Federal Contractor COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

On Nov. 30, 2021, a Kentucky district court preliminarily enjoined the federal contractor COVID-19 vaccination mandate, but only for three states—Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

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Joint Employer

The ABC-opposed and House-passed PRO Act (H.R. 842/S. 420) includes a provision that dramatically expands the joint-employer standard under the NLRA, and the NLRB intents to issue a new proposed rulemaking on the joint-employer standard in 2022.

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Federal Contractor Minimum Wage

On Nov. 22, 2021, DOL issued its final rule implementing President Biden’s Executive Order 14026, Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors, which applies to all workers performing work on or in connection with covered federal contracts. Effective Jan. 30, 2022, the minimum wage increased to $15 per hour.

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Waters of the United States

In 2019, the EPA under President Trump and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers repealed the ABC-opposed 2015 WOTUS rule and replaced it with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.

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National Environmental Policy Act

In July 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality issued an ABC-supported final rule to modernize the federal environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act regulations.

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Multiemployer Pension Plans

In March 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) into law, including a controversial provision providing a Congressional Budget Office-estimated $86 billion taxpayer bailout of struggling union multiemployer pension plans.

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Construction Executive's “2022 Mid-Year Construction Economic Forecast”

Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT)
Length: 90 minutes (60 minute webinar with 30 minute Q&A session)
Speaker(s): Anirban Basu, Chief Economist, Associated Builders and Contractors
Moderator: Maggie Murphy, Managing Editor, Construction Executive


Anirban Basu, chief economist for Associated Builders and Contractors, returns for his “2022 Mid-Year Construction Economic Update and Forecast,” in which he’ll review the year to date and demystify the ever-changing economic landscape. Basu will address the biggest concerns for contractors, including, but not limited to, the cost of labor and materials and the impact of the $1 trillion infrastructure package, in addition to presenting his exclusive commercial construction forecast.

Basu will also discuss portions of the general economy affecting contractors: inflation (or “stagflation”), the Federal Reserve's interest rate increases, unemployment and labor figures and how changes in consumer demand influence shifts in market sectors.

Sign up for this 60-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of live Q&A. You may submit questions in advance while registering for this webinar.


Anirban Basu, Chief Economist, Associated Builders and Contractors
Anirban Basu is chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore. In 2014, Gov. Larry Hogan appointed him chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. He lectures at Johns Hopkins University in global strategy and has also taught international economics, urban economics and micro- and macroeconomics at Hopkins.

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Coronavirus Relief for Construction Business

As the federal government has provided more than $6 trillion in relief funding to address the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, ABC advocated for and supported critical bipartisan policies enacted by the U.S. Congress. However, ABC also expressed concerns regarding the most recent $1.9 trillion legislation passed under budget reconciliation and signed into law without bipartisan support.

ABC now urges Congress and the administration to focus on critical policies that will ensure our nation’s construction industry remains strong and ready to lead the economic comeback.

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DOL Inspector General Releases Report on Davis-Bacon Wage Audit

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General released an audit examining the DOL’s Wage and House Divisions survey process for collecting and determining the prevailing wage rate in four types of construction projects. According to the report, the OIG found that, as of September 2018, 3% of WHD’s 134,738 unique published rates, roughly 4,400, had not been updated in 21 to 40 years. Additionally, of seven sampled surveys that analyzed 124 wage rates, the OIG found 48% of the rates were not determined from data about a single construction worker within the 31 counties that the published rates represented. Finally, the report found union wages prevailed for 48% of the wage determinations, despite the fact that just 12.8% of the U.S. private construction workforce is unionized.


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The Heritage Foundation: Labor Department Can Create Jobs by Calculating Davis–Bacon Rates More Accurately

According to a report issued by the Heritage Foundation, the United States Department of Labor   uses unscientific and flawed methods to estimate the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage rates. The report found, amongst other findings, that current surveys do not use statistically representative samples have tiny sample sizes and combine data from economically unrelated counties or set local wages using statewide data. Furthermore, nearly half of the surveys are over a decade old and don’t account for economic changes over the last ten year. The report concludes by suggesting the DOL should switch to Bureau of Labor Statistics data to get a more accurate reading of wage data.


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