DOL Rescinds 2017 Apprentice Ratio Guidance

Advocacy News
January 24, 2019
By Chuck White, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently rescinded a 2017 guidance letter which detailed steps to achieve compliance in the establishment of apprentice to journeyworker supervisory ratios. The department felt that the guidance lacked consistency across federally regulated jurisdictions resulting in a patchwork of compliance levels. PHCC discussions with John Ladd, administrator for the office of Employment and Training Administration, indicate that the department has committed to developing and issuing new policy in 2019 to level the playing field across jurisdictions. DOL remains concerned that proper training and the utmost care be taken for the safety of the developing workforce.
PHCC has committed to providing any required help in this process and looks forward to a more balanced approach. We are continuing discussions with DOL at this time. Until new guidance is issued, apprentice programs will continue to comply with the pre-2017 procedures. Currently, DOL state and regional offices administer programs based on those offices’ experience with the various industry apprenticeship curriculums.

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.

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