IDPH Releases Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Program Required for All Illinois Employers
Read about it and download training program HERE.
Please see the IL Tollway’s Construction Bulletin No. 20-01 concerning alternate material delivery ticket procedures HERE. This bulletin provides temporary guidelines for alternate acceptance procedures of material delivery tickets and applies to all Illinois Tollway contracts. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Tollway will allow for the electronic submittal of material delivery tickets. The Tollway is not requiring but encouraging measures that reduce contact between individuals, which includes e-Ticketing. The temporary procedures may be used for the realtime, electronic transmittal and acceptance of delivery tickets, weight tickets, bills of lading, and other required documentation in lieu of traditional paper tickets. The bulletin is also available on the Tollway website here.
Last week Governor Pritzker announced that he will be extending the stay at home executive order with modifications. A draft of the new executive order which will take effect May 1st and be effective for 30 days is HERE. Note that the new executive order maintains the exemptions for the entire mining and construction industry as essential businesses. However, the executive order includes new requirements for essential businesses, including that they provide face coverings to all employees not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing. While our industry is allowed to continue operations, it is absolutely critical that we adhere to social distancing and other safety guidelines. See the IAAP website https://www.iaap-aggregates.org/covid-19-resources.html for the latest industry guidance and best practices.
The new Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, issued by the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers in January as a replacement for the 2015 rule, was published in the Federal Register today which makes it effective on June 22nd. The 2015 rule was strongly opposed by the IAAP and other industry groups due to the unnecessary regulatory burden added to mining and construction projects. The new rule can be found here: 2020 WOTUS Rule. As the NSSGA, IAAP and other industry groups requested, the rule excludes ephemeral and isolated waters, pits and water treatment systems (such as settling ponds), and most ditches from the definition of federally regulated waters and provides much needed clarity to the scope of the Clean Water Act jurisdiction. The IAAP had previously filed comments in support of the proposed rule. Court challenges are expected.
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The IAAP participated in a conference call with IDOT Secretary Osman and his leadership team this morning in which IDOT provided an update on its construction activity. We were informed that the upcoming April 24th and June 12th lettings will proceed as planned, with the April letting being particularly large as we are seeing additional revenues from the State’s new capital plan invested. Both lettings will include projects in all nine IDOT districts. IDOT has delayed releasing its new Multi-Year Plan (MYP) in order to assess the impact of decreasing motor fuel tax revenues due to COVID-19.
Read the summary HERE.
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