Weekly Legislative Update Aug. 15, 2022

Support TIA’s Government Affairs Efforts in Washington TopGolf Challenge

TIA has organized a golf outing at TopGolf Las Vegas to benefit TIA’s government affairs efforts. The fun-filled day will include reserved bays, two-hours of golf, food, drinks and fun!
 
TIA serves a vital role representing all aspects of the tire industry at the state and federal levels of government protecting its members’ interests. TIA takes leadership positions on legislative matters that could impact our member’s bottom line including taxes, general business and employment issues, right to repair laws, and health
care reform.
 
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of golf, laughter and networking for a worthy cause. There’s no pressure –whether you’re an avid golfer or have never swung a club, TopGolf is the spot for you. We hope you can join us for this afternoon of fun to support the association.
 
Sunday, October 30, 2022
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
TopGolf Las Vegas
 
CLICK HERE for more information and sponsorship opportunities. 
 
President Nominates Shailen Bhatt to Serve as Federal Highway Administrator
 
On July 21, 2022, President Biden announced his intention to nominate Shailen Bhatt to serve as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Bhatt has a long career of senior leadership in transportation policy, including as CEO of two different state DOTs (including of Delaware, the home state of the President and of EPW Chairman Tom Carper). He has also served as CEO of ITS America and as a Senior VP of AECOM. He earlier served at FHWA and at the DOT in Kentucky. 
 
Below is background on Mr. Bhatt included in the President’s July 21 announcement:
Shailen Bhatt is Senior Vice President of Global Transportation Innovation and Alternative Delivery at AECOM, a multinational infrastructure consulting firm. Bhatt previously served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, Cabinet Secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation, and as a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Transportation. In these roles, Bhatt spearheaded innovative solutions, collaborations, and partnerships to support the delivery of safe, sustainable, and cost-effective transportation systems for the 21st century. He previously worked as the CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE), Chair of the Executive Committee of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Automotive and Personal Transport. Bhatt chairs an external advisory board for the United States Department of Energy, is a member of the Aurora Safety Advisory Board for autonomous driving, and is the Chair of the ITS World Congress Board of Directors. 
 
$424K in Back Wages, Damages Recovered for 108 Employees for FLSA Violations
 
The U.S, Department of Labor (DOL), Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has separately announced its recovery of $424,330 in back wages and damages for 108 workers due to reported Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime, tipped wage, and misclassification violations. One employer was also assessed a $11,744 civil money penalty for child labor violations. 
Employer Will Pay $200K to Employee Who Opposed Discriminatory Application of Dress Code Policy
 
Employer Will Pay $200K to Employee Who Opposed Discriminatory Application of Dress Code Policy
 
Under a settlement, Groveport Madison Local School District Board of Education in Groveport, Ohio, will pay $200,000 to resolve allegations that the Board violated Title VII when it discriminated and retaliated against a former assistant principal. The complaint alleges that the assistant principal, who is African American, was unfairly disciplined after he complained that the school district’s dress code policy was being implemented in a manner that discriminated against African-American students. Purportedly, there was discretion in how the dress code was enforced. It stated that “No hoods, hats, coats, bandannas, and sunglasses may be worn in [the] school building or class.” The district allegedly interpreted the dress code to prohibit students from wearing du-rags and bonnets, both of which are worn by African Americans to protect hairstyles. Among other things, the assistant principal allegedly noticed a pattern of teachers disproportionately referring African-American students for discipline because of the district’s interpretation of the dress code to prohibit du-rags, and that some dress code requirements that applied more frequently to white students were not being enforced or only being enforced loosely. The complaint alleged that the school district began to retaliate against the assistant principal for complaining about the discriminatory manner in which the dress code was applied, including disciplinary actions against him, putting him on a performance improvement plan, and ultimately, not renewing his contract.