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Volume 148
March 1, 2016
SARA Reminder: March 1st Deadline
SARA Tier II submissions were due on March 1st. Penalties have become quite severe for non-compliance, so please make sure your report(s) were submitted to their State Emergency Response Commission, Local Emergency Planning Commission and Fire Department. Don't forget to follow your state's instructions to pay any applicable fees.
Pesticide-Production Report Update
Asmark Institute has submitted and documented receipt of the Pesticide Production Report by U.S. EPA for each of our clients. All annual reports were received by U.S. EPA by the deadline. We will produce and send file copies along with the tracking documentation for each facility within the next 10 days.
PSM: Big Finish By March 31st
We continue to recommend our clients use this extra time wisely (upgrading their installations, lining up contractors, etc.) to move forward in developing their PSM programs with the goal of substantial compliance by July 22, 2016. This includes the upgrade and preparation of the RMP Program 3 submissions. If you haven't already, please complete these steps to complete your PSM/RMP-3:
  • Proof and return your P&ID diagram to the Asmark Institute.
  • Develop your PSM program, starting with:
    • Mechanical Integrity Manual (Update)
    • Written Operating Procedures (Create)
    • Process Hazard Analysis (Complete)
  • Send us your information to upgrade your RMP to a Program 3 by March 31, 2016.
Upon receiving the information to upgrade your RMP to a Program 3, the Asmark Institute will prepare the submission as always, send you a draft to proof and submit to EPA on July 22, 2016. Dustin Warder is our lead on PSM/RMP and can be contacted at 270-926-4600, Ext 203.
EPA Proposes to Update RMP Requirements
Prompted by President Obama's Executive Order 13650, EPA is proposing to revise its Risk Management Program (RMP). This proposed rule addresses what appears to be 10 of 19 potential changes the agency sought information on in their July 2014 Request For Information. Citing the RMP requirements have been successful in reducing the number of accidental releases, the agency has focused their efforts on incident investigation, coordination with local emergency responders and third-party compliance audits designed to target those facilities that have accidental releases. Noticeably absent from this proposed rulemaking is the addition of newly regulated substances to the RMP list such as ammonium nitrate and propane. EPA may propose listing additional regulated substances in a separate action. At first glance, EPA proposes to revise the RMP requirements by:
  • Adding/expanding certain data elements.
  • Requiring third-party compliance audits for facilities that have incidents.
  • Supporting OSHA's PSM coverage on RMP applicability.
  • Requiring a Safer Technology & Alternatives Analysis for processes within NAICS codes 322, 324 and 325.
  • Requiring periodic emergency drills/exercises to test a facility's emergency response program.
  • Increasing awareness and importance of facility siting.
  • Requiring periodic coordination and sharing of information with local responders.
  • Adding/expanding requirements associated with incident investigation.
  • Proposing the public disclosure of facility information.
  • Streamlining certain RMP requirements.
At this time it appears EPA passed on requiring detection equipment, worst case scenario quantities for nurse tanks, basing off-site consequence analysis on acute exposure guidelines and changing to a "Safety case" regulatory model. The existing Program Levels 1, 2 and 3 remained unchanged.
EPA reported that in the last 10 years more than 1,500 accidents were reported by RMP facilities. These accidents are responsible for causing nearly 60 deaths, some 17,000 people being injured or seeking medical treatment, almost 500,000 people being evacuated or sheltered-in-place and costing more than $2 billion in property damages.
Click here to download a copy of the Proposed Rule. The public will have 60 days from publication in the Federal Register to submit written comments online at www.regulations.gov or by mail.
Next Up! OSHA Expected to Update the PSM Requirements
Also prompted by President Obama's Executive Order 13650, OSHA is the next agency up in proposing to revise its Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard. While both the RMP and PSM proposed rules have been delayed by a few months, expect OSHA to publish their update this summer. Want to see what OSHA is likely to propose, check out their December 2013 Request For Information by clicking here.
Spotlight: It's Time to Register With ResponsibleAg
Almost 2,000 facilities have registered with the ResponsibleAg Certification Program, with 154 facilities already receiving their certification. We encourage you to register your facilities today and support the program. The explosion of the West, Texas retail facility in April 2013 marked a low point in the public and regulatory agencies perception of the fertilizer industry. The industry was criticized for not having an organized effort to assist retail dealers in understanding and complying with existing federal regulations. Help is in place now. For more information and to register, go to: www.responsibleag.org
Become a ResponsibleAg Auditor or Attend to Learn More....
We are seeing several organizations credential one or more of their employees to perform their own audits. Many others are signing up for the training to become contract auditors or to learn firsthand about ResponsibleAg - they want to see how it works - so they will be ready for their audit. More than 125 people have already participated in the training, with more than 82 choosing to become credentialed by ResponsibleAg. To become a ResponsibleAg auditor, the first step is to attend the training. Registration is open and two classes are offered per year. The next class will be on March 8-11th. Click here to register. There are only a limited number of seats for this course per year so register soon to reserve your seat.
Reminder: Time to Post Your 300A
It's time to complete your 2015 injury and illness recordkeeping obligations by posting the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A). OSHA requires that the notice be displayed from February 1st to April 30th of each year in a conspicuous place where employee notices are customarily posted. Businesses with no injuries or illnesses for the year must still post the form. A company official must certify the information in Form 300A was examined and is believed to be correct and complete. Click here to access the form and instructions.
Environmental Respect Award Call for Entries
Join the hundreds of ag retailers worldwide who have been honored for their commitment to environmental safety and security. Click here for more information.
"No Intention of Withdrawing WOTUS" According to EPA's Gina McCarthy
EPA Chief Administrator Gina McCarthy testified Thursday that the EPA has no intention of withdrawing its proposed Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the US (WOTUS). McCarthy testified at a House Agriculture Committee hearing Thursday where she also said the EPA has "a collaborative spirit" with federal agencies associated with farming. "EPA is working every day with the USDA and the NRCS to see how we can advance their mission as a way to advance our own," McCarthy told committee members during questioning. There is nearly unanimous opposition in agriculture to the water rule, which many say is a regulatory overreach. The rule remains on temporary hold under a federal court ruling.
U.S. Congressional Fertilizer Caucus is Established
A U.S. Congressional Fertilizer Caucus was officially formed earlier this month by Representatives Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Kathy Castor (D-FL). Newhouse is a farmer and past Director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, and Castor has several fertilizer facilities in her district, including the Port of Tampa which is among the busiest fertilizer ports in the country. Newhouse and Castor say that the Caucus is "being established to educate policymakers and stakeholders about the important role fertilizers play in the agricultural sector, being responsible for 50 percent of global food production, conserving land and feeding our nation and world."
Court Settlement: EPA to Write Spill Prevention Rule
Heralded as significant news, EPA is agreeing in a settlement with citizen groups to write a major new chemical plant safety rule. EPA will put in place new safeguards to help protect communities from dangerous chemical spills at tens of thousands of industrial facilities nationwide, under the terms of a legal settlement approved by a federal district court in New York. The agreement is meant to strengthen protections as called for by Congress more than four decades ago. Click here to read the legal settlement.
The settlement with EPA, approved by the federal district court for the Southern District of New York, requires EPA to begin a rulemaking process immediately and to finalize spill prevention rules within three and a half years. The forthcoming protections will cover over 350 hazardous chemicals, and will apply broadly to tens of thousands of industrial facilities across the country. There are thousands of hazardous substance spills each year from industrial facilities that are not subject to any hazardous substance spill prevention rules, according to United States Coast Guard data from the last ten years.
The chemical involved in the Freedom Industries spill in West Virginia is not listed as a hazardous substance under the Clean Water Act ... and thus would not be covered under the hazardous-substance regulations plaintiffs seek in this case. But the Freedom Industries spill brought to national attention the broader threat posed by the lack of spill-prevention regulations for chemical storage facilities like above-ground storage tanks.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is examining this EPA rulemaking issue as part of its broader investigation of Freedom Industries. In October of 2013, at the request of the company, consultants performed a review of the tank terminals located in Charleston and Nitro. The evaluation was conducted and approved by an API-653 and 570 certified inspector, who also was credentialed as a National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Certified Corrosion Technologist. The review notes that the substances stored in tank 396 are considered "non hazardous" by EPA and are therefore not regulated by the federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC) rule. The review further notes that the tanks have "been maintained to some structural adequacy, but not necessarily in full compliance with API-653 or EPA standards." API-653 is considered the prevailing voluntary good practice for aboveground storage tank (AST) inspection, repair, alteration and repair, and was developed to establish a uniform national program that assists state and local governments in AST regulations.
EPA is moving forward with proposing a chemical spill prevention rule to address hazardous substances under the Clean Water Act and soliciting public comment on such a proposal. The language from the legal settlement states: No later than 18 months after the Court's entry of this Consent Decree, EPA shall sign (and within 15 days thereafter transmit to the Office of the Federal Register) a notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to the issuance of the hazardous substance regulations. No later than 14 months after publication of the proposed Hazardous Substance Regulations ... EPA shall sign (and within 15 days thereafter transmit to the Office of the Federal Register) a notice taking final action following notice and comment rulemaking pertaining to the issuance of the Hazardous Substance Regulations.
Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee passes Dual Wheeled Transport Legislation
Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) filed SB 76, which corrects the problem for heavy equipment dealers transporting dual-wheeled loads. Commercial vehicle enforcement officers began ticketing heavy equipment dealers, including farm equipment retailers transporting oversize equipment, stating that the equipment needed to be disassembled for transporting and reassembled when it stopped at its final location. This would be expensive for dealers and so Hornback filed SB 76 to redefine non-divisible loads to make it clear that equipment that would require more than four hours to dismantle and reassemble qualifies as a non-divisible load.
DOT New Medical Examiner Paperwork Implementation
DOT has announced a 120-day grace period during which Medical Examiners may use either the current or the newly revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form and Medical Examiner's Certificate (MEC). This grace period is from December 22, 2015 until April 20, 2016.
Copies of the new forms are available at:
What This Means to You:
  • After April 20th, carriers must only accept the new medical certification forms.
  • Already in effect for CDL drivers, a new Medical Examiner's Certificate may only be used in the Driver Qualification file for 15 days; a new MVR must be run to validate the new medical certification. For Non-CDL drivers, the medical certification is not tied to the license and the medical certification form will be used in the Driver Qualification file.
  • Carriers should be scheduling physicals at least 45 days prior to a certification expiring, as medical examiners can now put an exam on a 45-day hold while they collect additional medical information; if the old certification expires during this period, drivers must be placed out of service.
Click here to review the DOT's webpage on this subject.
Honee, It Doesn't Work That Way
Two women pitched their "Honee" substitute product, made primarily from apples and sugar (no bees involved - except to pollinate the apples, which wasn't mentioned) on the popular ABC show, Shark Tank, Friday night. They explained that this was supposed to help save the bees, and the Sharks were falling for it! Oh, and vegans can't eat real honey, because it is an "animal" product. Do they forget that bees pollinate the fruits and vegetables they eat? What about fertilizing organic crops with manure? Next, we can help save small family dairy farms by buying almond milk. This bit of reality brought to us by our friends at CropLife America.
Federal Wage and Labor Law Poster Updates
Louisiana
Earned Income Credit (Effective date 01/2016) - The income limits have been changed to:
  • $47,955 ($53,505 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $44,648 ($50,198 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $39,296 ($44,846 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $14,880 ($20,430 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children
Version 3.0 projected availability: The week of February 29th. Pre-order now for timely delivery. This is a substantive change and an updated Louisiana poster is required. Click here to order.
Michigan
Unemployment Insurance (Effective date 01/2016) - The scope of this notice has expanded greatly. The major changes include claim eligibility requirements, detailed claim procedures and employer information requirements. Version 5.0 projected availability: The week of February 29th. Pre-order now for timely delivery. This is a substantive change and an updated Michigan poster is required. Click here to order.
Connecticut
No Smoking (Effective date 01/2016) - Connecticut's public act regarding electronic tobacco devices went into effect on January 1st. The act modifies the definitions and restrictions of the already extensive act regulating smoking in public buildings. Please see the Clean Indoor Air Act for complete information on posting requirements and exceptions. This is a substantive change and a new No Smoking poster is required of businesses open to the public. Click here to order.
Hawaii
No Smoking (Effective date 01/2016) - Hawaii has updated their No Smoking poster. The new notice revises the definition of "Smoking" to include e-cigarettes and the like. Click here to order.
2016 Asmark Institute, Inc. This information is believed to be reliable by the Asmark Institute, however, because of constantly changing government regulations, interpretations and applicability or the possibility of human, mechanical or computer error, the Asmark Institute does not guarantee the information as suitable for any particular purpose.
SARA Reminder: March 1st Deadline
SARA Tier II submissions were due on March 1st. Penalties have become quite severe for non-compliance, so please make sure your report(s) were submitted to their State Emergency Response Commission, Local Emergency Planning Commission and Fire Department. Don't forget to follow your state's instructions to pay any applicable fees.
Pesticide-Production Report Update
Asmark Institute has submitted and documented receipt of the Pesticide Production Report by U.S. EPA for each of our clients. All annual reports were received by U.S. EPA by the deadline. We will produce and send file copies along with the tracking documentation for each facility within the next 10 days.
PSM: Big Finish By March 31st
We continue to recommend our clients use this extra time wisely (upgrading their installations, lining up contractors, etc.) to move forward in developing their PSM programs with the goal of substantial compliance by July 22, 2016. This includes the upgrade and preparation of the RMP Program 3 submissions. If you haven't already, please complete these steps to complete your PSM/RMP-3:
  • Proof and return your P&ID diagram to the Asmark Institute.
  • Develop your PSM program, starting with:
    • Mechanical Integrity Manual (Update)
    • Written Operating Procedures (Create)
    • Process Hazard Analysis (Complete)
  • Send us your information to upgrade your RMP to a Program 3 by March 31, 2016.
Upon receiving the information to upgrade your RMP to a Program 3, the Asmark Institute will prepare the submission as always, send you a draft to proof and submit to EPA on July 22, 2016. Dustin Warder is our lead on PSM/RMP and can be contacted at 270-926-4600, Ext 203.
EPA Proposes to Update RMP Requirements
Prompted by President Obama's Executive Order 13650, EPA is proposing to revise its Risk Management Program (RMP). This proposed rule addresses what appears to be 10 of 19 potential changes the agency sought information on in their July 2014 Request For Information. Citing the RMP requirements have been successful in reducing the number of accidental releases, the agency has focused their efforts on incident investigation, coordination with local emergency responders and third-party compliance audits designed to target those facilities that have accidental releases. Noticeably absent from this proposed rulemaking is the addition of newly regulated substances to the RMP list such as ammonium nitrate and propane. EPA may propose listing additional regulated substances in a separate action. At first glance, EPA proposes to revise the RMP requirements by:
  • Adding/expanding certain data elements.
  • Requiring third-party compliance audits for facilities that have incidents.
  • Supporting OSHA's PSM coverage on RMP applicability.
  • Requiring a Safer Technology & Alternatives Analysis for processes within NAICS codes 322, 324 and 325.
  • Requiring periodic emergency drills/exercises to test a facility's emergency response program.
  • Increasing awareness and importance of facility siting.
  • Requiring periodic coordination and sharing of information with local responders.
  • Adding/expanding requirements associated with incident investigation.
  • Proposing the public disclosure of facility information.
  • Streamlining certain RMP requirements.
At this time it appears EPA passed on requiring detection equipment, worst case scenario quantities for nurse tanks, basing off-site consequence analysis on acute exposure guidelines and changing to a "Safety case" regulatory model. The existing Program Levels 1, 2 and 3 remained unchanged.
EPA reported that in the last 10 years more than 1,500 accidents were reported by RMP facilities. These accidents are responsible for causing nearly 60 deaths, some 17,000 people being injured or seeking medical treatment, almost 500,000 people being evacuated or sheltered-in-place and costing more than $2 billion in property damages.
Click here to download a copy of the Proposed Rule. The public will have 60 days from publication in the Federal Register to submit written comments online at www.regulations.gov or by mail.
Next Up! OSHA Expected to Update the PSM Requirements
Also prompted by President Obama's Executive Order 13650, OSHA is the next agency up in proposing to revise its Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard. While both the RMP and PSM proposed rules have been delayed by a few months, expect OSHA to publish their update this summer. Want to see what OSHA is likely to propose, check out their December 2013 Request For Information by clicking here.
Spotlight: It's Time to Register With ResponsibleAg
Almost 2,000 facilities have registered with the ResponsibleAg Certification Program, with 154 facilities already receiving their certification. We encourage you to register your facilities today and support the program. The explosion of the West, Texas retail facility in April 2013 marked a low point in the public and regulatory agencies perception of the fertilizer industry. The industry was criticized for not having an organized effort to assist retail dealers in understanding and complying with existing federal regulations. Help is in place now. For more information and to register, go to: www.responsibleag.org
Become a ResponsibleAg Auditor or Attend to Learn More....
We are seeing several organizations credential one or more of their employees to perform their own audits. Many others are signing up for the training to become contract auditors or to learn firsthand about ResponsibleAg - they want to see how it works - so they will be ready for their audit. More than 125 people have already participated in the training, with more than 82 choosing to become credentialed by ResponsibleAg. To become a ResponsibleAg auditor, the first step is to attend the training. Registration is open and two classes are offered per year. The next class will be on March 8-11th. Click here to register. There are only a limited number of seats for this course per year so register soon to reserve your seat.
Reminder: Time to Post Your 300A
It's time to complete your 2015 injury and illness recordkeeping obligations by posting the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A). OSHA requires that the notice be displayed from February 1st to April 30th of each year in a conspicuous place where employee notices are customarily posted. Businesses with no injuries or illnesses for the year must still post the form. A company official must certify the information in Form 300A was examined and is believed to be correct and complete. Click here to access the form and instructions.
Environmental Respect Award Call for Entries
Join the hundreds of ag retailers worldwide who have been honored for their commitment to environmental safety and security. Click here for more information.
"No Intention of Withdrawing WOTUS" According to EPA's Gina McCarthy
EPA Chief Administrator Gina McCarthy testified Thursday that the EPA has no intention of withdrawing its proposed Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the US (WOTUS). McCarthy testified at a House Agriculture Committee hearing Thursday where she also said the EPA has "a collaborative spirit" with federal agencies associated with farming. "EPA is working every day with the USDA and the NRCS to see how we can advance their mission as a way to advance our own," McCarthy told committee members during questioning. There is nearly unanimous opposition in agriculture to the water rule, which many say is a regulatory overreach. The rule remains on temporary hold under a federal court ruling.
U.S. Congressional Fertilizer Caucus is Established
A U.S. Congressional Fertilizer Caucus was officially formed earlier this month by Representatives Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Kathy Castor (D-FL). Newhouse is a farmer and past Director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, and Castor has several fertilizer facilities in her district, including the Port of Tampa which is among the busiest fertilizer ports in the country. Newhouse and Castor say that the Caucus is "being established to educate policymakers and stakeholders about the important role fertilizers play in the agricultural sector, being responsible for 50 percent of global food production, conserving land and feeding our nation and world."
Court Settlement: EPA to Write Spill Prevention Rule
Heralded as significant news, EPA is agreeing in a settlement with citizen groups to write a major new chemical plant safety rule. EPA will put in place new safeguards to help protect communities from dangerous chemical spills at tens of thousands of industrial facilities nationwide, under the terms of a legal settlement approved by a federal district court in New York. The agreement is meant to strengthen protections as called for by Congress more than four decades ago. Click here to read the legal settlement.
The settlement with EPA, approved by the federal district court for the Southern District of New York, requires EPA to begin a rulemaking process immediately and to finalize spill prevention rules within three and a half years. The forthcoming protections will cover over 350 hazardous chemicals, and will apply broadly to tens of thousands of industrial facilities across the country. There are thousands of hazardous substance spills each year from industrial facilities that are not subject to any hazardous substance spill prevention rules, according to United States Coast Guard data from the last ten years.
The chemical involved in the Freedom Industries spill in West Virginia is not listed as a hazardous substance under the Clean Water Act ... and thus would not be covered under the hazardous-substance regulations plaintiffs seek in this case. But the Freedom Industries spill brought to national attention the broader threat posed by the lack of spill-prevention regulations for chemical storage facilities like above-ground storage tanks.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is examining this EPA rulemaking issue as part of its broader investigation of Freedom Industries. In October of 2013, at the request of the company, consultants performed a review of the tank terminals located in Charleston and Nitro. The evaluation was conducted and approved by an API-653 and 570 certified inspector, who also was credentialed as a National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Certified Corrosion Technologist. The review notes that the substances stored in tank 396 are considered "non hazardous" by EPA and are therefore not regulated by the federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC) rule. The review further notes that the tanks have "been maintained to some structural adequacy, but not necessarily in full compliance with API-653 or EPA standards." API-653 is considered the prevailing voluntary good practice for aboveground storage tank (AST) inspection, repair, alteration and repair, and was developed to establish a uniform national program that assists state and local governments in AST regulations.
EPA is moving forward with proposing a chemical spill prevention rule to address hazardous substances under the Clean Water Act and soliciting public comment on such a proposal. The language from the legal settlement states: No later than 18 months after the Court's entry of this Consent Decree, EPA shall sign (and within 15 days thereafter transmit to the Office of the Federal Register) a notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to the issuance of the hazardous substance regulations. No later than 14 months after publication of the proposed Hazardous Substance Regulations ... EPA shall sign (and within 15 days thereafter transmit to the Office of the Federal Register) a notice taking final action following notice and comment rulemaking pertaining to the issuance of the Hazardous Substance Regulations.
Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee passes Dual Wheeled Transport Legislation
Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) filed SB 76, which corrects the problem for heavy equipment dealers transporting dual-wheeled loads. Commercial vehicle enforcement officers began ticketing heavy equipment dealers, including farm equipment retailers transporting oversize equipment, stating that the equipment needed to be disassembled for transporting and reassembled when it stopped at its final location. This would be expensive for dealers and so Hornback filed SB 76 to redefine non-divisible loads to make it clear that equipment that would require more than four hours to dismantle and reassemble qualifies as a non-divisible load.
DOT New Medical Examiner Paperwork Implementation
DOT has announced a 120-day grace period during which Medical Examiners may use either the current or the newly revised versions of the Medical Examination Report (MER) Form and Medical Examiner's Certificate (MEC). This grace period is from December 22, 2015 until April 20, 2016.
Copies of the new forms are available at:
What This Means to You:
  • After April 20th, carriers must only accept the new medical certification forms.
  • Already in effect for CDL drivers, a new Medical Examiner's Certificate may only be used in the Driver Qualification file for 15 days; a new MVR must be run to validate the new medical certification. For Non-CDL drivers, the medical certification is not tied to the license and the medical certification form will be used in the Driver Qualification file.
  • Carriers should be scheduling physicals at least 45 days prior to a certification expiring, as medical examiners can now put an exam on a 45-day hold while they collect additional medical information; if the old certification expires during this period, drivers must be placed out of service.
Click here to review the DOT's webpage on this subject.
Honee, It Doesn't Work That Way
Two women pitched their "Honee" substitute product, made primarily from apples and sugar (no bees involved - except to pollinate the apples, which wasn't mentioned) on the popular ABC show, Shark Tank, Friday night. They explained that this was supposed to help save the bees, and the Sharks were falling for it! Oh, and vegans can't eat real honey, because it is an "animal" product. Do they forget that bees pollinate the fruits and vegetables they eat? What about fertilizing organic crops with manure? Next, we can help save small family dairy farms by buying almond milk. This bit of reality brought to us by our friends at CropLife America.
Federal Wage and Labor Law Poster Updates
Louisiana
Earned Income Credit (Effective date 01/2016) - The income limits have been changed to:
  • $47,955 ($53,505 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $44,648 ($50,198 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $39,296 ($44,846 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $14,880 ($20,430 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children
Version 3.0 projected availability: The week of February 29th. Pre-order now for timely delivery. This is a substantive change and an updated Louisiana poster is required. Click here to order.
Michigan
Unemployment Insurance (Effective date 01/2016) - The scope of this notice has expanded greatly. The major changes include claim eligibility requirements, detailed claim procedures and employer information requirements. Version 5.0 projected availability: The week of February 29th. Pre-order now for timely delivery. This is a substantive change and an updated Michigan poster is required. Click here to order.
Connecticut
No Smoking (Effective date 01/2016) - Connecticut's public act regarding electronic tobacco devices went into effect on January 1st. The act modifies the definitions and restrictions of the already extensive act regulating smoking in public buildings. Please see the Clean Indoor Air Act for complete information on posting requirements and exceptions. This is a substantive change and a new No Smoking poster is required of businesses open to the public. Click here to order.
Hawaii
No Smoking (Effective date 01/2016) - Hawaii has updated their No Smoking poster. The new notice revises the definition of "Smoking" to include e-cigarettes and the like. Click here to order.
2016 Asmark Institute, Inc. This information is believed to be reliable by the Asmark Institute, however, because of constantly changing government regulations, interpretations and applicability or the possibility of human, mechanical or computer error, the Asmark Institute does not guarantee the information as suitable for any particular purpose.