CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 28 April 2016
OSHA has released new guidance for outdoor workers on the Zika virus. The Zika virus is primarily spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. To date, no local mosquito-borne Zika virus disease cases have been reported in US states, but there have been travel-associated cases.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 19 April 2016
This topic is trending in Presidential campaign rhetoric. We’ve heard numbers like $15 an hour. While that rhetoric reverberates in terms of Congress and the federal government, it is most applicable at the state and municipal level where increases are already being enacted, and the financial impact experienced by businesses.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 18 March 2016
On Thursday, March 17, legislation was introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate which would invalidate the proposed overtime rule changes. The legislation, The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act, would limit the actions of the Department of Labor (DOL). The legislation would nullify the overtime rule and prevent the DOL from promulgating anything substantially similar. It would require the DOL to reanalyze the economic effects of this action, particularly on small employers and non-profits.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 15 March 2016
On Monday, March 14, the Department of Labor (DOL) sent the new final overtime rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Generally, the review by OMB takes 30 to 60 days. Given the advanced timeline, the final rule will now likely be released in April or May. Previously, the final rule was expected to be released in July.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 9 March 2016
Did you know? According to research, workers can experience somewhat higher risks to both their health and safety after the time changes. In a recent blog from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), researchers dug into the impact of Daylight Savings Time on employee safety.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 22 December 2015
The 2,009-page 2016 spending deal has a lot to offer; first it keeps the government running which is a good thing for everyone inside and outside the beltway. But the good news is it also offers three much needed
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 17 December 2015
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has cited the Environmental Protection Agency for improperly employing tactics to lobby the general public. Current regulation prohibits government agencies from using their federal funds “for indirect or grassroots lobbying in support of or opposition to pending legislation.”
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 27 October 2015
CMAA recently held a webinar on The Impact of the Proposed Overtime Regulation on the Club Industry. More than 280 members attended the session, which is now available as an archived webinar for all CMAA members on CMAA University. Select CMAA Member Education, Archived Webinars, External & Governmental Influences Webinars.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 27 October 2015
The High Cost Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage Excise Tax, more commonly referred to as the Cadillac Tax, is slated to become effective in 2018. Under this provision of the Affordable Care Act, if the total premium cost of the plan provided to an employee exceeds a specific dollar limit, which is revised annually, the excess is subject to a 40 percent excise tax. So that total premium cost is the sum of what your club pays and what the employee pays.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 9 October 2015
On Friday, October 9, Judge David W. McKeague of the US Circuit of Appeals Sixth Circuit issued a stay for enforcement of the Clean Water Act for all 50 states. The stay will prevent the enforcement of the rule which expanded federal oversight and jurisdiction over many water bodies on golf courses including rivers, streams, creeks, wetlands, ponds, ditches and ephemeral drainages. The stay will remain in effect while the Courts determine the issues of jurisdiction and the multiple legal challenges brought by the states and private parties.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 21 September 2015
On September 16, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their joint effort to address food waste in the US. In the establishment of the first-ever national food waste reduction goal, the agencies are calling for a 50-percent reduction by 2030. As part of this effort, the agencies will lead a new partnership with charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, the private sector and local, state and tribal governments to reduce food loss and waste in order to improve overall food security and conserve our nation's natural resources.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 11 September 2015
On Friday, September 4, CMAA and its allies in the golf and club industry filed official comments on the potential changes to the overtime regulations, proposed by the Department of Labor. These changes would substantially increase the base salary for exempt employees and for highly-compensated employees.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 29 May 2015
On March 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers announced the final Clean Water Act (CWA) rule, previously referred to as the Waters of the US rule. Many water bodies on golf courses including rivers, streams, creeks, wetlands, ponds, ditches and ephemeral drainages will now be subject to federal jurisdiction. This will impact operations and budgets as clubs will be required to obtain costly, federal permits for any land management activities or land use decisions in, over or near these regulated waters.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 30 April 2015
On April 28, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a joint final interim rule regulating the H-2B visa program. The rule includes the provisions of the 2012 rule which never became effective due to court intervention. In addition, the rule goes beyond the 2008 regulations with additional requirements for employers. This rule will significantly impact employers who rely on H-2B visas to successfully operate their businesses.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 26 January 2015
OSHA’s new reporting requirements became effective January 1. Now clubs are required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Previously, employers were not required to notify OSHA of these types of injuries. However, the new regulation lacked clarity for employers on what constitutes an amputation or sight loss. In an interpretation letter, OSHA has sought to provide clarity on this important question.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 11 December 2014
It is hard to keep up to date with all of Congress’s actions. With the hectic and frantic schedule of the club management professional in mind, CMAA is trying to make it easier to understand the actions affecting you and your club. Two years ago, we launched the weekly and as-needed Legislative Report blog, which keeps you up to date on all of the latest legislative, regulatory and legal information you need to know.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 5 December 2014
In recent months, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed lawsuits against two US companies for the manner in which they administered and executed employee wellness programs. According to research conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the majority of employers now offer some sort of wellness program - 94 percent of employers with more than 200 workers, and 63 percent of smaller ones.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 21 November 2014
January 1, 2015, brings the deadline for providing health care to all full-time-equivalents (FTE) for applicable large employers under the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That means that penalties will begin for employers who fail to provide coverage. For 2015, the penalty for employers with 100 or more FTEs is $2,000 per year per FTE, less the first 80 full-time employees. The penalty kicks in if any FTE gets a federal tax subsidy to buy a health plan through a government-run health insurance marketplace.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 21 November 2014
On Friday, November 14, CMAA and its Golf Industry allies submitted their official comments to the Environmental Protection Agency in regards to the proposed expansion of the Clean Water Act and Waters of the US Rule. These comments focus specifically on the impact to the golf industry and were submitted by Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Club Managers Association of America, National Club Association, American Society of Golf Course Architects, Golf Course Builders Association of America, National Golf Course Owners Association and Professional Golfers Association of America. In these comments, the golf industry expressed concern for the “the EPA and Corps’ expansion of the jurisdiction over WOTUS as written in the proposed regulation” and “recommends the Agencies withdraw the proposed rule, in light of the proposed rules numerous ambiguities and inconsistencies.”
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 17 September 2014
As announced September 11, OSHA will now mandate a change in reporting for employee injuries. Effective January 1, 2015, clubs will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Previous OSHA regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule. The updated rule leaves in place the current requirement that employers report all work-related fatalities to OSHA within eight hours.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 13 August 2014
Earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its Temporary Worker Initiative. With this initiative, OSHA seeks to educate employers and employees that temporary workers are entitled to the same protections under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act as all other covered permanent workers.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 4 August 2014
On July 28, Representative Jim Renacci (R-OH) introduced a bill to amend the seasonal employee provisions of the Affordable Care Act. HR 5213, known as the STARS Act of 2014 (Simplifying Technical Aspects Regarding Seasonality), will address two significant issues for the club industry and other businesses who rely on seasonal workers.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 16 July 2014
This month, Disability.gov, the US federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide, highlighted 10 Things You Might Not Know About the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Here are the major points as applicable to the club industry, in honor of the 24th anniversary of this landmark regulation. 1. Approximately 57 million Americans have a disability. Source: US Census 2. The ADA addresses five different areas: (I) employment, (II) public programs and services offered by state and local governments, (III) public accommodations, (IV) telecommunications and (V) other. For the club industry, titles I and III are the most pertinent.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 27 May 2014
In preparation for the summer season, OSHA has launched its national campaign to educate workers and employees on working outdoors during the summer months. This year, the campaign is focusing on Water, Rest and Shade. Share this information with your employees this summer and keep your most valuable asset safe. The work can’t get done without them! o prevent heat-related illness and fatalities, encourage your outdoor employees to: Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty. Rest in the shade to cool down. Wear a hat and light-colored clothing. Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency. Keep an eye on fellow workers. Take it easy on your first days of work in the heat.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 1 May 2014
Ten years ago, one of the most significant trends in the club and hospitality industry was the result of the enactment of legislation at the state and local level prohibiting indoor smoking. Today, states and municipalities have to adjust to a new smoking product, electronic cigarettes. These battery-operated products are designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals to the user. It is estimated that e-cigarettes are a multi-billion dollar industry.
CMAA Legislative Report Blog - 25 April 2014
We Are Golf (WAG), the industry’s advocacy coalition, scored a significant victory recently when it successfully reversed an effort within the Senate Finance Committee to specifically exclude golf courses from eligibility for conservation easement tax incentives. We Are Golf’s Washington, D.C.-based advocacy firm, Forbes-Tate, led an effort that was supported by several WAG member organizations, including CMAA, to convince key members of the Senate Finance Committee to include golf courses among eligible land uses for conservation easement tax incentives during the mark up of the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.