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OSHA Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy on Crane Operator Evaluation Requirement

On Feb. 7, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a temporary enforcement policy for the crane operator evaluation requirements in the 2018 Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualification final rule. The evaluation and documentation requirements became effective on Feb. 7, 2019.

In Memoriam: Sheldon Shapiro

Sheldon Shapiro, chief executive officer of Shapiro & Duncan, passed away on Feb. 7. Shapiro served on ABC’s board of directors from 1999 to 2003 and on the board of trustees for ABC CraftMasters Training Trust from 2007 to 2009.

Winners of ABC Southern California’s Craft Championships to Compete at NCC

The ABC Southern California chapter hosted their 25th annual craft championships on Saturday Jan. 26, 2019. Along with the craft competition, there were over 500 visitors, 22 vendors, a nine-team chili cook-off, a high school visit with hands-on activities presented by chapter instructors and demonstrations from Job Corps and ABC Southern California.

President Trump Signs Executive Order Expanding Buy American Preferences

On Jan. 31, President Trump signed an executive order, “Strengthening Buy-American Preferences for Infrastructure Projects,” which expands the administration’s preferences for American products in federal procurements and federal financial assistance awards on critical infrastructure projects.

EPA and Army to Host Public Hearing on New WOTUS Proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Army announced plans to host a public hearing on the new “Waters of the United States" proposed rule in Kansas City, Kansas, Feb. 27-28. The hearing was previously scheduled for Jan. 23 but was postponed due to the lapse in appropriations at the EPA. 

OSHA Offers Updated Compliance Materials, Resources for Winter Weather Safety

ABC members are encouraged to review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s compliance assistance products, which were updated in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2019, and OSHA’s winter weather safety page, which features information on preventing workplace injury from various weather hazards.

ABC Submits Comments on NLRB’s Joint Employer Proposed Rule

On Jan. 28, ABC submitted comments on the National Labor Relations Board’s joint employer proposal, which would establish an updated standard for determining joint-employer liability under the National Labor Relations Act. Additionally, the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace submitted comments in support of the NLRB’s proposal.

OSHA Update: Final Rule Issued on Electronic Injury Reporting

On Jan. 25, OSHA issued the Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule, which eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) to OSHA annually.

Survey: ABC Members Strongly Oppose Government-mandated PLAs

ABC members overwhelming reported that government-mandated project labor agreements harm their businesses, hiring and workforce development practices and ability to complete work safely, on time and on budget, according to the results of a December 2018 membership survey published today.

Some Construction Industry Pension Plans Remain in Financial Trouble

Merit shop contractors are typically wary of competing for taxpayer-funded construction contracts subject to a government-mandated project labor agreement for a number of reasons, among them concerns about the viability of multiemployer pension plans as a way to help employees achieve their retirement goals—and exposing their business to potentially catastrophic MEPP liability. New information from the U.S. Department of Labor bears out those concerns.

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