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President Obama's State of the Union Focuses on the Future

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On January 20th, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address.  The President opened his address by stating, "The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong," before turning the focus of his remarks to the future of the nation and the middle class.  Coming off better economic and poll numbers than he has seen in years, the President declared the success of policies enacted to expand health coverage and opportunities to the working class. He also took the opportunity to reiterate his goal to put tax credits into place favoring the middle class while increasing taxes on capital gains. Outside of voicing commitment to growing and supporting the middle class, the speech touched on the domestic issues of immigration, the importance of access to affordable education, and updating cybersecurity measures.  President Obama's foreign policy remarks stressed the nation's commitment to supporting Syria in the ongoing conflict with ISIL, the importance of trade agreements, and the country's strength in leading with "a persistent, steady resolve." Overall, the State of the Union reflected much of the current national climate while still signalling continuations of more contentious policies.

The possibility for bipartisanship in the 114th Congress remains to be seen as the President's agenda is interpreted and worked through a Republican controlled Congress.  One thing is certain through all this, based on the State of the Union President Obama continues to stand by his policies and their record to this point.

 

To read the full text of the State of the Union click here.

Tags:  administration  obama  politics  president  speech  state of the union 

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WEBINAR: Addressing Behavioral Factors and Trends from M/NM Fatalities in 2014

Posted By Darrell Smith, Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Date: Feb 5, 2015 2:00 PM EST

Register by clicking here.

This webinar looks back at the 24 fatalities that occurred in the M/NM mining sector last year. Behavioral factors and trends are addressed including: contractor status, supervisory experience, age, years of experience, training deficiencies, and failure to follow safe operating procedures or correct unsafe conditions. Particular attention will be given to addressing these factors that can affect worker and leader behavior and contribute to increased fatalities in M/NM mining. Presented by Lori Guasta, PhD with Safety Solutions International, Inc. Cost: $39/person for IMA Members $69/person for non-members

* This webinar will be recorded and distributed to all registrants following the webinar.   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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114th Congress Starts with a Bang

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, January 9, 2015

On January 6th, members of the 114th Congress were sworn in and business for the year officially began.  The 114th Session got underway with the administrative business of electing party leadership in both Houses. While the Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Harry Reid (D-NV) simply switched titles as Republicans took the Majority in Senate, the House elections were more dramatic.

Representative John Boehner (R-OH) was elected as Speaker of the House for the 3rd time, but not before 25 Republicans cast votes for alternative candidates. This number of defections hasn't been seen in decades and demonstrates the continued rift in the Republican party. Traditionally, the vote for Speaker of the House is a non-contentious expression of party support for leadership. With 25 Members making a stand on such an administrative vote, it would seem Speaker Boehner will have his hands full trying to manage his conference during this session. It remains to be seen as Committee assignments are designated if the dissenting votes will cost Members coveted positions within the Committees. Thus far Representatives Daniel Webster (R-FL) and Richard Nugent (R-FL) have lost their seats on powerful Rules Committee amid speculation of action against the other dissenters.  As a start to a Congressional session where Republican control the House, by the biggest majority since the 1920s, and the Senate the election for Speaker of the House leaves much to be desired for the Republican party.

 Congressional Leadership for the 114th Session is officially as follows:

• Senate Majority Leader- Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
• Senate Minority Leader- Harry Reid (D-NV)
• Speaker of the House- John Boehner (R-OH)
• House Majority Leader- Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
• House Majority Whip- Steve Scalise (R-LA)
• House Minority Leader- Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
• House Minority Whip- Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

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Senate Passes Tax Extenders Package

Posted By Chris Greissing, Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Last night in one of their final acts of the year, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a set of about 50 tax benefits that had expired on December 31, 2013.  The vast majority of these tax benefits were business related.  Among the credits is one for employers who cover costs for employee training in mine rescue.  The legislation passed by a vote of 76-16.  This bill will be retroactive to January 1, 2014 and will expire again in 2 weeks at the end of 2014 (December 31, 2014), which means that Congress failed to give businesses any sort of certainty headed into 2015 and the issue will have to be addressed once again.  A full list of the credits is attached.

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Trucking Industry Obtains Positive Language in Year-End Legislation

Posted By Chris Greissing, Monday, December 15, 2014
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) was able to attach language into the year-end omnibus-spending bill that would suspend the new federal regulation requiring truckers to get two nights sleep in a row before starting a workweek.  Under those rules, after working 70 hours over eight days, drivers were required to rest for 34 hours before beginning a new workweek, and have two consecutive nights of rest periods between 1:00 am and 5:00 am.  Even with the language, drivers are still limited to 14 hours of work a day, of which only 11 hours can be behind the wheel, and they must still take at least one 30 minute break.  They are still required to be off-duty for 34 hours at the end of the workweek, but they no longer have to have rest periods between 1:00 am and 5:00 am on consecutive days.  This now means that in an 8-day period that drivers could work as many as 82 hours.

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Final IMA-NA Webinar for 2014- Fleet Safety Programs: Reducing the Risk of Injury and Related Costs

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, December 15, 2014

Tomorrow at 2pm, IMA-NA will be hosting our final webinar for 2014. IMA-NA is excited to be led by our own Adele Abrams in a webinar focused on fleet safety programs. Entitled, "Fleet Safety Programs: Reducing the Risk of Injury and Related Costs" the webinar will provide insight into ways employers can reduce the risks and subsequent costs related to your fleet programs. Over the course of the webinar Adele will discuss employer liability issues for accidents and injuries involving employees as well as proactive methods of effectively managing fleet safety and mitigating legal risk. Issues will include: tort liability, effective training for both regular and commercial drivers, distracted driving issues, and the standard of care for fleet safety established by the ANSI Z15 consensus standard. Please register for Adele's webinar by clicking here.

Tags:  safety and health  webinar 

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Language to Delay Sage Grouse Listing Included in Year-End Legislation

Posted By Chris Greissing, Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Language to Delay Sage Grouse Listing Included in Omnibus

Last night, leadership from the House and Senate were able to complete negotiators on a massive $1.1 trillion 2015 spending bill that will keep the government funded through September 2015.  

Among the key provisions included in the 1603 page bill was language that will prevent the Fish and Wildlife Service from proposing or finalizing Endangered Species Act listings for sage grouse during that time.  The provision states that the FWS cannot “write or issue” listing rules for the grouse.  The Department of Interior is currently under a court order to decide by September 30, 2015 whether to propose listing for the greater sage grouse as threatened or endangered, or to decide that protections are no longer needed.  As drafted, this language could potentially prevent FWS from taking any action, including meetings to discuss potential action, which could result in Interior missing that September 30th court imposed deadline by several months.  

To view the full omnibus, click here.

To view a 108 page document explaining the provisions included in the Interior Appropriations Section (including more on the sage grouse), click here.

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National Miners Day on December 6

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, December 4, 2014

This coming Saturday, December 6, will be the 5th annual National Miners Day since its designation by Congress in 2009. The day was designated as a time to honor, as well as reflect upon the workforce whose work is so critical to the creation and maintenance of our nation. As we all know, the mining industry plays a crucial role in the high quality of life we enjoy and December 6 is a day to honor the men and women whose hard work makes it all possible. We encourage all our members to participate in this important day in whatever way you can.

To better commemorate the day and honor the miners of yesterday and today, MSHA along with the Department of Labor created a multitude of educational outreach materials. You can click here to view the materials, which include a video, two poster, and a gallery of miner photos and sound bites.  

Tags:  commemoration  industrial minerals industry  miners  national miners day 

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EPA Proposes More Stringent Ozone Standard of 65-70 Parts Per Billion

Posted By Chris Greissing, Tuesday, December 2, 2014

EPA Proposes More Stringent Ozone Standard of 65-70 Parts Per Billion

Last Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal for a more stringent ozone standard between 65 – 70 parts per billion (ppb) via the EPA's authority under the Clean Air Act. The EPA will also accept comments on maintaining the 75 ppb standard, which was established by the Bush Administration in 2008, as well as a lowering of the standard even further to 60 ppb, which is favored by environmental groups.

A court ordered EPA to propose a rule by December 1, 2014.  Comments will be accepted for 90 days following the rule’s publication in the Federal Register.  The court ordered deadline to finalize the standard is October 1, 2015.  

This represents the second time that EPA has proposed a more stringent standard for ground-level ozone during the Obama Presidency.  The original nationwide health-based national ambient air quality standard was shelved by the Administration prior to the 2012 election due to the excessive cost of the proposal.  The low-end estimates for the proposal then were $90 billion to come into compliance.   EPA’s own estimates indicate that this proposal would cost $3.9 billion annually to comply with the 70 ppb and $15 billion for a 65 ppb standard.  

IMA staff is continuing to review the proposal.  We welcome any feedback you might have on the impacts this proposal may have on your operations.

To view the proposal, click here.

To view the 7 page fact sheet of the proposal, click here.

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OSHA's New Reporting Requirements Begin January 1, 2015

Posted By Chris Greissing, Monday, November 17, 2014
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent out a press release reminding the regulated community that beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to what employers are required to report.  Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of the incident. For more information, please visit OSHA's page on the recordkeeping rule on their website.

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