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Rep. Foxx Reintroduces Highway Trust Fund Reform Act With Davis-Bacon Exemption

ABC supports the Highway Trust Fund Reform Act of 2019 (H.R. 3904), legislation introduced on July 24 by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) that would exempt federally funded or federally assisted Highway Trust Fund projects from federal Davis-Bacon requirements, known as prevailing wage. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that repealing Davis-Bacon would save the Federal Highway Administration more than $700 million a year.

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Controversial Multiemployer Pension Plan Bill Advances in Congress

On July 24, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act (H.R. 397) by a vote of 264-169 with 29 Republicans supporting the majority. Advocates argue the measure is needed to protect the pensions of 1.3 million workers in certain multiemployer pension plans and prevent the collapse of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, while critics maintain the legislation is a taxpayer-funded bailout of MEPPs and does little to address the fundamental structural flaws of MEPPs.

 

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SBA Raises Size Thresholds for Firms to Qualify as Small Businesses

On July 18, the U.S. Small Business Administration issued an interim final rule that will adjust monetary-based small business size standards for inflation to allow more small businesses to become eligible for the SBA’s loan and contracting programs.

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OSHA Offers Resources for Working in Dangerous Weather Conditions

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published several resources to protect workers from various hazards related to summertime weather, such as hot weather and hurricanes. Read the rest of entry »

New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Prevailing Wage Legislation

In a victory for ABC, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed legislation that would have imposed prevailing wage requirements on state projects for the first time since the law was repealed in 1985 on July 19.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC Supports Construction Career Opportunities for Veterans in Treatment Court Programs

Last week, Timothy Mongeau, ABC’s director of workforce development, spoke on the Workforce Development for Veterans Through Apprenticeship panel during the National Association of Drug Court Professionals All Rise 2019 conference, the world's largest conference on addiction, mental health and justice reform.  Read the rest of entry »

EEOC Opens Online Portal for Pay Data Collection

On July 15, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission opened the online portal for the collection of data on pay and hours worked (or Component 2 data) for calendar years 2017 and 2018. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Members Lead Construction Industry in Corporate Culture, According to New Ranking

Seven of the eight top U.S. construction and engineering firms in a new ranking of corporate culture are ABC members. MIT Sloan Management Review and Glassdoor teamed up to introduce the Culture 500, the first-ever scientific ranking that compares the corporate cultures of more than 500 of the most powerful companies driving the American economy. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Empire State Beats Back Effort to Expand Prevailing Wage

As the New York state legislature adjourned in Albany, ABC’s Empire State Chapter members celebrated the successful blockage of an extremely onerous effort to expand prevailing wage in the state well beyond its typical applicability on public works projects. Read the rest of entry »

EEOC Releases Additional Guidance on EEO-1 Component 2 Collection

On July 2, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated the Component 2 EEO-1 Online Filing System website to include additional resources for employers. The website now includes a More Info section and a Frequently Asked Questions page. Read the rest of entry »