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FTC to Host Public Forum Examining Proposed Rule to Ban Noncompete Clauses

On Feb. 2, the Federal Trade Commission announced it will host a public forum examining the FTC’s proposed rule to prohibit employers from imposing noncompetes on their workers. READ MORE
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Action Alert: Tell Your Lawmakers to Oppose Job-Killing Provisions in the America COMPETES Act and USICA

Earlier this month, the U.S. House and Senate established a conference committee to continue debate on the House-passed H.R. 4521, the America COMPETES Act, and the Senate-passed S. 1260, the United States Innovation and Competition Act. Both bills contain troubling, restrictive labor policies that would dilute the effectiveness of the legislation and limit opportunities for much of the construction industry to participate in new programs authorized under these bills. 

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White House Releases FY23 Budget Proposal

On March 28, the White House released the president’s $5.8 trillion budget for the next fiscal year, which renews calls for tax hikes to support Democrats’ federal spending priorities in the coming years.  

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ABC Urges USDA to Withdraw Proposal That Includes New Labor Law Compliance Certifications and Reporting

On Feb. 17, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a proposed rule to make amendments to the Agriculture Acquisition Regulation, which includes new labor law compliance certifications and reporting provisions that present wide-ranging implications for ABC members that perform work on federal contracts awarded under the AGAR. On March 21, ABC submitted comments urging the USDA to withdraw the proposal.

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ABC Responds to President Biden’s State of the Union Address

During his address to the nation, President Joe Biden expressed his support for the Protecting the Right to Organize, saying, “Let’s pass the PRO Act. When a majority of workers want to unionize, they shouldn’t be stopped.” ABC issued a statement criticizing the president’s anti-merit shop agenda three minutes later.

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CDW Pushes Back on NLRB Independent Contractor Case, Conflicts of Interest

On Feb. 11, the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace filed an amicus brief before the National Labor Relations Board in The Atlanta Opera, a case dealing with the independent contractor standard.

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DOL Offers Webinar on Davis-Bacon Compliance for Projects Receiving Funding Under IIJA

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is offering two free webinars on Feb. 28 and March 1 at 1:30 p.m. ET to provide an overview of the Davis-Bacon compliance requirements for projects receiving funding under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. It will also include a question-and-answer session. Participants will be able to submit questions in advance or during the webinar.

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ABC-Opposed America COMPETES Act Passes the House With Anti-Competitive Provisions

On Feb. 4, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4521, he America COMPETES Act by a vote of 222-210. The ABC-opposed bill is filled with anti-competitive provisions that would impose harmful labor policies, including instituting “card-check” provisions, expanding prevailing wage requirements and restricting access to the nation’s registered apprenticeship system for nonunion workers through the ABC-opposed National Apprenticeship Act.

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OSHA Increases Civil Monetary Penalties for Employers

On Jan. 14, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, the U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the department, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, for 2022. This final rule went into effect on Jan. 15, 2022. The increased penalty levels apply to any penalties assessed after the effective date of this rule.

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Reminder: Deadline for Electronically Submitting 2021 OSHA Form 300A Data Is March 2

On Jan. 5, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a press release reminding certain employers that the administration began collecting calendar year 2021 Form 300A data on Jan. 2. The deadline to electronically submit the form is March 2.

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DOL to Host Compliance Seminar on Executive Order 14026, Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will be hosting a free virtual seminar on Executive Order 14026, Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors on Wednesday, Jan. 26, and Thursday, Jan. 27, at 1:30 p.m. ET. The training is the latest in WHD’s ongoing efforts to increase awareness and improve compliance with federal prevailing wage requirements among employers performing work on federally funded construction or services contracts.

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