Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 12:06 PM By Donna Puglisi
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) will be joining us as the keynote speaker at the Free Enterprise Alliance Reception June 23 during Legislative Week. Sen. Ernst, elected in November 2014, is the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the State of Iowa and the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate. Join us June 23 as we hear from Sen. Ernst and her thoughts on today’s political environment as it relates to ABC, the construction industry and the merit shop.
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:00 AM By Donna Puglisi
Throughout Safety Week 2015, May 3-9, ABC, its’ members and many other organizations within the construction industry partnered to highlight the importance of being safe both on and off the jobsite. To kick off both Safety Week 2015 and OSHA’s annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, ABC conducted a toolbox talk stand-down event in Washington, DC with members HITT Construction and Power Design, Inc. for more than 200 employees on a HITT and Power Design Atlantic Plumbing jobsite. The event covered personal fall arrest system orientation, personal protective equipment inspections, slips, trips and falls, and incorporated electrical lockout and tagout training.
Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:47 AM By Donna Puglisi
OSHA released its latest version of their “Job Safety and Health—It's The Law!” poster April 29 which employers must display if covered by the OSH Act or be subjected to citations or penalties if they fail to do so. Employers do not need to replace previous versions of the poster. The poster is free and can be downloaded on OSHA’s website.
Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 4:01 PM By Donna Puglisi
The U.S. Senate passed the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget (S. Con Res 11) for Fiscal Year 2016, May 5 which contains ABC-supported language adopted during Senate Vote-A-Rama, that would restrict the use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs). The budget was previously passed by the House on April 30.
Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 3:51 PM By Donna Puglisi
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act April 30 for Fiscal Year 2016 (H.R. 2029). While on the floor, two amendments were introduced that impact federal contractors.
Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 9:49 AM By Donna Puglisi
As a member of ABC, you have the opportunity to attend the Petrochemical Engineering & Construction Conference, June 16-17, New Orleans, La., and get an exclusive $100 registration discount. The conference will bring together the leading operators and contractors working at the heart of North America’s largest petrochemical construction projects.
Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 9:45 AM By Donna Puglisi
OSHA issued a final rule for confined spaces in construction on May 4, which mirrors the general industry standard but adds certain provisions tailored specifically to the construction industry including an emphasis on training, monitoring and evaluating, as well as communication on multi-employer sites. The rule is set to go into effect August 3.
Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 9:40 AM By Donna Puglisi
The Departments of Homeland Security and Labor released two H-2B regulations April 29 that will affect employers utilizing the H-2B program. The regulations include a final rule determining the wage methodology for temporary non-agricultural workers under the H-2B visa program, and an interim final rule (IFR) that includes a new employer registration process, increased recruitment and oversight, requirements for guaranteed pay, additional fees, and similar payment for corresponding U.S. workers.
Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 2:06 PM By Donna Puglisi
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have issued three surveys soliciting comments from the construction industry on the potential use of project labor agreements (PLA) on projects in California and Texas.
Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:09 AM By Donna Puglisi
The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) updated its Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark Database April 21 to reflect a new 7 percent annual national benchmark for federal contractor hiring of protected veterans, down from the previous 7.2 percent.