Reducing Regulatory Burdens

Reducing Regulatory Burdens

Please share your ideas about ways the U.S. Department of Labor can reduce regulatory burdens in order to more quickly open America's workplaces safely, keep them open, and allow them to thrive.
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Definition of Independent Contractors

There have been recent proposals in New York City to redefine Independent Contractors to be employees for the purposes of receiving paid sick leave and other COVID-19 related benefits. This would be devastating to non-profits and cultural institutions who often work with freelance artists. Furthermore, it sets a precedent that could have far reaching ramifications in the economy. Independent Contractors are, by definition,... more »

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PPP Loan Forgiveness for Seasonal Employers

Currently, the PPP Loan Forgiveness program only allows for 3 period by which to determine your eligibility when factoring a reduction of 25% in your workforce. If you are a seasonal employer, such as a theatre or festival, who would normally not be in full operation during the PPP Period, but are comparing to a period in which you would be in full production, you will almost certainly be unable to meet the 25% reduction... more »

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Privacy and liability concerns

As businesses reopen, there are concerns about legal issues arising out of exposure in the workplace, either by customers or employees. Although we have created policies that align with the CDC guidelines and the PA Department of Health guidelines, there is concern about employee medical data and communication to/from customers regarding exposure. What are the legal ramifications of 1) taking employee temperatures, and... more »

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TELE-COMMUTE PAIRING PROGRAM BY DOL or UNEMPLOYMENT

TELECOMMUTE PAIRING PROGRAM THROUGH DOL OR UNEMPLOYMENT

How does the government ensure people are looking for jobs during unemployment and social distancing? If there's a telecommute need, then there's a potential solution to get people employed. Tele-commuting is also very desirable to parents with young children, who already face thousands of dollars in child care expenses for summer camp, after school care or day... more »

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Consistency

Government agencies first need to update computers and software and then need to hire people to start looking at regulations and flagging conflicts and contradictory information. As outdated, conflicting information is corrected and/or removed based on new legislation, executive orders, etc., the agencies need to provide appropriate training to their staff. Once that is completed, start writing rules in plain language,... more »

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PPP Loan Forgiveness

Many small business who qualify for the PPP Loan are being told if you have sufficient liquidity to weather the shutdowns that your loan may not be forgiven. Our business has a 6-12 month sales cycle and we are being advised to make a decision by May 7th 2020's safe harbor date. How can we prepare, plan and evaluate the impacts in our line of work when we wont be directly effected for such a period of time? And why would... more »

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Manager

Specific to a government DOE contractor - The work environment doesn't encourage flexibility relative to working at home, flexible hours, etc. (Good time to implement due to COVID-19.) DOE requires "red tape" that seems like a waste of taxpayer money and at the same time, contractors aren't expected to comply in an efficient manner. This is a good time for DOE to evaluate their requirements and reduce the amount of red... more »

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Regulations for Safety

There will need to be more regulations on public health safety in the workplace and gathering places. Anyone working around other people or with clients will need to be regularly tested and cleared to work around others. Businesses can work with public health agencies to cover the costs and procedures for testing.



There needs to be a direct line of regulation because there is a flood of regulations from Federal,... more »

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improve employment service instead of giving unemployment insurance.

State government can improve employment service to move layoff individuals under the risk category who want to work to less contagious probability industries like manufacturing to reduce public burden and keep labor market



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Regulatory Sustainability

Regulations dictated by vested interest seeking n monetary gain from requiring a specific product, based on conjecture and speculation not grounded in geophysical, physical or organic science, should be properly vetted and eliminated before crippling micro and small businesses and "burdening" large businesses.

Lack of regulation, and anarchy are burdens to life as we know it and our future.

Regulations based on solid... more »

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Recordable injuries

Covid-19 is going to have a large impact on smaller contractors that have to report employees getting sick from covid19. Having to report an employee with covid on the OSHA 300 log will reduce contract eligibility and increase insurance costs. This is not required for the flu or common cold. It is also going to be a challenge to determine where and when the employee contracted the virus, when it has a 14 day incubation... more »

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One Website for All Regulations

As an HR professional I have been inundated with emails and newsletters from the federal government, state government, benefit carriers, banks, and HR consultants. Often the emails will contain links to other sites -- IRS, SBA, OSHA, etc. Navigating the regulations has become tedious and frustrating especially when conflicting information is found.

I would be grateful for one website that HR professionals and business... more »

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Unemployment and HR help

It would be of great value to have a phone number, email, fax, etc. that is only specific to the employer for unemployment claims. The normal routes are not working.

I've had people that qualify for unemployment benefits, but have been rejected for UI benefits for up to 4 weeks. They've taken all the steps suggested via the ESD website to no avail. As the employer it would be nice to have a specific phone number to call... more »

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Unemployment Platform Development

Presently, the unemployment system is outdated. Once this pandemic event has subsided, the infrastructure, technology and overall process has to be evaluated at a state and national level. The bottlenecks, long hold periods and current staffing alignment have to be addressed. To hear that these systems are over 30 years old is troubling in this age of technology. We must give unemployment recipients and works a better... more »

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Employ the unemployed as OSHA and other inspectors

This is an opportunity to remotely train a significant portion of the population in proper worker safety, and training can be delivered remotely through a number of platforms, similar to Bloomberg's initiative with Johns Hopkins to train people in contact tracing. By providing a hotline and easily accessible reporting connected through local unemployment offices to trained individuals, you could easily increase the regulatory... more »

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