Chemical Industry Regulatory Update - April 2021

A Newsletter from The Adhesive and Sealant Council and Thompson Hine LLP

Date: April 12, 2021

The chemical industry is subject to complex and ever-evolving laws and regulations. New standards governing the production and use of chemicals are implemented every year worldwide, and existing laws and regulations are constantly changing to keep pace with new information and scientific advancements. Chemical Industry Regulatory Update provides a monthly digest of recent legislative and regulatory developments and related industry news.

China-U.S. Legal and Regulatory Update

Thompson Hine

Over the past year, there have been many legal and regulatory developments that critically impact trade and investment between China and the United States. These include not only new U.S. restrictions, but also potentially wide-ranging new trade and investment authorities under Chinese law. This briefing provides a review of some of these key changes. Continue reading.

NYSDOL Issues Guidance Regarding New York COVID-19 Vaccine Leave Requirements

Rebecca Brazzano, Matthew R. KisslingM. Scott Young

In late March 2021, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) issued much anticipated guidance on New York state’s new COVID-19 vaccine leave law. The law, which was signed by Governor Cuomo and went into effect on March 12, 2021, requires employers to provide up to four hours of paid leave upon request to employees who work in the state of New York and are scheduled to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Under the law, an employee is entitled to this paid leave for each dose of the vaccine that the employee receives. Read more.

The American Rescue Plan Act: Funding Provisions for Government, Pandemic Response, Health Care, Infrastructure, Transportation, Science and Technology, and Oversight

Joseph R. Berger, Jessica V. Haire, Tom Mason, Francis E. "Chip" Purcell, Jr.Mona Adabi

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, the first major legislation enacted under the new administration, after passage in the closely divided U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The law provides funding for about $1.9 trillion in federal investments towards diverse priorities, including the COVID-19 pandemic response and economic recovery, while also providing a broad range of relief to individuals, businesses of all sizes, state and local governments, health care providers and schools. Continue reading.

Sponsors Should Have a Plan in the Event of a Cyberattack

Edward C. Redder, contributor

While the Department of Labor (DOL) hasn’t issued formal guidance on the responsibilities of retirement plan sponsors to protect against cybersecurity threats, there are commonsensical protections plan sponsors can put in place nonetheless, according to Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) attorneys. Sponsors need to be actively thinking about cybersecurity protections and have a plan of action in the event of a breach, Ed Redder, a partner in the employee benefits and executive compensation group at Thompson Hine, tells PLANSPONSOR. Read more.

PFAS Compounds and the Toxics Release Inventory - New Reporting Obligations from the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020

The OCTC, in collaboration with business partner members TRC Companies and Thompson Hine, will be providing a complementary webinar to discuss PFAS chemicals and the Toxics Release Inventory. Join the panel of experts, Elizabeth Denly, Melissa Hart, and Joel Eagle, to discuss these important issues. 

Environmental L.A.W.S. Podcast

In our latest podcast entitled, “PFAS 2021: Updates on ‘Forever Chemicals’”, Thompson Hine partners Wray Blattner and Joel Eagle discuss recent PFAS developments and provide insight into possible or likely PFAS regulations and legislation under the Biden administration and the Michael Regan-led U.S. EPA. Click here to listen.

Check out the latest Employment Legislation Outlook. Learn about the latest developments in paid sick and leave laws, family and parental leave, recreational and medicinal marijuana use, and workplace issues.

Chemical Industry Regulatory Update is compiled by Thompson Hine lawyers on behalf of The Adhesive and Sealant Council. It should not be construed as legal advice, and the views and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the ASC or its members.

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