US Department of Labor Announces Rule to Strengthen Retirement Programs for Small Businesses
In August 2018, President Donald J. Trump issued Executive Order 13847, "Strengthening Retirement Security in America." The Executive Order called for the Secretary of Labor to clarify and expand the circumstances under which U.S. employers, especially small- and mid-sized businesses, may sponsor or …
Zero Waste Act Introduced – More Recycling Legislative Proposals on the Horizon
Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced the Zero Waste Act, which creates federal grants to support municipalities in recycling and waste reduction efforts. The recently introduced legislation provides federal funding to help municipalities invest in waste recovery and reduction initiatives. The …
Maine’s Governor Signs Food Packaging Law
Governor Janet Mills has signed into law a bill that prohibits the use of phthalates and PFASs in food packaging materials. Maine’s legislation imposes a ban on the sale of food and beverage packaging and their components (including inks and labels) as well as disposable plastic food service gloves when …
US Department of Labor Requests Comments on Proposed Workforce Development Regulation
The US Department of Labor (US DOL) has issued a proposed rule to expand the apprenticeship model to new industries. Under the National Apprenticeship Act, the US DOL is seeking to establish a process for recognizing Standards Recognition Entities which in turn will recognize Industry Recognized Apprenticeship …
Sustainable Green Printing Attends 2019 Green Sports Alliance
Gary Jones and Heather Nortz of SGIA were thrilled to represent the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) at the 7th annual Green Sports Alliance Summit held in Philadelphia, PA this past June. There was a fantastic group of attendees with a passion for sustainability that fostered productive …
SGIA Wins Major Victory with OSHA Rule on Lockout/Tagout
After significant pressure from SGIA and other industry groups, OSHA decided to not revise the Lockout/Tagout or Control of Hazardous Energy Standard. The proposed change, while seemingly innocent involved simply removing one word, “unexpected” from it. While it is only one word, it represents a concept …
SGIA Supports Proposed Revisions to Wisconsin Waste Rules
The SGIA Government and Business Affairs staff submitted comments to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) supporting its proposed revisions to the hazardous waste regulations. SGIA’s comments were on the draft of the estimated economic impacts of the proposed rule revisions.
SGIA Requests Ohio EPA to Revise Its Air Toxics Regulation
The SGIA Government and Business Affairs staff submitted comments to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that they revise their air toxics regulation to streamline the requirements when a printing operation is obtaining an air pollution control permit.
SGIA Meets With Maryland Department of Environment Regarding Hazardous Waste Regulations
The SGIA Government and Business Affairs staff met with a representative from the Maryland Department of Environment regarding upcoming changes to their hazardous waste regulations.
SGIA Submits Comments Supporting Proposal to Clearly Define Waters of the United States
The SGIA Government and Business Affairs staff submitted comments supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) proposal to provide clarity on what constitutes a regulated “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).