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DOL Inspector General Releases Report on Davis-Bacon Wage Audit

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General released an audit report on the prevailing wage rates mandated by the Davis-Bacon Act on federal or federally assisted construction projects.  Read the rest of entry »

Federal Court Strikes Down Association Health Plan Rules

On March 28, 2019, a federal judge ruled that parts of the Trump administration’s 2018 final rule on association health plans were invalid. The U.S. Department of Labor has been directed to reconsider how the rest of the rule is affected by this ruling. Read the rest of entry »

Safety Week 2019 is May 6-10

ABC is observing Construction Safety Week 2019 from May 6-10 with an awareness campaign highlighting member achievements in safety performance and our collective commitment to creating the conditions for all to do their work without incident and go home safe and healthy every day. Read the rest of entry »

Infrastructure Week 2019 is May 13-20

ABC will be celebrating the seventh annual Infrastructure Week, May 13-20, with an awareness campaign highlighting the critical importance of infrastructure to America’s economic competitiveness, security, job creation and in the daily lives of Americans. The future of America will be shaped by the infrastructure-related choices we make today—so let’s all prepare to #BuildForTomorrow! Read the rest of entry »

EEOC Alert: Employers Should Monitor EEO-1 Developments

ABC members should continue to monitor developments after a recent court order dealing with the EEO-1 form enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The form has long required employers with more than 100 employees and government contractors with more than 50 employees to list the number of their employees in job categories by race, ethnicity and gender. This data, known as “Component 1 data” is due this year by May 31, 2019Read the rest of entry »

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 »