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[FR Doc No: 2022-14607]

 

 

 

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Vol. 87

 

Monday,

 

No. 151

 

August 8, 2022

 

Part XII

 

 Department of Labor

 

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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

 

Federal Register / Vol. 87 , No. 151 / Monday, August 8, 2022 / UA:

Reg Flex Agenda

 

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

 

Office of the Secretary

 

20 CFR Chs. I, IV, V, VI, VII, and IX

 

29 CFR Subtitle A and Chs. II, IV, V, XVII, and XXV

 

30 CFR Ch. I

 

41 CFR Ch. 60

 

48 CFR Ch. 29

 

 

Semiannual Agenda of Regulations

 

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Labor.

 

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

 

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SUMMARY: The internet has become the means for disseminating the

entirety of the Department of Labor's semiannual regulatory agenda.

However, the Regulatory Flexibility Act requires publication of a

regulatory flexibility agenda in the Federal Register. This Federal

Register Notice contains the regulatory flexibility agenda.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura M. Dawkins, Deputy Assistant

Secretary for Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy,

U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room S-2312,

Washington, DC 20210; (202) 693-5959.

 

    Note:  Information pertaining to a specific regulation can be

obtained from the agency contact listed for that particular

regulation.

 

 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Order 12866 requires the

semiannual publication of an agenda of regulations that contains a

listing of all the regulations the Department of Labor expects to have

under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review during

the coming one-year period. The entirety of the Department's semiannual

agenda is available online at www.reginfo.gov.

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) requires DOL to

publish in the Federal Register a regulatory flexibility agenda. The

Department's Regulatory Flexibility Agenda, published with this notice,

includes only those rules on its semiannual agenda that are likely to

have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small

entities; and those rules identified for periodic review in keeping

with the requirements of section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Thus, the regulatory flexibility agenda is a subset of the Department's

semiannual regulatory agenda. The Department's Regulatory Flexibility

Agenda does not include section 610 items at this time.

    All interested members of the public are invited and encouraged to

let departmental officials know how our regulatory efforts can be

improved and are invited to participate in and comment on the review or

development of the regulations listed on the Department's agenda.

 

Martin J. Walsh,

Secretary of Labor.

 

               Wage and Hour Division--Proposed Rule Stage

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                                                           Regulation

       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.

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142.......................  Defining and Delimiting            1235-AA39

                             the Exemptions for

                             Executive,

                             Administrative,

                             Professional, Outside

                             Sales and Computer

                             Employees.

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       Employment and Training Administration--Proposed Rule Stage

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                                                           Regulation

       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.

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143.......................  Temporary Employment of H-         1205-AB93

                             2B Foreign Workers in

                             Certain Itinerant

                             Occupations in the United

                             States.

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        Employment and Training Administration--Completed Actions

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                                                           Regulation

       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.

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144.......................  Adjudication of Temporary          1205-AB99

                             Need for Herding and

                             Range Livestock

                             Applications Under the H-

                             2A Program.

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       Employee Benefits Security Administration--Final Rule Stage

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                                                           Regulation

       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.

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145.......................  Requirements Related to            1210-AB99

                             Surprise Billing, Part 1.

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      Occupational Safety and Health Administration--Prerule Stage

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                                                           Regulation

       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.

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146.......................  Process Safety Management          1218-AC82

                             and Prevention of Major

                             Chemical Accidents.

147.......................  Prevention of Workplace            1218-AD08

                             Violence in Health Care

                             and Social Assistance.

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   Occupational Safety and Health Administration--Proposed Rule Stage

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                                                           Regulation

       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.

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148.......................  Infectious Diseases.......         1218-AC46

149.......................  Communication Tower Safety         1218-AC90

150.......................  Emergency Response........         1218-AC91

151.......................  Tree Care Standard........         1218-AD04

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

 

Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

 

Proposed Rule Stage

 

  1. Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive,

Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees

[1235-AA39]

 

    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 201 et seq.; 29 U.S.C. 213

    Abstract: WHD is reviewing the regulations at 29 CFR 541, which

implement the exemption of bona fide executive, administrative, and

professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage

and overtime requirements.

    Timetable:

 

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite

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NPRM................................   10/00/22  .......................

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Amy DeBisschop, Director of the Division of

Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Department of Labor, Wage

and Hour Division, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room S-

3502, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-0406.

    RIN: 1235-AA39

 

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

 

Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

 

Proposed Rule Stage

 

  1. Temporary Employment of H-2B Foreign Workers in Certain Itinerant

Occupations in the United States [1205-AB93]

 

    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1184; 8 U.S.C. 1103

    Abstract: The United States Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment

and Training Administration and Wage and Hour Division, and the United

States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and

Immigration Services, are jointly proposing to amend H-2B non-immigrant

visa program regulations at 20 CFR part 655, subpart A, and 8 CFR 214.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) would establish standards and

procedures for employers seeking to hire foreign temporary

nonagricultural workers for certain itinerant job opportunities,

including entertainers and carnivals and utility vegetation management.

    Timetable:

 

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite

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NPRM................................   02/00/23  .......................

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Brian Pasternak, Administrator, Department of

Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue

NW, Office of Foreign Labor Certification; Room N-5311, FP Building,

Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-8200, Email:

asternak.brian@dol.gov">pasternak.brian@dol.gov.

    RIN: 1205-AB93

 

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

 

Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

 

Completed Actions

 

  1. Adjudication of Temporary Need for Herding and Range Livestock

Applications Under the H-2A Program [1205-AB99]

 

    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1188

    Abstract: ETA amended its regulations regarding the H-2A non-

immigrant visa program at 20 CFR 655, subpart B. Specifically, ETA

rescinded 20 CFR 655.215(b)(2) to align with the parties' court-

approved agreement in Hispanic Affairs Project, et al. v. Scalia, et

al., No. 15-cv-1562 (D.D.C.).

    Timetable:

 

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite

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NPRM................................   05/06/21  86 FR 24368

NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/07/21

Final Rule..........................   12/16/21  86 FR 71373

Final Rule Effective................   01/18/22

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Brian Pasternak, Administrator, Department of

Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue

NW, Office of Foreign Labor Certification; Room N-5311, FP Building,

Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-8200, Email:

asternak.brian@dol.gov">pasternak.brian@dol.gov.

    RIN: 1205-AB99

 

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

 

Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)

 

Final Rule Stage

 

  1. Requirements Related to Surprise Billing, Part 1 [1210-AB99]

 

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 116-260, Division BB, Title I and Title II

    Abstract: This interim final rule with comment would implement

certain protections against surprise medical bills under the No

Surprises Act, including requirements on group health plans, issuers

offering group or individual health insurance coverage, providers,

facilities, and providers of air ambulance services.

    Timetable:

 

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite

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Interim Final Rule..................   07/13/21  86 FR 36872

Interim Final Rule Comment Period      09/07/21

 End.

Interim Final Rule Effective           09/13/21

 (Applicability Date 1/1/2022).

Final Rule Amendment................   12/00/22

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Amber Rivers, Director, Office of Health Plan

Standards and Compliance Assistance, Department of Labor, Employee

Benefits

 

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Security Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

20210, Phone: 202 693-8335, Email: rivers.amber@dol.gov.

    RIN: 1210-AB99

 

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

 

Prerule Stage

 

  1. Process Safety Management and Prevention of Major Chemical

Accidents [1218-AC82]

 

    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655; 29 U.S.C. 657

    Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

issued a Request for Information (RFI) on December 9, 2013 (78 FR

73756). The RFI identified issues related to modernization of the

Process Safety Management standard and related standards necessary to

meet the goal of preventing major chemical accidents. OSHA completed

SBREFA in August 2016.

    Timetable:

 

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite

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Request for Information (RFI).......   12/09/13  78 FR 73756

RFI Comment Period Extended.........   03/07/14  79 FR 13006

RFI Comment Period Extended End.....   03/31/14

Initiate SBREFA.....................   06/08/15

SBREFA Report Completed.............   08/01/16

Stakeholder Meeting.................   07/00/22

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Andrew Levinson, Deputy Director, Directorate of

Standards and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and

Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-

3718, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Email:

levinson.andrew@dol.gov.

    RIN: 1218-AC82

 

  1. Prevention of Workplace Violence in Health Care and Social

Assistance [1218-AD08]

 

    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655(b); 5 U.S.C. 609

    Abstract: The Request for Information (RFI) (published on December

7, 2016, 81 FR 88147)) provides OSHA's history with the issue of

workplace violence in health care and social assistance, including a

discussion of the Guidelines that were initially published in 1996, a

2014 update to the Guidelines, the agency's use of 5(a)(1) in

enforcement cases in health care. The RFI solicited information

primarily from health care employers, workers and other subject matter

experts on impacts of violence, prevention strategies, and other

information that will be useful to the agency. OSHA was petitioned for

a standard preventing workplace violence in health care by a broad

coalition of labor unions, and in a separate petition by the National

Nurses United. On January 10, 2017, OSHA granted the petitions. OSHA is

preparing for SBREFA.

    Timetable:

 

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite

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Request for Information (RFI).......   12/07/16  81 FR 88147

RFI Comment Period End..............   04/06/17

Initiate SBREFA.....................   09/00/22

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Andrew Levinson, Deputy Director, Directorate of

Standards and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and

Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-

3718, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Email:

levinson.andrew@dol.gov.

    RIN: 1218-AD08

 

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

 

Proposed Rule Stage

 

  1. Infectious Diseases [1218-AC46]

 

    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 533; 29 U.S.C. 657 and 658; 29 U.S.C.

660; 29 U.S.C. 666; 29 U.S.C. 669; 29 U.S.C. 673

    Abstract: Employees in health care and other high-risk environments

face long-standing infectious disease hazards such as tuberculosis

(TB), varicella disease (chickenpox, shingles), and measles, as well as

new and emerging infectious disease threats, such as Severe Acute

Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and

pandemic influenza. Health care workers and workers in related

occupations, or who are exposed in other high-risk environments, are at

increased risk of contracting TB, SARS, Methicillin-Resistant

Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), COVID-19, and other infectious diseases

that can be transmitted through a variety of exposure routes. OSHA is

examining regulatory alternatives for control measures to protect

employees from infectious disease exposures to pathogens that can cause

significant disease. Workplaces where such control measures might be

necessary include: health care, emergency response, correctional

facilities, homeless shelters, drug treatment programs, and other

occupational settings where employees can be at increased risk of

exposure to potentially infectious people. A standard could also apply

to laboratories, which handle materials that may be a source of

pathogens, and to pathologists, coroners' offices, medical examiners,

and mortuaries.

    Timetable:

 

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite

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Request for Information (RFI).......   05/06/10  75 FR 24835

RFI Comment Period End..............   08/04/10

Analyze Comments....................   12/30/10

Stakeholder Meetings................   07/05/11  76 FR 39041

Initiate SBREFA.....................   06/04/14

Complete SBREFA.....................   12/22/14

NPRM................................   05/00/23

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Andrew Levinson, Deputy Director, Directorate of

Standards and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and

Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-

3718, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Email:

levinson.andrew@dol.gov.

    RIN: 1218-AC46

 

  1. Communication Tower Safety [1218-AC90]

 

    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655(b); 5 U.S.C. 609

    Abstract: While the number of employees engaged in the

communication tower industry remains small, the fatality rate is very

high. Over the past 20 years, this industry has experienced an average

fatality rate that greatly exceeds that of the construction industry.

Due to recent FCC spectrum auctions and innovations in cellular

technology, there will be a very high level of construction activity

taking place on communication towers over the next few years. A similar

increase in the number of construction projects needed to support

cellular phone coverage triggered a spike in fatality and injury rates

years ago. Based on information collected from an April

 

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2015 Request for Information (RFI), OSHA concluded that current OSHA

requirements such as those for fall protection and personnel hoisting,

may not adequately cover all hazards of communication tower

construction and maintenance activities. OSHA will use information

collected from a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

(SBREFA) panel to identify effective work practices and advances in

engineering technology that would best address industry safety and

health concerns. The Panel carefully considered the issue of the

expansion of the rule beyond just communication towers. OSHA will

continue to consider also covering structures that have

telecommunications equipment on or attached to them (e.g., buildings,

rooftops, water towers, billboards).

    Timetable:

 

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite

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Request for Information (RFI).......   04/15/15  80 FR 20185

RFI Comment Period End..............   06/15/15

Initiate SBREFA.....................   01/04/17

Initiate SBREFA.....................   05/31/18

Complete SBREFA.....................   10/11/18

NPRM................................   03/00/23

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Scott Ketcham, Director, Directorate of

Construction, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health

Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-3468, FP Building,

Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-2020, Fax: 202 693-1689, Email:

ketcham.scott@dol.gov.

    RIN: 1218-AC90

 

  1. Emergency Response [1218-AC91]

 

    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655(b); 29 U.S.C. 657; 5 U.S.C. 609

    Abstract: OSHA currently regulates aspects of emergency response

and preparedness; some of these standards were promulgated decades ago,

and none were designed as comprehensive emergency response standards.

Consequently, they do not address the full range of hazards or concerns

currently facing emergency responders, and other workers providing

skilled support, nor do they reflect major changes in performance

specifications for protective clothing and equipment. The agency

acknowledges that current OSHA standards also do not reflect all the

major developments in safety and health practices that have already

been accepted by the emergency response community and incorporated into

industry consensus standards. OSHA is considering updating these

standards with information gathered through an RFI and public meetings.

    Timetable:

 

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite

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Stakeholder Meetings................   07/30/14

Convene NACOSH Workgroup............   09/09/15

NACOSH Review of Workgroup Report...   12/14/16

Initiate SBREFA.....................   08/02/21

Finalize SBREFA.....................   12/02/21

NPRM................................   05/00/23

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Andrew Levinson, Deputy Director, Directorate of

Standards and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and

Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-

3718, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Email:

levinson.andrew@dol.gov.

    RIN: 1218-AC91

 

  1. Tree Care Standard [1218-AD04]

 

    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined

    Abstract: There is no OSHA standard for tree care operations; the

agency currently applies a patchwork of standards to address the

serious hazards in this industry. The tree care industry previously

petitioned the agency for rulemaking and OSHA issued an ANPRM

(September 2008). OSHA completed a Small Business Regulatory

Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panel in May 2020, collecting

information from affected small entities on a potential standard,

including the scope of the standard, effective work practices, and

arboricultural specific uses of equipment to guide OSHA in developing a

rule that would best address industry safety and health concerns. Tree

care continues to be a high-hazard industry.

    Timetable:

 

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite

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Stakeholder Meeting.................   07/13/16

Initiate SBREFA.....................   01/10/20

Complete SBREFA.....................   05/22/20

NPRM................................   12/00/22

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

    Agency Contact: Andrew Levinson, Deputy Director, Directorate of

Standards and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and

Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-

3718, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Email:

levinson.andrew@dol.gov.

    RIN: 1218-AD04

 

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