On June 11, the Biden administration released its Spring 2021 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The agenda lists upcoming rulemakings and other regulatory actions from each agency that the administration expects to publish through the end of the year and into 2022.
Issues coming out of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration include a request for information seeking public input on a possible rulemaking on heat illness prevention in indoor and outdoor settings in October 2021, a proposed rule on infectious diseases in December 2021 and a proposed rule on occupational exposure to crystalline silica to determine if revisions to Table 1 in the standard for construction may be appropriate in April 2022.
The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division is expected to issue a proposed rule to update and modernize the regulations implementing the Davis-Bacon Act and others acts to provide greater clarity and enhance the usefulness of these acts in the modern economy in November 2021. The agency also stated their intent to examine joint employment relationships under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration intends to issue a proposed rule to update NHTSA’s National Environmental Policy Act implementing regulations in September 2021, and the Council on Environmental Quality plans to issue a multi-step proposal to revise its 2020 NEPA regulations in July 2021.
ABC is following additional regulations expected to come out of the U.S. Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development, National Labor Relations Board, Environmental Protection Agency, and more.
More information on these and other rulemakings can be found in the Spring 2021 agenda