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DOL/ETA RIN: 1205-AB59 Publication ID: Fall 2009 
Title: ●Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship and Training, Amendment of Regulations 
Abstract: Revisions to the equal opportunity regulatory framework for the National Apprenticeship Act are a critical element in the Department's vision to promote and expand registered apprenticeship opportunities in the 21st century while continuing to safeguard the welfare and safety of apprentices. In October 2008, the Agency issued a Final rule updating regulations for Apprenticeship Programs and Labor Standards for Registration. These regulations, codified at Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 29, had not been updated since first promulgated in 1977. The companion regulations, 29 CFR part 30, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) in Apprenticeship and Training, have not been amended since first promulgated in 1978. The Agency now proposes to update 29 CFR part 30 to ensure that the National Registered Apprenticeship System is consistent and in alignment with changes in Affirmative Action regulations and EEO laws and court cases that have occurred over the past three decades [e.g. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)], and recent revisions to Title 29 CFR part 29. This second phase of regulatory updates will ensure that Registered Apprenticeship is positioned to continue to provide economic opportunity for millions of Americans while keeping pace with these new requirements. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 30 (Revision) 
Legal Authority: Sec. 1, 50 Stat. 664, as amended (29 USC 50; 40 USC 276c; 5 USC 301); Reorganization Plan No. 14 of 1950, 64 Stat. 1267 (5 USC App. P. 534) 
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: Federal regulations for Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) in Apprenticeship and Training have not been updated since first promulgated in 1978. Updates to these regulations are necessary to ensure that DOL regulatory requirements governing the National Registered Apprenticeship System are consistent with the current state of EEO law, including affirmative action, the passage of, for example, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and recent revisions to Title 29 CFR part 29, regulations for Apprenticeship Programs and Labor Standards for Registration.

Summary of the Legal Basis: These regulations are authorized by the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937 (29 U.S.C. 50) and the Copeland Act (40 U.S.C. 276c). These regulations will set forth policies and procedures to promote equality of opportunity in apprenticeship programs registered with the U.S. Department of Labor or in State Apprenticeship Agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Alternatives: The public will be afforded an opportunity to provide comments on the proposed amendment to Apprenticeship EEO regulations when the Department publishes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register. A Final Rule will be issued after analysis and incorporation of public comments to the NRPM.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: Preliminary estimates of anticipated costs and benefits of this regulatory action have not been determined at this time. The Department will explore options for conducting a cost-benefit analysis for this regulatory action, if necessary.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/00/2011   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
John V. Ladd
Office of Apprenticeship
Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
Room N-5311, FP Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2796
Fax:202 693-3799
Email: ladd.john@dol.gov

 
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