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OSHA Issues Guidance on Returning to Offices After Shutdowns

Filed in Disaster Response, Labor by on June 24, 2020 0 Comments
OSHA Issues Guidance on Returning to Offices After Shutdowns

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) late last week issued guidance to assist employers reopening business offices and their employees returning to work during the evolving coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump Signs Proclamation Suspending Certain Work Visas Through End of Year

Filed in Labor by on June 22, 2020 0 Comments
Trump Signs Proclamation Suspending Certain Work Visas Through End of Year

Citing job losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump has issued a proclamation extending his existing ban on immigrant visas and further suspending work visas through the end of the year, including H-2B visas used by employers in the construction industry.

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Supreme Court Affirms DACA; Decision Upholds an NAHB-Supported Legal Precedent

Filed in Legal by on June 18, 2020 3 Comments
Supreme Court Affirms DACA; Decision Upholds an NAHB-Supported Legal Precedent

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the federal government’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is subject to judicial review. This means that roughly 700,000 “Dreamers” (undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children and who grew up knowing America as their only home) can continue to reside and work legally in the United States.

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Court Sides with OSHA, NAHB and Others on Emergency Infectious Disease Standard

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Court Sides with OSHA, NAHB and Others on Emergency Infectious Disease Standard

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday rejected a petition by labor unions led by the AFL-CIO to compel OSHA to issue an “emergency temporary standard” to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

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OSHA Reverses Course and Now Requires Employers to Track COVID-19 Cases

Filed in Disaster Response, Labor by on May 22, 2020 6 Comments
OSHA Reverses Course and Now Requires Employers to Track COVID-19 Cases

OSHA this week announced a significant reversal of previous policy on an employer’s obligation to record work-related cases of COVID-19 on OSHA injury and illness logs. The new requirements go into effect Tuesday, May 26.

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What Businesses Need to Know about Workers’ Comp and COVID-19

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What Businesses Need to Know about Workers’ Comp and COVID-19

Access to workers’ compensation for COVID-19 depends on your state’s laws. Guidance is available from states and organizations that have addressed this issue.

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IRS Reverses Guidance on Employee Retention Tax Credit

Filed in Codes and Standards, Labor by on May 8, 2020 0 Comments
IRS Reverses Guidance on Employee Retention Tax Credit

In response to concerns raised by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, the IRS has reversed guidance to allow employer-paid health insurance costs to be eligible for the employee retention tax credit, even if the employer has furloughed workers and is not otherwise paying wages.

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Supreme Court Decision a Win for Builders in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

Filed in Environment, Legal, Membership by on April 27, 2020 0 Comments
Supreme Court Decision a Win for Builders in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund

In a victory for NAHB and home builders, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 3 rendered a 6-3 decision in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund. The case concerns whether pollutants that enter groundwater — and then reach navigable waters — are regulated under the Clean Water Act.

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Trump Proclamation Halts Immigration for 60 Days – With Some Exceptions

Filed in Disaster Response, Labor by on April 23, 2020 0 Comments
Trump Proclamation Halts Immigration for 60 Days – With Some Exceptions

President Trump has signed a proclamation that halts immigrants from entering the U.S. for the next 60 days. However, the measure includes broad exceptions and will not effect the entry of those on temporary or non-immigrant visas, such as agriculture workers and H-2B guest workers. It also exempts EB-5 investor visas from the suspension.

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Virginia Home Builders Log Big Wins During 2020 Legislative Session

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Virginia Home Builders Log Big Wins During 2020 Legislative Session

Of more than 3,600 pieces of legislation introduced during the 2020 Virginia General Assembly, the Home Builders Association of Virginia’s (HBAV) government affairs team found 270 that had a direct or indirect impact on residential land development and construction, and worked hard to defeat several bills and resolutions that could have harmed housing affordability and economic growth in the Commonwealth.

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