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From the category archives: Politics & Policy

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Republican Platform Advocates For Increased Training

The Republican Party Platform, adopted Aug. 28 during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., calls for policies that will help get people back to work, including replacing outdated policies and ineffectual training programs. Read the rest of entry »

Temporary Guidance Issued On Provisions In Health Care Law

The Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury on Aug. 31 issued temporary guidance that addresses the 90-day waiting period limitation contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Read the rest of entry »

Democrats Come Out Against Workers' Rights

The 2012 Democratic Party Platform, which was formally adopted by convention delegates on Sept. 4 in Charlotte, N.C., launches a direct attack against workers’ rights. Language in the platform states: “We will fight for labor laws that provide a fair process for workers to choose union representation.” However, the next sentence states: “We will continue to vigorously oppose ‘Right-to-Work’ and ‘paycheck protection’ efforts, and so-called ‘Save our Secret Ballot’ measures whenever they are proposed.” Read the rest of entry »

GOP Demands an End to Project Labor Agreements

Delegates at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, formally adopted the party’s national platform. Contained in the 54-page document is language that “demands an end to project labor agreements.” In addition, the platform calls for the repeal of the Davis-Bacon Act, “which costs taxpayers billions of dollars annually in artificially high wages on government projects.”
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How to Handle MLR Rebates Under the Health Care Law

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, health insurance issuers are required to spend a minimum percentage of their premiums, called a medical loss ratio (MLR), on health care and health care quality improvement activities. Health insurance issuers that do not meet this minimum, which is at least 80 or 85 percent of their premiums, must pay a rebate to consumers. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Oklahoma Chapter Member Will Compete for Seat in U.S. House

ABC member Markwayne Mullin, owner of Mullin Plumbing, Inc., Broken Arrow, Okla., and a member of ABC’s Oklahoma Chapter, on Aug. 28 won a runoff race that allows him to compete for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Offers Updated Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards

Capping off ABC’s celebration of craft training for the 75th anniversary of the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act, ABC is reminding its members that in November 2011, ABC updated its National Model Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards to allow distance learning; competency- and technology-based language; a hybrid and interim credential carpentry program; and reduce payment of benefits as part of the wage and fringe benefits ratios. Read the rest of entry »

GOP Demands An End To Project Labor Agreements

Delegates at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, formally adopted the party’s national platform. Contained in the 54-page document is language that “demands an end to project labor agreements.” Read the rest of entry »

NLRB Appeals Court Decision To Overturn Ambush Elections Ruling

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Aug. 7 filed an appeal against the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s May 14 decision to overturn the board’s ambush elections rule because it was adopted without the statutorily required quorum of members. 
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Senate Democrats Vote To Pass Small Business Tax Hike

The U.S. Senate July 25 voted 51 to 48 to pass the Middle Class Tax Cut Act of 2012 (S. 3412), which, if enacted, would result in a massive tax increase on business income, capital investment and family succession. In addition, the Senate voted 45 to 54 against theABC-supported Hatch-McConnell Amendment to S. 3412 that would have forestalled the looming fiscal cliff facing America’s job creators. 
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