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OFCCP Announces 2019 Updates for Federal Contractors

Last week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued the latest Corporate Scheduling Announcement List and an updated hiring benchmark for veterans protected under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act.    Read the rest of entry »

DOL Issues Proposals on Joint Employer and Regular Rate

On April 1, the U.S. Department of Labor’ Wage and Hour Division announced it is issuing a proposed rule to update and clarify its interpretation of joint-employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. According to the proposal, the changes are designed to promote certainty for employers and employees, reduce litigation and encourage innovation in the economy. Read the rest of entry »

DHS to Issue 30,000 More H-2B Visas

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it would make 30,000 H-2B visas available for previous H-2B workers who have worked in the United States for one or more of the past three fiscal years. Earlier this year, Congress included a provision in the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2019 (Pub. L. 116-6) that allowed for DHS to release more than 69,000 additional H-2B visas above the 66,000 annual cap.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC, Industry Groups Urge President Trump to Reverse Obama-era Policy on PLAs

ABC joined a coalition of construction and business associations urging President Trump to eliminate government-mandated project labor agreements and allow for the vast majority of qualified contractors and their skilled employees to compete for federal and federally assisted taxpayer-funded construction projects. Read the rest of entry »

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Arizona Law Restricting Government-Mandated PLAs

On March 11, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by the Arizona State Building and Construction Trades Council that aimed to block enforcement of parts of a pro-taxpayer Arizona law restricting government-mandated project labor agreements. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Supports Bill to Establish New Construction Visa Program

ABC sent a letter of support to Congress urging passage of the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act (H.R. 1740) introduced by Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.). The bill would create a new visa program for non-farm, temporary foreign workers and includes important protections for employers and employees, ensuring that jobs remain available for hardworking Americans. Read the rest of entry »

Women in Construction Week 2019 Recap

From interviews to editorials and many articles in between, Women in Construction Week, March 3-9,  showcased the voices of women from all areas of the construction industry.  Read the rest of entry »

House Passes ABC-opposed Campaign Finance Messaging Legislation

On March 8, H.R. 1, the For the People Act, passed the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives by a party line vote of 234-193. ABC sent a letter in opposition to the legislation, arguing that it is an attack on free speech and would cripple the business structure of nonprofit associations such as ABC.  Read the rest of entry »

PennDOT Withdraws Appeal of Commonwealth Court’s Decision on PLA Mandate

Following the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania’s Jan. 11 decision to strike down the state Department of Transportation’s project labor agreement mandate for the Markley Street reconstruction project, PennDOT withdrew their appeal of the decision on March 7. Read the rest of entry »

OFCCP Launches Section 503 Landing Page

On March 8, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced the launch of the new Section 503 Focused Review Landing Page, which is intended to provide contractors with helpful information and assistance in implementing best practices and increasing the employment of individuals with disabilities. Read the rest of entry »