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Regulatory Reform Bill on Rulemaking Process Passes the House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the ABC-supported Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2015 (H.R. 427) July 28. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and was cosponsored by an additional 171 representatives. 
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House Passes Bill to Allow State Governance on Coal Ash Disposal

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the ABC-supported Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Act of 2015 (H.R.1734) July 22. The bill was sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R-W. Va.) and was cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 44 representatives. 
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ABC’s Construction Management Career Fair Returning in November

This fall, ABC is bringing back its annual Construction Management Career fair Nov. 11 in San Diego, where ABC members will have the opportunity to recruit from some of the leading construction management programs from around the country. 
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Four New Ways You Can Incorporate BIM in Your Business

Through Project Virtual Marketplace, ABC’s exclusive program for BIM products and services, ABC members have access to four new programs that help businesses find BIM solutions.  
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Labor Department Issues New Guidance Targeting Worker Misclassification

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released new guidance July 15 related to employers’ use of independent contractors. In the Administrator’s Interpretation and an accompanying blog post, Wage and Hour Division Administrator Dr. David Weil laments the “problematic trend” of deliberate misclassification, and considers the guidance part of a “multi-pronged approach” to combat the phenomenon.
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House Committee Chairmen Call for Withdrawal of Administration’s Blacklisting Proposal

Republican leaders of three congressional committees sent a letter July 15 to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council, and other Obama administration officials, requesting that the proposed guidance and regulations for the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 (known as the Blacklisting EO) be withdrawn. This letter was sent a few days after the DOL and the FAR Council announced a two-week extension of the notice and comment period for the Blacklisting proposal to August 11.
 
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OSHA Provides Guidance on Treating Work-Related Injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an interpretation letter July 6 which states that the use of kinesiology tape to treat a work-related injury no longer needs to be recorded as medical treatment.
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Growing Your Leadership Skills with ABC

No matter what position you’re in, or how many years of experience you have, there’s always something new to learn to make you the best leader you can be. ABC’s Leadership Week, which will be held Nov. 8-12 in San Diego, Calif., will provide a variety of opportunities for current and emerging leaders to grow both professionally and personally. 
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Users Summit Brings Together Construction Owners and Contractors

ABC will bring together construction users and contractors Oct. 8-9 to discuss the industry’s safety, quality and workforce issues during its third annual Users Summit in St. Pete, Fla. This exclusive event is limited to 150 participants and includes a mix of users and chief executives and senior management from ABC contractor members in the health care and industrial markets.
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How ConsensusDocs is Helping ABC Members

Every person working on a construction project deserves to work under a fair contract where their interests are represented early on and risk is fairly allocated to help reduce costs. Whether working at the office or from the road, the ConsensusDocs platform provides instant access to your contract documents, a personalized dashboard and an easy-to-use system to locate recent projects, edit contracts, review changes, or start a new contract. ABC member, Carole Bionda, past ABC National Chair, and Vice President and General Counsel for Nova Group, Inc., explains why she chose to use ConsensusDocs and how it has helped her business.
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