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New West Virginia State Sen. Puts Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal in Motion

West Virginia State Senator Sue Cline (R-Wyoming) was sworn into office on Jan. 25 following a Jan. 22 court decision requiring Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D- W.Va.) to appoint a Republican to fill a vacant seat. Sen. Cline was appointed to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Sen. Daniel Hall (R-Wyoming), who was elected as a Democrat but switched parties prior to resigning.

U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Reach Deal on Omnibus, Tax Extenders

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have reached a deal on both the Omnibus spending package and extending certain expired tax provisions commonly referred to as “extenders.”

ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Chairman and Hall of Fame Level Members

ABC has added Alaska Chapter member Bill Watterson of Watterson Construction Co. to the Beam Club Chairman’s level and Metro Washington Chapter member Jim Anglemyer of WCS Construction, LLC to the Beam Club Hall of Fame level.

Deadlines Looming for ACA Employer Mandate and Reporting Requirements

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, under the employer mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers with 50-99 full-time employees and full-time equivalent employees (applicable large employers) must offer full-time employees (and dependents) minimum essential coverage that is affordable and provides minimum value or be subject to heavy penalties. Note: effective for the 2015 calendar year, such employers are subject to reporting requirements (refer to Reporting Requirements section below).

Wellness Programs, Drones and EPA Regulations Included in Federal Regulatory Agenda

The Obama Administration’s regulatory agenda was released on Nov. 20 and lists the priorities of the administration and the rulemakings they expect to release in 2016, their final year. An update on rulemakings from a variety of agencies affecting the construction industry is below. ABC has also published Newsline stories updating the status of rulemakings from theOccupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Department of Labor listed in the regulatory agenda. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) 

President Obama Signs Regulatory Reform Measures into Law

On Dec. 4, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (H.R. 22) into law, which included ABC-supported provisions that streamline the process for developers trying to obtain environmental permits and approvals for their projects. 

ABC Launches Two New Discount Programs - the Wyndham Hotel Group and Franklin Covey

Now, employees of ABC members can receive up to 20 percent off the “best available rate” at the Wyndham Hotel Group website for their participating brands. Wyndham has 14 distinct brands at over 7,600 hotel locations, including Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Baymont and other affordable brands. 

OSHA Releases Latest Regulatory Agenda

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its latest regulatory agenda on Nov. 20. The agenda lists the priorities of the administration and the rulemakings they expect to release in 2016, their final year. An update on rulemakings affecting the construction industry is below.

David Chapin Elected to Lead ABC in 2016; Chuck Goodrich is Chair-Elect

During its Nov. 10 meeting in San Diego, Calif., the ABC Board of Directors elected David Chapin, president of Willmar Electric Service, Lincoln, Neb., to serve as the association's 2016 national chair. Chuck Goodrich of Gaylor Electric, Inc. in Noblesville, Ind., was elected to serve as ABC’s 2016 chair-elect.

Compliance Alert –ACA Employer Reporting Requirements – Deadlines Approaching

Are you in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements? To learn about the reporting requirements and important upcoming deadlines, a webinar presented by ABC’s general counsel, Littler Mendelson is available for ABC members to view, which can be found. A login is required to view the webinar titled “Compliance Alert—Learn
About the Affordable Care Act’s New Reporting Requirements for 2015” and a PowerPoint is also available.