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U.S. DOL Clarifies Paid Leave Requirements Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On Sept. 11, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued revisions to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act regulations, which implement paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave. FFCRA requires private-sector employers with fewer than 500 employees and certain public employers to provide covered employees emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave. 

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ABC Explains Impacts of Obama’s Regulatory Expansion and Trump’s Regulatory Relief on Merit Shop Contractors

On Sept. 3, ABC sent a letter to  Rep. James Comer, the ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform, explaining the negative impacts of the Obama administration’s regulatory expansion on ABC member contractors, as well as the Trump administration’s regulatory relief initiatives, which have helped to remove burdensome barriers to job creation.

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Federal Court Strikes Down Key Parts of ABC-supported 2020 Joint Employer Rule

On Sept. 8, a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York judge ruled that parts of the U.S. Department of Labor’s joint employer final rule, which was issued on Jan. 16, 2020, are illegal. Associated Builders and Contractors had applauded the 2020 joint employer final rule, which promised to make the joint employment test more narrow and focused when it went into effect on March 16. 

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OSHA’s Revised Beryllium Standard for Construction and Shipyard Sectors Addresses ABC’s Concerns

On Aug. 31, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule amending its standards for occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds in the construction and shipyard sectors. ABC and other construction organizations previously filed a settlement with the agency to effectively narrow the scope of the Obama administration’s beryllium final rule, which would have applied a comprehensive, burdensome set of requirements related to beryllium on all construction employers.

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Join us on Sept. 15 for a Virtual Meet and Greet With Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), NRSC Chair

The ABC PAC is kicking off the Fall Meet & Greet Series with Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 4:15-4:45 p.m. ET.  This event is free of charge for all ABC members who have a completed a prior authorization for this calendar year.

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The Bottom Line With ABC National's Chief Economist Anirban Basu - Sept. 2, 2020

ABC’s Chief Economist Anirban Basu reports on the national nonresidential construction spending which fell 1.2% in July, according to an ABC analysis of data published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

To learn more visit abc.org/economics.

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Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors to Increase Jan. 1, 2021

On Aug. 31, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published a notice in the Federal Register to announce that the minimum wage for federal contractors will increase from $10.80 per hour to $10.95 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

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Register Today for the Latest ABC’s Election Briefing Series

On Thursday, Sept. 10, ABC will continue its Election Briefing Series with an exclusive Mid-America and Midwest region election update. It will be followed by two national updates from the National Republican Congressional Committee on Thursday, Sept. 24 and the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Thursday, Oct. 22.

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President Trump’s Deferral of Payroll Tax Goes Into Effect; Guidance Issued

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, President Trump’s memorandum deferring payroll tax obligations went into effect. This memorandum allows for the deferral of the employee portion of federal payroll taxes — 6.2% for social security and 1.45% for Medicare — from Sept. 1, 2020, until Dec. 31, 2020, for workers earning less than $4,000 on a biweekly basis or $104,000 annually.

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DOL Publishes FFCRA Paid Leave FAQs Related to Schools Reopening

On Thursday, Aug. 27, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published new frequently asked questions for workers and employers regarding qualifications for paid leave eligibility under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, specifically adding new guidance detailing paid leave options related to schools reopening.

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