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December 1, 2014

More Than 3,400 New Rules On Obama Administration’s 2015 Regulatory Agenda

The Obama Administration last week issued its Unified Regulatory Agenda, which included updates on the progress of more than 3,400 regulations. In addition to the major climate rules the Obama Administration will finalize late this year and early next, the Bureau of Land Management will this month complete rules regulating fracking on federal lands and the Department of Labor (DOL) will issue its updated overtime rules in February 2015. 

The Labor Department also announced it will finalize its “persuader” rule in August 2015. As a reminder, as part of the Coalition for the Democratic Workplace, MSCI has worked to oppose the “persuader” rule, which would change federal disclosure rules to make it more difficult for employers to access legal counsel and legally communicate with employees about the pros and cons of a particular union or unionization. 

Also under the Department of Labor: the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Among OSHA’s priorities are:

  • A final rule that would require injury and illness survey data be made public and that would update the system for reporting injuries and illnesses that occur in the workplace. (The updates would require electronic submission of injury and illness data.)
  • A final rule that would update OSHA procedures for handling whistleblower complaints.
  • A proposed rule that would amend OSHA’s “recordkeeping regulations to clarify that the duty to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses is an ongoing obligation.” 

The full Department of Labor regulatory agenda can be found here

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, complying with federal regulations costs manufacturers between $25,000 and $35,000 per employee.