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ISSA Advocacy Recap—Judge Blocks Labor Department’s Narrowed Joint Employer Test

September 11, 2020 ISSA Advocacy Recap—Judge Blocks Labor Department’s Narrowed Joint Employer Test

Welcome to the ISSA Advocacy Recap, our regular roundup of the latest public policy issues impacting the cleaning industry. This week’s recap touches on a federal judge declaring the Trump administration’s joint employer regulation illegal, ISSA establishing a new Government Affairs Advisory Committee, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reorganizing the agency’s Chemical Safety Division, and more.

Judge Blocks Labor Department’s Narrowed Joint Employer Test
A federal judge in New York City declared the most consequential elements of the Trump administration’s recent joint employer regulation illegal, halting what has been a priority for Republicans and the business community, Bloomberg Law reported. The U.S. Labor Department regulation, which took effect in March, narrows the scenarios in which multiple businesses can be held liable under the Fair Labor Standards Act for failing to pay minimum wages and overtime to workers.

ISSA Establishes New Government Affairs Advisory Committee
ISSA is pleased to announce the establishment of the ISSA Government Affairs Advisory Committee (GAAC). This newly formed committee is part of ISSA’s continued investment in and expansion of its advocacy efforts. The GAAC and its members will play a critical role in advocating on key legislative and regulatory issues impacting the full spectrum of the cleaning industry.

EPA Announces Major Reorganization of Chemical Safety Division
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) is significantly reorganizing at the end of the month to respond to the department’s changing work, agency leaders said. The changes reshuffle the structure of OCSPP’s three main divisions: the Office of Pesticide Programs, the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, and the Office of Science Coordination and Policy. No jobs will be shed, and no pay grades will be changed, according to an internal email obtained by Bloomberg Law from Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, assistant administrator of the office.

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