Chemical Industry Regulatory Update – January 2021

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

Date: January 13, 2021

Chemical Industry Regulatory Update provides a monthly digest of recent legislative and regulatory developments and related industry news.

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021: Implications for Business

Nancy M. Barnes, Karyn A. Booth, Thomas J. Callahan, Sean A. Gordon, Cori R. Haper, Julia Ann Love, Jennifer L. Maffett-Nickelman, Tom Mason, Francis E. Purcell, Jr., Edward C. Redder, Laura A. Ryan, Curtis L. Tuggle, Kim Wilcoxon, M. Scott Young, Joseph R. Berger, Leah Singleton, Austin Alexander, Hannah E Caldwell, Alexis J. Kim, Beth A. Mandel, Erin E. ShickJason D. Tutrone

On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 was signed into law. This new legislation includes the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (Act), which provides a breadth of benefits to businesses designed to address the economic fallout from the pandemic. The Act extends the Paycheck Protection Program, enhances other relief previously granted under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and available under other existing programs and includes new forms of relief for businesses. This update summarizes the portions of this massive piece of legislation that most directly affect businesses and includes links to other client updates providing even more in-depth information on specific topics. Continue reading.

Transition: A Presidential Change - Webinar Series

What will the new presidential administration look like in 2021? As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take over the White House, we invite you to join us for a series of webinars that will examine what this shift in presidential power could mean for the country. The change of hands will likely spark significant changes affecting a wide range of government sectors, from U.S. trade to immigration. We will explore these potential changes and their consequences for U.S. businesses.

Session One – Impact of the 2020 Election on U.S. Trade Policy: Trump Transformation to Biden Restoration?

Addressing a key 2016 campaign promise, President Trump transformed decades of U.S. trade policy by weaponizing tariffs, ramping up enforcement and focusing on bilateral trade in goods. Will President-elect Biden continue any of these policies or attempt to restore the multilateral trade approach of past presidential administrations? Click here to register.

Session Two - Insights on Environmental Shifts Under the Biden Administration

The Biden administration has signaled it will have a dramatically different view on environmental laws and policy and has already begun to reverse Trump-era executive orders and policies. We’ll examine possible key areas of change, including climate change, stationary and mobile emission sources, chemical regulation and water protection, and the impacts on the regulated community, the nation and the world. Click here to register.

COVID-19 Relief Bill – The Impact on Employers and Employees

Nancy M. Barnes, Julia Ann Love, Edward C. Redder, Laura A. Ryan, Kim Wilcoxon, M. Scott Young, Leah Singleton, Hannah E Caldwell, Beth A. MandelErin E. Shick

Congress passed a nearly $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus deal (the “Bill”) that includes assistance for struggling Americans and businesses and includes significant provisions impacting employee benefit plans. We expect the president to sign the Bill into law. In addition to provisions providing for continued funding of the government, a number of tax extenders and other provisions designed to implement certain policy priorities, some provisions of the Bill – described below – are designed to soften the financial blow of COVID-19 for the American workforce, allow greater flexibility to employee benefit plan sponsors as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on their plans and their employees, and eliminate surprise medical billing. Read more.

Environmental L.A.W.S. Podcast – Practical Tips on Navigating OSHA Inspections and Enforcement

In this episode, Environmental Counsel Nathan Hunt is joined by Jackie Baxley, EHS Practice Leader at HRP Associates, to discuss the dos and don’ts in OSHA enforcement cases and examine the different roles EHS legal counsel and consultants play in such cases. 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.


For more information, contact the editor, William J. Hubbard, or any of the authors.

Additional Resources

We have assembled a firmwide multidisciplinary task force to address clients' business and legal concerns and needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see our COVID-19 Task Force page for additional information and resources.

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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.