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Democratic lawmakers are renewing their calls for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to revisit its recent decision reversing an Obama-era “joint-employer” precedent that had prompted strict OSHA enforcement guidance, citing conflict of interest concerns with one of the board's GOP members that were recently confirmed by an internal inspector general (IG) report.

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House lawmakers are encouraging employers to bolster their workplace injury prevention programs to address opioid misuse after a hearing found that the epidemic is a growing safety concern among employers, though conservatives are cautioning against any new OSHA rules as the agency looks to address the epidemic as a workplace issue.

EPA is planning to seek congressional approval to collect industry fees to support the agency's popular Energy STAR program and supplement compliance assistance for facility accident and spill prevention rules, according to its fiscal year 2019 budget request, an effort that aims to offset proposed budget cuts for the programs.

The Senate labor panel has postponed the confirmation hearing of a Trump administration appointee to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) amid Democrats' concerns that an NLRB member participated in reversing an Obama-era “joint-employer” precedent that had prompted strict OSHA enforcement guidance, despite potentially having a conflict of interest.

As the Senate debates immigration policy, labor unions are renewing their calls to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, saying providing such a path will help protect illegal immigrants from being exploited in unsafe working conditions.

The Trump administration's fiscal year 2019 budget requests renews prior calls to eliminate the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) tasked with investigating industrial facility accidents, just as it did in FY18, while significantly cutting funding and reorganizing NIOSH.

The Trump administration is proposing to continue funding OSHA in fiscal year 2019 at levels similar to recent years, while doubling-down on an FY18 push to scrap certain agency worker training grants, long opposed by industry as sending money to labor unions, in favor of bolstering the agency's compliance assistance programs.

EPA has issued a proposed a rule allowing the agency to collect industry fees to help defray costs of implementing aspects of the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), claiming to have answered industry calls for fees that are proportional to the agency's costs, though an environmentalist says EPA is underestimating those costs.

Labor advocates are increasingly turning to state officials to do more to protect workers in New York and other states, fearing that Trump administration rollbacks have “decimated” OSHA, leaving many workers inadequately protected.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate labor committee, is seeking bipartisan support to preserve worker safety and other protections that many fear are being eroded by the growing use of “independent contractors” in the gig economy who are generally not covered by such safeguards.

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Industry and environmental groups are separately seeking to intervene in the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) lawsuit against EPA over its new framework for reviewing new chemicals' risks, deployed in recent months as part of EPA's ongoing efforts to implement the reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is convening a cabinet-level meeting this month to develop a federal strategy for reducing children's exposures to lead, seeking to expand past federal efforts to reduce exposures to the metal in paint to address other exposures, including in water, soil and consumer products.

Ahead of oral argument in March, EPA, environmental groups, as well as states and the chemical industry have filed final briefs in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's nearly two-year delay of an Obama-era facility safety rule with the parties sparring over EPA's authority to delay the rule and environmentalists' standing to sue.

Environmental, labor groups, and a coalition of Democratic-led states are defending their legal challenges to the Trump administration's nearly two-year delay of an Obama-era update to EPA's facility accident prevention rule, arguing the agency lacks statutory authority for the delay that will harm petitioners' interests, and is arbitrary and capricious.