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Bioenergy Technologies office of the United States Dept of Energy

http://www1.eere.energy.gov/biomass/

This office works with individuals and organizations throughout the biomass industry in order to form partnerships and work towards the development of advanced biofuel technologies. The organization believes that the advancement of the bioenergy industry is instrumental in helping the United States advance in sustainable, renewable energy.

 

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the United States Dept of the Interior:

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/energy/epca_chart.html

BLM plays a key role in the implementation of the Energy Policy Act. BLM has jurisdiction over alternative energy projects under the Energy Policy Act. This website provides a comprehensive list of all relevant documents and actions.

 

Department of Labor:

http://www.labor.state.ny.us OR http://www.dol.gov/compliance/laws/comp-flsa.htm OR http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/compliance_assistance/index.html

DOL also has several on-going funding and grant opportunities for workforce training, which is available on the first website listed. The second link provides information on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) compliance requirements and exemptions. The final link is for Compliance Assistance and Outreach, which provides resources to help with understanding and complying with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.

 

Disability Benefits Law Requirements from the United States Worker’s Compensation Board:

http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/DisabilityBenefits/Employer/complyWithLaw.jsp

Provides a thorough overview of the Disability Benefits Law requirements. Includes information on how to comply with the law, who is and is not covered, and what the benefits entail. This site is helpful for answering any questions relevant to the law and its application.

 

Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) of the United States Dept of Labor:

http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/health-plans/erisa.htm

ERISA sets the federal standards for health plans in private industries. This site provides important information, specific requirements, and assistance contacts.

 

Energy Conservation Construction Code (Energy Code):

http://www.dos.ny.gov/dcea/energycode_code.html

This code lists all requirements for the construction and/or installation of energy-efficient building projects.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):

http://www.eeoc.gov/ OR http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/vii.html

EEOC regulates laws prohibiting discrimination of employees based upon race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, and genetic information. The second site provides employers with up to date information including requirements, policy guidance, compliance manual, and enforcement guidance.

 

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of the United States Dept of Labor Advisor:

http://www.dol.gov/elaws/fmla.htm

This website offers advisory tools for employers and employees to understand their respective rights and responsibilities according to FMLA, including entitlement requirements, benefits, and general guidance. 

 

Federal Aviation Association (FAA) Airports’ Regional/Airports District Office:

http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/

FAA provides a comprehensive list of all regulations and policies regarding aircrafts and airports. The list includes links to all environmental policies and relevant regulations.

 

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC):

http://www.ferc.gov/about/ferc-does.asp. OR http://www.ferc.gov/industries/electric/indus-act/reliability/standards.asp

FERC is an independent agency that regulates all interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. FERC also regulates and licenses energy projects under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The first link is to general overview information, while the second contains links to all FERC reliability standards, filing standards, and enforcement actions.

 

Fish & Wildlife Service Permits:

http://www.fws.gov/permits/overview/overview.html/ OR http://www.fws.gov/permits/

FWS issues a wide variety of permits for public wildlife-related activities. These links connect to general permit information, guidance on how to obtain permits, and overviews of all related policies, laws, and regulations.

 

Health Benefit Coverage under Federal Law:

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/publications/CAG.html

This link is to the PDF version of the Compliance Assistance Guide, a booklet which provides all information pertaining rules and regulations under The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), the Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA), The Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act of 1996 (the Newborns’ Act), The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA), and The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). All rules apply generally to group health plans and group health insurance issuers.


Health Benefit Education for Small Businesses:

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/Newsroom/ltrhealthinsurancetips.html

This page list helpful tips for employers as to how to protect themselves and their employees when purchasing health insurance. This memo was put out by the United States DOL in response to an increase in health insurance plan fraud schemes.

 

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS):

www.census.gov/naics/

NAICS is the classification system that all federal statistical agencies use. This link is to the NAICS main website, which contains information on specific codes for businesses, federal register notices, and a FAQ to answer common questions.


New York Biomass Energy Alliance:

http://www.newyorkbiomass.org/

NY Biomass Energy Alliance is a coalition of businesses, individuals, and organizations who promote the development and implementation of all forms of biomass energy. Their focus is on education, job creation, and long-term sustainability.

 

New York Department of State:

http://www.dos.state.ny.us/

NYDOS oversees enforcement of all local governments in matters pertaining to building construction, fire prevention, and energy conservation. This link is to the main page of the website, which contains a wide variety of helpful information for business and individuals.

 

New York Independent Systems Operator (NYISO):

http://www.nyiso.com/public/index.jsp

NYISO is a not-for-profit organization based out of the capital region, which manages and oversees energy grids, markets, planning, and technology. This site provides information on large-scale development and the regulatory authority of NYISO.

 

New York Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/29066.html

Here is a link to the NY Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment control, also known as the Blue Book, in PDF link format. This booklet contains standards and specifications for erosion and sediment control measures commonly used on construction sites.

 

New York State Agencies:

http://www.nysegov.com/citGuide.cfm?superCat=102&cat=449&content=main

This is a link to a comprehensive list of all NY state agencies, listed alphabetically.

 

New York State Association of Counties:

www.nysac.org OR http://www.nysac.org/Publications/County_Directory.php

NYSAC is an advocacy group that represents, educates, and advocates for representatives across NY State. The second link is to the Annual County Directory.

 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/grants.html

The Department of Environmental Conservation’s mission is to conserve and protect NY’s natural resources and environment. They offer a variety of grant opportunities, with information about each listed on their website.

 

New York State Department of Labor

General Unemployment Information:

http://www.labor.state.ny.us/ui/ui_index.shtm

Visit the NYS Dept of Labor website link for any and all information regarding unemployment. There are links for both employers and claimants, as well as separate overviews of current unemployment insurances laws, and all codes, rules, and regulations.

 

New York State Directory of City and Village Officials:

www.nycom.org

NYCOM is an organization that offers general support to local officials with the aim of improving upon and facilitating local government. The site provides all resources relevant to local municipalities, including a bookstore, information on grant opportunities, and a news bulletin.

 

New York State Directory of Small Business:

http://www.dhr.ny.gov/pdf/466.pdf

This PDF provides numerous links to resources related to small business. The site includes information regarding regulation on compliance with New York State Human Rights Law.

 

New York State Directory of Town Officials:

www.nytowns.org

The Association of Towns in the State of New York is an organization founded to help towns and villages in NY State to run efficiently and to prosper economically. They provide as well a complete and current directory of all town officials.

 

NY State Environmental Conservation Law:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/laws/state_envconservation.shtml

This website provides links to NY State Environmental Conservation Laws as well as relevant codes, rules, and regulations.

 

New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA):

https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/engineering/environmental-analysis/manuals-and-guidance/epm/repository/2-1seqra.pdf

SEQRA guidelines can be found in this helpful PDF, which contains a summary of the law, definition guide, and applicability information.

 

New York State Forms:

http://www.tax.ny.gov/forms/

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance provides this webpage for easy access to the most common tax related forms and instruction.


New York State Office of Attorney General, Investor Protection Bureau (NYS Securities Law):

http://www.ag.ny.gov/bureau/investor-protection-bureau

This link will take you to the AG’s website subsection on The Investor Protection Bureau. On the left hand tab you can find links to all the resources that they provide, including FAQ’s and relevant legal documents.

 

New York State Procurement Council Guidelines:

http://www.ogs.state.ny.us/procurecounc

As established under State Finance Law, this council is responsible for study, analysis and development of recommendations for state policy and practices regarding procurement. They also issue guidelines, all of which can be found on this site. There is a link specifically to all applicable legal requirements that may be useful.


New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code:

http://www.dos.ny.gov/cnsl/lg03.htm

This link will take you to the NY State Fire Prevention and Building Code, enforcement requirements, and information regarding permits. 

 

New York State Workers’ Compensation Board Coverage Requirements:

http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/Employers/wclcompliance.jsp

This website provides all necessary information for employers to understand and comply with the laws regarding worker’s compensation in NY State, including specific information relating to not-for-profits as well as posting requirements.

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) State Plans, VPPs, Consultation Programs, Inspections:

http://www.osha.gov/html/RAmap.html

This link will take you to an interactive map that will connect you with regional offices across the nation.

 

Office of General Services (OGS):

http://ogs.ny.gov/default.asp

This is a general information site, as well as links for centralized contracts and bidding opportunities (see tabs at the top of page).

 

Ordinance codes:

http://www.generalcode.com/codification/ecode/library

http://www.municode.com/

http://www.law.columbia.edu/centers/climatechange/resources/municipal

http://www.gflrpc.org/ProgramAreas/Wind/LL/Fenner,Martinsburg,Westfield,Eden,%20Henderson,%20Portland,%20Clinton,%20Ellenburg.pdf

Here are several useful links to NY State municipal ordinance codes, including an interactive map and other useful sources.

 

Protected Properties are found in the National Register:

http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreghome.do?searchtype=natreghome.

Here is a complete listing (searchable database) of all Historic places on the National Register, compiled by the National Park Service of the United States Dept of Interior.

 

Regional Review Board:

contact info is located at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/dcea/regional_serv.html

The Department of State Division of Code Enforcement and Administration provides all procedures for variances and appeals to the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code). All such complaints go before the Board of Reviews, which are provided through a link at the bottom of this page. 

 

Rules and Regulations in NY State:

http://www.nysegov.com/citguide.cfm?superCat=28&cat=184&content=main.

This is a general list of links to a variety of rules and regulations that affect NY state businesses.

 

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC):

www.sec.gov

The SEC is a commission to protect investors and maintain functioning markets. Here is a link to their website, which provides a tab on the top to all relevant rules and regulations.

 

Small Business Administration (SBA):

www.sba.gov

SBA is the federal government’s primary resource for small businesses. All material is available at their website, including local assistance information.


Small Business Environmental Assistance Program of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (SBEAP):

http://www.nysefc.org/default.aspx?tabid=132

This program provides technical assistance to NY small business owners to help them comply with all state and federal air regulations, including a toll free assistance help line.

 

Trademarks in NY State:

http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tradmark.htm.

This site provides all current guidelines relevant to trademarks in NY State, including links to applications and instructions on how to register.

 

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services:

www.uscis.gov

Here is a link to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services main page.  The website is organized into categories for permanent and nonimmigrant aliens.

 

United States Department of Labor

FirstStep Employment Law Advisor:

http://www.dol.gov/elaws/FirstStep/

The FirstStep Employment Law Advisor was created to help employers sort through the complex labor regulation promulgated by the Department of Labor.  Firststep also gives basic information about how to comply with labor laws.

 

Wage and Hour Division:

http://www.dol.gov/whd/ OR http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/

This website supplies workers and employers up to date information on all labor and wage law requirements. It lists links to all related websites and also provides an interactive map to local WHD offices. The second link offers an overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) eligibility requirements, guidance and a variety of related links.

 

Workers Compensation Board

Important Information for Employers Operating in New York State:

http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/forms/oc923.pdf

Here is a PDF that was put together by the NY State Worker’s Compensation Board. It provides comprehensive guidelines on insurance requirements, purchasing information, coverage requirements, and penalties.