New regs for Thursday: Lou Gehrig's disease, parolees, workplace injuries

Thursday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for reporting workplace injuries, parolees who are sent back to prison, auto recalls, money market funds and soldiers with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Here's what is happening:

Workplace injuries: The Department of Labor is considering new rules that would prevent companies from retaliating against employees who report injuries and illnesses.

The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed collecting more information about employee injuries and illnesses in November but announced Wednesday the agency is concerned this could lead some workplaces to adopt policies that discourage employees from reporting this information.

"In order to protect the integrity of the injury and illness data, OSHA is considering adding provisions that will make it a violation for an employer to discourage employee reporting in these ways," OSHA wrote.

The public has 60 days to comment on the proposed rule.

Criminals: The Parole Commission is considering loosening the rules for parolees who violate the terms of their release.

Parolees who are arrested violating the terms of their release, such as missing curfew, but who have not broken any laws, would be eligible for lesser sentences from the commission, including sending them back to jail for only eight months as opposed to a longer sentence.

The public has 60 days to comment on the proposed rule.

Recall: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) delaying a new early warning reporting system that provides recall guidelines for automakers, the agency said Wednesday.

The rules were scheduled to go into effect next week but are being delayed until Jan. 1, 2015.

Lou Gehrig's disease: The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving forward with a program that provides specially adapted housing for veterans and active-duty members of the military who suffer from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

The rule goes into effect immediately.

Money market: The Securities and Exchange Commission is moving forward with new rules for money market funds.

The new rules will make money market funds less susceptible to large numbers of people taking their money out at the same time, and also make the risks more transparent to investors, the agency said.

The new rules go into effect in 60 days.

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