***SBA Environmental Roundtable Meeting***
FRIDAY, December 4, 2015 10 a.m. – noon
TO: Interested Persons
FROM: Kevin Bromberg, Assistant Chief Counsel
David Rostker, Assistant Chief Counsel
Tabby Waqar, Assistant Chief Counsel
On November 18, 2015, the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services published a final regulations in the Federal Register (80 Fed Reg 72192) regarding grandfathered health plans, preexisting condition exclusions, lifetime and annual dollar limits on benefits, rescissions, coverage of dependent children to age 26, internal claims and appeal and external review processes, and patient protections
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules: Produce rule and Foreign Supplier Verification Procedures
On November 13, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two final rules required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. FSMA aims to ensure the U.S.
On November 6, 2015 the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed to amend its regulations governing the VA Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Verification Program. This proposed rule would clarify the eligibility requirements for businesses to obtain "verified'' status, add and revise definitions, reorder requirements, redefine the definition of “control'', and explain examination procedures and review processes. This proposed rule would also implement new changes: references to community property restrictions, ``unconditional'' ownership, and day-to-day requirements.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposal to extend the diversity protections for apprenticeship programs to include equal employment opportunity (EEO) standards for genetic information, sexual orientation, individuals with disabilities, and individuals over 40. Under this rule, sponsors or employers must designate an EEO officer, disseminate information and provide training regarding these changes, and conduct outreach with organizations that serve women, minorities and individuals with disabilities.
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EPA Proposes Changes to the Requirements for the Certification of Applicators for Restricted Use Pesticides
On August 24, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule, “Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators.” This proposed rule would apply stricter standards to certified applicators of restricted-use pesticides by expanding competency standards, by adding certification requirements for certain high-risk application methods, and by requiring annual safety training for uncertified applicators. The proposal requires applicators to renew their certification every three years. The rule also establishes a first-time nation-wide minimum age of 18 for certified a
On August 12, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations that would eliminate the automatic extension of time to file information returns on forms in the W-2 series, effective for the 2017 filing series. The IRS requires employers to report wage and salary information for employees on Form W-2. Currently, employers who file Forms W-2 can receive an automatic 30-day extension with the IRS. Then, a second 30-day extension may be requested. In the proposal, the IRS warns that it would grant a non-automatic extension only in limited cases involving extraordinary ci