The House Natural Resources Committee and House Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) budget committee held a joint hearing last week to receive an update from the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART). This was the first presentation from MPART since Governor Whitmer and her new leadership team took the reins.
Health & Safety
The Michigan Chamber been actively negotiating with the the Governor’s office to ensure the state has a contaminated site cleanup program that provides certainty for compliance, standards based on sound science, and results in timely site cleanup and closure. We are pleased to report that our powerful advocacy was successful. Legislation that will help transform Michigan’s contaminated site cleanup program has been sent to the Governor for his signature.
The Michigan Senate unanimously reported legislation out of committee that would require businesses who incur a cyber security breach of personal identifying information to notify those individuals that their information has been compromised, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce reported today.
Good news! Chamber-supported legislation to better protect consumers from unscrupulous balance billing practices of air ambulance providers has been sent to the Governor.
How can Congress contain health insurance costs? They can (and must!) start by voting yet this year to delay or repeal the federal Health Insurance Tax (HIT Tax).
Over three billion data records have been compromised so far this year -- and the number of data breaches continues to climb. This growing problem has caught the attention of state lawmakers who are looking to adopt regulations aimed at protecting consumer data.
The House Natural Resources Committee recently heard testimony on HB 5638, which would make changes to how the DEQ handles a site-specific review under Michigan’s water withdrawal assessment tool. The water withdrawal assessment tool is used to determine if a withdrawal will have an adverse impact on water resources.
News stories from the last few months reinforce how employers must be vigilant to protect employees internationally, nationally and locally. To protect employees, customers, and contractors, it does not really matter who the perpetrators are; what matters most is do our employees know what to do when they encounter aggressive intruders or active shooters in the workplace?
Currently, the Occupational Safety Health and Administration (OSHA) requires that covered employers record workplace safety data in the form of an injury and illness report for each case (Form 301), a log of the cases (Form 300), and an annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses (Form 300A).
After remaining mostly status quo for a number of years, many programs dealing with waste and remediation will be changing in 2016 and we will see the implementation of changes that arrived in 2015.