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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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Legislation

Indiana Governor Signs Right-To-Work Bill

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) Feb. 1 signed into law a new right-to-work bill that will protect all workers in the state from being forced to pay union dues as a requirement of employment. Daniels signed the bill hours after it was passed by the Indiana legislature and ABC immediately expressed its support for the action. 
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DOL Delays H-2B Wage Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Nov. 29 announced it has postponed the effective date for its revised H-2B wage calculation methodology from Nov. 30, 2011 to Jan. 1, 2012. READ MORE

ABC Joins Group To Support Repeal Of The Health Insurance Tax

ABC is joining more than 30 other organizations as part of the Stop the HIT Coalition to support the Jobs and Premium Protection Act (S. 1880), introduced Nov. 16 in the U.S. Senate, which would repeal the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) contained in Section 9010 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). 
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Decision To Rush Vote On Ambush Elections Brings NLRB Under Fire

The two-member Democratic majority of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has come under fire for a decision to schedule a Nov. 30 vote on a proposal that could dramatically shorten the length of time between when a petition is filed and a union election takes place. NLRB Member Brian Hayes, ABC and U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R – Minn.) have publicly criticized the move. 
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ABC Joins Coalition in Offering Feedback on Health Care Regulations

ABC, as part of the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care coalition, submitted comments on provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act regarding the health insurance premium tax credit; eligibility determinations and exchange standards for employers; and the health coverage affordability safe harbor for employers. READ MORE

Health Care Law Update: ABC Comments on Exchanges, Summary of Benefits

ABC in October submitted comments on two proposed rulemakings designed to implement provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The comments were on establishing health care exchanges and qualified plans and summary of benefits and glossary of terms. READ MORE

HHS Issues Proposed Rule on Exchange Provision in Health Care Law

The Department of Health and Human Services July 15 issued a proposed rule related to the health care exchange provision in the health care law. By Jan. 1, 2014, individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase private health insurance through state-based competitive marketplaces, called Health Insurance Exchanges. READ MORE

IRS And Treasury Seek Comments On Shared Responsibility Provision In Health Care Law

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) May 3 announced that they are seeking comments from stakeholders on the shared responsibility provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). READ MORE

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
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