Chuck White, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs

Vice President of Regulatory Affairs , PHCC-National Association
Charles “Chuck” R. White serves as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for PHCC—National Association. White works closely with government regulatory bodies, such as the DOE, and serves on a number of councils and coalitions including NSPC, PERC, ABPA and IAPMO as a representative of PHCC’s contractors.
  • 05.06.20

    Advocacy News

    SBA Clarifies Paycheck Protection Program

    The Small Business Administration (SBA) has added an Item 40 to their list of FAQ's expanding on the topic of PPP loan forgiveness. Some employers are finding laid-off workers declining return-to-work offers when those workers are receiving greater pay through un-employment. Employers are then faced with a declining staff count, which could affect the forgiveness of their Paycheck Protection. …

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  • 04.28.20

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    Paid Sick Leave and Family Medical Leave Update

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced it has ended its temporary non-enforcement of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The Department had allowed a grace period to allow employers to comply with the Act’s requirements, particularly with the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family and Medical Expanded Leave Act (EFMELA). A list of updated FAQs …

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  • 03.26.20

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    The Science of COVID-19

    It seems that today it’s Coronavirus all day, every day, and that has been particularly true at PHCC. Just to add some fact to the issue, here are some science elements from a DHS Master Question List, plus others to consider. The Wuhan novel coronavirus is called SARS-CoV-2; the disease it causes is called COVID-19. SARS is an acronym for severe acute respiratory syndrome, and there are many …

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  • 03.26.20

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    COVID-19 Essential Services Documentation

    PHCC—National Association has filed a request with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to clarify its definition for workers that would be classified as providing essential services. DHS has issued a Memorandum that contains the following language pertaining to residential services in the Public Works section. Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service …

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  • 03.19.20

    Potential Business Closures: What to Consider

    COVID-19: Six months ago, those words meant nearly nothing to the average person, but today it would be hard for anyone in the U.S. to not know what the virus is. The ever-evolving response to Coronavirus has had different effects across the country; unfortunately, some contractors are already faced with shutting down their operations because of “shelter-in-place” orders, as well as other …

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  • 03.18.20

    COVID-19 Workplace Guidance

    PHCC—National Association has received numerous inquiries related to the current health crisis in America. While no one knows every detail related to this novel virus, the following are some suggested actions a contractor could use in their business. If in doubt, the local health authority would be a good resource to verify a business’s procedures. On a regular basis, keep informed of accurate …

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  • 03.17.20

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    DOL Releases IRAP Final Rule

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its final rule establishing Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). PHCC has been following the development of the IRAP rule for several years and has previously filed comments that called into question many of the underlying assumptions supporting the creation of this program. The DOL acknowledged many of the points raised by PHCC; the …

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  • 01.29.20

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    DOE Releases Final Process Rule That Addresses Energy Conservation Standards

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced its intent to publish its Final Rule, “Procedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration of New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Products,” more commonly called the Process Rule. PHCC has been following this rule and remains supportive of these changes. A summary of the rule clarifies that the DOE will: Establish a …

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  • 01.29.20

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    Energy Efficiency Tax Credits: What You Need to Know

    PHCC thanks its members who responded to the Legislative Alert last month to support passage of the extension of energy efficiency tax credits. Thanks to your outreach, Congress passed (and the President signed) a spending bill that included a clean extension of Sections 25C and 179D of the U.S. Tax Code, thus allowing American families and businesses to take advantage of federal tax credits for …

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  • 04.04.19

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    Federal Judge Blocks Expanded Access to Association Health Plans

    U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington, D.C., ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in an Association Health Plan (AHP) lawsuit filed by 12 states who claimed that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) exceeded its statutory authority in a rulemaking that opened up opportunities for multiemployer AHPs. The full District Court ruling may be read here. In his ruling, Judge Bates ruled that the rule …

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  • 01.24.19

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    OSHA Announces Increased Fines

    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it will increase penalties in 2019 after publication in the Federal Register. The “Serious Other-Than-Serious Posting Requirements” penalty increases from $12,934 to $13,260. The “Failure to Abate” penalty similarly increases from $12,934 per day beyond the abatement day to $13,260 per day beyond the abatement day. Penalties …

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  • 01.24.19

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    Industry Weighs in on DOE Standards

    Two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) rulemakings will soon close public comment periods. These proposals would change the manner in which residential gas furnaces and commercial water heaters are regulated. One request for comment would consolidate multiple standards on multiple components of gas furnaces. Support of this would streamline evaluation of these products from every couple of years to …

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