application of existing mandatory safety standards published in Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Non-Metallic Components, Inc., Rib Lake, Notice of Revised Determination on Reconsideration
Document Number: E7-23911
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-11
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health
Document Number: E7-23882
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-10
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health invites interested parties to submit nominations for membership on the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH).
Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements
Document Number: E7-23720
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-07
Agency: Employment Standards Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection: Claim for Continuance of Compensation (CA-12). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice.
Proposed Information Collection Request for the ETA 586, Interstate Arrangement for Combining Employment and Wages; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-23555
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-05
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)2)A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment and Training Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the report for the Interstate Arrangement for Combining Employment and Wages, Form ETA 586. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addressee section of this notice or by accessing: http://www.doleta.gov/OMBCN/ OMBControlNumber.cfm.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Announcement of OMB Approvals
Document Number: E7-23554
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-05
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved certain collections of information, listed in the Supplementary Information below, following EBSA's submission of requests for such approvals under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This notice describes the information collections that have been approved or re-approved, their OMB control numbers, and their current expiration dates.
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
Document Number: E7-23535
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-05
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor
Proposed Information Collection Request for the ETA 586, Interstate Arrangement for Combining Employment and Wages; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-23534
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)2)A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment and Training Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the report for the Interstate Arrangement for Combining Employment and Wages, Form ETA 586. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addressee section of this notice or by accessing: http://www.doleta.gov/OMBCN/ OMBControlNumber.cfm.
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
Document Number: E7-23461
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-04
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor
Affirmative Decisions on Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E7-23395
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-03
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) enforces mine operator compliance with mandatory safety and health standards that protect miners and improve safety and health conditions in U.S. Mines. This Federal Register Notice (FR Notice) notifies the public that it has investigated and issued a final decision on certain mine operator petitions to modify a safety standard.
PI, Inc., Custom Molding Division, Athens, TN; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E7-23380
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Simclar (North America), Inc.; Winterville, NC; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E7-23379
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
G.E. Zenith Controls; Bonham, TX; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E7-23378
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
General Electric (GE) C&I Mattoon Lamp Plant; Lighting Division; Mattoon, IL; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E7-23376
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Strick Corporation Monroe, IN; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E7-23374
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Sun Microsystems, Inc., Louisville, CO; Notice of Negative Determination on Reconsideration
Document Number: E7-23372
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Franklin Pump Systems, Inc., Little Rock, AR; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E7-23370
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-23027
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-30
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Civil Rights Center within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the collection of the Compliance Information Report29 CFR part 31 (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act), NondiscriminationDisability29 CFR part 32 (section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act), and NondiscriminationWorkforce Investment Act 29 CFR part 37 (section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act). A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this notice. In addition, a copy of the ICR in alternate formats of large print and electronic file on computer disk are available upon request.
Confined Spaces in Construction
Document Number: E7-21893
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-11-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA is proposing a rule to protect employees from the hazards resulting from exposure to confined spaces in the construction industry. Under the proposed rule, employers would first determine whether there is a confined space at a job site. If there is a confined space, the employer would determine if there are existing or potential hazards in the space. If there are such hazards, the employer then would classify the space according to the physical and atmospheric hazards found in it. The four classifications are: Isolated-Hazard Confined Space, Controlled-Atmosphere Confined Space, Permit-Required Confined Space, and Continuous System-Permit-Required Confined Space. The proposed requirements for each type of confined space are tailored to control the different types of hazards.
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
Document Number: E7-23030
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-27
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
Document Number: E7-23005
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-27
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor
National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH); Announcement of Meeting
Document Number: E7-22914
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) will meet December 12, 2007, in Washington, DC.
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
Document Number: E7-22896
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-26
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor
A.O. Smith Electrical Products Company, Scottsville, KY; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E7-22751
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-21
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor