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

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Implementation Study
Document Number: 2017-25833
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-30
Agency: Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (DOL), 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 is properly assessed. Currently, DOL is soliciting comments concerning the collection of site visit data for a study of the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). 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.
18-Month 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: 2017-25760
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-29
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document extends 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 for 18 months. This document also delays the applicability of certain amendments to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-24 for the same period. The primary purpose of the amendments is to give the Department of Labor the time necessary to consider public comments under the criteria set forth in the Presidential Memorandum of February 3, 2017, including whether possible changes and alternatives to these exemptions would be appropriate in light of the current comment record and potential input from, and action by, the Securities and Exchange Commission and state insurance commissioners. The Department is granting the delay because of its concern that, without a delay in the applicability dates, consumers may face significant confusion, and regulated parties may incur undue expense to comply with conditions or requirements that the Department ultimately determines to revise or repeal. The former transition period was from June 9, 2017, to January 1, 2018. The new transition period ends on July 1, 2019, rather than on January 1, 2018. The amendments to these exemptions affect participants and beneficiaries of plans, IRA owners and fiduciaries with respect to such plans and IRAs.
Claims Procedure for Plans Providing Disability Benefits; 90-Day Delay of Applicability Date
Document Number: 2017-25729
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-29
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document delays for ninety (90) daysthrough April 1, 2018the applicability of a final rule amending the claims procedure requirements applicable to ERISA-covered employee benefit plans that provide disability benefits (Final Rule). The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2016, became effective on January 18, 2017, and was scheduled to become applicable on January 1, 2018. The delay announced in this document is necessary to enable the Department of Labor to carefully consider comments and data as part of its effort, pursuant to Executive Order 13777, to examine regulatory alternatives that meet its objectives of ensuring the full and fair review of disability benefit claims while not imposing unnecessary costs and adverse consequences.
Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition
Document Number: 2017-25570
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, OSHA announces its final decision to expand the scope of recognition for Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc., as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).
Investigations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2017-25530
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-27
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2017-25515
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-27
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Proximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines
Document Number: 2017-25426
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-24
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 collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This program helps to assure 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 on the information collection for Proximity Detection Systems for Continuous Mining Machines in Underground Coal Mines.
Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses: Delay of Compliance Date
Document Number: 2017-25392
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-24
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This action delays until December 15, 2017, the initial submission deadline for calendar year 2016 data on Form 300A under the rule entitled Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. The original electronic submission deadline was July 1, 2017. This delay will allow affected entities sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system, which was not made available until August 1, 2017.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Federal Employees' Compensation Act Medical Reports and Compensation Claims
Document Number: 2017-25333
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-24
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, ``Federal Employees' Compensation Act Medical Reports and Compensation Claims,'' 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.
Extension of Certain Time Frames for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants, and Beneficiaries Affected by Hurricane Maria
Document Number: 2017-25332
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-22
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
This document announces the extension of certain time frames under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code for group health plans, disability and other welfare plans, pension plans, participants and beneficiaries of these plans, and group health insurance issuers directly affected by Hurricane Maria.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Current Population Survey-Basic Labor Force
Document Number: 2017-25111
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-21
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Current Population SurveyBasic Labor Force,'' 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: 2017-25110
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-21
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 ``National Compensation 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.
Request for Comments on Labor Capacity-Building Efforts Under the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement
Document Number: 2017-25012
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-21
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
This notice is a request for comments from the public to assist the Secretary of Labor and the United States Trade Representative in preparing a report on labor capacity-building efforts under Chapter 16 (``the Labor Chapter'') and Annex 16.5 of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (``CAFTA-DR''). Comments are also welcomed on efforts made by the CAFTA-DR countries to implement the labor obligations under the Labor Chapter and the recommendations contained in a paper entitled, ``The Labor Dimension in Central America and the Dominican RepublicBuilding on Progress: Strengthening Compliance and Enhancing Capacity'' (the ``White Paper''). This report is required under the Dominican Republic- Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (CAFTA-DR Implementation Act). The reporting function and the responsibility for soliciting public comments required under this Act were assigned to the Secretary of Labor in consultation with the United States Trade Representative (USTR).
Meeting of the Labor Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiation and Trade Policy
Document Number: 2017-25011
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-17
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Labor Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiation and Trade Policy.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Workforce Flexibility (Workflex) Plan Submission and Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2017-24998
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-17
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Workforce Flexibility (Workflex) Plan Submission and Reporting Requirements.'' 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).
Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-24997
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-17
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 on the proposed extension without change of a currently approved collection of the ``Labor Market Information (LMI) Cooperative Agreement application package.'' A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the individual listed below in the Addresses section of this notice.
Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-24996
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-17
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 on the proposed revision of the ``BLS Occupational Safety and Health Statistics (OSHS) Cooperative Agreement application package.'' 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 Information Collection; Permissible Equipment Testing
Document Number: 2017-24995
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-17
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 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. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments on the information collection for Permissible Equipment Testing.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Hazard Communication Standard
Document Number: 2017-24994
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-17
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, ``Hazard Communication Standard,'' 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; Contribution Operations, ETA-581
Document Number: 2017-24512
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-13
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, ``Contribution Operations, ETA-581.'' 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).
HIRE Vets Medallion Program
Document Number: 2017-24214
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-13
Agency: Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service
VETS published a proposed rule implementing the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act or Act). The HIRE Vets Act requires the Department of Labor (DOL or Department) to establish by rule a HIRE Vets Medallion Program (Medallion Program) and annually solicit and accept voluntary information from employers for consideration of employers to receive a HIRE Vets Medallion Award (the award). Under the Program, VETS will review applications and notify recipients of their awards, and announce their names at a time that coincides with Veterans Day. This final rule sets out the criteria for the different categories and levels of HIRE Vets Medallion Awards, the award application process, and the award fees. VETS invited written comments on the proposed rule, and any specific issues related to the proposal, from members of the public.
Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification Extension
Document Number: 2017-24349
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA is delaying its deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by one year until November 10, 2018. OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same one-year period.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management; Request for Comments on the Draft DOL FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan
Document Number: 2017-24212
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-07
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking public comment on its Draft FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.
Federal-State Unemployment Compensation Program: Certifications for 2017 Under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act
Document Number: 2017-24177
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-07
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Secretary of Labor signed the annual certifications under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, 26 U.S.C. 3301 et seq., thereby enabling employers who make contributions to state unemployment funds to obtain certain credits against their liability for the federal unemployment tax. By letter, the certifications were transmitted to the Secretary of the Treasury. The letter and certifications are printed below.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Report on Current Employment Statistics
Document Number: 2017-24176
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-07
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) sponsored information collection request (ICR) revision titled, ``Report on Current Employment Statistics,'' 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.
Guidance for Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces”
Document Number: 2017-23588
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-06
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has passed, and the President has signed, Public Law 115-11, a resolution of disapproval of the rule promulgated by the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration to implement Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, as amended (the ``Order''). Additionally, the President has issued an Executive Order revoking the Order, and directing all executive departments and agencies, as appropriate and to the extent consistent with law, to consider promptly rescinding any orders, rules, regulations, guidance, guidelines, or policies implementing or enforcing the Order. Accordingly, the Department of Labor is rescinding its guidance on the Order, published on August 25, 2016.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Job ChalleNGe Evaluation, New Collection
Document Number: 2017-24003
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-03
Agency: Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (DOL), 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 is properly assessed. Currently, DOL is soliciting comments concerning the collection of follow-up survey data about the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe and Job ChalleNGe Program. A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed in the addressee section of this notice.
Notice of a Change in Status of an Extended Benefit (EB) Period for Alaska
Document Number: 2017-24002
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Grain Handling Facilities Standard
Document Number: 2017-23994
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-03
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
On October 31, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Grain Handling Facilities Standard,'' 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; Mechanical Power Presses Standard
Document Number: 2017-23993
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-03
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
On October 31, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Mechanical Power Presses Standard,'' 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; Department of Labor Events Registration Platform
Document Number: 2017-23992
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-03
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
On October 31, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit the information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Department of Labor Events Registration Platform,'' 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; Evaluation of Strategies Used in the TechHire and Strengthening Working Families Initiative Grant Programs
Document Number: 2017-23889
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-02
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP) sponsored information collection request (ICR) proposal titled, ``Evaluation of Strategies Used in the TechHire and Strengthening Working Families Initiative Grant 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. Public comments on the ICR are invited.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Ionizing Radiation Standard
Document Number: 2017-23858
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-02
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
On October 31, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Ionizing Radiation Standard,'' 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; Fire Brigades Standard
Document Number: 2017-23857
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-02
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
On October 31, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Fire Brigades Standard,'' 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; Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard
Document Number: 2017-23856
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-02
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
On October 31, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard,'' 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.
Standard on the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout); Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2017-23743
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-01
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Standard on the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/ Tagout).