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Regulations

Court Overturns Ordinance Restricting Bidding On City Projects

AIA Contract Documents A Massachusetts Federal District Court Oct. 4 ruled against a “responsible employer ordinance (REO)” in Fall River, Mass., that contained provisions favoring city residents. The ordinance also contained requirements that employers must provide group health insurance and a pension plan or annuity, and maintain an apprenticeship program before being eligible to work on city projects.  Read the rest of entry »

More Than 500 ABC Members Tell DOL To Scrap Persuader Rule

More than 500 ABC members joined ABC in submitting comments to the Department of Labor asking them to reconsider and withdrawa proposed rule that would expand the circumstances in which consultant services provided to an employer that are used to inform employees about their rights to collective bargaining would have to be reported. 
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NLRB Decisions Effect Union Elections and Bargaining Units

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in August issued two decisions that hurt employees’ rights by inhibiting their ability to petition for a secret-ballot election after an employer recognizes a union as a monopoly bargaining agent and by creating a new standard for a bargaining unit. Read the rest of entry »

EPA Again Delays Rules For Stormwater Turbidity On Construction Sites

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Aug. 12 announced plans to withdraw the numeric limit portion of its stormwater management regulations for construction sites, the Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG). The rule originally was slated to take effect in January 2011, butenforcement was suspended due to challenges filed by industry groups and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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HHS Issues Proposed Rule on Exchange Provision in Health Care Law

The Department of Health and Human Services July 15 issued a proposed rule related to the health care exchange provision in the health care law. By Jan. 1, 2014, individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase private health insurance through state-based competitive marketplaces, called Health Insurance Exchanges. Read the rest of entry »

OSHA Proposes Revisions to Reporting Requirements; Launches Recordkeeping Website

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) June 22 issued a proposed rule that would expand its injury and illness tracking and reporting requirements. 
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DOL Narrows Exemption For reporting For Labor Consultants And Employers

The Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) June 21 published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would expand the circumstances in which consultant services provided to an employer that are used to inform employees about their rights to collective bargaining would have to be reported by both the consultant and the employer. 
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NLRB Proposal Would Shorten Union Election Timeframes

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) June 22 issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would overhaul the procedures surrounding a secret ballot election in a union organizing campaign, potentially reducing the amount of time between when a petition is filed and elections take place from approximately 40 days to as few as 10 days. The reduction in time before an election could significantly impede an employer’s ability to educate its employees about the pros and cons of union representation. 
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Feasibility Concerns Bring Extended White House Review On OSHA Silica Rule

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has formally extended its review period for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed rule that would lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) on crystalline silica. 
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ABC Member Says Davis-Bacon is "Fatally Flawed" and Calls for Repeal

ABC member Thomas Mistick April 14 told the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections that the DOL fails at administering the Davis-Bacon Act and that the law is “fatally flawed,” echoing the findings of an April 6 report by the Government Accountability Office. The hearing was titled, “Examining the Department of Labor's Implementation of the Davis-Bacon Act.” 
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