Not all regulations come about in the halls of Congress. There are over 50 regulatory agencies that have the power to create and enforce regulations that affect how the nation’s businesses operate. The Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Food and Drug Administration are just some of the agencies making rules that apply to the nation’s truckstops and travel plazas. NATSO tracks a variety of regulatory issues, from truck idling and tobacco to ultra-low-sulfur diesel and underground storage tank requirements.
The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which NATSO is a member, urged Congress to quickly pass the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act (S. 2015/H.R. 3549), which would restore the longstanding joint employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act.
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said Oct. 1 that the agency has finished collecting data for its study of the hours-of-service restart provision and that it expects to issue a final report to Congress by year’s end.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sept. 15 issued orders to stop the sale and distribution of four R.J. Reynolds cigarette products because they did not meet requirements set forth in the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Congressman John Kline (R- MN) on Sept. 9 introduced legislation designed to undo the recent expansion of joint employer liability under federal law. The legislation responds to a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision issued last month redefining "joint employer" in a manner that would make it easier for two or more companies to be considered "joint employers."
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