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OSHA Extends Comment Deadline for Cranes Proposal

On June 15, OSHA announced that it will extend the comment period on its proposal to ensure crane operators are qualified to safely operate equipment by an additional 15 days. Comments will now be accepted through July 5, 2018. Read the rest of entry »

DOL Secretary Acosta and Rep. Foxx Tour ABC Member Jobsite

On May 31, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Acosta and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), chairwoman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, visited a jobsite of Omega Construction, an ABC member headquartered in Winston Salem, N.C. Secretary Acosta and Rep. Foxx toured the Hotel Indigo renovation, guided by Omega Construction President Barry Hennings, and met with employees and apprentices. Read the rest of entry »

Administration to Issue 15,000 More H-2B Visas

On Friday, June 1, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would provide an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for non-agricultural seasonal workers. Earlier this year, Congress included a provision in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill that allowed for DHS to increase the number of H-2B visas above the 66,000 statutory cap. Read the rest of entry »

OSHA Issues Proposal on Crane Operator Qualifications

On May 21, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a proposed rule to update its standard for cranes and derricks in construction to ensure crane operators are qualified to safely operate equipment. Entitled Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualification, the rule proposes several changes to the existing standard. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Urges Congress to Repeal Antiquated, Discriminatory Requirement Facing Trade Associations

On May 16, ABC Legislative Affairs staff participated in the Prior Approval Reform Coalition Hill Day and met with members of Congress about the discriminatory and burdensome “prior approval” requirement for corporate member trade association political action committees. The coalition met with 99 members’ offices and encouraged representatives to sign on as cosponsors to Rep. Mark Amodei’s (R-Nev.) H.R. 2101, the Prior Approval Reform Act. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Attends White House Presentation of Apprenticeship Report

ABC’s Greg Sizemore, vice president of HSE and workforce development, joined the secretaries of labor, education, commerce and stakeholders from industry, education and government in the Oval Office on May 10 to present the final report from the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion to President Trump. The report outlines how industry-recognized apprenticeship programs and other innovations can help meet the need for highly skilled workers in all industry sectors. Read the rest of entry »

Trump Administration Continues Rollback of Burdensome Regs

On May 9, the Trump administration released its Spring 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The agenda lists upcoming rulemakings and other regulatory actions from each agency that the administration expects to release through the end of the year and into 2019.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC Immediate Past Chairman Chuck Goodrich Wins Indiana State House Primary

On May 9, Chuck Goodrich won the Indiana House of Representatives District 29 Republican primary against three other candidates with 47 percent of the vote. Goodrich will face Democrat Tracy Roberts in November’s general election for the Noblesville, Ind. House of Representatives seat. Read the rest of entry »

OSHA Will Enforce Beryllium Standard Starting May 11

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcement of the final rule on occupational exposure to beryllium in the construction industry on May 11, 2018. According to its May 10 press release and interim enforcement memorandum, OSHA will begin enforcing on May 11 the new lower 8-hour permissible exposure limit (PEL) and short-term (15-minute) exposure limit (STEL) for construction.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC Urges NLRB to Rescind 2014 “Ambush” Election Final Rule

Citing a survey of ABC member and chapter labor attorneys that found widespread dissatisfaction with the 2014 “ambush” election final rule, ABC submitted comments urging the National Labor Relations Board to rescind the rule in whole or in significant part and return to the election procedures that were in effect and working well prior to the new rule’s adoption. Read the rest of entry »
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