Department of Labor September 2018 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

FM Approvals LLC: Grant of Expansion of Recognition and Modification to the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Program's List of Appropriate Test Standards
Document Number: 2018-21159
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, OSHA announces the final decision to expand the scope of recognition for FM Approvals, LLC (FM), as a NRTL to include twenty six additional test standards. In addition, OSHA announces the addition of four test standards to the NRTL Program's List of Appropriate Test Standards.
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.: Grant of Expansion of Recognition and Modification to the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Program's List of Appropriate Test Standards
Document Number: 2018-21158
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-28
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
In this notice, OSHA announces the final decision to expand the scope of recognition for Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., (UL) as a NRTL to include 26 additional test standards. In addition, OSHA announces the addition of 22 test standards to the NRTL Program's List of Appropriate Test Standards.
Expanding Employment, Training, and Apprenticeship Opportunities for 16- and 17-Year-Olds in Health Care Occupations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Document Number: 2018-20996
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-09-27
Agency: Wage and Hour Division, Employment Standards Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (Department) is proposing this rule to enhance employment, training, and apprenticeship opportunities for 16- and 17-year-olds in health care occupations in the United States while maintaining worker safety. The changes proposed in this rule also respond to the concerns of a bipartisan, bicameral group of congressional lawmakers. The youth- employment provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) ensure that when youth work, the work is safe and does not jeopardize their health, well-being, or education. Pursuant to those provisions, 16- and 17-year-old employees generally cannot work in a nonagricultural occupation governed by any of the Department's Hazardous Occupations Orders (HOs). HO 7 prohibits youth from working in occupations involving the operation of a power-driven patient lift. Patient lifts, however, substantially differ in form and function from the other equipment that the HO governs, including forklifts, backhoes, cranes, and other heavy industrial equipment. Additionally, patient lifts are safer for workers than the alternative method of manually lifting patients. In response to significant public input and bipartisan, bicameral requests from Members of Congress, the Department proposes to remove the operation of power-driven patient lifts from the list of activities that HO 7 prohibits. This proposal, if finalized, would increase the participation of young workers in health care occupations and enhance their future career skills and their earning potential, without reducing worker safety.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2018-20936
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-26
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) revision titled, ``Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program Reporting Requirements'' 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.
Minimum Wage for Contractors; Updating Regulations To Reflect Executive Order 13838
Document Number: 2018-20757
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
In this final rule, the Department of Labor (the Department) implements Executive Order (E.O.) 13838, issued on May 25, 2018. E.O. 13838 exempts certain contracts with the Federal Government from the requirements of E.O. 13658. In particular, the E.O. exempts contracts in connection with both seasonal recreational services and also seasonal recreational equipment rental when such services and equipment are offered to the general public on Federal lands. E.O. 13838 amends E.O. 13658 by inserting two sentences into that order and also directs executive departments and agencies to promptly implement the exemption. In order to carry out that directive, this rule inserts the same two sentences into the Department's regulations.
Rescission of Regulations Implementing the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982
Document Number: 2018-20411
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The U.S. Department of Labor takes this action to remove regulations for an inoperative program but continues to require non- discrimination and equal-employment opportunity under its programs. The Department is undergoing a process of identifying identify regulations that are ``outdated'' and ``unnecessary.'' The regulations being rescinded by this rule are ``outdated'' because they administer a program that no longer exists. And they are ``unnecessary'' because they currently serve no purpose, as their existence or non-existence has no impact on the Department's enforcement of non-discrimination standards under its existing programs. In particular, the Department is rescinding its regulations implementing Section 167 of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, as amended (JTPA). Section 167 contained the nondiscrimination and equal-opportunity provisions of the JTPA. In 1998, Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which repealed the JTPA and required the Secretary of Labor to transition any authority under the JTPA to the system that WIA created. WIA, in turn, was subsequently altered by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). In sum, this rule removes regulations for an inoperative program, but has no impact on existing non-discrimination rules.
Rescission of Regulations Implementing the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982
Document Number: 2018-20409
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-09-26
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary
The U.S. Department of Labor proposes to remove regulations for an inoperative program while continuing to require non- discrimination and equal-employment opportunity under its programs. The Department is undergoing a process of identifying regulations that are ``outdated'' and ``unnecessary.'' The regulations to be rescinded by the proposed rule are ``outdated'' because they administer a program that no longer exists. And they are ``unnecessary'' because they currently serve no purpose, as their existence or non-existence has no impact on the Department's enforcement of non-discrimination standards under its existing programs. In particular, the Department proposes to rescind its regulations implementing Section 167 of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, as amended (JTPA). Section 167 contained the nondiscrimination and equal-opportunity provisions of the JTPA. In 1998, Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which repealed the JTPA and required the Secretary of Labor to transition any authority under the JTPA to the system that WIA created. WIA, in turn, was subsequently altered by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). In sum, the proposed rule removes regulations for an inoperative program, but has no impact on existing non-discrimination rules.
Petitions for Modification of Application of Existing Mandatory Safety Standard
Document Number: 2018-20756
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-25
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
This notice is a summary of a petition for modification submitted to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by the parties listed below.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Data Collections From Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program Accreditors
Document Number: 2018-20436
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-20
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), is soliciting comments concerning proposed authority to conduct the voluntary information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs Accrediting Entity Information.'' 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).
Notice of Publication of 2018 Update to the Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor
Document Number: 2018-20391
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-20
Agency: Department of Labor
This notice announces the publication of an updated list of goodsalong with countries of originthat the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) has reason to believe are produced by child labor or forced labor in violation of international standards (TVPRA List). ILAB is required to develop and make available to the public the TVPRA List pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2005, as amended.
Temporary Labor Camps; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2018-20201
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-18
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA is soliciting public comments concerning the proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements contained in the Temporary Labor Camps Standard.
Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health
Document Number: 2018-20117
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-17
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Secretary of Labor requests nominations for membership on ACCSH.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees Handbook No. 391
Document Number: 2018-20027
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-14
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor's (DOL's), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled ``Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees Handbook No. 391.'' 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).
Labor Surplus Area Classification
Document Number: 2018-19905
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-13
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The purpose of this notice is to announce the annual list of labor surplus areas for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.
Addendum to the Memorandum of Understanding With the Department of Energy (August 28, 1992); Oak Ridge, Tennessee Properties
Document Number: 2018-19689
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-11
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This is a notice of an addendum to the interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The MOU establishes specific interagency procedures for the transfer of occupational safety and health coverage for privatized facilities, properties, and operations from DOE to OSHA and state agencies acting under state plans approved by OSHA.
Proposed Renewal of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-19680
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-11
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
The Department of Labor (DOL), 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). 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 collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is soliciting comments concerning its proposal to obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew the information collection that implements standard procedures for supply and service contractors seeking approval to develop affirmative action programs based on functional or business units. A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this Notice or by accessing it at www.regulations.gov.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Revision of a Currently Approved Collection; Request for Comments; H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Labor Certification Program Forms (OMB Control Number 1205-0509)
Document Number: 2018-19459
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-07
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (DOL), as part of its effort to streamline information collection, clarify statutory and regulatory requirements, and provide greater transparency and oversight of the H- 2B labor certification program, 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. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), ETA, within DOL, is providing the public notice and opportunity to comment on proposed revisions to the H-2B Foreign Labor Certification Program information collection. The information collection for each existing form was approved on December 31, 2015 and expires December 31, 2018. A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.
Whistleblower Protection; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2018-19289
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-06
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is announcing a public meeting to solicit comments and suggestions from stakeholders in the financial industry, including employers, employees, and representatives of employers and employees, on issues facing the agency in its administration of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, Section 1057 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
The Cadmium in General Industry Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: 2018-19288
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-06
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements contained in the Cadmium in General Industry Standard.
193rd Meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans: Notice of Teleconference Meeting
Document Number: 2018-19252
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-05
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
Division of Coal Mine Workers' Compensation Proposed Extension of Existing Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-19222
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-05
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. 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: Authorization for Release of Medical Information (CM-936). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice.
Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, Notice of Rate Change in Effect as of January 1, 2019
Document Number: 2018-19166
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-04
Agency: Wage and Hour Division, Employment Standards Administration, Department of Labor
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (the Department) is issuing this notice to announce the applicable minimum wage rate for workers performing work on or in connection with federal contracts covered by Executive Order 13658, beginning January 1, 2019. Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors (the Executive Order or the Order), was signed on February 12, 2014, and raised the hourly minimum wage for workers performing work on or in connection with covered federal contracts to $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015, with annual adjustments thereafter as determined by the Secretary of Labor (the Secretary) in accordance with the methodology set forth in the Order. The Secretary's determination of the Executive Order minimum wage rate also affects the minimum hourly cash wage for tipped employees performing work on or in connection with covered contracts. The Secretary is required to provide notice to the public of the new minimum wage rate at least 90 days before the rate takes effect. The applicable minimum wage under the Executive Order is currently $10.35 per hour, in effect since January 1, 2018. Pursuant to the Executive Order and its implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations, notice is hereby given that beginning January 1, 2019, the Executive Order minimum wage rate that generally must be paid to workers performing work on or in connection with covered contracts will increase to $10.60 per hour. Notice is also hereby given that, beginning January 1, 2019, the required minimum cash wage that generally must be paid to tipped employees performing work on or in connection with covered contracts will increase to $7.40 per hour.
Proposed Extension of Existing Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-19165
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-04
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 its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection: Statement of Recovery (SOR) Forms (CA-1108 and CA-1122). 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; Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 Technical Release 1991-1
Document Number: 2018-19100
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-04
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 of 1974 Technical Release 1991-1,'' 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.