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ABC-supported Nominee Confirmed as Administrator of EPA

On Feb. 28, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by a vote of 52 to 47. ABC sent a letter to senators in support of Wheeler’s confirmation based on his work as the acting administrator of the EPA to promote an effective environmental permitting process for construction projects, his proposal of a new Waters of the United States rule and his efforts to repeal and replace the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan with the Affordable Clean Energy Plan.

ConsensusDocs Offers More Than 100 Industry-tested Contracts

Are you using fair, best-practice standard contracts to achieve better project results? Contracts from ABC business partner ConsensusDocs are written and supported by 40 prominent organizations that collectively represent more than 300,000 individuals and companies.

ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential-level Member

ABC has added Oklahoma Chapter member Thom Bowen of Securian Advisors MidAmerica Inc. to the Beam Club Presidential level. The Beam Club was established in 1966 to recognize ABC’s top membership recruiters for their commitment to growing the association.

Reminder: Deadline for Electronically Reporting OSHA Form 300A Data is March 2

OSHA’s Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule requires certain establishments to electronically submit information from their OSHA Form 300A for calendar year 2018 by March 2.

ABC Members: Register Today for the Webinar on Preventing and Correcting Workplace Harassment

ABC is offering the webinar “Preventing and Correcting Workplace Harassment” on March 4 at 2 p.m. EST. ABC’s general counsel, Littler Mendelson P.C., will lead the webinar and help management understand and identify unlawful harassment as well as discuss the steps management should take both before and after a complaint.  

FAA Issues Proposal on Drone Operation at Night and Over People

On Feb. 13, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to allow the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, at night and over people under certain conditions without obtaining a waiver.

OFCCP Announces Voluntary Review Program for Top-performing Contractors

On Feb. 13, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced a new policy directive to establish a voluntary compliance program for high-performing federal contractors. The Voluntary Enterprise-wide Review Program provides contractors with an alternative to OFCCP's establishment-based compliance evaluations and instead focuses on recognizing contractors that demonstrate comprehensive corporate-wide compliance and model diversity and inclusion programs.

OSHA Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy on Crane Operator Evaluation Requirement

On Feb. 7, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a temporary enforcement policy for the crane operator evaluation requirements in the 2018 Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualification final rule. The evaluation and documentation requirements became effective on Feb. 7, 2019.

In Memoriam: Sheldon Shapiro

Sheldon Shapiro, chief executive officer of Shapiro & Duncan, passed away on Feb. 7. Shapiro served on the ABC Metro Washington Chapter's board of directors from 1999 to 2003 and on the board of trustees for ABC's CraftMasters Training Trust from 2007 to 2009. 

Winners of ABC Southern California’s Craft Championships to Compete at NCC

The ABC Southern California chapter hosted their 25th annual craft championships on Saturday Jan. 26, 2019. Along with the craft competition, there were over 500 visitors, 22 vendors, a nine-team chili cook-off, a high school visit with hands-on activities presented by chapter instructors and demonstrations from Job Corps and ABC Southern California.