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What the Surge In Construction Material Prices Means

May 10, 2021

Because coronavirus vaccine distribution is accelerating, the expectation is that worldwide demand for steel, aluminum, oil and other productive inputs will surge later in 2021. The result could be substantial upward pressure on construction input prices. 

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Court Overturns Ordinance Restricting Bidding On City Projects

CLP Resources A Massachusetts Federal District Court on April 18 ruled against a “responsible employer ordinance” (REO) in Quincy, Mass., that contained provisions favoring city residents. The ordinance also contained requirements that employers must provide group health insurance and a pension plan or annuity, and maintain an apprenticeship program before being eligible to work on city projects. READ MORE

ABC Asks Agency To Withdraw Rule Establishing Hiring Quotas

In an April 17 letter to a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee in response to its hearing, “Reviewing the Impact of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' (OFCCP) Regulatory and Enforcement Actions,” ABC reacted to a recent OFCCP proposed rulemaking that would set hiring quotas for federal contractors to employ workers with disabilities, in addition to requiring greatly increased recordkeeping and affirmative action steps.  
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Federal Court Blocks NLRB "Employee Rights" Poster Rule

ABC April 17 celebrated a victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit blocked implementation of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “employee rights” notice posting rule, which was scheduled to go into effect April 30. Under the rule, employers would have been required to display a poster in their workplace that contained a biased and incomplete list of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act. 
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ABC Comments On Employer FAQS Regarding Health Care Law

As part of the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (EFHC) coalition, ABC submitted comments April 5 to the U.S. Department of Labor on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to offer its suggestions on ensuring employer-sponsored coverage remains a competitive option for all employees, whether full time, part time, temporary or seasonal. READ MORE

ABC Advocates For Repeal of the Employer Mandate in the Health Care

ABC on March 28 submitted a letter as part of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on the “Individual and Employer Mandates in the Democrats’ Health Care Law,” and offered support for the American Job Protection Act (H.R. 1744), which would repeal the employer mandate.
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Pro-Merit Shop Verdict Upheld In Union Picketing, Bannering & Handbilling Case

The merit shop construction industry won a victory on March 29 when a federal court of appeals in Georgia upheld a jury verdict that awarded Fidelity Interior Construction, Suwanee, Ga., with $1.7 million against the Carpenters’ union. The jury found that the Carpenters conducted an illegal “area standards” campaign that included bannering, picketing and handbilling at buildings where Fidelity was, had or might be working. 
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ABC Supports Repeal of Auto Enroll Provision in Health Care Law

ABC March 22 joined 44 other organizations and businesses in supporting a bill, the Auto Enroll Repeal Act (H.R. 2206) that would repeal a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires employers of 200 or more full-time employees to automatically enroll employees in a health plan should coverage not be chosen by the employee.
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ABC-Led Coalition Appeals Decision On "Employee Rights" Poster Requirement

On March 5, the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) appealed a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge who found that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has the authority to mandate its biased “employee rights” poster.  
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Final Rule Implements Health Insurance Exchanges

On March 12, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule on health insurance exchanges, which combines policies from two other proposed rules published last summer. READ MORE

Judge: NLRB Can Require Poster But May Revise Penalty Provisions

On March 2, a U.S. District Court issued a decision in the legal challenge against the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) biased “employee rights” notice posting requirement, ruling that the NLRB has the authority to mandate the notice posting itself, but it cannot impose an up-front, blanket penalty policy for failure to post.
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