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[Webinar] Working With MSHA: Alternative Citation Resolution and Pre-Enforcement Interaction - April 25th, 1:00pm EDT

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

While operators have the right and opportunity to contest any citation or order issued by MSHA, there ways to address concerns with MSHA prior to contest....more

Contract of Work for IUPK OP: A Tough Decision

by White & Case LLP on

The Indonesian government ("Government") has issued a number of regulations to implement its mining policy, including GR 1/of 2017. In moving towards a single Special Mining Permit Operation Production license (IUPK...more

MSHA Proposes to Extend the Effective Date for the Workplace Examination Final Rule to July 24

On March 27, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a proposed rule to delay the effective date for its Final Rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines from May 23, 2017, to...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 23 | March 2017

by Jones Day on

On January 20, 2017, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare issued the "Guidelines for Employers to Appropriately Manage Their Employees' Working Hours" ("Guidelines"). While the Guidelines basically follow the...more

President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In...more

[Webinar] How to Contest MSHA Citations - March 16th, 1:00pm EDT

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

As MSHA continues to issue citations and orders, it is essential that mine operators are aware of their contest rights. Just as important, operators need to know how to contest MSHA issuances while adhering to contest process...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert after Mining Deaths

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a “fatal accidents alert” after two separate mining accidents claimed the lives of two miners within a 24-hour period. The alert lists best practices to avoid accidents...more

MSHA decides that the White House’s Regulatory Freeze Does Not Apply to its New Rule

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

MSHA decided to move forward with its controversial Examination of Workplaces in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Rule without regard to a White House Memorandum requesting federal agencies to delay rules for sixty days. (see our...more

MSHA Moves Forward with May 23 Implementation of Workplace Examination Final Rule

On January 23, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued its Final Rule for Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines. In light of the White House’s regulatory freeze on new rules, questions...more

Sunset for day rates?

by DLA Piper on

It is common, if not industry standard, for companies in oil and gas to utilize a "day rate" structure. For example, drillers may agree to pay a contractor $600/day per employee for certain services. That contractor will...more

Reconsider the Ratio: SEC Acting Chair Calls Pay Ratio Rule into Question

Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Michael Piwowar recently told Bloomberg in an interview that, pending confirmation of President Trump’s successor for chair of the SEC, the commission was “not going...more

Mine Safety Agency Announces Final Rule for Examination of Working Places in Metal, Nonmetal Mines

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Examinations of working places should be conducted before miners begin work in those places and miners should be notified of hazardous conditions found during examinations, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert on a Brake Release System

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Health and Safety Administration has issued a “safety hazard alert” on the dangers involved when the parking brake of a high-volume, brake-release pump, the A.L. Lee Corporation Man Trip Model RRB-15V, was...more

Outlook 2017: Administrative Levers and Mechanisms for Policy Change (Transcript)

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

What impact will the incoming Trump administration have on potential levers of policy change that are available to the Congress and the Executive branch? Having previously served with the Office of the Solicitor General and...more

MSHA’s New Rule on Workplace Examinations at Metal/Non-Metal Mines Scheduled to Take Effect Despite Regulatory Freeze

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On January 23, and for the first time in nearly 40 years, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) issued new rules governing the way in which metal/non-metal mine operators must conduct their regular workplace...more

EU Legislative Outlook 2017: At A Glance

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Sixty years ago in March, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany signed the Treaty of Rome, creating the economic union that today is the European Union (EU). The founding nations perhaps never...more

[Webinar] MSHA 101: Understanding The Mine Act and MSHA Policy - February 14th, 1:00pm EST

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The Mine Act of 1977 governs all mine operators and grants MSHA authority over the industry. It, along with the MINER Act of 2006, also specifically outline the rights of miners and operators. Yet, while the Mine Act directs...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Safety Alert on Machinery

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Noting that 51 coal miners have been fatally injured in accidents involving machinery and powered haulage equipment over the past six-and-a-half years, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has released “Take Pride in...more

A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions

Behind the pomp and circumstance of Friday’s inauguration, President Donald J. Trump and his administration set their sights on deploying a new guard of regulatory and economic policies focused on reducing burdensome...more

MSHA Publishes the New Workplace Examination Final Rule

On January 23, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will publish in the Federal Register a Final Rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines, amending 30 C.F.R. § 56.18002 (Surface) and §...more

[Webinar] 2017 MSHA Enforcement Initiatives and Rulemaking Outlook - Jan. 26th, 1:00pm EST

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

As we begin a new calendar year and look ahead to a new administration, industry should continue to stay informed as to MSHA’s regulatory agenda and enforcement initiatives. While MSHA will soon have new decision makers in...more

Coal Plant Shutdowns: Operators Should Implement Their Document Retention Policies And Protect Against Future Asbestos Claims

by McCarter & English, LLP on

As far as contamination concerns go, asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are generally way down the list of issues at a shutdown coal plant. You hire certified contractors, bag the ACM and dispose of it in approved landfills....more

Trial judge’s misapprehension of the evidence results in new trial for workplace fatality

by Dentons on

We previously posted about the trial decision in R. v. Precision Drilling Ltd., 2015 ABPC 115 (CanLII), where the court found the employer guilty of two charges arising from a workplace fatality at a drilling rig. The...more

Top 10 Considerations for Iowa Employers Post Election

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

There has already been a great deal written about the outcome of the 2016 election. Polls, long considered lagging indicators, were not indicators at all. As the dust settles and the recounts conclude, personal, professional...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Hand-Injury Advisory

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued an advisory warning to mine operators and employees about the dangers of hand injuries. The agency said that from January 1, 2010, through August 31, 2016, there were...more

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