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Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules

Executive Order 13563 "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review" (76 FR 3821) was issued on January 18, 2011. The Executive Order required agencies to develop and submit a preliminary plan explaining how each agency planned to review existing significant regulations to identify whether any regulations may be made more effective or less burdensome. On March 21, 2011 the Department issued a request for information (RFI) seeking public comment on how it could improve any of its significant regulations by modifying, streamlining, expanding or repealing them. The public was invited to comment using the Ideascale public comment tool.

DOL Plan for Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules

Public input was used to inform development of the Department's final Plan for Retrospective Analysis of existing rules. In accordance with Executive Order 13563, the Department updates its plan regularly and issues progress reports on the status of our plan:

Reducing Reporting and Paperwork Burdens

Consistent with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and Executive Order 13610, the Department of Labor is taking meaningful steps to reduce paperwork and reporting burdens on the American people, including small businesses.

Regulatory Agenda

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The entirety of the Department's Fall 2015 regulatory agenda and regulatory plan statement was made available on DOL's Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations website. The regulatory agenda is a listing of all the regulations the Department of Labor expects to have under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review during the coming 6- to 12-month period.


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Featured Items from the Regulatory Agenda

Regulatory Labor Department Initiatives Supporting "Plan/Prevent/Protect"

Injury and Illness Prevention Program (OSHA)

OSHA is developing a rulemaking that would require employers to implement Injury and Illness Prevention Programs.

Infectious Diseases (OSHA)

OSHA developed a request for information on infectious diseases to better assess the extent of the problem and better understand ways to protect healthcare workers from infectious diseases.

Construction Contractor Affirmative Action Requirements (OFCCP)

Government contractors and subcontractors must comply with laws and regulations that ban discrimination and establish affirmative action requirements to ensure equal employment opportunity.

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Interpretation of the "Advice" Exemption of Section 203(c) of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (OLMS)

The Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to narrow the application of the "advice exemption" in section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). OLMS is analyzing the proposed rulemaking comments.

Other Regulations Currently Open for Comment

The following regulations are currently open for comment at

  • MSHA's Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines (RIN: 1219-AB79) — Comment Period Ends January 15, [Comment Now]
  • OWCP's Claims for Compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (RIN: 1240-AA08) — Comment Period Ends January 19, 2016 [Comment Now]
  • EBSA's Amendments to Claims Procedure (RIN: 1210-AB39) — Comment Period Ends January 19, 2016 [Comment Now]
  • EBSA's Savings Arrangements Established by States for Non-Governmental Employees (RIN: 1210-AB71) — Comment Period Ends January 19, 2016 [Comment Now]