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COVID-19 ETS – MN OSHA Webinars

Webinar:  OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard in Minnesota

These webinars will detail the COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) published by OSHA in the Federal Register on Nov. 5, 2021, and the steps Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) will be taking to review and adopt this standard. Questions can be submitted to osha.consulation@state.mn.us.

 

Dates (same webinar repeated)

Nov. 16, 2 to 3 p.m.

  1. To join by computing device:  Register at https://minnesota.webex.com/minnesota/onstage/g.php?MTID=e90f75005cc515a30ddecfa8dc99cc679.
  2. To join by phone:  Call 415-655-0003 or 855-282-6330 and enter access code 2491 849 7051.

Nov. 18, 10 to 11 a.m.

  1. To join by computing device:  Register at https://minnesota.webex.com/minnesota/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7313e5bb2f9ebec649cb9f01f6ca1512.
  2. To join by phone:  Call 415-655-0003 or 855-282-6330 and enter access code 2494 451 6047.

Nov. 22, 10 to 11 a.m.

  1. To join by computing device:  Register at https://minnesota.webex.com/minnesota/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5c328e59f3d0d6fe0c5cf90698ed360e.
  2. To join by phone:  Call 415-655-0003 or 855-282-6330 and enter access code 2498 503 2926.

 

The webinars on OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard in Minnesota have been posted on https://www.dli.mn.gov/about-department/rulemaking/webinar-osha-covid-19-vaccination-and-testing-emergency-temporary.

 

Also, here is the Fed OSHA webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixxkn3Y8z6g.

 

Please refer to MN OSHA’s website periodically for further updates.

Proposed Amendments to the Minnesota Plumbing Code

Minnesota Rules Chapter 4714

The Minnesota Plumbing Board intends to adopt permanent rules governing the Minnesota Plumbing Code, Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4714.

The following documents related to this rulemaking will be published in the Nov. 1, 2021, edition of the State Register:

The Notice, proposed rules and Statement of Need and Reasonableness, along with other information about the status of the rulemaking, are available in the rulemaking docket.

The comment period for this rulemaking ends at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.

Questions?

Contact us at dli.rules@state.mn.us.

NAHB Calls for Action on Canadian Lumber as Biden Eases Tariffs on European Steel

President Biden announced at the G-20 summit in Rome that the U.S. would ease tariffs on European steel and aluminum, prompting NAHB to express concern and disappointment that no action was taken to lift duties on Canadian lumber that continue to harm housing affordability.

A report in the Wall Street Journal noted that U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said the deal with the European Union “will provide relief in the supply chain and drive down cost increases. Of course it is also good for the American manufacturers who use steel and aluminum in their products.”

This prompted the following statement from NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke:

“U.S. Commerce Secretary Raimondo was quoted as saying the agreement with the European Union will ‘provide relief in the supply chain and drive down cost increases.’ “But what about cost relief for millions of American home buyers and home owners who have seen the cost of housing rise by tens of thousands of dollars over the past year due in part to unprecedented lumber price volatility fueled by tariffs on Canadian lumber? Until a long-term solution can be reached, the administration needs to suspend duties on all imported building materials and goods, including Canadian lumber, to ease supply chain bottlenecks that are causing project delays and putting upward pressure on home prices.”

State Extends Deadline for Local Governments to Request Federal Funds

State Extends Deadline for Local Governments to Request Federal Funds

ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota Management and Budget today announced an extended period for local governments to request federal COVID-19 recovery funds through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Eligible cities and towns now have through Oct. 11, 2021 to request federal funds to help their communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s announcement is a result of new federal reporting deadlines released Sept. 30, 2021.

“These ARP funds are a huge opportunity for local governments to address inequities and negative economic impacts in their communities and improve access to water and broadband infrastructure,” said Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter. “We urge every city and town in the state to request these funds, and we hope this extended deadline will help make that happen.”

Local ARP funds are intended to help counties, cities, and towns respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and are available to be allocated for eligible projects through Dec. 31, 2024. There are 113 eligible cities and 568 eligible towns that have not yet requested a total of $18,014,183 in federal funds. The COVID-19 Response Accountability Office publishes lists of eligible local governments that have and have not requested their ARP funds.

Minnesota cities, counties, and towns are eligible to receive an estimated $2.132 billion in Local Fiscal Recovery Funds as part of the ARP. Counties and 21 large cities received their ARP funds directly from the U.S. Treasury. The State of Minnesota is responsible for distributing federal ARP funds to another 2,613 eligible cities and towns.

Minnesota cities and towns that are ready to request their ARP funds or have questions are encouraged to visit mn.gov/mmb/crao or email CRAOffice.MMB@state.mn.us.

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Media Contact:
Ellen Anderson, Minnesota Management and Budget
Phone: 651-226-2828
Email: Ellen.Anderson@state.mn.us