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OSHA Expands Requirements for Reporting Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule requiring employers to report within eight hours when a worker has been killed on the job and within 24 hours when an employee suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye.

SEMA/Legislature Scrap Plan to Offer Compromise to Michigan Exhaust Noise Bill

Working with members of the legislature, SEMA has decided to abandon a plan to offer a compromise to exhaust noise legislation.

California Enacts Law to Require Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave

California has joined the state of Connecticut and at least 13 major cities nationwide in enacting legislation to require employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees.

Obama Administration Seeks Voluntary Phase-Out of R-134a Refrigerant

The Obama Administration is leading an international effort to voluntarily phase-out production and use of the coolant R-134a and other hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Not Too Late to Apply for California’s New Legacy License Plates

Legislation was enacted in 2012 to establish the California Legacy License Plate Program. The plates are now available for pre-order. 

Michigan Introduces Bill to Ban Most Aftermarket Exhaust Systems

SEMA-opposed legislation to prohibit motor-vehicle repair facilities from modifying an exhaust system to “produce noise in excess of OEM stock decibel levels” has been introduced in Michigan.

California Bill to Create “Road-Usage Fee” Pilot Program Approved by Legislature; Goes to Governor

Legislation to establish an advisory committee to study a road-usage fee was approved by the California Assembly and Senate.

Legislation to Restrict Aftermarket Headlamps in North Carolina Defeated

At SEMA’s request, a provision was deleted in North Carolina legislation that would have imposed a fine on any person that equipped a car with headlamps that “change the original design.”

NHTSA Unveils Proposal for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has taken the first step toward requiring vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications in all new light-duty cars. The agency issued a research report and an advance proposed rule to mandate the installation of wireless equipment warning drivers of potential danger. The NHTSA has identified the year 2020 as its target to begin implementing the rule. 
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