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Deadline to Use New I-9 Form May 7

All employers are required to use the revised I-9 Form beginning May 7. Employers who fail to use the new form (revision date 03/08/13) on or after that date may be subject to penalties. 
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DOL and DHS Issue “Emergency” Interim Final Rule on H-2B Program

On April 24, the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Labor (DOL) jointly published an “emergency” interim final rule, effective immediately, on how the wages for temporary non-agricultural H-2B workers should be calculated.
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NLRB Appeals Recess Appointment Decision to U.S. Supreme Court

The NLRB April 25 filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal a Jan. 25 ruling that the 2012 presidential recess appointments of three members to the board were unconstitutional. 
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OSHA Issues Final Rule on Cranes and Derricks in Demolition and Underground Construction

On April 23, OSHA issued a final rule that applies the requirements of the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition and underground work. These areas were inadvertently omitted from the original rule. 
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OSHA States Unions Can Represent Nonunion Employees During Inspections

OSHA April 5 released an interpretation letter (dated Feb. 21) stating that nonunion employees can authorize an individual “affiliated with a union or a community organization” to act as their representative during agency-sanctioned inspections and other enforcement situations.
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House Committee Approves Bill Allowing Workers Option of Comp Time

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce April 17 approved the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1406) by a vote of 23-14. The bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide compensatory time for employees in the private sector.
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Top Priorities for Tax Reform: Parity, Simplicity and Certainty

ABC April 15 sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Tax Reform Working Group on Small Business outlining its top priorities for comprehensive tax reform.  In the letter, ABC listed its broader priorities for reforming the tax system as parity, simplicity and certainty. 
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Construction Groups Ask Congress to Support Government Neutrality in Contracting

ABC and a diverse group of 15 construction industry associations April 16 sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate opposing government-mandated PLAs and asking them to cosponsor the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 436/S. 109). 
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Guest Worker Cap in Senate Immigration Plan Fails to Meet Construction Industry Needs

The U.S. Senate “Gang of Eight” April 16 unveiled a plan for comprehensive immigration reform that fails to include a guest worker program that would meet the needs of the construction industry.
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House Passes Bill to Limit NLRB Actions and Relieve Uncertainty

The U.S. House of Representatives April 10 voted 219-209 to pass a bill that would stop all NLRB activity that requires a three-member quorum until the legal disputes involving the board are resolved.
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