Department of Labor October 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Requirements for the Preparation and Maintenance of Accurate and Up-to-Date Mine Maps (Pertains to Underground and Surface Coal Mines)
Document Number: E8-25981
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-31
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 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.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Safety Requirements for the Use of Diesel-Powered Equipment in Underground Coal Mines
Document Number: E8-25980
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-31
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)(c)(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 Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR Sections:
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-25902
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-30
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor
Electrical Standard; Clarifications; Corrections
Document Number: E8-25789
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-29
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule revising its electrical installation standard for general industry on February 14, 2007. This notice clarifies the scope of one provision in the final standard and addresses some questions raised by stakeholders on the application of the provision. This also corrects two typographical errors located elsewhere in the final rule.
Apprenticeship Programs, Labor Standards for Registration, Amendment of Regulations
Document Number: E8-24917
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-29
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (DOL or Department) is issuing this final rule to update regulations that implement the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937. 29 U.S.C. 50. DOL issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on December 13, 2007, outlining proposed updates to labor standards, policies and procedures for the registration, cancellation and deregistration of apprenticeship programs, apprenticeship agreements, and administration of the National Apprenticeship System. 72 FR 71020, Dec. 13, 2007.
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-25652
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-28
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor
Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH)
Document Number: E8-25598
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) will meet November 13, 2008, in Washington, DC.
Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA)
Document Number: E8-25475
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-27
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Employment and Training Administration published a document in the Federal Register on October 3, 2008, announcing the availability of funds and solicitation for grant applications (SGA) to fund Demonstration Projects. This notice is an amendment to the SGA and it amends the ``Eligibility Information'' and ``Applications Review Process'' sections.
Wellman, Inc.; Johnsonville, SC; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E8-25459
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-27
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Regulations Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994; Correction
Document Number: E8-25447
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-27
Agency: Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service, Veterans Employment and Training Service
In this rulemaking, the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) is correcting and consolidating the text in parts A and B of the appendix to 20 CFR part 1002 (``Notice of Your Rights Under USERRA''). VETS published the appendix on March 10, 2005 in response to the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004 (VBIA). The VBIA amended the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) by requiring employers to notify affected employees of the rights, benefits, and obligations of employees and employers under USERRA. As published, the text of the required USERRA rights notice included information about a temporary demonstration project established under the VBIA that called for VETS to transfer to the Office of Special Counsel some claims brought against Federal executive agencies. The demonstration project ended on December 31, 2007. This rulemaking is therefore deleting this outdated reference from the text of the USERRA rights notice. In addition, this rulemaking is consolidating the text in parts A and B of the required USERRA rights notice to eliminate the need for separate notices for Federal and non- Federal agency employers. This rulemaking does not require employers to replace the notices currently in use because, even without this correction and consolidation, the current notices comply with the USERRA employee-notification requirements.
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-25405
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-24
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor
Alcohol- and Drug-Free Mines: Policy, Prohibitions, Testing, Training, and Assistance
Document Number: E8-25380
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-23
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will hold an additional public hearing on its proposed rule to amend the existing metal and nonmetal standards for the possession and use of intoxicating beverages and narcotics and make the new standard applicable to all mines. The proposed rule would also require those who violate the prohibitions to be removed from the performance of safety-sensitive job duties until they successfully complete the recommended treatment and their alcohol- and drug-free status is confirmed by a return-to-duty test.
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-25249
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-23
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor
Proposed Information Collection Request; Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Part 46-Training, Training Plans, and Records; Sections 46.3, 46.5, 46.6, 46.7, 46.8, 46.9, and 46.11
Document Number: E8-25248
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-23
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. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the information collection related to the 30 CFR Sections 46.3, 46.5, 46.6, 46.7, 46.8, 46.9, and 46.11; Training Plans, New Miner Training; Newly- Hired Experienced Miner Training; New Task Training; Annual Refresher Training; Records of Training; and Site-Specific Hazard Awareness Training.
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-25247
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-23
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor
Notice of Proposed Amendment; Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE) 99-34 Involving the Chase Manhattan Bank/JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association
Document Number: E8-25235
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-23
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 individual exemption, which, if granted, would amend PTE 99-34 (64 FR 46419, August 25, 1999), an exemption granted to The Chase Manhattan Bank (CMB). PTE 99-34 permits the lending of securities to affiliates of The Chase Manhattan Corporation (CMC) by employee benefit plans, including commingled investment funds holding plan assets for which CMC affiliates act as directed trustee or custodian and securities lending agent or subagent, and the receipt of compensation in connection with the transactions. The amendment, if granted, would apply to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association (JPMCB), a successor organization to CMB, and would extend the provisions of PTE 99-34 to certain transactions with affiliates of the Bear Stearns Companies Inc. (Bear Stearns). If granted, the proposed amendment would affect participants and beneficiaries and fiduciaries of employee benefit plans to which affiliates of JPMCB act as securities lending agent or sub-agent and may also act as custodian or directed trustee.
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-25217
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-23
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor
Federal-State Unemployment Compensation (UC) Program; Interstate Arrangement for Combining Employment and Wages; Final Rule
Document Number: E8-25097
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-23
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this final rule to amend its regulations governing combined-wage claims filed under the Federal-State Unemployment Compensation (UC) program. Most significantly, this final rule amends the definition of ``paying State.''
Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment; Limited Reopening of Record
Document Number: E8-25079
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
On June 15, 2005, OSHA published a proposed rule to revise the general industry and construction standards for electric power generation, transmission, and distribution work and for electrical protective equipment. Public comments were received, a hearing was held, and the final posthearing briefs were due on July 14, 2006. The proposed general industry and construction standards for electric power generation, transmission, and distribution work included revised minimum approach distance tables. Those tables limit how close an employee (or a conductive object he or she is contacting) may get to an energized circuit part. After the rulemaking record on the proposal closed, the technical committee responsible for developing the tables in the consensus standards on which the proposal was based discovered what in their view was an error in their calculation of minimum approach distances for certain voltages. OSHA is reopening the record on this proposal to obtain comments related to the affected minimum approach distances. The record will remain open on this limited basis for 30 days.
Hewlett Packard, ISB Marketing; Corvallis, OR; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E8-24857
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-21
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Rules of Procedure
Document Number: E8-24930
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Employees' Compensation Appeals Board
The Department of Labor (DOL or Department) is publishing this final rule to update the regulations providing for appeals before the Employees' Compensation Appeals Board (Board). The Board has jurisdiction over appeals arising under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA). 5 U.S.C. 8149. This final rule updates the rules and guidance to all federal employees who seek to appeal from the decisions of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) under FECA.
Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA); Community-Based Job Training Grants
Document Number: E8-24867
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, Employment and Training Administration
The Employment and Training Administration published a document in the Federal Register on October 10, 2008, announcing the availability of funds and solicitation for grant applications (SGA) for Community-Based Job Training Grants to be awarded through a competitive process. This notice is the first amendment to the SGA and it amends the date for the Virtual Prospective Applicant conference that will be posted on ETA's Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/business/Community- BasedJob TrainingGrants.cfm. Supplemental Information Correction: The Virtual Prospective Applicant Conference has been changed from Friday, October 24, 2008 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
Premier Manufacturing Support Services, Shreveport, LA; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E8-24866
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Northern Technologies, Spokane Valley, WA; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E8-24864
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Sea Gull Lighting Products, Riverside, NJ; Notice of Revised Determination on Reconsideration
Document Number: E8-24862
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories; Supplier's Declaration of Conformity
Document Number: E8-24826
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requests comment on a proposal submitted to OSHA by the European Commission to permit the use of a Supplier's Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) as an alternative to the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTLs) product-approval process.
Proposed Collection of Information; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-24787
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-20
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 (PRA) [44 U.S.C. 3505(c)(2)(A)]. The 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 the collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed.
Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E8-24765
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
Protecting the Privacy of Workers: Labor Standards Provisions Applicable to Contracts Covering Federally Financed and Assisted Construction
Document Number: E8-24762
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, Employment Standards Administration
In this proposed rule, the Department of Labor (Department or DOL) proposes to revise regulations issued pursuant to the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts and the Copeland Anti-Kickback Act to better protect the personal privacy of laborers and mechanics employed on covered construction contracts.
Advisory Committee on Job Corps; Meeting
Document Number: E8-24758
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Office of Job Corps, Department of Labor
On August 22, 2006, the Advisory Committee on Job Corps (ACJC) was established in accordance with the provisions of the Workforce Investment Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Committee was established to advance Job Corps' new vision for student achievement aimed at 21st century high-growth employment. This Committee will also evaluate Job Corps program characteristics, including its purpose, goals, and effectiveness, efficiency, and performance measures in order to address the critical issues facing the provision of job training and education to the youth population that it serves. The Committee may provide other advice and recommendations with regard to identifying and overcoming problems, planning program or center development or strengthening relations between Job Corps and agencies, institutions, or groups engaged in related activities.
Proposed Collection, Comment Request
Document Number: E8-24730
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor Statistics Bureau
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. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the ``Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey.'' A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request; 60-Day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Cognitive and Psychological Research
Document Number: E8-24729
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor Statistics Bureau
The Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics published a notice in the Federal Register. Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Action: 30-Day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Cognitive and Psychological Research. The Department is issuing a correction of the comment date, as this should have been published as a 60-day notice.
Final Rules for Group Health Plans and Health Insurance Issuers Under the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act
Document Number: E8-24666
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-20
Agency: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
This document contains final rules for group health plans and health insurance issuers concerning hospital lengths of stay for mothers and newborns following childbirth, pursuant to the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act of 1996 and the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997.
Petitions for Modification
Document Number: E8-24703
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-17
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.
Asbestos in Construction Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: E8-24683
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-17
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements contained in the Asbestos in Construction Standard (29 CFR 1926.1101).
Interpretive Bulletin Relating to Exercise of Shareholder Rights
Document Number: E8-24552
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-17
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document sets forth the views of the Department of Labor concerning the legal standards imposed by sections 402, 403 and 404 of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) with respect to the exercise of shareholder rights and written statements of investment policy, including proxy voting policies or guidelines. These guidelines affect fiduciaries of employee benefit plans, including trustees, investment managers and others responsible for the management of employee benefit plan assets.