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OSHA Adds Four New OTI Centers And Renews 24 Existing Centers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Sept. 28 announced it added four new OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers in addition to renewing 24 existing centers. Among the renewed centers is the Mid-America OTI Education Center out of Springboro, Ohio, which is affiliated with the ABC Ohio Valley Chapter. Read the rest of entry »

DOL Announces Electronic Filing For H-2B Visas

The Department of Labor Sept. 28 announced it is implementing an electronic filing system for the H-2B visa program through the iCERT Visa Portal System. Read the rest of entry »

ABC PAC On Pace To Eclipse $1.8 Million

ABC’s Political Action Committee (ABC PAC) has raised $1,757,624 during the current election cycle, which began in January 2011, and has contributed nearly the same amount to candidates and political organizations that support the merit shop philosophy. Read the rest of entry »

House Passes Bill Overriding EPA Regulation of Coal Ash

The U.S. House of Representatives Sept. 19 passed the Stop the War on Coal Act (H.R. 3409), a package of bills that benefits the construction industry by preventing drastic increases in energy costs, avoiding the disruption of crucial supply chains and preserving existing jobs. Read the rest of entry »

House Judiciary Committee Hearing Addresses Regulatory Reform

In response to a U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee hearing titled, “Regulation Nation: The Obama Administration’s Regulatory Expansion vs. Jobs and Economic Recovery,” ABC Sept. 20 called for comprehensive regulatory reform and offered its support for a series of bills that will help achieve that goal. Read the rest of entry »

ABC To Hold Two Construction Management Competitions And Career Fairs In 2013

ABC recently announced it will be moving its annual ABC Student Chapter Construction Management Competition (CMC) and Career Fair to the fall beginning in 2014. As part of the transition, these events will be held twice in 2013, in both the spring and the fall.
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ABC Requests Feedback On E-Verify Changes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Sept. 11 announced it was opening a 60-day comment period to gather feedback on changes made to the E-Verify program. ABC is encouraging members to respond and is offering a template to help with the process. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Offers Feedback on D.C.'s Health Insurance Exchange Proposal

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, states will be required to operate health insurance exchanges – marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can purchase private health insurance – beginning in 2014. Over the last several months, ABC has provided suggestions on how the exchanges can best be implemented. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Announces 21st Century Workforce Development Conference

ABC is transforming its EdCon & Expo into the 21st Century Workforce Development Conference, which will be held April 30-May 3, 2013, at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center.
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EPA Delays Expansion Of Lead Rule To Commercial Buildings

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Sept. 13 delayed for nearly three years a proposal to expand its Lead Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) to include commercial buildings. Read the rest of entry »