Chemical Industry Regulatory Update - January 2022

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

Date: January 18, 2022

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.

U.S. Supreme Court Stays OSHA ETS; Health Care Worker Mandate Moves Forward

M. Scott Young, Nancy M. Barnes, Matthew R. Kissling, Anthony P. McNamara

In two opinions announced on January 13 the U.S. Supreme Court decided to stay the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (“OSHA ETS”) but denied applications to stay a separate vaccination requirement issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS ETS”). Read more.

Employment Legislation Outlook

Megan S. Glowacki

With new state employment laws continuously being enacted, it can be challenging to keep up on each change and ensure that your policies and practices are compliant. We have your solution.
This monthly digest is designed to keep you apprised of upcoming major state law changes in areas including paid sick and safe leave laws, family and parental leave, recreational and medicinal marijuana use, workplace gun laws, asking candidates about salary history and unpredictable scheduling. Continue reading.

EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Announce Proposed Updates to Definition of “Waters of the United States”

Andrew L. Kolesar, Elyse H. Akhbari

On November 18, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers announced their proposed updates to the definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS) via a notice of proposed rulemaking. The proposed rule was officially published in the Federal Register on December 7, 2021. Read more.

Biden Signs Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

Francesca M.S. Guerrero, Samir D. Varma, Joyce Rodriguez, Scott E. Diamond*

On December 23, 2021, President Biden signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, H.R. 6256 (Public Law No. 117-78) ( the “Act”), which is part of a concerted U.S. government effort to address the use of state-sponsored forced labor in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (“Xinjiang”). Continue reading.

*Not licensed to practice law

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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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