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Bill Introduced in Hawaii would Lower Thresholds for Mandatory Overtime Pay

Bill Introduced in Hawaii would Lower Thresholds for Mandatory Overtime Pay A bill introduced in Hawaii’s legislature on January 19, 2024 would lower the working hours thresholds for an employee to be legally entitled to overtime compensation. If passed, Senate Bill (SB) 2610 – which was introduced by State Senator Henry Aquino (D) – would…

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Biden Admin Awards $623 Million in Grants to Expand EV Charging Infrastructure

Biden Admin Awards $623 Million in Grants to Expand EV Charging Infrastructure The Biden Administration has announced that it has awarded grants worth a combined $623 million to help expand EV charging infrastructure in the United States. Administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the grants are funded by the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs…

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UPDATE: U.S. House to Vote on Imported Material Exception for EV Chargers

UPDATE: U.S. House to Vote on Imported Material Exception for EV Chargers The United States House of Representatives plans to vote this week on a resolution that would nullify a rule – finalized by the Federal Highway Administration – that would temporarily waive certain domestic content requirements for electric vehicle (EV) chargers funded through the…

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U.S. House Committee Examines Health of Nation’s Small Business Environment

U.S. House Committee Examines Health of Nation’s Small Business Environment Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business held its last hearing of the year, titled “A Year in Review: The State of Small Business in America.” The committee heard testimony from four small business owners who described the factors contributing to…

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LiDAR Imports and Exports to and from China Scrutinized by U.S. House Members

LiDAR Imports and Exports to and from China Scrutinized by U.S. House Members A bipartisan group of twenty members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to the Secretaries of the Departments of Defense, Commerce, and the Treasury raising concern with light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology imports and exports to and from…

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Progress Towards Building EV Charging Network using Federal Dollars Varies by State

Progress Towards Building EV Charging Network using Federal Dollars Varies by State The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in 2021 allocated $7.5 billion towards building a national EV charging network. Each state assumes responsibility for spending those funds and implementation oversight. As expected, the current status this endeavor varies by state. No EV charger…

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FTC Returns Additional $857K to Those Harmed by Junk Auto Fee Practices

FTC Returns Additional $857K to Those Harmed by Junk Auto Fee Practices The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced it is disbursing more than $857,000 cumulatively in its second round of compensatory payments to customers harmed by Napleton Automotive Group’s illegal junk fees and discriminatory practices. Napleton Automotive Group, which is based in Illinois, is…

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Panel Releases Report on OSHA’s Possible Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Rulemaking

Panel Releases Report on OSHA’s Possible Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Rulemaking A Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel tasked with reviewing a possible Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Settings regulation from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has produced its final report. The report identifies the automotive repair…

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EPA Excludes MVAC Fluid Recovery from Final Ruling on Hydrofluorocarbons

EPA Excludes MVAC Fluid Recovery from Final Ruling on Hydrofluorocarbons Yesterday, the EPA released its final rulemaking on the Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs): Management of Certain Hydrofluorocarbons and Substitutes under Section (h) of the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2020. Notably for automotive repairers, the regulation excludes any mention of the recovery/recycling/reclamation of MVAC…

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Maine House Committee Chair Opposes Referendum Question 4

Maine House Committee Chair Opposes Referendum Question 4 Representative Tiffany Roberts (Dem, District 149) – House Chair of the Maine Legislature’s Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee – announced her opposition to referendum question 4 in a guest column in the Portland Press Herald. If approved, the ballot measure – which Mainers will have…

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