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ABC Supports Reintroduced REINS Act To Reduce Red Tape

The Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act of 2023, or REINS Act, was recently reintroduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.). The bill, which would require every new “major rule” proposed by federal READ MORE
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More Information Released On Grandfathered Health Plans

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury recently issued another set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding grandfathered health plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). 
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Navy Decides Against Mandating PLAs On Guam Construction Projects

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) recently announced a decision not to mandate project labor agreements (PLAs) on billions of dollars worth of construction projects on Guam. NAVFAC, which is responsible for all Guam military construction contract administration for the Department of Defense (DOD), reached this decision after soliciting feedback from the construction industry, including ABC, on the potential use of PLA mandates.   
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DOL Ties H-2B Wages To Davis-Bacon Act

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Jan. 18 released a final rule that replaces the methodology for establishing wage rates for H-2B temporary workers with a system emphasizing Davis-Bacon Act wage determinations. READ MORE

ABC Opposes DOL Proposal To Overhaul H-2B Wages

ABC Nov. 12 objected to a notice of proposed rulemaking from the Department of Labor (DOL) that would rescind the current methodology for establishing wage rates for H-2B temporary workers and replace it with a system emphasizing Davis-Bacon Act wage determinations. READ MORE

ABC Offers Solutions on Health Care Exchanges

ABC Oct. 4 filed comments as part of the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare regarding the exchange-related provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. READ MORE

ABC Wary Of EPA Expansion Of Lead Program To Commercial Buildings

ABC July 6 responded to an advance notice of proposed rulemaking by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could eventually expand the agency’s Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program to include commercial and public buildings. READ MORE

ABC Opposes Proposed Rule for the Service Contract Act

ABC May 18 filed comments with the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division in opposition to a notice of proposed rulemaking on Executive Order 13495, or Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts.  
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OSHA Will Issue Ergonomics Citations Under General Duty Clause

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Administrator David Michaels April 7 said during a live web chat that ergonomics hazards will be enforced under OSHA’s general duty clause. The web chat was part of an OSHA outreach effort to discuss its strategic plan, which is supposed to take effect Sept. 30 and be in place until October 2016.
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DOL Budget Focuses On Employer Enforcement And Independent Contractor Classification

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Feb. 1 requested a fiscal year 2011 discretionary budget of $13.98 billion that includes an increase in oversight of wage and hour rules and occupational safety and health laws in addition to funding an initiative to crack down on misclassification of independent contractors.
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