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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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USACE Issues PLA Survey for Kentucky Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is requesting comments from the construction industry on the potential use of a government-mandated project labor agreement (PLA) for a large-scale school construction project in Fort Knox, Ky. 
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More Frequently Asked Questions Released on Health Care Law

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury Jan. 24 released a set of frequently asked questions related to implementation of provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including notice of coverage requirements and compliance of Health Reimbursement Arrangements with the Public Health Service Act. 
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ABC Welcomes Two New Business Partners: Orr Safety and Airgas

ABC members now can take advantage of discounts from two of the nation’s leading vendors for safety equipment through ABC SafetyDirect, a unique construction industry “marketplace” that offers one-stop shopping for safety equipment, products and services.
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Small Business Committee Chairman Announces Regulatory Watch Initiative

House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) introduced a new initiative, “Small Biz Reg Watch,” which will help small businesses participate in regulatory development.
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Building Owners Encouraged to Fill Out Lead-Paint Survey

The EPA is considering federal rules that may regulate renovation and remodeling activities in public and commercial buildings to address possible lead-based paint hazards.  These rules, if enacted, could be based on current lead paint regulations addressing renovation activities in pre-1978 “target housing.” Any such proposal would have a significant impact on commercial and federal contractors. 
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Ambush Elections Rule Could be Negated by NLRB Recess Appointment Decision

The ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace Jan. 31 filed a request with the U.S. Court of Appeals as part of their continuing efforts to block the NLRB “ambush” elections rule. The statement of supplemental authorities was filed after an appeals court ruled Jan. 25 that President Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill NLRB vacancies. 
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ABC Launches Political Advocacy App

ABC Feb. 6 launched the first-of-its-kind ABC Action app that enables users to become a vital part of ABC’s grassroots advocacy efforts and further the merit shop philosophy. The app is available for download on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
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GSA Requests Information on Green Building Certification Systems

The General Services Administration Feb. 5 issued a request for information regarding their review of green building certification systems for use in federal buildings.
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