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Less Slip and Fall Liability for New Jersey Snow Contractors?




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By a 35-0 vote, the Snow Removal Liability Limitation Act was passed by the New Jersey State Senate. If signed into law, the act makes the hold-harmless agreements, where a property owner passes on their negligence, null and void in the state. This means that snow and ice management companies would not necessarily be held liable for a slip and fall accident that occurs on property that they service.


Abolishing, with One Vote, Agency Rules Made in Obama's Waning Days




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The House passed the Midnight Rules Relief Act, which would amend the Congressional Review Act that gives Congress the ability to overturn a rule designated by an agency created in the final months of a departing presidency. The amended law would allow the bundling together of rules and the elimination of them all in one vote. As of press time, it has been referred to committee in the Senate. http://tinyurl.com/zgggom7


Eliminating Certain Permits for Applying Pesticides Around Navigable Bodies of Water




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A House committee recently passed a bill that would reduce the instances that pesticide operators would have to obtain a National Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems permit in order to apply pesticides in or near navigable bodies of water. Called the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017, the legislation would remove the requirement for pesticides already approved by EPA for use under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. http://tinyurl.com/gnk9dqc


Missouri Becomes Right-to-Work State




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Fulfilling a major campaign promise, Missouri's newly elected governor signed into law the right-to-work bill presented him by the state Legislature. This makes Missouri the 28th state where a union cannot force workers that don't want to be members, but still work under that union's contract, to pay union dues.


Will Congress Act Fast Enough to Increase H-2B Visas for this Season?




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According to an official with the National Association of Landscape Professionals, as reported by the Society for Human Resource Management, the inability of Congress to renew the returning worker exemption for the H-2B program is directly related to why there have already been 82,100 petitions for the 33,000 visas available for work that begins in the second half of the year (April 1 - Sept. 30). However Paul Mendelsohn, vice president of government relations for the NALP, expects lawmakers to bring forth legislation soon that would renew it. https://www.landscapeprofessionals.org/








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