Department of Labor January 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Occupational Safety and Health State Plans; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB's) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2016-01537
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-27
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its request for an extension of the OMB's approval of the collections of information associated with its regulations and program regarding State Plans for the development and enforcement of state occupational safety and health standards (29 CFR parts 1902, 1953, 1954 and 1956).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Employee Retirement Income Security Act Summary Annual Report Requirement; Correction
Document Number: 2016-01554
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor published a document in the Federal Register of December 23, 2015, inviting public comments on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act Summary Annual Report Requirement Information Collection Request (80 FR 79934). The document contained an incorrect date.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Benefit Accuracy Measurement Program; Correction
Document Number: 2016-01553
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor published a document in the Federal Register of December 23, 2015, inviting public comments on the Benefit Accuracy Measurement Program Information Collection Request (80 FR 79935). The document contained an incorrect date.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Required Elements for Submission of the Unified or Combined State Plan and Plan Modifications Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; Correction
Document Number: 2016-01552
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor published a document in the Federal Register of December 23, 2015, inviting public comments on the Unified or Combined State Plan and Plan Modifications under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Information Collection Request (80 FR 79933). The document contained an incorrect date.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2016-01429
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below.
Implementation of the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Document Number: 2016-01213
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-01-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is proposing to issue nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations replacing its regulation which implemented Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014, WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) as the Department's primary mechanism for providing financial assistance for a comprehensive system of job training and placement services for adults and eligible youth. Section 188 of WIOA prohibits the exclusion of an individual from participation in, denial of the benefits of, discrimination in, or denial of employment in the administration of or in connection with, any programs and activities funded or otherwise financially assisted in whole or in part under Title I of WIOA because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and for beneficiaries only, citizenship status, or participation in a program or activity that receives financial assistance under Title I of WIOA. These proposed regulations would update the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulation consistent with current law and address its application to current workforce development and workplace practices and issues. Most of the provisions of WIOA took effect on July 1, 2015, except where otherwise specified in the law. WIOA contains the identical provisions of Section 188 as appeared in WIA, and these WIOA provisions took effect on July 1, 2015. To ensure no regulatory gap while this proposed rulemaking progresses toward a final rule, the Department issued a final rule implementing Section 188 of WIOA, which applies until issuance of the final rule based on this NPRM. The final rule issued separately in July 2015 retains the provisions in part 37 but substitutes all references to WIA with WIOA to reflect the proper statutory authority. This NPRM revises the final rule issued in July 2015. This NPRM generally carries over the policies and procedures found in Department regulations, which implement the equal opportunity and nondiscrimination provisions of WIA and WIOA. Like the final rule issued separately in July 2015, this rule is organized by the same subparts A through E, and refers to ``changes'' or ``revisions'' made to the final rule. Certain sections in each subpart have significant revisions.
MET Laboratories, Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition and Modification to the List of Appropriate NRTL Program Test Standards
Document Number: 2016-01289
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, OSHA announces the application of MET Laboratories, Inc. for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and presents the Agency's preliminary finding to grant the application. Additionally, OSHA proposes to add three new test standards to the NRTL Program's list of appropriate test standards.
TUV SUD America, Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition
Document Number: 2016-01288
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, OSHA announces the application of TUV SUD America, Inc. for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and presents the Agency's preliminary finding to grant the application.
New Jersey State Plan for State and Local Government Employees; Approval of Plan Supplements and Certification of Completion of Developmental Steps
Document Number: 2016-01286
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) submitted timely documentation attesting to the completion of all structural and developmental aspects of its State Plan for State and Local Government Employees as approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). After extensive review of the submissions and opportunity for correction, Plan supplements constituting an updated and revised State Plan were submitted. OSHA is approving the revised State Plan, which documents the satisfactory completion of all structural and developmental aspects of New Jersey's approved State Plan, and certifying this completion. This certification attests to the fact that New Jersey now has in place those structural components necessary for an effective State Plan for State and Local Government Employees. (Enforcement of occupational safety and health standards with regard to private sector employers and employees in the State of New Jersey remains the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA).
SGS North America, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition and Modification to the List of Appropriate NRTL Program Test Standards
Document Number: 2016-01285
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, OSHA announces its final decision expanding the scope of recognition for SGS North America, Inc., as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). Additionally, OSHA announces its final decision to add a new test standard to the NRTL list of appropriate test standards.
QPS Evaluation Services Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition
Document Number: 2016-01284
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, OSHA announces the application of QPS Evaluation Services Inc. for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and presents the Agency's preliminary finding to grant the application.
National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH); Request for Nominations
Document Number: 2016-01281
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-22
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health requests nominations for membership on NACOSH.
Notice of Availability of Funds and Funding Opportunity Announcement for Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release Through Specialized American Job Centers (AJCS)-(“LEAP-2”)
Document Number: 2016-01146
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-21
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor, announces the availability of $5,000,000 in grant funds for a second round of Linking to Employment Activities Pre- release through Specialized American Job Centers (AJCs), or ``LEAP-2,'' grants. ETA plans to award approximately 10 grants of up to $500,000 each to Local Workforce Development Boards. This grant program is designed to provide incarcerated individuals with workforce services prior to release and link them to a continuum of services offered through their community-based AJCs post-release. These grants are job- driven and build connections to local employers that will enable transitioning offenders to secure employment. The jail-based specialized AJCs will enable transitioning offenders to prepare for employment prior to release and continue with Individual Employment Plans (as described in Section IV of the FOA) in the community once released. The aim of these centers is to improve the workforce outcomes for transitioning offenders. The complete FOA and any subsequent FOA amendments in connection with this solicitation are described in further detail on ETA's Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/ or on http://www.grants.gov. The Web sites provide application information, eligibility requirements, review and selection procedures, and other program requirements governing this solicitation.
Proposed Extension of Existing Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-01145
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-21
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
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 Office of Workers' Compensation Programs is soliciting comments concerning the proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection: Certification by School Official (CM-981). 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 Extension of Existing Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-01144
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-21
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
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). 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 Office of Workers' Compensation Programs is soliciting comments concerning the proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection: Notice of Issuance of Insurance Policy (CM-921). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2016-00935
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and Title 30 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 44 govern the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for modification. This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below.
Claims for Compensation Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act
Document Number: 2016-00835
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-01-19
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The Department of Labor is extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking it published on November 18, 2015 (80 FR 72296). The original deadline to submit comments on the proposed regulations was January 19, 2016. That comment period is being extended for an additional 30 days. The comment period for the information collection requirements in the proposed rule ended on December 18, 2015, and that period is not being extended.
Comment Request for Information Collection for the Evaluation of the Disability Employment Initiative Round 5 and Future Rounds
Document Number: 2016-00460
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-12
Agency: 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 is properly assessed. Currently, the Department of Labor is soliciting comments concerning the collection of data about the Evaluation of the Disability Employment Initiative Round 5 and Future Rounds. A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed in the addressee section of this notice.
North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation Notice of Determination Regarding Review of Submission #2015-04
Document Number: 2016-00436
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-12
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA) gives notice that on January 11, 2016, Submission #2015-04 regarding Mexico was accepted for review pursuant to Article 16(3) of the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC). On November 12, 2015, the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 770, the Frente Aut[eacute]ntico del Trabajo, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, and the Project on Organizing, Development, Education, and Research, provided a submission to OTLA, through Change to Win, alleging violations of the NAALC by the Government of Mexico (GOM). U.S. Submission #2015-04 alleges that the GOM has failed to meet its obligations under the NAALC, including to effectively enforce its labor laws with respect to freedom of association, collective bargaining, discrimination, minimum labor standards, occupational safety and health, and workers' compensation and to ensure that its labor law proceedings are fair, equitable, and transparent. OTLA's decision to accept the submission for review is not intended to indicate any determination as to the validity or accuracy of the allegations contained in the submission. The objective of the review will be to gather information so that OTLA can better understand the allegations contained in the submission and publicly report on the issues raised therein in light of the GOM's obligations under the NAALC. As set out in the Procedural Guidelines (published as 71 FR 76691 (2006)), OTLA will complete the review and issue a public report to the Secretary of Labor within 180 days of this acceptance, unless circumstances, as determined by OTLA, require an extension of time.
Investigations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2016-232
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-11
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2016-231
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-11
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Request for Information; Comment Request; Department of Labor Research and Evaluation Plan for 2016
Document Number: 2016-170
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL), as part of its continuing effort to improve the quality and use of research and evaluation, is requesting comments from the public on its 2016 Research and Evaluation Plan.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Agreement Approval Process for Use of Functional Affirmative Action Programs
Document Number: 2016-168
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) sponsored information collection request (ICR) revision titled, ``Agreement Approval Process for Use of Functional Affirmative Action Programs,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Public comments on the ICR are invited.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training (OASVET); Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; VETS' Competitive Grant Programs Reporting
Document Number: 2016-164
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-08
Agency: Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (DOL) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed approval for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled, ``VETS' Competitive Grant Programs Reporting Data Collection.'' This comment request is part of continuing Departmental efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.
National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of U.S. Free Trade Agreements; Notice of Open Meeting
Document Number: 2015-33248
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-06
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA) gives notice of a meeting of the National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of U.S. Free Trade Agreements (``Committee'' or ``NAC''), which was established by the Secretary of Labor. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the implementation of the labor provisions of free trade agreements and to identify the Committee's priority countries and issues for 2016.
Proposed Collection, Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-33143
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
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 ``Veterans Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS),'' to be conducted in August 2016, August 2017, and August 2018. 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.
Proposed Collection, Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-33142
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-05
Agency: Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
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 ``Eating and Health Supplement to the American Time Use 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.