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Construction Industry Takes Time Out to Focus on Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the construction industry has the highest rate of suicide, as well as the highest number of suicides among all industries. This is a public health crisis, and ABC is committed to doing better for our workforce and their families.

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Apply for STEP, AQC by Nov. 1 To Be Eligible for ABC’s 2020 Top Performers Ranking

What defines the best of the best? ABC’s Top Performers lists—the only rankings of their kind—recognize member contractors’ achievements in safety, quality, diversity, project excellence and special designations, ranked by work hours. You must achieve STEP Gold or higher and earn the Accredited Quality Contractor designation to qualify—applications are due by Nov. 1 for consideration in the rankings.

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Important EEOC Deadline: Submit EEO-1 Component 2 Compensation Data by Sept. 30

In light of a recent court decision, certain employers will be required for the first time to submit detailed data on employee compensation and hours worked (or Component 2 data) for calendar years 2017 and 2018 to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as part of their annual EEO-1 form submission by Sept. 30, 2019.

 

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ABC Calls for ‘All-of-the-Above’ Approach to Apprenticeship Programs in Comments to DOL

On Aug. 26, ABC submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule on apprenticeship programs, which initially excludes the construction industry and the military from provisions intended to expand apprenticeships and close America’s skills gap.

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OSHA Requests Information on Table 1 of the Silica Standard for Construction

On Aug. 15, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a  Request for Information seeking comment on Table 1 of the agency’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction.  Read the rest of entry »

NLRB Proposes Changes to Representation Election Procedures

On Aug. 12, the National Labor Relations Board published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled Representation-Case Procedures: Election Bars; Proof of Majority Support in Construction Industry Collective-Bargaining Relationships, which proposes amendments to the representation election regulations.  Read the rest of entry »

OFCCP Releases Updated Compliance Assistance Guides

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs recently published several compliance assistance guides to provide federal contractors with resources on recordkeeping, postings and notices, technical assistance and more. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Leads Discussion on Workforce Development Reforms with GOP Leaders

Last week, ABC’s Vice President of HSE and Workforce Development, Greg Sizemore, made a presentation to the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee on the importance of continuing workforce development reforms at the state level. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Seeks Feedback on DOL’s Proposed Rule on Apprenticeship Expansion

On June 25, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a proposed rule on apprenticeship programs that would establish a process for creating high-quality, industry-recognized apprenticeship programs by organizations that apply to become DOL recognized Standards Recognition Entities. DOL’s new release on the proposal is available here.   Read the rest of entry »

DOL Issues Association Retirement Plans Final Rule

On July 31, the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration issued a final rule that would allow small and mid-sized businesses to band together and offer 401(k) plans to their employees through Association Retirement Plans. The final rule goes into effect Sept. 30, 2019. Read the rest of entry »