Cal/OSHA’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health has announced it intends to work on a permanent version of the COVID Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS).  DOSH representatives met with its Advisory Committee to take comments on the proposal. 

DOSH wants the existing ETS, which is set to expire on January 14, 2022, to be readopted in December 2022 and expire in April 2022. The permanent standard would replace the readopted ETS and expire in April 2022.

According to Bloomberg Law, the U.S. Department of Labor has asked the White House to review a proposed rule that would revise the methodology by which it determines the Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) paid to H-2A farmworkers.

Last December, a judge blocked the Trump Administration’s attempt to revise the AEWR methodology, agreeing with organized labor groups’ claims that the revised methodology would lower wages for H-2A and domestic agriculture workers.

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