April 7, 2020

Washington Wire: REMINDER: Electronic Filing of OSHA Forms 300A for CY2019 Due March 2

02/25/2020

REMINDER: Electronic Filing of OSHA Forms 300A for CY2019 Due March 2 

 
The deadline for electronic submission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) for Calendar Year 2019 is this upcoming Monday, March 2, 2020. At the beginning of last year, the agency issued its final rule changing the Obama Administration’s OSHA rule, revoking the requirement for businesses to submit Forms 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report). In 2018, on behalf of our members, One Voice submitted comments to OSHA supporting the revocation of Forms 300 and 301, marking an important victory for manufacturing. Click here to access OSHA’s electronic injury reporting portal.

 

 

 
Education Department Announces New Initiative Expanding Federal Work-Study Opportunities Rule
 
On February 19, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the creation of an experimental site expanding Federal Work-Study (FWS) opportunities for students at 190 universities. If an institution decides to participate in the experimental site, the Education Department will allow it to use FWS funds to support students working in the private sector. In addition, the experiment will provide additional Job Location and Development (JLD) program funds to participating universities and will expand the allowable uses of those funds, including allowing institutions to contract third-party intermediaries to help them build partnerships with businesses.
 
According to the Department’s press release, the experimental site will assess whether students are better served when they are paid for work-based learning and allowed access to off-campus FWS employment aligned by their program, providing important data to inform future policy proposals on FWS reform. The list of the 190 institutions invited to join the FWS experiment can be found here. The Department will publish a list of the institutions that accept this invitation at a later date. One Voice and its partners already partner with a number of the institutions invited to participate and each association will continue to reach out and coordinate efforts at the local level.

 

 

 
 Commerce Department Issues Currency Manipulation CVD Rule
 
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently issued a final regulation allowing the federal government to impose countervailing duties (CVD) on countries that it deems guilty of currency manipulation, treating undervalued currency as a domestic subsidy. Although the U.S. Department of Treasury normally determines whether a foreign nation has manipulated its currency, under the new rule, the Commerce Department will impose a countervailing duty if it deems a foreign country exports goods more cheaply because it undervalues its currency. This final rule will allow U.S. companies to file complaints with the Commerce Department concerning certain imported goods. Furthermore, the agency can use currency manipulation as a basis to self-initiate a CVD investigation.

 

 

 
USTR Will Not Apply Tariffs on Copper Based Alloys
 
On February 14, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released its updated list of European Union goods subject to tariffs as part of the ongoing Section 301 investigation involving the enforcement of U.S. WTO rights in the Large Civil Aircraft dispute, commonly known as the Boeing-Airbus dispute. In a victory for One voice, the updated list no longer includes imported copper-based alloys. The USTR considered imposing additional ad valorem duties of up to 100 percent on imported copper-based alloys when it announced the list on December 6, 2019. Last month, One Voice submitted comments against the imposition of these tariffs because no U.S. suppliers exist for these metals. While this an important victory, if negotiations between the U.S. and EU do not progress through March, One Voice expects another threat to our members this Spring or early Summer.
 
USTR’s updated February list excludes the following items from the imposition of 25% tariffs from the EU:
  • 7407.10.50 Refined copper, bars and rods
  • 7407.21.90 Copper-zinc base alloys (brass), bars & rods nesoi, not having a rectangular cross section 7408.21.00 Copper-zinc base alloys (brass), wire
  • 7408.29.10 Copper alloys (o/than brass, cupro-nickel or nickel-silver), wire, coated or plated with metal 7409.11.50 Refined copper, plates, sheets and strip, in coils, with a thickness over 0.15mm but less than 5 mm
  • 7409.21.00 Copper-zinc base alloys (brass), plates, sheets and strip, in coils
  • 7409.29.00 Copper-zinc base alloys (brass), plates, sheets and strip, not in coils
  • 7409.31.50 Copper-tin base alloys (bronze), plates, sheets and strip, in coils, with a thickness o/0.15mm but less than 5mm & a width of 500mm or more
  • 7409.31.90 Copper-tin base alloys (bronze), plates, sheets and strip, in coils, w/thickness o/0.15mm but less than 5mm & a width of less than 500mm
  • 7409.40.00 Copper-nickel base alloys (cupro-nickel) or copper-nickel-zinc base alloys (nickel silver), plates, sheets and strip, w/thickness o/0.15mm
  • 7409.90.90 Copper alloys (o/than brass/bronze/cupro-nickel/nickel silver), plates, sheets & strip, w/thick. o/0.15mm but less th/5mm & width less 500mm