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ABC Supports Waiving Davis-Bacon on Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts

ABC Dec. 27, 2012, supported an amendment offered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to H.R. 1, which is the vehicle for Superstorm Sandy supplemental appropriations, that would have waived the enforcement of Davis-Bacon Act requirements for projects funded under this legislation. The amendment failed 42-52. 
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Treasury and IRS Issue Proposal on Employer Requirements in Health Care Law

The Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service Dec. 28, 2012, issued a notice of proposed rulemaking addressing the employer requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
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ABC Member Project in Philadelphia Target of Union Vandals

A Philadelphia jobsite of longtime ABC member E. Allen Reeves, Inc., of Abington, Pa., was the target of vandalism during the Christmas holiday. Philadelphia police detectives say arsonists caused an estimated $500,000 in damages at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, a new Quaker meetinghouse.
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First Refusal Rule on Service Contracts Act Effective Jan. 18

The Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division Dec. 21, 2012 announced the rule implementing Executive Order 13495, or Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts, will become effective Jan. 18. 
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ABC Welcomes 152 Competitors to its National Craft Championships

ABC is proud to announce 152 craft trainees will take part in its intense two-day National Craft Championships (NCC), April 30-May 3 in Birmingham, Ala., where they will compete in one of 13 competitions representing 11 crafts. 
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OSHA to Hold Stakeholder Meetings on Vehicle Backovers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has scheduled five informal stakeholder meetings to solicit comments on preventing injuries and fatalities from vehicle backovers. 
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USACE Issues PLA Surveys for Kentucky and Arizona

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is requesting comments from the construction community addressing the potential use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on large scale construction projects exceeding $25 million in Kentucky and Arizona.
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Roundup of Health Care Provisions Effective in 2013

Several new provisions from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) are scheduled to become effective beginning next year. To help members understand their responsibilities under the health care law, ABC is providing a round-up of those regulations.
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CNA Offers Information on Safe Winter Driving

As part of their Risk Control Loss Leader Awareness Program, ABC’s strategic safety partner CNA is offering ABC members resources on how to stay safe while driving in the winter. 
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USACE Issues PLA Surveys in North Carolina and Florida

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued three surveys about the potential use of government-mandated PLAs on projects in North Carolina and Florida. 
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