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NCC Wins 2022 Spirit of ECC Award

ABC’s National Craft Championships won the Spirit of EEC Award during the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association’s Perspectives Conference on Sept. 8 in San Antonio. ABC national chair-elect Milton Graugnard; NCC Chair Bill Lastinger READ MORE
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Final Regulations Issued on Summary of Benefits and Coverage

On Feb. 14, the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services issued final regulations regarding the summary of benefits and coverage and the uniform glossary for group health plans and health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets. The final regulations are effective April 16, 2012. READ MORE

ABC Critical Of OFCCP Proposal On Hiring Of Disabled Workers

ABC on Feb. 21 filed comments with the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in response to a proposed rule that would set a national hiring goal for federal contractors to employ workers with disabilities, in addition to requiring greatly increased recordkeeping and affirmative action steps. Under the proposal, OFCCP would mandate federal contractors to set a goal of having persons with disabilities comprise at least 7 percent of their workforces. OFCCP is also considering an additional goal of having at least 2 percent of federal contractors’ employees comprised of persons with “certain particularly severe” disabilities. 
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FAQs About Certain Provisions In PPACA Now Available

The Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury in February issued a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding automatic enrollment, employer shared responsibility, and waiting periods under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). READ MORE

USDA Withdraws Procurement Rule Reminiscent of Clinton-Era Blacklisting Policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it is withdrawing a Dec. 1 direct final rule that would have altered the USDA’s procurement policies to require federal contractors to certify that they, as well as their subcontractors and suppliers, were in compliance with all applicable labor laws. 
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OSHA 2012 Agenda Lists Actions On I2P2, Confined Spaces, And Silica

In the Department of Labor (DOL) 2012 regulatory agenda released in January, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) listed action items on Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (I2P2); confined spaces in construction; crystalline silica exposure limits; and walking work surfaces; among other issues.
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ABC-Led Coalition Advances Lawsuit Against NLRB “Ambush" Election Rule

The ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), along with co-plaintiff U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Feb. 3 filed a motion in federal court seeking summary judgment in a lawsuit to overturn the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “ambush election” rule. 
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DOL Proposes Hiring Goal For Federal Contractors To Employ Disabled Workers

The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a proposed rule that would set a national hiring goal for federal contractors to employ workers with disabilities, in addition to requiring more recordkeeping and strengthening affirmative action policies. 
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OSHA Issues I2P2 White paper; Plans To Hold Review Panel On Its Proposed Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a white paper on the value of injury and illness prevention programs (I2P2) in the workplace, noting that I2P2s lead to higher productivity and quality; reduced turnover; and greater employee satisfaction. 
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2012 Health Care Law Compliance Checklist Now Available

To help members make sure they are in compliance with the new requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or health care law, ABC is offering a 2012 compliance checklist.
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Navy Mandates A PLA On Washington Construction Project

ABC is strongly opposing a decision by the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest to mandate that contractors use a project labor agreement (PLA) on the construction of a $450 million to $550 million explosives handling wharf at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Washington. 
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