ISSA Advocacy Weekly Recap—October 25, 2019

October 25, 2019 ISSA Advocacy Weekly Recap—October 25, 2019

Welcome to the ISSA Advocacy Weekly Recap! This is ISSA’s regular roundup of the latest public policy-related issues impacting the cleaning industry.

Senate Rejects Effort to Overturn SALT Deduction Cap
The U.S. Senate voted 43-52 against a resolution proposed by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) which would have nullified rules blocking some workarounds to the US$10,000 state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap. The SALT deduction cap was part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Proponents of the resolution argue taxpayers in high-tax states such as California, New Jersey, and New York are being negatively impacted by the cap.

California Governor Signs Harassment Prevention Training for Custodial Workers Bill
California Governor Gavin Newsome signed a series of bills addressing workplace harassment including one specifically for custodial employers and employers. Currently California, Oregon, and Washington, have all enacted laws that mandate additional protections specifically for janitorial workers. Employers looking for more information on how to protect their workers from sexual harassment can attend You Are Not Alone: Isolated Workers and Sexual Harassment at ISSA Show North America in Las Vegas. 

Bipartisan Plastics Act Introduced
U.S. Congressmen Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) recently introduced The Partnering and Leveraging Assistance to Stop Trash for Cleaner Seas Act (PLASTICS Act, H.R. 4636). According to a press release the bill, “seeks to reduce marine debris and plastic waste in the ocean by leveraging U.S. assistance to support effective waste management systems in developing countries. Over 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year, damaging the health of marine life, impeding economic development, and harming the environment.”

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