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ABC's Mike Bellaman Talks Federal Regulatory Reform at the White House

On Oct. 2, ABC President and CEO Mike Bellaman attended a White House event with roughly 300 representatives from industry groups and other private sector organizations where Vice President Pence spoke about the need for deregulation and rule-cutting. Following the White House event, 10 federal agencies and departments hosted meetings to discuss their respective regulatory agendas, several of which ABC National staff attended.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Reform Comments Due by Oct. 18

As part of the Trump administration’s effort to promote and execute a regulatory reform agenda (executive order 13777), ABC member federal contractors who perform work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are encouraged to submit comments to the Corps and Department of Defense in response to their request for “input on its existing regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement or modification.”

ABC Voices Support for EPA's WOTUS Proposal

On Sept. 27, ABC submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on their proposal to rescind their 2015 final Clean Water Rule: Definition of "Waters of the United States," also known as the WOTUS final rule, and re-codify the regulations that existed prior to the 2015 rule. ABC also filed comments as a member of the Waters Advocacy Coalition. 

Anticipated Immigration Changes Require Employer Diligence

ABC’s General Counsel, Littler Mendelsen P.C. produced a podcast that details anticipated changes to immigration policy under the Trump administration and discusses employer compliance. The podcast specifically addresses I-9 and visa requirements, potential for an increase in ICE audits and worksite visits, and more.

CarolinaPower Earns AQC Credential

CarolinaPower of Greer, S.C., a member of ABC’s Carolinas Chapter, has been awarded Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) status by ABC. The AQC program recognizes and honors construction firms that document their commitment to excellence in five key areas of corporate responsibility: quality, safety, employee benefits, training and community relations.

No Vote in Senate on Latest ACA Repeal Bill

On Sept. 26, U.S. Senate leadership announced there will not be a vote on the latest version of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill. Named after its four sponsors, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill aimed to repeal parts of the ACA and change its federal funding system with annual block grants to states to help individuals pay for health care.

Take Action: Tell EPA and the Corps to Rescind WOTUS Final Rule

ABC is encouraging all members that have not done so already to take action and submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on their proposal to rescind their 2015 final Clean Water Rule: Definition of "Waters of the United States," also known as the WOTUS final rule, and re-codify the regulations that existed prior to the 2015 rule.

ABC Submits Comments on DOL’s Overtime Request for Information

On Sept. 25, ABC submitted comments to the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division on its Request for Information on the 2016 overtime final rule, officially named the Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees. ABC also filed comments with a coalition of business groups and other stakeholders as a member of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity.

Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors to Increase Jan. 1, 2018

On Sept. 15, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor published a notice in the Federal Register that the minimum wage for federal contractors will increase to $10.35 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

Important Update: DOL Issues New Memo on OSHA Silica Enforcement

Enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) silica standard as it applies to the construction industry will begin on Sept. 23. On Sept. 20, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Galassi issued a memorandum on enforcement policy for the construction industry.