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Register Now for ABC’s Attorneys Conference

Registration is now open for ABC’s 2012 Attorneys Conference taking place Dec. 5-7 at the Fairmont in Washington, D.C.

2013 BizCon will Feature Leadership Expert Patrick Lencioni

ABC members that attend the 2013 BizCon, Feb. 19-20, 2013, at the Marriott Harbor Beach Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will hear from leadership expert and best-selling author Patrick Lencioni.

ABC Member Logo Stickers Available Now

Members can demonstrate their commitment to ABC’s long-standing reputation for construction excellence and safety by branding their jobsites and company mailings with “ABC Member” logo stickers.

ABC Offers Health Care Solutions After House Votes to Repeal Obamacare

After the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Repeal of Obamacare Act (H.R. 6079) on July 11, ABC offered practical, common-sense health care solutions and continued to advocate for full repeal of the health care law.

Update on Design Value Reductions for Southern Pine Lumber

The American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) this year has approved design value changes for Southern Pine Lumber. 

Guidance Issued on Health Insurance Exchanges and Summary of Benefits

The Department of Health and Human Services on May 16 issued new guidance for states on health insurance exchanges. In addition, HHS in conjunction with the Departments of Labor and Treasury, released an additional set of frequently asked questions regarding implementation of the summary of benefits and coverage provisions included in the health care law.

EEOC Issues Updated Guidance on the Use of Criminal Background Checks

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on April 25 issued an updated Enforcement Guidance document that addresses the use of arrest and conviction records in employment decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the EEOC chairwoman, “the new document clarifies and updates the longstanding policy concerning the use of arrest and conviction records in employment.” 

Appeals Court Rejects "Unreasonable" OSHA Citation Policy

OSHA must stick to a six-month statute of limitations when citing a company for failure to record an injury or illness and cannot treat such an event as a continuing violation throughout the five-year recordkeeping period, according to an April 6 decision by a federal appeals court. The decision overturned a position that had been in place since 1993. 

ABC Advocates For Repeal of the Employer Mandate in the Health Care

ABC on March 28 submitted a letter as part of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on the “Individual and Employer Mandates in the Democrats’ Health Care Law,” and offered support for the American Job Protection Act (H.R. 1744), which would repeal the employer mandate.

ABC Supports Repeal of Auto Enroll Provision in Health Care Law

ABC March 22 joined 44 other organizations and businesses in supporting a bill, the Auto Enroll Repeal Act (H.R. 2206) that would repeal a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires employers of 200 or more full-time employees to automatically enroll employees in a health plan should coverage not be chosen by the employee.