OSHA Recordkeeping/Reporting – Anti-Retaliation Injunction Denied

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas denied a preliminary injunction filed against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding the anti-retaliation provisions of OSHA’s new Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Regulation.  Read more here  more information on the  NAPIM Members Resource website

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Print’s Role in Food Package Compliance – Free Webinar December 7, 2016

In this free webinar the authors (Jennifer Dochstader and David Walsh of LPC) of the recently completed PRIMIR mini-study, “North American Food Packaging Compliance: Impact on the Printing Industry .will discuss this important report. Highlights will include:

  • Migration of chemicals and its effect on food packaging
  • The impact of companies in the food packaging value chain’s role plays in the final packaged product
  • Food packaging regulations, trends and the impact on the printing/packaging industries
  • “Critical risks” and needs in order to provide real value in risk reduction to suppliers, converters and brand owners
  • And much more!

This information-packed webinar will include a 15-minute Q & A session moderated by PRIMIR study co-chairs: Deanna Klemesrud, Global Marketing Director-Brand & Promo, Flint Group and Tony Laurino, Marketing Research & Analytics, Sun Chemical Corporation.   Register now

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Federal Judge Blocks Overtime Rule – Nov 28, 2016

A federal judge recently granted an emergency preliminary injunction filed by the State of Nevada, twenty other states, and several businesses, blocking the new Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Final Rule. The Rule was supposed to go into effect on December 1, 2016. It would have doubled the salary level threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 at which more than four million employees would have to be paid in order to be exempt from overtime.

Read more on the Printing Impressions website:

 

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Changes to Prop 65 Clear and Reasonable Warning Requirements

A NAPIM Bulletin covering recent changes to California’s Proposition 65 Clear and Reasonable Warning requirements  is now available on the Proposition 65 page of the NAPIM Members Resource website.

 

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NAPIM and PRIMIR Release Food Packaging Regulatory Compliance Impact Study – September 2016

In late 2015 NAPIM entered into a partnership with the Print Industries Market and Research Organization (PRIMIR) to produce the 2016 North American Food Packaging Compliance: Impact on the Printing Industry. The study focuses on data and trends for North America (Mexico, Canada and the U.S.) in the primary food packaging segments. Read more on the NAPIM Members Resource website

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OSHA Anti-Retaliation Provision – Illness/Injury Reporting October 2016

October 18th, 2016  A Federal judge requested  last week that OSHA agree to an  extension of  the effective date of the  anti-retaliation provision of the new eReporting regulations.  Read more in the OSHA section of the NAPIM Members Resources website.

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OSHA Delays Anti-Retaliation Provision of new eReporting Rule

The final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses prohibits employers from discouraging workers from reporting an injury or illness. The final rule requires employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation; clarifies the existing implicit requirement that an employer’ s procedure for reporting work related injuries and illnesses must be reasonable and not deter or discourage employees from reporting; and incorporates the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses. These provisions under §1904.35 become effective August 10, 2016.

The compliance  date  for this provision has been  delayed until November  1, 2016.

Read more on the  NAPIM Member Resources – Safety and  Health page

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California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) Adopts New “Clear and Reasonable” Warning Requirements in Prop 65 Rule

On August 30, 2016, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released final amendments to the Proposition 65 warning regulations.  Read how  these  changes  affect  ink  manufacturers  on  the Prop 65 page of  the  NAPIM  members  website.

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German Ink Ordinance Notified – July 2016

On July 5, 2016 Germany notified the European Commission (EC) of the Twenty-First Regulation amending the Consumer Goods Regulation, affecting inks for printing food contact materials (FCMs). The draft regulation generally applies to printed FCMs and articles such as packaging, napkins, cardboard cups, and paper plates.

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TSCA Reform Legislation Passes

The Senate passed HR 2576 (TSCA Reform Bill) via voice vote.  Please note that Senator Udall specifically thanked the American Alliance for Innovation (AAI),  the lobbying group of which  NAPIM has been a member since 2008, in his closing remarks for its contributions in crafting this bill.   It is also important to note that President  Obama has previously signaled his support of this  legislation.   We will  continue to track  this  bill as it proceeds.   

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