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  • US Department of Labor Announces Rule to Strengthen Retirement Programs for Small Businesses

    August 5, 2019

    In August 2018, President Donald J. Trump issued Executive Order 13847, "Strengthening Retirement Security in America." The Executive Order called for the Secretary of Labor to clarify and expand the circumstances under which U.S. employers, especially small- and mid-sized businesses, may sponsor or adopt an ARP or Multiple Employer Plan as a workplace retirement option for their employees.
  • Zero Waste Act Introduced – More Recycling Legislative Proposals on the Horizon

    August 5, 2019

    Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced the Zero Waste Act, which creates federal grants to support municipalities in recycling and waste reduction efforts. The recently introduced legislation provides federal funding to help municipalities invest in waste recovery and reduction initiatives. The program would be carried out by the U.S. EPA and would be funded with up to $250 million from 2020 through 2027, according to the bill text.
  • Maine’s Governor signs Food Packaging Law

    July 19, 2019

    Governor Janet Mills has signed into law a bill that prohibits the use of phthalates and PFASs in food packaging materials. Maine’s legislation imposes a ban on the sale of food and beverage packaging and their components (including inks and labels) as well as disposable plastic food service gloves when a phthalate has been intentionally added over trace amounts. SGIA continues to represent the industry on this issue.
  • US Department of Labor Requests Comments on Proposed Workforce Development Regulation

    July 19, 2019

    The US Department of Labor (US DOL) has issued a proposed rule to expand the apprenticeship model to new industries. Under the National Apprenticeship Act, the US DOL is seeking to establish a process for recognizing Standards Recognition Entities which in turn will recognize Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs. The Trump Administration, recognizing the existing skills gap, began to address this issue in 2017. SGIA has long supported the creation of additional workforce development strategies and policies to help the industry address its recognized skills gaps.
  • Sustainable Green Printing Attends 2019 Green Sports Alliance

    July 1, 2019

    Gary Jones and Heather Nortz of SGIA were thrilled to represent the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) at the 7th annual Green Sports Alliance Summit held in Philadelphia, PA this past June. There was a fantastic group of attendees with a passion for sustainability that fostered productive discussion about sustainability throughout many supply chains. At the SGP booth, many attendees were able to gain knowledge about how to ensure their printed products are sustainably produced!
  • SGIA Requests NY State to Exempt Digital Cleaning Solvents

    June 17, 2019

    SGIA responded to the request from the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for comments on their proposed cleaning solvent rule. The rule would set VOC and/or vapor pressure limits on a variety of cleaning solvents used by business and industry that are not otherwise regulated.
  • SGIA Supports Proposed Revisions to Wisconsin Waste Rules

    May 22, 2019

    The SGIA Government and Business Affairs staff submitted comments to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) supporting its proposed revisions to the hazardous waste regulations. SGIA’s comments were on the draft of the estimated economic impacts of the proposed rule revisions.
  • SGIA Requests Ohio EPA to Revise Its Air Toxics Regulation

    May 1, 2019

    The SGIA Government and Business Affairs staff submitted comments to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that they revise their air toxics regulation to streamline the requirements when a printing operation is obtaining an air pollution control permit.
  • SGIA Joins Coalition Opposing California’s Proposed Ban on Paper Receipts

    April 17, 2019

    A bill has been introduced in California which would phase out the use of paper receipts in favor of electronic ones. SGIA has joined an industry coalition that has submitted a letter dated March 18, 2019 in opposition to the bill.
  • SGIA Meets With Maryland Department of Environment Regarding Hazardous Waste Regulations

    April 17, 2019

    The SGIA Government and Business Affairs staff met with a representative from the Maryland Department of Environment regarding upcoming changes to their hazardous waste regulations.