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From the category archives: Regulations

Regulations

Court Suspends Appeal of Ambush Elections Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Feb. 19 issued an order of abeyance on an appeal of the NLRB controversial “ambush” elections rule by the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace. The order suspends consideration of the appeal “pending further order of the court.”  
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USACE Issues PLA Surveys for Projects in Illinois and the Savannah District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is seeking feedback from the construction industry about the potential use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale federal projects in Illinois and the Savannah District.
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Bill Requires DOL to Meet Hiring Goals Before Imposing Them on Contractors

Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) Feb. 15 introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, The Equal Standards in Hiring Americans Act (H.R. 759), that would require the Department of Labor (DOL) to meet the same goal for hiring disabled workers it is trying to impose on federal contractors. Read the rest of entry »

Massachusetts Court Overturns Discriminatory Responsible Employer Ordinance

A Massachusetts Federal District Court Feb. 1 invalidated a “responsible employer ordinance” (REO) in Quincy, Mass., that contained prerequisites which would limit the ability of merit shop contractors to win public works projects. Read the rest of entry »

Obama Renominates Unconstitutional “Recess” Appointees to NLRB

President Barack Obama Feb. 13 nominated Democrats Sharon Block and Richard Griffin to the NLRB – only a few weeks after an appeals court ruled their 2012 recess appointments were unconstitutional. Read the rest of entry »

New Design Values for Southern Pine Lumber

The American Lumber Standard Committee Jan. 30 approved design value changes for all grades and sizes of visually graded Southern Pine lumber. The ALSC recommended an effective date of June 1 for the design values. Read the rest of entry »

Bill Introduced to Require Statistical Calculation of Davis-Bacon Wages

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) Feb. 1 introduced the Responsibility in Federal Contracting Act (H.R. 448), which would require prevailing wage rates to be scientifically determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
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USACE Issues PLA Survey for New Mexico Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is soliciting comments from the construction industry on the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for a project at the New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base.
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OFCCP Directive Addresses Hiring Policies Related to Criminal Records

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Jan. 29 issued a directive, effective immediately, offering information to federal contractors and subcontractors on complying with nondiscrimination provisions, particularly related to criminal record restrictions and discrimination based on race and national origin. 
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Contractors Required to Post Injury and Illness Log Summaries

ABC is reminding its contractor member firms that OSHA 300A log summaries must be posted in a conspicuous spot on all construction sites Feb. 1 through April 20. 
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