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OSHA Asks for Information to Update Construction Standards

The OSHA Dec. 6 issued a Request for Information as part of the fourth phase of its Standards Improvement Project (SIP-IV), which is meant to revise or remove standards that are confusing, outdated or duplicate, or are inconsistent with other standards. 
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NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce Addresses ABC Attorneys Conference

ABC members and representatives converged in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5-7, for the 2012 ABC Attorneys Conference. Attendees heard from Obama administration and agency officials, NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce, ABC national staff and labor law experts on the latest developments and insights impacting the merit shop construction industry.
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Register Now for the Free STEP Plus Train the Trainer Course

ABC will be hosting a STEP Plus Safety Excellence Academy “Train-the-Trainer” Course, Jan. 9-11 in the National office in Arlington, Va. Owners of ABC member companies, safety professionals and chapter safety staff are encouraged to apply to become one of a select number of Authorized STEP Plus Safety Academy trainers that conduct the Safety Academy nationwide.  
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NAVFAC and USACE Issue PLA Surveys for Maryland and California Projects

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are requesting comments from the construction industry about the potential use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on two large-scale federal projects in Maryland and California.
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ABC Chief Economist Predicts Modest Recovery to Continue in 2013

In a 2013 construction forecast released Dec. 4, ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu predicted nonresidential construction spending to expand 5.2 percent next year, with much of the expansion coming from privately financed projects.
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Two New Taxes in Health Care Law Become Effective Jan. 1, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department issued proposals that will implement two taxes in the health care law on Jan. 1, 2013: the onerous 3.8 percent Net Investment Income Tax and the 0.9 percent Additional Medicare Tax. These taxes will heavily impact many merit shop contractors.
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Video: ABC Member Talks About Effect of Year-End Tax Hikes on Small Businesses

Jerry Gorski, president of Gorski Engineering, Inc., Collegeville, Pa., was featured in a video by U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) titled, “This is Small Business.”
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ABC Needs Volunteers to Test its New STEP Plus Program

ABC’s Environment, Health and Safety Committee will be testing phases of ABC’s new STEP Plus program from December 2012-May 2013 and is looking for ABC member company volunteers.
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Learn More About OSHA Updates to Hazard Communication Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in March revised its Hazard Communication Standard to align it with the United Nations’ global chemical labeling system. 
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Register Now for the Dec. 17 Superstorm Sandy Reconstruction Summit

Superstorm Sandy is estimated to have caused more than $50 billion in damage to property, infrastructure and lost business. During the Dec. 17 Superstorm Sandy Reconstruction Summit in Trenton, N.J., attendees will learn more about what is being done to alleviate the damage
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CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES::

ABC is here to help and provide support in any way as we navigate this crisis together. Please find ABC coronavirus resources for members as well as chapters operations: