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02. FEDERAL REGULATIONS:
We've included several key federal regulations that should be useful to know and plan for when operating your respected businesses.
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION:
ANNOUNCEMENTS (per OSHA website): March 2, 2020, is the deadline for electronically reporting your OSHA Form 300A data for calendar year 2019. Collection will begin January 2, 2020.
OSHA published a Final Rule to amend its recordkeeping regulation to remove the requirement to electronically submit to OSHA information from the OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) for establishments with 250 or more employees that are required to routinely keep injury and illness records. Covered establishments are only required to electronically submit information from the OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). The requirement to keep and maintain OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301 for five years is not changed by this Final Rule.
US DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT:
EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 14, 2016:This final rule amends HUD's fair housing regulations to formalize standards for use in investigations and adjudications involving allegations of harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or disability. The rule specifies how HUD will evaluate complaints of quid pro quo (“this for that”) harassment and hostile environment harassment under the Fair Housing Act. It will also provide for uniform treatment of Fair Housing Act claims raising allegations of quid pro quo and hostile environment harassment in judicial and administrative forums. This rule defines “quid pro quo” and “hostile environment harassment,” as prohibited under the Fair Housing Act, and provides illustrations of discriminatory housing practices that constitute such harassment.
DIVISION OF LONGSHORE & HARBOR WORKERS' COMPENSATION (DLHWC):
The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act is a workers compensation program that provides for compensation and medical care to employees disabled from injuries that occur on the navigable waters of the United States, or in adjoining areas used in loading, unloading, repairing, or building certain vessels. The Act covers workers employed in maritime occupations, including longshore workers or other persons in longshore operations, and any harbor workers, including ship repairers, shipbuilders, and shipbreakers. Employers of covered employees are required by the Department of Labor to secure the payment of compensation and medical benefits. Click here or the logo to learn more.
THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION:
Is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. FDA also has responsibility for regulating the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors. Click here or the logo to learn more.
TELEPHONE CONSUMBER PROTECTION ACT (TCPA):
In an effort to address a growing number of telephone marketing calls, Congress enacted in 1991 the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The TCPA restricts the making of telemarketing calls and the use of automatic telephone dialing systems and artificial or prerecorded voice messages. The rules apply to common carriers as well as to other marketers. In 1992, the Commission adopted rules to implement the TCPA, including the requirement that entities making telephone solicitations institute procedures for maintaining company-specific do-not-call lists. Click here or the logo to learn more.
ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU:
This department protects the public by enforcing the provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act to ensure that only qualified persons engage in the alcohol beverage industry. Their programs are designed to help enforce the laws regulating alcohol production, importation, and wholesale businesses; tobacco manufacturing and importing businesses; and alcohol labeling and advertising. Click here or the logo to learn more.
UNITED STATES CONGRESS:
Check this page often for legislative updates. Click here or the logo to learn more.
CRAFT BEVERAGE MODERNIZATION & TAX REFORM ACT:
In February 2019, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) re-introduced the CBMTRA (S. 362/H.R. 1175) with the goal of making the lower FET permanent (cited on brewersassociation.org). Click here to learn more.
03. STATE REGULATIONS:
We've included several key state regulations that should be useful to know and plan for when operating your respected businesses.
DISTRACTED DRIVING LAWS:
Texting Ban: Yes
Handheld Device: Yes
Cell Phone Ban: Drivers under 18
Fines: A texting violation is a misdemeanor and carries up to $500 in fines. The violation will also add one point to the motorist’s driving record. And drivers who are under 18 years old may face a license suspension of up to 90 days for a texting violation. A texting or cellphone violation that leads to serious bodily injury or the death of another person carries additional penalties of up to one year in jail and/or a maximum $5,000 in fines.
Learn More: Visit Maryland's Department of Vehicle Transportation
CONDOMINIUM ACT: COOPERATIVE ACT: HOMEOWNERS ACT:
FOOD AND BEVERAGE LAWS:
MALA is an organization comprised of Liquor Board members, Administrators, Alcohol Inspectors, Alcohol Enforcement Officers, Officials from the Office of the State Comptroller, and Attorneys for Licensing Boards who are dedicated to the training and education of Maryland citizens, business owners, and visitors, in the various statewide and county laws, as they relate to alcoholic beverages in the state of Maryland.
MARYLAND'S BEER LAWS:
DISTRACTED DRIVING LAWS:
Texting Ban: Yes
Handheld Device: Yes
Cell Phone Ban: Yes (drivers under 18 years of age)
Fines: A violation of this section while operating a school bus, as defined in G.S. 20-137.4(a)(4), shall be a Class 2 misdemeanor and shall be punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00). Any other violation of this section shall be an infraction and shall be punishable by a fine of one hundred dollars ($100.00) and the costs of court.
No drivers license points or insurance surcharge shall be assessed as a result of a violation of this section.