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Volume 168
November 1, 2017
Special Delivery!
Megan and her husband Jonathan recently received a special visit from the stork. They announced the birth of a bouncing baby boy, Isaac Conrad, born on October 27, 2017, weighing in at 8 pounds, 13 ounces and 22 inches long. Megan is Manager of Data & Processes for the Institute, serves on the management team and routinely finds herself involved in several special projects. Congratulations on the new arrival!
Federal Agencies and Capitol Hill Tour ResponsibleAg Facility
ResponsibleAg Tour
On October 16-17th, The Fertilizer Institute and the Agricultural Retailers Association hosted key personnel from federal agencies and Capitol Hill at the Ford B. West Center for Responsible Agriculture training facility in Owensboro, KY. More than a dozen individuals from DOT, EPA, DHS, OSHA and the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), and the offices of Reps. James Comer (RKY) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) attended the tour. CSB Chairperson Vanessa Sutherland and DHS Infrastructure Security Compliance Division Acting Director Amy Graydon were among the attendees. The participants received an extensive presentation on the program, with an emphasis on the training for ResponsibleAg auditors. Following the classroom discussion, Allen Summers hosted a walking tour of the training facility, highlighting the typical components of similar facilities across the country. A special thanks to Andy O'Hare and Justin Louchheim with TFI and Kyle Liske with ARA for their leadership in organizing this tour.
Applicator Training Center Welcomes Congressman Darin LaHood
Congressman Darin LaHood visits the Applicator Training Center
The Applicator Training Center was the focus of a tour this week by Congressman Darin LaHood, his staff and several media outlets such as the Pantagraph newspaper, WEEK and WMDB television stations. Jean Payne, President of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, along with Kevin Johnson from IFCA, hosted the tour. The new training center is the first of its kind in the U.S. and is a collaboration between the Asmark Institute and AGCO to help provide properly qualified applicators for today's agriculture. The course, launched in June, has been embraced by industry with overwhelming success. All courses for the year have been full. Click here to learn more about the new training center and course.
Annual Compliance Visit Reminder: December 29, 2017
As a friendly reminder, please make note of the deadline to have completed your annual compliance visit.
KARA Names Seeber as President and CEO
Ron Seeber
Kansas Grain and Feed Association's (KGFA) board of directors has announced Ron Seeber as the association's president and CEO. On November 15th, Seeber will become just the sixth person to hold KGFA's top executive position since its inception in 1896. In conjunction with KGFA's longstanding management contract with Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association, Seeber also becomes president and CEO of the volunteer organization whose membership includes over 700 agribusiness firms. Seeber joined the association in July 2008 as the head of government affairs before a promotion to senior vice president of government affairs in 2011. A native of El Dorado, Kansas, Seeber graduated from the University of Kansas in 1991 and shortly after graduation accepted a position working for Senator Bob Dole's legislative staff in Washington, D.C. He moved back home to Kansas and worked as the deputy secretary of administration for Governor Bill Graves.
Asmus & Taylor Selected to Provide Guidance to EPA
Considering efforts by EPA to push a variety of regulatory proposals related to pesticides, having an agricultural retailer on the Pesticide Policy Dialogue Committee (PPDC) is important to the industry. Amy Asmus with Asmus Farm Supply in Rake, Iowa, has been accepted to serve on the PPDC committee. PPDC is an advisory committee which affords an opportunity for a diverse group of stakeholders to provide feedback to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs on various pesticide regulatory proposals, policy and program implementation issues. Donnie Taylor, Vice President of Member Services, will continue to represent ARA's interests on the council.
Watch for EPA's Reminder on Pesticide-Production Report
EPA has sent their reminder on PPRs and we want to remind you that if any of your locations receive this email from EPA, please assure them that there is no action required on their part. What EPA is sending is simply a reminder to complete your Annual Pesticides Report for Pesticide Producing Establishments. We will file your annual report with EPA ahead of the March 1, 2018 deadline and send you a copy with tracking documentation to verify receipt. If you or your facilities have any questions, please contact Tiffany at 270-926-4600 Ext. 209.
2017 NAICS Required for TRI Reports
EPA has updated the list of North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes that are subject to reporting under the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) to be in line with the Office of Management and Budget's 2017 NAICS code revision. Facilities must now use 2017 NAICS codes when reporting TRI, beginning with TRI reporting forms that are due July 1, 2018, covering releases and other waste management quantities for the 2017 calendar year. EPA also modified the list of exceptions and limitations associated with NAICS codes for TRI reporting by deleting the descriptive text in the regulations.
UPS and USPS Announces 2018 Rate Hikes
ESP
UPS has notified us the following changes will take effect on December 24, 2017:
  • The rates for UPS Ground, UPS Air and International services, as well as UPS Air Freight rates within and between the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, will increase an average net 4.9%.
The Postal Service notified us of the new price change to take effect January 21, 2018. The new prices, if approved, include a one-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp from 49 cents to 50 cents. Postcard stamps and metered letters would also have a one-cent increase.
  • The proposed prices would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent, and most Shipping Services products will average a 3.9 percent price increase.
Historically, UPS shipping rates and USPS postage increases every year making it once again a great time to check out the Electronic Service Program (ESP). Click here to review the ESP program and see if it is right for you. Most of our clients now utilize ESP to save on average of over $200 per year.
2018 Regulatory Action on Dicamba Announced
EPA has reached an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont on measures to further minimize the potential for drift to damage neighboring crops from the use of dicamba formulations used to control weeds in genetically modified cotton and soybeans.
EPA worked cooperatively with states, land-grant universities and the pesticide manufacturers to examine the underlying causes of recent crop damage in the farm belt and Southeast. EPA carefully reviewed the available information and developed tangible changes to be implemented during the 2018 growing season. Manufacturers have voluntarily agreed to label changes that impose additional requirements for "over the top" use of these products next year, including:
  • Classifying products as "restricted use," permitting only certified applicators with special training, and those under their supervision, to apply them; dicamba-specific training for all certified applicators to reinforce proper use;
  • Requiring farmers to maintain specific records regarding the use of these products to improve compliance with label restrictions;
  • Limiting applications to when maximum wind speeds are below 10 mph (from 15 mph) to reduce potential spray drift;
  • Reducing the times during the day when applications can occur;
  • Including tank clean-out language to prevent cross contamination; and
  • Enhancing susceptible crop language and record keeping with sensitive crop registries to increase awareness of risk to especially sensitive crops nearby.
Manufacturers have agreed to a process to get the revised labels into the hands of farmers in time for the 2018 use season. EPA will monitor the success of these changes to help inform the decision whether to allow the continued "over the top" use of dicamba beyond the 2018 growing season. When EPA registered these products, it set the registrations to expire in 2 years to allow EPA to change the registration, if necessary.
State of the Industry: Anhydrous Ammonia Locations Reduced
There appears to be about 600 fewer RMP covered processes with anhydrous ammonia on file with EPA since 2011. The reduction took anhydrous ammonia from a clear 1st place in pounds in RMP covered processes in 2011 down to 3rd place in 2017. What drove such a reduction? A quick glance of "deregistered" sites shows the vast majority of sites with anhydrous ammonia as their RMP chemical were fertilizer locations. Why? Industry consolidation, internal facility consolidation, risk assessments and OSHA's June 2015 Memo changing the definition of "retail" may have influenced this impact.
Top 3 Chemicals as reported in the RMP Database in 2017 (sorted by pounds):
Chemical Name
Chemical Type
# of facilities
Flammable Mixture
Flammable
870
Propane
Flammable
642
Ammonia (anhydrous)
Toxic
7,041
Top 3 Chemicals as reported in the RMP Database in 2011 (sorted by pounds):
Chemical Name
Chemical Type
# of facilities
Ammonia (anhydrous)
Toxic
7,672
Flammable Mixture
Flammable
669
Toluene
Toxic
12
OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Violations
Fall Protection Leads OSHA's "Top 10" List of Most Frequently Cited Violations
The preliminary list of OSHA's Top 10 violations for Fiscal Year 2017 remained largely unchanged from FY 2016, except for one new addition: Fall Protection - Training Requirements (1926.503) entered the list at No. 9 with 1,523 violations. Here's the full list:
1. Fall Protection - General Requirements (1926.501): 6,072 violations
2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,176
3. Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,288
4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,097
5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,877
6. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,241
7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,162
8. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,933
9. Fall Protection - Training Requirements: 1,523
10. Electrical - Wiring Methods (1910.305): 1,405
New OSHA AG-30 Course - Register Now for this Popular Course!
Understanding OSHA's requirements will save your company money - but more importantly, it will reduce the number of injuries and it may even save lives. This highly popular training has been developed specifically for agribusiness and is designed for facility managers or assistant managers, safety and health coordinators, EHS staff and personnel with responsibilities for safety and health at the facility. We encourage at least one person per facility receive this training. Sign up today to reserve the class of your choice. Click here for more information or to register.
EPA Policy Limiting Use of "Sue and Settle"
In the past, EPA has sought to resolve litigation through consent decrees and settlement agreements that appeared to be the result of collusion with outside groups. Behind closed doors, EPA and the outside groups agreed that EPA would take an action with a certain end in mind, relinquishing some if its discretion over the Agency's priorities and duties and handing them over to special interests and the courts. When negotiating these agreements, EPA excluded intervenors, interested stakeholders and affected states from those discussions. Some of these agreements even reduced Congress's ability to influence policy.
"Sue and settle," as this tactic has been called, undermines the fundamental principles of government that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt outlined on his first day: (1) the importance of process, (2) adherence to the rule of law, and (3) the applicability of cooperative federalism. The process by which EPA adopts regulations sends an important message to the public: EPA values the comments that it receives from the public and strives to make informed decisions on regulations that impact the lives and livelihoods of the American people. The rule of law requires EPA to act only within the confines of the statutory authority that Congress has conferred to the Agency, and thereby avoid the uncertainty of litigation and ultimately achieve better outcomes.
On October 16th, Administrator Pruitt issued a Directive "Promoting Transparency and Public Participation in Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements" and a Memo to limit the agency's use of "sue and settle" practices. The documents are aimed at prior "sue and settle" strategies frequently employed by environmental NGOs. Under the terms of the Directive, EPA will take the following actions:
(1) EPA's Office of General Counsel will publish online notices of intent to sue received by the Agency within 15 days of receipt (a notice of intent to sue is frequently required by environmental statutes as a condition precedent to commencing litigation against EPA);
(2) EPA will publish online received complaints and petitions for review within 15 days of receipt;
(3) EPA will notify affected states and "regulated entities" of a complaint or petition for review within 15 days of receipt, and (a) "take any and all appropriate steps to achieve participation of affected states and/or regulated entities" in the resultant negotiations and (b) "seek to receive the concurrence of any affected states and/or regulated entities before entering into a consent decree or settlement agreement;"
(4) EPA will publish online (in a searchable format) a list of consent decrees and settlement agreements, including a summary of each decree/agreement and attorney's fees/costs paid and update the list with new decrees/agreements;
(5) EPA will not enter into a consent decree or settlement agreement that converts a statutory "discretionary" duty into a mandatory duty to issue, revise or amend a regulation;
(6) EPA will "seek to exclude the payment of attorney's fees and costs to any plaintiff or petitioner" when the Agency resolves litigation through a consent decree or settlement agreement;
(7) Any consent decree or settlement agreement with a deadline by which the Agency must issue a final rule must provide sufficient time (a) to modify the proposed rule, if necessary, based on public comment on the proposed rule or as a result of required interagency review or consultation, (b) to provide adequate time for public comment on a modified proposed rule and (c) for EPA to "conduct meaning Agency consideration of the comments received on the modified proposal;" and
(8) EPA will post online for review and comment any proposed consent decree or settlement agreement, along with a public notice in the Federal Register, and (a) explain the proposed decree/agreement and (b) allow for at least 30 days of public comment on the proposed decree/agreement (unless a different period of time is required by law).
Jim Gulliford Named EPA Region 7 Administrator
Jim Gulliford has been chosen by the Trump Administration to head EPA's Region 7, which includes the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. "I look forward to working with Administrator Gulliford through the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, and our members, to bring positive solutions to environmental and production challenges," said Joel Brinkmeyer, CEO, Agribusiness Association of Iowa. "Over the past three decades, I have worked with Jim on a variety of issues and projects involving water quality and agriculture. Over these years, Jim has been a valuable partner and he has understood the need to keep agriculture profitable as we protected the environment," said Steve Taylor, President, Missouri Agribusiness Association. Gulliford most recently held the position of executive director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society where he led the organization from 2009-2016. He was responsible for all operation aspects of the non-profit organization that advocated for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practices, programs and policy.
DOT Grants ELD Exemption to Certain Short-Term Leased Vehicles
DOT has granted a limited exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. This exemption provides that all drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles rented for 8 days or less, regardless of reason, are not required to use an ELD in the vehicle, but can instead maintain paper logs. This exemption is good through October 11, 2022.
Hours-of-Service Exemption for Agricultural Commodities - New Guidance
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently issued additional guidance regarding the 150 air-mile radius agricultural commodity exemption to the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations in 49 CFR Part 395.
The new FMCSA guidance includes unladen (empty) miles to the allowance, so that a carrier qualifies for the agricultural commodity exemption while hauling an empty load following the transport of ag commodities. Under the new guidance, the agricultural commodity exemption also applies to a carrier hauling an empty trailer enroute to pick up an agricultural commodity.
As a reminder, a carrier may qualify for the agricultural commodity exemption to the HOS regulations, whether transporting interstate or intrastate, while operating within a 150 air-mile radius transporting the following;
(1) Agricultural commodities from the source of the agricultural commodities to a location within a 150 air-mile radius from the source;
(2) Farm supplies for agricultural purposes from a wholesale or retail distribution point of the farm supplies to a farm or other location where the farm supplies are intended to be used within a 150 air-mile radius from the distribution point; or
(3) Farm supplies for agricultural purposes from a wholesale distribution point of the farm supplies to a retail distribution point of the farm supplies within a 150 air-mile radius from the wholesale distribution point.
The federal regulation defines "farm supplies for agricultural purposes" as products directly related to the growing or harvesting of agricultural commodities during the planting and harvesting seasons within each State, as determined by the State, and livestock feed (including ag commodities and distillers grains) at any time of the year.
Security Costs Set to Increase
Equifax, which supplies credit information and motor vehicle records (MVR), background checks and other information services, recently revealed that it suffered a data breach that could potentially affect 143 million consumers. The company said 209,000 credit card numbers were obtained, in addition to "certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers." The data breach is significant and likely to cost the company materially, and could drag on for a number of years according to security experts. Equifax isn't the only one that will bear the brunt of additional costs associated with increased security measures - end users will see higher costs for motor vehicle records (MVR), background checks and other forms of authentication related to security.
The recent Equifax security breach has raised awareness regarding privacy and security of personal information. Because the Equifax incident affected so many Americans, it's in your best interest to take proactive steps to safeguard your financial accounts. Please be assured that keeping your personal information safe is one of the Asmark Institute's top priorities. As a trusted partner, we constantly monitor security practices to help keep your account information safe and secure.
Nine Signs Your Identity Was Stolen
With the recent Equifax breach exposing the personal information of as many as half of all Americans, we believe it is prudent to remain alert for signs that your identity has been stolen, so you can stop the damage before it goes too far. Watch for these signs and act immediately if you suspect your identity has been compromised:
1. Strange bills or statements arrive
It's very important to always open your mail, even if it doesn't look important. A bill or statement from an unfamiliar service provider or credit account can often be the first sign of identity theft.
2. Bills stop arriving
On the flip side, make sure you are receiving all bills and statements you normally receive. If one falls off, it could be that a criminal has changed the address on that account, which could help them establish other accounts going to a different address.
3. Odd charges on credit accounts and checking accounts
Credit card companies have gotten good at alerting customers to fraudulent attempts to make charges, but they can't catch them all. Keep a keen eye on your credit card and bank statements. The first charge an identity thief makes may be small, because they're testing to see whether the card is active. There are also scammers out there who make their money by processing many small charges on many credit accounts.
4. You find yourself getting rejected for things
Your health insurance company rejects your claim because you're over your annual limit - but this was your first claim. You're turned down for a new credit card or your charges are denied at the store. You apply for life insurance and are charged a higher rate due to a pre-existing condition that you don't have. The ATM won't give you any money.
5. You receive suspicious phone calls
A neighbor of mine recently received a phone call that purported to be from her bank. The caller read back a list of recent transactions, which set her mind at ease that the call was legit, even though she knew that caller ID numbers can be spoofed. She was then tricked into sharing a PIN with the caller.
What might be happening if you get a call like that? You may already be a victim of identity theft, with the criminal already accessing your bank account. They may use the information they already know to trick you into giving them more information, or the access they need to start stealing money.
6. You receive strange texts or emails
If you are smart, you've set up two-factor authentication on important accounts. This means that you have asked your bank or other service providers to email or text you before allowing you to sign onto your account or take other actions, such as transferring out money. The text may provide you with a one-time code that you need to type into the website to log in, for example.
If you receive a text or email with a PIN when you didn't request one, this is a big red flag that someone has your login credentials and is trying to take control of your account. Contact the company immediately through the phone number on your statement. And change your password.
7. Creditors and collections agencies start calling you
You got a call from a car dealership warning that your payment is late. The only problem is you didn't recently buy a car, and you have no current car payments. This is a huge red flag. Do not simply write off such calls as errors or wrong numbers.
8. You don't receive your tax refund, or the IRS notifies you that you filed two tax returns
The Department of Justice reports that people have stolen billions of dollars from the U.S. Treasury by filing tax returns using stolen identities, and pocketing the refunds. Just make sure it's really the IRS contacting you, instead of a scammer posing as the IRS.
9. There are accounts you don't recognize on your credit report
If any of the above warning signs occur, you should definitely request a free copy of your credit report and study it carefully. If there are any credit accounts listed there that you didn't open, your suspicions will be confirmed.
DHS Issues Warning for Kaspersky Software
Staples is the latest retailer to stop selling anti-virus software made by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab Inc., which is allegedly linked to Russian spy agencies. Best Buy Company and Office Depot vowed to stop selling the software last month after the U.S. banned government agencies from using it. Still, it remains available on Amazon's website. According to a DHS directive, all U.S. agencies are required to identify any Kaspersky products they use and find alternatives.
Vehicle "VIN" Numbers: Did You Know?
This article is made possible by J.J. Keller & Associates, a valued partner of the Asmark Institute for over 28 years. Our thanks to J.J. Keller for their support over the years and for the use of this article.
An officer can determine a lot about your vehicle by the VIN! A lot of people do not know this, but the vehicle identification number (VIN) of a vehicle tells officers all about it. The VIN has many details about the vehicle coded directly into it. One of the elements is the vehicle's model year. This is important when a carrier is deciding if the vehicle will need a compliant electronic log in it by December 18, 2017. Here is how the VIN is coded:
The first three digits (positions 1, 2, and 3) are a three-digit code that indicates who manufactured the vehicle.
The next 5 digits (positions 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8) are a code for the make, model/line, series, chassis, cab and engine type, brake system and GVWR or restraint system (for vehicles 10,000 or less). Coding in this area is manufacturer specific except for weight rating. The weight rating coding at position 8 is:
  • 3, 4, 5, and 6: One of these characters in the 8th position indicates the vehicle has a GVWR of 10,001 up to 26,000 pounds. This means the vehicle is a commercial vehicle, but does not normally require a CDL to operate.
  • 7 or 8: One of these characters in the 8th position indicates that the vehicle has a GVWR or 26,001 or more, therefore generally requiring a CDL to operate.
The ninth digit is a "check" digit that "validates" the VIN.
The 10th digit is the model year of the vehicle. This is what officers will check when it comes to the ELD exemption that is tied to the model year. The key characters here are:
  • Y - Indicating model year 2000,
  • 1 to 9 - Indicating model years 2001 to 2009 ("Z" was not used to avoid confusion with 2), and
  • A to J - Indicating model years 2010 to 2018 ("I" was not used to avoid confusion with 1).
To sum this up, a commercial vehicle with any of these characters in the 10th position cannot use the "pre-2000" exemption when it comes to the ELD mandate.
The final 7 digits in a VIN (positions 11 to 17) are unique to the vehicle. This series of numbers are the "true" identification number for the vehicle as similar vehicles rolling off the same assembly line at the same time will have the same characters in positions 1 to 10.
IRS Will Enforce Health-Coverage Reporting on 2017 Returns
IRS says it will require taxpayers filing individual income tax returns in the 2018 filing season to indicate that they had health care coverage, qualify for an exemption or will make a shared-responsibility payment. Last year, to ease the regulatory burden on taxpayers, the IRS accepted returns without enforcing this rule.
State Labor Law Poster Updates
CONNECTICUT
Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodation (Effective date: October, 2017) - This notice covers employers with more than 3 employees. It prohibits discrimination and retaliation plus it requires reasonable accommodations relating to an employee's pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions, including lactation. Information is also included for the complaint process, should it be necessary. Currently available for shipment. This is a substantive change and an updated Connecticut V5.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
E-VERIFY
E-Verify (Effective date: September, 2017) - The new notice removes extra information that only describes how E-Verify operates. Currently available for shipment. This is a substantive change and an updated EVerify poster is required if your company participates in the program or is required by the state. Click here to order.
IDAHO
Equal Opportunity and Unemployment (Effective date: September, 2017) - After checking with the state of Idaho, they have confirmed that the only change is the director's name in both notices and that it is a required change. Currently available for shipment. This is a substantive change and an updated Idaho V3.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
MAINE
Video Display Terminal (Effective date: October, 2017) - The new notice now includes definitions to clarify basic terms of the ordinance and has replaced the details of how not to get hurt working a computer with general guidelines of education and training. The notice is back-dated to April but the notice was just released. So far, the state has not explained the 6 month delay. Projected availability for shipping: The week of October 23rd. This is a substantive change and an updated Maine V4.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
MONTANA
Minimum Wage (Effective date: October, 2017) - The new rate is $8.30 an hour beginning January 2018 but will remain $8.15 an hour for the remainder of 2017. Projected availability for shipping: The week of October 23rd. This is a substantive change and an updated Montana V3.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
NEVADA
Domestic Violence (Effective date: January, 2018) - The new ordinance allows for the usage of up to 160 hours in a 12 month period as long as the employee has been employed at least 90 days. The notice stipulates the requirements of both the employer and the employee. Projected availability for shipping: The week of October 23rd. This is a substantive change and an updated Nevada V7.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
NEW YORK
Paid Family Leave (Effective date: January, 2018) - Only the fact sheet has been released thus far. We are keeping this a standalone since the Minimum Wage will also be changing in January 2018. This will allow the state of New York to release their official notices for both Minimum Wage and Paid Family Leave for a full All- In-One change later. The fact sheet includes information regarding protections, eligibility, benefits and application. Projected availability for shipping: The week of October 23rd. This is a substantive change and a new New York Paid Family Leave poster is required. Click here to order.
OHIO
Minimum Wage (Effective date: October, 2017) - The new rate is $8.30 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.15 for tipped employees. Also, the Handicapped Rate has been renamed the Sub-Minimum Wage Rate. Projected availability for shipping: The week of October 23rd. This is a substantive change and an updated Ohio V5.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
TENNESSEE
Wage Regulation (Effective date: August, 2017) - The payment due has changed from "semi-monthly" to "once per month." Also, the number of points of contact for the hearing impaired has been consolidated from 4 to 1. Currently available for shipment. This is a substantive change and an updated Tennessee V4.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
UTAH
Pregnancy (Effective date: August, 2017) - The new notice requires employers to provide employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees regarding pregnancy, child birth, breastfeeding or related conditions. Currently available for shipment. This is a substantive change and an updated Utah V3.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
2017 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.
Special Delivery!
Megan and her husband Jonathan recently received a special visit from the stork. They announced the birth of a bouncing baby boy, Isaac Conrad, born on October 27, 2017, weighing in at 8 pounds, 13 ounces and 22 inches long. Megan is Manager of Data & Processes for the Institute, serves on the management team and routinely finds herself involved in several special projects. Congratulations on the new arrival!
Federal Agencies and Capitol Hill Tour ResponsibleAg Facility
ResponsibleAg Tour
On October 16-17th, The Fertilizer Institute and the Agricultural Retailers Association hosted key personnel from federal agencies and Capitol Hill at the Ford B. West Center for Responsible Agriculture training facility in Owensboro, KY. More than a dozen individuals from DOT, EPA, DHS, OSHA and the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), and the offices of Reps. James Comer (RKY) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) attended the tour. CSB Chairperson Vanessa Sutherland and DHS Infrastructure Security Compliance Division Acting Director Amy Graydon were among the attendees. The participants received an extensive presentation on the program, with an emphasis on the training for ResponsibleAg auditors. Following the classroom discussion, Allen Summers hosted a walking tour of the training facility, highlighting the typical components of similar facilities across the country. A special thanks to Andy O'Hare and Justin Louchheim with TFI and Kyle Liske with ARA for their leadership in organizing this tour.
Applicator Training Center Welcomes Congressman Darin LaHood
Congressman Darin LaHood visits the Applicator Training Center
The Applicator Training Center was the focus of a tour this week by Congressman Darin LaHood, his staff and several media outlets such as the Pantagraph newspaper, WEEK and WMDB television stations. Jean Payne, President of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, along with Kevin Johnson from IFCA, hosted the tour. The new training center is the first of its kind in the U.S. and is a collaboration between the Asmark Institute and AGCO to help provide properly qualified applicators for today's agriculture. The course, launched in June, has been embraced by industry with overwhelming success. All courses for the year have been full. Click here to learn more about the new training center and course.
Annual Compliance Visit Reminder: December 29, 2017
As a friendly reminder, please make note of the deadline to have completed your annual compliance visit.
KARA Names Seeber as President and CEO
Ron Seeber
Kansas Grain and Feed Association's (KGFA) board of directors has announced Ron Seeber as the association's president and CEO. On November 15th, Seeber will become just the sixth person to hold KGFA's top executive position since its inception in 1896. In conjunction with KGFA's longstanding management contract with Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association, Seeber also becomes president and CEO of the volunteer organization whose membership includes over 700 agribusiness firms. Seeber joined the association in July 2008 as the head of government affairs before a promotion to senior vice president of government affairs in 2011. A native of El Dorado, Kansas, Seeber graduated from the University of Kansas in 1991 and shortly after graduation accepted a position working for Senator Bob Dole's legislative staff in Washington, D.C. He moved back home to Kansas and worked as the deputy secretary of administration for Governor Bill Graves.
Asmus & Taylor Selected to Provide Guidance to EPA
Considering efforts by EPA to push a variety of regulatory proposals related to pesticides, having an agricultural retailer on the Pesticide Policy Dialogue Committee (PPDC) is important to the industry. Amy Asmus with Asmus Farm Supply in Rake, Iowa, has been accepted to serve on the PPDC committee. PPDC is an advisory committee which affords an opportunity for a diverse group of stakeholders to provide feedback to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs on various pesticide regulatory proposals, policy and program implementation issues. Donnie Taylor, Vice President of Member Services, will continue to represent ARA's interests on the council.
Watch for EPA's Reminder on Pesticide-Production Report
EPA has sent their reminder on PPRs and we want to remind you that if any of your locations receive this email from EPA, please assure them that there is no action required on their part. What EPA is sending is simply a reminder to complete your Annual Pesticides Report for Pesticide Producing Establishments. We will file your annual report with EPA ahead of the March 1, 2018 deadline and send you a copy with tracking documentation to verify receipt. If you or your facilities have any questions, please contact Tiffany at 270-926-4600 Ext. 209.
2017 NAICS Required for TRI Reports
EPA has updated the list of North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes that are subject to reporting under the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) to be in line with the Office of Management and Budget's 2017 NAICS code revision. Facilities must now use 2017 NAICS codes when reporting TRI, beginning with TRI reporting forms that are due July 1, 2018, covering releases and other waste management quantities for the 2017 calendar year. EPA also modified the list of exceptions and limitations associated with NAICS codes for TRI reporting by deleting the descriptive text in the regulations.
UPS and USPS Announces 2018 Rate Hikes
ESP
UPS has notified us the following changes will take effect on December 24, 2017:
  • The rates for UPS Ground, UPS Air and International services, as well as UPS Air Freight rates within and between the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, will increase an average net 4.9%.
The Postal Service notified us of the new price change to take effect January 21, 2018. The new prices, if approved, include a one-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp from 49 cents to 50 cents. Postcard stamps and metered letters would also have a one-cent increase.
  • The proposed prices would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent, and most Shipping Services products will average a 3.9 percent price increase.
Historically, UPS shipping rates and USPS postage increases every year making it once again a great time to check out the Electronic Service Program (ESP). Click here to review the ESP program and see if it is right for you. Most of our clients now utilize ESP to save on average of over $200 per year.
2018 Regulatory Action on Dicamba Announced
EPA has reached an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont on measures to further minimize the potential for drift to damage neighboring crops from the use of dicamba formulations used to control weeds in genetically modified cotton and soybeans.
EPA worked cooperatively with states, land-grant universities and the pesticide manufacturers to examine the underlying causes of recent crop damage in the farm belt and Southeast. EPA carefully reviewed the available information and developed tangible changes to be implemented during the 2018 growing season. Manufacturers have voluntarily agreed to label changes that impose additional requirements for "over the top" use of these products next year, including:
  • Classifying products as "restricted use," permitting only certified applicators with special training, and those under their supervision, to apply them; dicamba-specific training for all certified applicators to reinforce proper use;
  • Requiring farmers to maintain specific records regarding the use of these products to improve compliance with label restrictions;
  • Limiting applications to when maximum wind speeds are below 10 mph (from 15 mph) to reduce potential spray drift;
  • Reducing the times during the day when applications can occur;
  • Including tank clean-out language to prevent cross contamination; and
  • Enhancing susceptible crop language and record keeping with sensitive crop registries to increase awareness of risk to especially sensitive crops nearby.
Manufacturers have agreed to a process to get the revised labels into the hands of farmers in time for the 2018 use season. EPA will monitor the success of these changes to help inform the decision whether to allow the continued "over the top" use of dicamba beyond the 2018 growing season. When EPA registered these products, it set the registrations to expire in 2 years to allow EPA to change the registration, if necessary.
State of the Industry: Anhydrous Ammonia Locations Reduced
There appears to be about 600 fewer RMP covered processes with anhydrous ammonia on file with EPA since 2011. The reduction took anhydrous ammonia from a clear 1st place in pounds in RMP covered processes in 2011 down to 3rd place in 2017. What drove such a reduction? A quick glance of "deregistered" sites shows the vast majority of sites with anhydrous ammonia as their RMP chemical were fertilizer locations. Why? Industry consolidation, internal facility consolidation, risk assessments and OSHA's June 2015 Memo changing the definition of "retail" may have influenced this impact.
Top 3 Chemicals as reported in the RMP Database in 2017 (sorted by pounds):
Chemical Name
Chemical Type
# of facilities
Flammable Mixture
Flammable
870
Propane
Flammable
642
Ammonia (anhydrous)
Toxic
7,041
Top 3 Chemicals as reported in the RMP Database in 2011 (sorted by pounds):
Chemical Name
Chemical Type
# of facilities
Ammonia (anhydrous)
Toxic
7,672
Flammable Mixture
Flammable
669
Toluene
Toxic
12
OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Violations
Fall Protection Leads OSHA's "Top 10" List of Most Frequently Cited Violations
The preliminary list of OSHA's Top 10 violations for Fiscal Year 2017 remained largely unchanged from FY 2016, except for one new addition: Fall Protection - Training Requirements (1926.503) entered the list at No. 9 with 1,523 violations. Here's the full list:
1. Fall Protection - General Requirements (1926.501): 6,072 violations
2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,176
3. Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,288
4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,097
5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,877
6. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,241
7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,162
8. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,933
9. Fall Protection - Training Requirements: 1,523
10. Electrical - Wiring Methods (1910.305): 1,405
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EPA Policy Limiting Use of "Sue and Settle"
In the past, EPA has sought to resolve litigation through consent decrees and settlement agreements that appeared to be the result of collusion with outside groups. Behind closed doors, EPA and the outside groups agreed that EPA would take an action with a certain end in mind, relinquishing some if its discretion over the Agency's priorities and duties and handing them over to special interests and the courts. When negotiating these agreements, EPA excluded intervenors, interested stakeholders and affected states from those discussions. Some of these agreements even reduced Congress's ability to influence policy.
"Sue and settle," as this tactic has been called, undermines the fundamental principles of government that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt outlined on his first day: (1) the importance of process, (2) adherence to the rule of law, and (3) the applicability of cooperative federalism. The process by which EPA adopts regulations sends an important message to the public: EPA values the comments that it receives from the public and strives to make informed decisions on regulations that impact the lives and livelihoods of the American people. The rule of law requires EPA to act only within the confines of the statutory authority that Congress has conferred to the Agency, and thereby avoid the uncertainty of litigation and ultimately achieve better outcomes.
On October 16th, Administrator Pruitt issued a Directive "Promoting Transparency and Public Participation in Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements" and a Memo to limit the agency's use of "sue and settle" practices. The documents are aimed at prior "sue and settle" strategies frequently employed by environmental NGOs. Under the terms of the Directive, EPA will take the following actions:
(1) EPA's Office of General Counsel will publish online notices of intent to sue received by the Agency within 15 days of receipt (a notice of intent to sue is frequently required by environmental statutes as a condition precedent to commencing litigation against EPA);
(2) EPA will publish online received complaints and petitions for review within 15 days of receipt;
(3) EPA will notify affected states and "regulated entities" of a complaint or petition for review within 15 days of receipt, and (a) "take any and all appropriate steps to achieve participation of affected states and/or regulated entities" in the resultant negotiations and (b) "seek to receive the concurrence of any affected states and/or regulated entities before entering into a consent decree or settlement agreement;"
(4) EPA will publish online (in a searchable format) a list of consent decrees and settlement agreements, including a summary of each decree/agreement and attorney's fees/costs paid and update the list with new decrees/agreements;
(5) EPA will not enter into a consent decree or settlement agreement that converts a statutory "discretionary" duty into a mandatory duty to issue, revise or amend a regulation;
(6) EPA will "seek to exclude the payment of attorney's fees and costs to any plaintiff or petitioner" when the Agency resolves litigation through a consent decree or settlement agreement;
(7) Any consent decree or settlement agreement with a deadline by which the Agency must issue a final rule must provide sufficient time (a) to modify the proposed rule, if necessary, based on public comment on the proposed rule or as a result of required interagency review or consultation, (b) to provide adequate time for public comment on a modified proposed rule and (c) for EPA to "conduct meaning Agency consideration of the comments received on the modified proposal;" and
(8) EPA will post online for review and comment any proposed consent decree or settlement agreement, along with a public notice in the Federal Register, and (a) explain the proposed decree/agreement and (b) allow for at least 30 days of public comment on the proposed decree/agreement (unless a different period of time is required by law).
Jim Gulliford Named EPA Region 7 Administrator
Jim Gulliford has been chosen by the Trump Administration to head EPA's Region 7, which includes the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. "I look forward to working with Administrator Gulliford through the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, and our members, to bring positive solutions to environmental and production challenges," said Joel Brinkmeyer, CEO, Agribusiness Association of Iowa. "Over the past three decades, I have worked with Jim on a variety of issues and projects involving water quality and agriculture. Over these years, Jim has been a valuable partner and he has understood the need to keep agriculture profitable as we protected the environment," said Steve Taylor, President, Missouri Agribusiness Association. Gulliford most recently held the position of executive director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society where he led the organization from 2009-2016. He was responsible for all operation aspects of the non-profit organization that advocated for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practices, programs and policy.
DOT Grants ELD Exemption to Certain Short-Term Leased Vehicles
DOT has granted a limited exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. This exemption provides that all drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles rented for 8 days or less, regardless of reason, are not required to use an ELD in the vehicle, but can instead maintain paper logs. This exemption is good through October 11, 2022.
Hours-of-Service Exemption for Agricultural Commodities - New Guidance
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently issued additional guidance regarding the 150 air-mile radius agricultural commodity exemption to the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations in 49 CFR Part 395.
The new FMCSA guidance includes unladen (empty) miles to the allowance, so that a carrier qualifies for the agricultural commodity exemption while hauling an empty load following the transport of ag commodities. Under the new guidance, the agricultural commodity exemption also applies to a carrier hauling an empty trailer enroute to pick up an agricultural commodity.
As a reminder, a carrier may qualify for the agricultural commodity exemption to the HOS regulations, whether transporting interstate or intrastate, while operating within a 150 air-mile radius transporting the following;
(1) Agricultural commodities from the source of the agricultural commodities to a location within a 150 air-mile radius from the source;
(2) Farm supplies for agricultural purposes from a wholesale or retail distribution point of the farm supplies to a farm or other location where the farm supplies are intended to be used within a 150 air-mile radius from the distribution point; or
(3) Farm supplies for agricultural purposes from a wholesale distribution point of the farm supplies to a retail distribution point of the farm supplies within a 150 air-mile radius from the wholesale distribution point.
The federal regulation defines "farm supplies for agricultural purposes" as products directly related to the growing or harvesting of agricultural commodities during the planting and harvesting seasons within each State, as determined by the State, and livestock feed (including ag commodities and distillers grains) at any time of the year.
Security Costs Set to Increase
Equifax, which supplies credit information and motor vehicle records (MVR), background checks and other information services, recently revealed that it suffered a data breach that could potentially affect 143 million consumers. The company said 209,000 credit card numbers were obtained, in addition to "certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers." The data breach is significant and likely to cost the company materially, and could drag on for a number of years according to security experts. Equifax isn't the only one that will bear the brunt of additional costs associated with increased security measures - end users will see higher costs for motor vehicle records (MVR), background checks and other forms of authentication related to security.
The recent Equifax security breach has raised awareness regarding privacy and security of personal information. Because the Equifax incident affected so many Americans, it's in your best interest to take proactive steps to safeguard your financial accounts. Please be assured that keeping your personal information safe is one of the Asmark Institute's top priorities. As a trusted partner, we constantly monitor security practices to help keep your account information safe and secure.
Nine Signs Your Identity Was Stolen
With the recent Equifax breach exposing the personal information of as many as half of all Americans, we believe it is prudent to remain alert for signs that your identity has been stolen, so you can stop the damage before it goes too far. Watch for these signs and act immediately if you suspect your identity has been compromised:
1. Strange bills or statements arrive
It's very important to always open your mail, even if it doesn't look important. A bill or statement from an unfamiliar service provider or credit account can often be the first sign of identity theft.
2. Bills stop arriving
On the flip side, make sure you are receiving all bills and statements you normally receive. If one falls off, it could be that a criminal has changed the address on that account, which could help them establish other accounts going to a different address.
3. Odd charges on credit accounts and checking accounts
Credit card companies have gotten good at alerting customers to fraudulent attempts to make charges, but they can't catch them all. Keep a keen eye on your credit card and bank statements. The first charge an identity thief makes may be small, because they're testing to see whether the card is active. There are also scammers out there who make their money by processing many small charges on many credit accounts.
4. You find yourself getting rejected for things
Your health insurance company rejects your claim because you're over your annual limit - but this was your first claim. You're turned down for a new credit card or your charges are denied at the store. You apply for life insurance and are charged a higher rate due to a pre-existing condition that you don't have. The ATM won't give you any money.
5. You receive suspicious phone calls
A neighbor of mine recently received a phone call that purported to be from her bank. The caller read back a list of recent transactions, which set her mind at ease that the call was legit, even though she knew that caller ID numbers can be spoofed. She was then tricked into sharing a PIN with the caller.
What might be happening if you get a call like that? You may already be a victim of identity theft, with the criminal already accessing your bank account. They may use the information they already know to trick you into giving them more information, or the access they need to start stealing money.
6. You receive strange texts or emails
If you are smart, you've set up two-factor authentication on important accounts. This means that you have asked your bank or other service providers to email or text you before allowing you to sign onto your account or take other actions, such as transferring out money. The text may provide you with a one-time code that you need to type into the website to log in, for example.
If you receive a text or email with a PIN when you didn't request one, this is a big red flag that someone has your login credentials and is trying to take control of your account. Contact the company immediately through the phone number on your statement. And change your password.
7. Creditors and collections agencies start calling you
You got a call from a car dealership warning that your payment is late. The only problem is you didn't recently buy a car, and you have no current car payments. This is a huge red flag. Do not simply write off such calls as errors or wrong numbers.
8. You don't receive your tax refund, or the IRS notifies you that you filed two tax returns
The Department of Justice reports that people have stolen billions of dollars from the U.S. Treasury by filing tax returns using stolen identities, and pocketing the refunds. Just make sure it's really the IRS contacting you, instead of a scammer posing as the IRS.
9. There are accounts you don't recognize on your credit report
If any of the above warning signs occur, you should definitely request a free copy of your credit report and study it carefully. If there are any credit accounts listed there that you didn't open, your suspicions will be confirmed.
DHS Issues Warning for Kaspersky Software
Staples is the latest retailer to stop selling anti-virus software made by Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab Inc., which is allegedly linked to Russian spy agencies. Best Buy Company and Office Depot vowed to stop selling the software last month after the U.S. banned government agencies from using it. Still, it remains available on Amazon's website. According to a DHS directive, all U.S. agencies are required to identify any Kaspersky products they use and find alternatives.
Vehicle "VIN" Numbers: Did You Know?
This article is made possible by J.J. Keller & Associates, a valued partner of the Asmark Institute for over 28 years. Our thanks to J.J. Keller for their support over the years and for the use of this article.
An officer can determine a lot about your vehicle by the VIN! A lot of people do not know this, but the vehicle identification number (VIN) of a vehicle tells officers all about it. The VIN has many details about the vehicle coded directly into it. One of the elements is the vehicle's model year. This is important when a carrier is deciding if the vehicle will need a compliant electronic log in it by December 18, 2017. Here is how the VIN is coded:
The first three digits (positions 1, 2, and 3) are a three-digit code that indicates who manufactured the vehicle.
The next 5 digits (positions 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8) are a code for the make, model/line, series, chassis, cab and engine type, brake system and GVWR or restraint system (for vehicles 10,000 or less). Coding in this area is manufacturer specific except for weight rating. The weight rating coding at position 8 is:
  • 3, 4, 5, and 6: One of these characters in the 8th position indicates the vehicle has a GVWR of 10,001 up to 26,000 pounds. This means the vehicle is a commercial vehicle, but does not normally require a CDL to operate.
  • 7 or 8: One of these characters in the 8th position indicates that the vehicle has a GVWR or 26,001 or more, therefore generally requiring a CDL to operate.
The ninth digit is a "check" digit that "validates" the VIN.
The 10th digit is the model year of the vehicle. This is what officers will check when it comes to the ELD exemption that is tied to the model year. The key characters here are:
  • Y - Indicating model year 2000,
  • 1 to 9 - Indicating model years 2001 to 2009 ("Z" was not used to avoid confusion with 2), and
  • A to J - Indicating model years 2010 to 2018 ("I" was not used to avoid confusion with 1).
To sum this up, a commercial vehicle with any of these characters in the 10th position cannot use the "pre-2000" exemption when it comes to the ELD mandate.
The final 7 digits in a VIN (positions 11 to 17) are unique to the vehicle. This series of numbers are the "true" identification number for the vehicle as similar vehicles rolling off the same assembly line at the same time will have the same characters in positions 1 to 10.
IRS Will Enforce Health-Coverage Reporting on 2017 Returns
IRS says it will require taxpayers filing individual income tax returns in the 2018 filing season to indicate that they had health care coverage, qualify for an exemption or will make a shared-responsibility payment. Last year, to ease the regulatory burden on taxpayers, the IRS accepted returns without enforcing this rule.
State Labor Law Poster Updates
CONNECTICUT
Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodation (Effective date: October, 2017) - This notice covers employers with more than 3 employees. It prohibits discrimination and retaliation plus it requires reasonable accommodations relating to an employee's pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions, including lactation. Information is also included for the complaint process, should it be necessary. Currently available for shipment. This is a substantive change and an updated Connecticut V5.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
E-VERIFY
E-Verify (Effective date: September, 2017) - The new notice removes extra information that only describes how E-Verify operates. Currently available for shipment. This is a substantive change and an updated EVerify poster is required if your company participates in the program or is required by the state. Click here to order.
IDAHO
Equal Opportunity and Unemployment (Effective date: September, 2017) - After checking with the state of Idaho, they have confirmed that the only change is the director's name in both notices and that it is a required change. Currently available for shipment. This is a substantive change and an updated Idaho V3.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
MAINE
Video Display Terminal (Effective date: October, 2017) - The new notice now includes definitions to clarify basic terms of the ordinance and has replaced the details of how not to get hurt working a computer with general guidelines of education and training. The notice is back-dated to April but the notice was just released. So far, the state has not explained the 6 month delay. Projected availability for shipping: The week of October 23rd. This is a substantive change and an updated Maine V4.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
MONTANA
Minimum Wage (Effective date: October, 2017) - The new rate is $8.30 an hour beginning January 2018 but will remain $8.15 an hour for the remainder of 2017. Projected availability for shipping: The week of October 23rd. This is a substantive change and an updated Montana V3.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
NEVADA
Domestic Violence (Effective date: January, 2018) - The new ordinance allows for the usage of up to 160 hours in a 12 month period as long as the employee has been employed at least 90 days. The notice stipulates the requirements of both the employer and the employee. Projected availability for shipping: The week of October 23rd. This is a substantive change and an updated Nevada V7.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
NEW YORK
Paid Family Leave (Effective date: January, 2018) - Only the fact sheet has been released thus far. We are keeping this a standalone since the Minimum Wage will also be changing in January 2018. This will allow the state of New York to release their official notices for both Minimum Wage and Paid Family Leave for a full All- In-One change later. The fact sheet includes information regarding protections, eligibility, benefits and application. Projected availability for shipping: The week of October 23rd. This is a substantive change and a new New York Paid Family Leave poster is required. Click here to order.
OHIO
Minimum Wage (Effective date: October, 2017) - The new rate is $8.30 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.15 for tipped employees. Also, the Handicapped Rate has been renamed the Sub-Minimum Wage Rate. Projected availability for shipping: The week of October 23rd. This is a substantive change and an updated Ohio V5.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
TENNESSEE
Wage Regulation (Effective date: August, 2017) - The payment due has changed from "semi-monthly" to "once per month." Also, the number of points of contact for the hearing impaired has been consolidated from 4 to 1. Currently available for shipment. This is a substantive change and an updated Tennessee V4.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
UTAH
Pregnancy (Effective date: August, 2017) - The new notice requires employers to provide employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees regarding pregnancy, child birth, breastfeeding or related conditions. Currently available for shipment. This is a substantive change and an updated Utah V3.0 poster is required. Click here to order.
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