Department of Labor August 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Extension of Transition Period and Delay of Applicability Dates; Best Interest Contract Exemption (PTE 2016-01); Class Exemption for Principal Transactions in Certain Assets Between Investment Advice Fiduciaries and Employee Benefit Plans and IRAs (PTE 2016-02); Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-24 for Certain Transactions Involving Insurance Agents and Brokers, Pension Consultants, Insurance Companies, and Investment Company Principal Underwriters (PTE 84-24)
Document Number: 2017-18520
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-08-31
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document proposes to extend the special transition period under sections II and IX of the Best Interest Contract Exemption and section VII of the Class Exemption for Principal Transactions in Certain Assets Between Investment Advice Fiduciaries and Employee Benefit Plans and IRAs. This document also proposes to delay the applicability of certain amendments to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-24 for the same period. The primary purpose of the proposed amendments is to give the Department of Labor the time necessary to consider possible changes and alternatives to these exemptions. The Department is particularly concerned that, without a delay in the applicability dates, regulated parties may incur undue expense to comply with conditions or requirements that it ultimately determines to revise or repeal. The present transition period is from June 9, 2017, to January 1, 2018. The new transition period would end on July 1, 2019. The proposed amendments to these exemptions would affect participants and beneficiaries of plans, IRA owners and fiduciaries with respect to such plans and IRAs.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Department of Labor Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery
Document Number: 2017-18480
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-31
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Department of Labor Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Employee Retirement Income Security Act Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 1981-8, Investment of Plan Assets in Certain Types of Short-Term Investments
Document Number: 2017-18476
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-31
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Employee Retirement Income Security Act Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 1981-8, Investment of Plan Assets in Certain Types of Short-Term Investments,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Public comments on the ICR are invited.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Overpayment Detection and Recovery Activities
Document Number: 2017-18475
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-31
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Overpayment Detection and Recovery Activities,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Interstate Arrangement for Combining Employment and Wages
Document Number: 2017-18474
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-31
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
On August 31, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Interstate Arrangement for Combining Employment and Wages,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited.
Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-18444
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-31
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. 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 revision of the ``Telephone Point of Purchase Survey.'' A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.
Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification Extension
Document Number: 2017-18441
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-08-30
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Under OSHA's standard for cranes and derricks used in construction work, crane operators are to be certified by November 10, 2017. Until that date, employers also have duties under the standard to ensure that crane operators are trained and competent to operate the crane safely. The Agency delayed the deadline for operator certification by three years to November 10, 2017, and extended the existing employer duties for the same period. The Agency is proposing to delay the deadline and extend the existing employer duty to ensure that operators of equipment covered by this standard are competent to operate the equipment safely for one year to November 17, 2018.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Escape and Evacuation Plans
Document Number: 2017-18434
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-30
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Escape and Evacuation Plans,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited.
Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc.: Application for Expansion of Recognition
Document Number: 2017-18428
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-30
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, OSHA announces the application of Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc. for expansion of its recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and presents the Agency's preliminary finding to grant the application.
Voluntary Protection Programs Information; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2017-18427
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-30
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements contained in Voluntary Protection Programs Information.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Request for Examination and/or Treatment
Document Number: 2017-18388
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-30
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Request for Examination and/or Treatment,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Rock Burst Control Plan, (Pertains to Underground Metal/Nonmetal Mines)
Document Number: 2017-18367
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-30
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Rock Burst Control Plan, (Pertains to Underground Metal/Nonmetal Mines),'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Nondiscrimination Compliance Information Reporting
Document Number: 2017-18361
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-30
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management
The Department of Labor (DOL), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Nondiscrimination Compliance Information Reporting.'' 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).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Department of Labor Events Registration Platform
Document Number: 2017-18320
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-30
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is soliciting comments concerning the information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Department of Labor Events Registration Platform.'' 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).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act Pre-Hearing Statement
Document Number: 2017-18250
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-29
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act Pre-Hearing Statement,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Application for Permanent Employment Certification, Extension With Nonsubstantive Changes of Currently Approved Collection
Document Number: 2017-18135
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-28
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled ``Application for Permanent Employment Certification.'' 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).
Proposed Renewal of Existing Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-17525
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-24
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
Currently, the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection: Agreement and Undertaking (OWCP-1). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice. 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.
Semiannual Agenda of Regulations
Document Number: 2017-17060
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-08-24
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Internet has become the means for disseminating the entirety of the Department of Labor's semiannual regulatory agenda. However, the Regulatory Flexibility Act requires publication of a regulatory flexibility agenda in the Federal Register. This Federal Register Notice contains the regulatory flexibility agenda.
Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO): Meeting
Document Number: 2017-17516
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-18
Agency: Department of Labor
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a
Grain Handling Facilities; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2017-17505
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-18
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to
HIRE Vets Medallion Program
Document Number: 2017-17249
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-08-18
Agency: Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service
VETS is publishing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
Proposed Information Collection Request; HIRE Vets Medallion Program
Document Number: 2017-17248
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-18
Agency: Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service
VETS is publishing elsewhere in this issue of the Federal
Standard on the Mechanical Power Presses; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2017-16835
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-10
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Mechanical Power Presses Standard for General Industry.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standards
Document Number: 2017-16783
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This notice is a summary of petitions for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Native American Employment and Training Council
Document Number: 2017-16726
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-09
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) notice is hereby given of the next meeting of the Native American Employment and Training Council (Council), as constituted under WIOA.
Fire Brigades Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2017-16711
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA is soliciting public comments concerning its proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Fire Brigades Standard.
Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and Elevators Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2017-16710
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA is soliciting public comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Standard on Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and Elevators.
Ionizing Radiation Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Collections of Information (Paperwork)
Document Number: 2017-16708
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the collections of information specified in the Ionizing Radiation Standard.
Information Collection Activities, Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-16692
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-08
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. 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 revision of the ``The Consumer Expenditure Surveys: The Quarterly Interview and the Diary.'' A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.
Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements
Document Number: 2017-16300
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-08
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 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). 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 proposed collection: Rehabilitation Plan and Award (OWCP-16). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Claim for Continuance of Compensation
Document Number: 2017-16423
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-04
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) sponsored information collection request (ICR) revision titled, ``Claim for Continuance of Compensation,'' to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995. Public comments on the ICR are invited.
187th Meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans
Document Number: 2017-16361
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-03
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
Proposed Revision to Existing Approved Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-16320
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-03
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 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). 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 is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection: Claim for Compensation (CA-7); Authorization for Examination and/or Treatment (CA-16); Duty Status Report (CA-17); Attending Physician's Report (CA- 20); Request for the Services of an Attendant (CA-1090); Referral to a Medical Specialist (CA-1305); OWCP Requirements for Audiological Examination (CA-1087); Referral for a Complete Audiologic and Otologic Examination (CA-1331); Outline for Audiologic Examination (CA-1332); Work Capacity Evaluation, Psychiatric/Psychological Conditions (OWCP- 5a); Work Capacity Evaluation, Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Conditions (OWCP-5b); and Work Capacity Evaluation, Musculoskeletal Conditions (OWCP-5c). 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 Exemptions From Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions
Document Number: 2017-16295
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-03
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains notices of pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of proposed exemptions from certain of the prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). If granted, these proposed exemptions allow designated parties to engage in transactions that would otherwise be prohibited provided the conditions stated there in are met. This notice includes the following proposed exemptions: D- 11869, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; and D-11916, Russell Investment Management, LLC (RIM), Russell Investments Capital, LLC (RICap), and their Affiliates.
Comment Request for Information Collection for Form ETA-9035, Labor Condition Application for Nonimmigrant Workers (OMB Control Number 1205-0310), Revision of a Currently Approved Collection
Document Number: 2017-16293
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (DOL or Department), as part of its effort to streamline information collection, clarify statutory and regulatory requirements, and provide greater transparency and oversight in the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 nonimmigrant visa application processes, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the 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. This program helps 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, ETA is soliciting comments concerning the extension of the approval for the information collection, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 1205-0310, containing Form ETA-9035Labor Condition Application for Nonimmigrant Workers; Form ETA-9035ELabor Condition Application for Nonimmigrants Workers (electronic version); Form ETA-9035CPGeneral Instructions for the 9035 & 9035E; Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Form WH-4Nonimmigrant Worker Information Form; and other H-1B related information collection and retention requirements, which expire May 31, 2018. A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addressee section of this notice. The Form ETA-9035/9035E must be used by employers seeking to employ a foreign worker in a specialty occupation or as a fashion model of distinguished merit and ability under the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 nonimmigrant visa classifications. The Form ETA-9035/9035E must be certified by the DOL before the Department of Homeland Security's United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may approve a petition authorizing admission of a foreign worker under the visa classification. The Form WH-4 is used to request that DOL's Wage and Hour Division initiate an investigation related to alleged violations of H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 program requirements.
Job Corps Center Proposed for Closure: Comments Requested
Document Number: 2017-16281
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-02
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (the Department or DOL) issues this notice to propose the closure of the Homestead Job Corps Center (Homestead) in Homestead, Florida, based on an evaluation of the center. This notice seeks public comment on the proposal to close Homestead.
Jardon and Howard Technologies, Incorporated; Application for Permanent Variance and Interim Order; Grant of Interim Order; Request for Comments
Document Number: 2017-15876
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-02
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (``OSHA'' or ``the Agency'') announces the application of Jardon and Howard Technologies, Incorporated (``JHT'' or ``the applicant'') for a permanent variance from several provisions in OSHA's standards that regulate commercial diving operations. Additionally, the applicant requests an interim order based on the conditions specified in the variance application. JHT's variance request is based on the conditions that were specified in the alternate standards that OSHA granted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) on September 5, 2014. OSHA announces its preliminary finding to grant the permanent variance, and also announces that it is granting the applicant's request for an interim order. OSHA invites the public to submit comments on whether to grant the applicant a permanent variance based on the conditions specified in the notice.
Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-16169
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-01
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). 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 ``Cognitive and Psychological Research.'' 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.
Information Collection Activities, Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-16168
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-01
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. 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 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Program. A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the Addresses section of this notice.