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Deadline Extended for Construction Executive AQC Company Profiles

Every year, the elite group of Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) members are listed in the December issue of ABC’s magazine, Construction Executive (CE), which reaches more than 50,000 contractors and construction-related business owners and has won more than 15 editorial awards.  Starting this year, AQC members now have a new opportunity to promote this designation in the magazine. Read the rest of entry »

The Contractors Plan to Include ACA-Compliant Benefits Solution for Construction Contractors

ABC and Fringe Benefit Group announced the expansion of The Contractors Plan, a benefits platform designed specifically for construction contractors, to include a full suite of benefits including Affordable Care Act (ACA)-compliant major medical, dental, vision, life, disability, retirement and HRA plans – all managed through a single online platform. Read the rest of entry »

OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction Rule in Full Effect

Employers can now be cited for not complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) confined spaces in construction final rule. A temporary enforcement policy of not issuing citations--provided employers made good-faith efforts to comply--expired on Oct. 2. Read the rest of entry »

Competition Season Nears for Trimmer-funded Careers in Construction Programs

If there’s one thing we can do collectively to advance our industry, it is to ensure that we continue to attract and retain talented people to meet the nation’s ever-increasing construction needs. October is Careers in Construction Month, and ABC is highlighting programs that promote life-long learning experience—and national recognition based on achievement at every level. Read the rest of entry »

National Business Groups Invite Presidential Candidates to Speak to Members

ABC and  several other major business groups have invited leading contenders for the 2016 presidential race to speak with their members in a series of teleforums.
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ABC Continues Opposition to Blacklisting Proposal in Advance of Hearing

ABC continued its longstanding opposition to the Obama administration’s blacklisting proposal by submitting a letter for the record in support of the Sept. 29 Committee on Small Business Subcommittees on Contracting and the Workforce and Investigations, Oversight and Regulations hearing titled The Blacklist: Are Small Businesses Guilty Until Proven Innocent?
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House Passes Bill to Streamline Process for Developer Permits and Project Approvals

In a bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the ABC-supported Responsibility and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act of 2015 (H.R. 348). The bill was sponsored by Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Chairman Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) and had 21 co-sponsors.
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ABC Submits Letter Urging Small Business Relief from ACA Provisions

On Sept. 17, ABC joined with 20 coalition partners in sending a letter to key U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate committees urging their support for three bills that would provide small businesses with relief from rising health costs and regulatory red tape. The bills discussed in the letter include the following. 
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House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Legislation to Counteract “Joint Employer” Ruling

ABC reiterated its support in advance of a U.S House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on legislation introduced Sept. 9 designed to help restore the “joint employer” standard under the National Labor Relations Act that has been in place for over 30 years. The standard was overturned by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in its Aug. 27 ruling in the Browning-Ferris Industries of California case. 
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View the Final List of Users Summit Panelists and Register Today

ABC members in the health care and industrial segments should plan to attend the Users Summit, Oct. 8-9, in St. Pete Beach, Fla., where construction users and contractors will come together to discuss industry safety, quality and workforce issues. Final panelist for this must-attend event are now posted on the Users Summit website.
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