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“Flashback to the 80’s” during SC&R Foundation Gala

Prepare to “Flashback to the 80’s” with the help of the SC&RA Ladies Group, which has been working hard to prepare another amazing SC&R Foundation Gala on Thursday, April 4, 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., during this year’s SC&RA Annual Conference. Dig out your 80’s duds, including stonewash denim, leg warmers and the bright neon colors that helped burn this decade into our memories. You’ll be able to capture your look forever at the photo booth. As always, the Foundation Gala will feature a great meal, plenty of prizes, a risk-free casino, and the Diamond Necklace Raffle.

Arizona Issues Policy Statements about Consolidated Returns

According to an article in the February 8 issue of the State Laws Newsletter, the Arizona Department of Revenue (AZDOR)  has issued a couple of “substantive policy statements” about consolidated corporate income tax returns. The state allows but does not require a group of corporate affiliates that files a consolidated federal return to elect to file one at the state level also. 

Ohio Rules that State Law Preempts Local Tax on Motor Carrier

The Ohio Court of Appeals recently ruled that state law preempted the imposition of a net profits tax on a motor carrier by an Ohio village, according to an article in the February 1 issue of the State Laws Newsletter.  Previously, the carrier had successfully argued before the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, an administrative agency, that state law and the regulations of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission served to preempt it from all local taxes in Ohio except general property taxes. 

Wind Energy Plans Pick up Overseas

Each issue of WindEnergy SmartBriefs includes news of projects throughout North America. However, there also are plenty of items about developments elsewhere. Recent issues included the following items of interest to SC&RA members throughout the world:

Court Finds Multiemployer Pension Plan Is Not Entitled to Refund or Credit

In a February 7 ruling, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah said that an employer withdrawing from a multi-employer pension fund is not entitled to a refund or credit of certain payments made to the fund because those payments were made in an attempt to “evade and avoid” withdrawal liability.

OSHA Revises Outreach Training Program Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revised requirements that authorized trainers must follow when conducting and reporting Outreach Training Program classes. Under the revised requirements, trainers cannot advertise that outreach training is OSHA compliant and pre-printed language on course completion cards cannot be obscured or covered, a provision intended to further protect the integrity of the OSHA course completion card.

New Fall Prevention Fact Sheets Available in Spanish

In keeping with its commitment to raise awareness among Spanish-speaking workers and employers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released nine construction fact sheets addressing fall hazards in Spanish. Although these fact sheets were written specifically for residential construction, they also apply to general construction. The fact sheets address fall hazards while working in attics, installing roofs and more.

DOT Announces $287 Million in Emergency Relief for New York

On February 15, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $287 million in emergency relief funds for New York to rebuild roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters, with $250 million specifically designated for Hurricane Sandy recovery. The funds will help pay for reconstructing or replacing damaged highways and bridges, establishing detours and replacing highway infrastructure devices such as lighting and guardrails.

DOT Establishes National Freight Advisory Committee

On February 14, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the establishment of a National Freight Advisory Committee to provide recommendations aimed at improving the national freight transportation system, noting that “a strong freight transportation system is critical to the nation’s economy and essential for helping meet President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S.

FMCSA Reminds Carriers to Update Fleet Data

Motor carriers are required to stay up-to-date on the Motor Carrier Registration Form (MCS-150), including recent Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) and Power Unit (PU) data. This information is used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to calculate carriers’ Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) percentiles. Click here to update your MCS-150 information.