Category Archives: Government Relations

Huizenga Amendment on Conflict Minerals Approved by the U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives today adopted an amendment by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) that would prohibit the use of funds for any action on rules issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to conflict minerals. The amendment was attached to the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal 2018 that is currently making […]

IPC Supports Apprenticeships and Jobs

By Julie Desisto, government relations coordinator Given the perennial shortage of skilled talent in many parts of the country, IPC advocates for ambitious public policies to address the skills gap. That’s why IPC supports the Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act (S. 1352), introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA). In late July, […]

UK Government Calls for Frictionless Movement of Goods Post-Brexit

By John Hasselmann, vice president, government relations As the negotiations for the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) resume this week, the British Government laid out what it expects to achieve for the future relationship between the UK and the EU in a series of positions papers on a range of topics: […]

Department of Labor Releases RFI to Seek Information on Overtime Regulations

By Ken Schramko, government relations director This week, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a Request for Information (RFI) to gather additional feedback from the public on the overtime regulations, which define and delimit exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements for certain executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and other […]

IPC Welcomes Executive Order on Strengthening the U.S. Defense Industrial Base

By Ken Schramko, government relations director Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order on “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.” According to Nextgov, Peter Navarro, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy (OTMP), […]

H-1B Visas Enable Some Manufacturers to Recruit Needed Talent

by Sharon Starr, IPC market research director As concerns about the U.S. skills gap and the debate over U.S. immigration policy continue, it is worth considering how these two issues are linked. The availability of H-1B visas is one way the government helps to ease the skills gap, especially as it relates to filling engineering […]

Court Strikes Down Part of the 2015 DSW Rule

Last week, in a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down parts of the 2015 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule. IPC opposed the 2015 rule because it inappropriately regulates secondary materials that have been sent for recycling as hazardous wastes. EPA’s […]

SEC Chair Jay Clayton Voices Support for Disclosure Reform; Could Include Conflict Minerals

According to a Reuters article, the new Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Jay Clayton indicated his support for reducing disclosure rules during a July 12, 2017 speech to the Economic Club of New York. During the speech, Clayton laid out his regulatory philosophy and said the SEC staff was working to […]

Advancing U.S. Manufacturing: A Focus on Talent Acquisition

In part three of IPC’s four-part video series, IPC President and CEO John Mitchell discusses how the Trump Administration and Congress could help advance the U.S. manufacturing industry by focusing on addressing its critical talent shortage.

EU Commission Adopts Guidelines for Social Responsibility (Including Conflict Minerals) Reporting

On June 26, 2017, the European Union (EU) finalized “Guidelines on non-financial reporting,” to support companies in fulfilling their reporting obligations under current non-financial disclosure requirements. The adoption of the voluntary guidelines will supplement the already existing EU rules on non-financial reporting (Directive 2014/95/EU). Companies falling within its scope have to disclose relevant information on […]