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From the monthly archives: February 2013

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'February 2013'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

Congress Braces for Sequestration

With across-the-board cuts to federal spending scheduled to begin on March 1, the White House and congressional leaders this week sparred over the origin, impact and alternatives to the so-called "sequester" mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.  Absent Congressional action, the $85.3 billion in cuts will be evenly split between defense and non-defense spending, and spread broadly to virtually every program and project.

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ABC Workforce Conference Topics Include HR, Financial Management and Training

ABC members that attend the 21st Century Workforce Development Conference April 30-May 3 in Birmingham, Ala., will have the opportunity to sign up for one of the seven education Academies, including the Construction Education Professionals Academy, the Financial Management Academy and the Human Resources Academy.
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Cajun Industries Named 2012 Contractor of the Year

ABC Feb. 20 named Cajun Industries, LLC, Baton Rouge, La., its 2012 Contractor of the Year. Cajun Industries Founder and Chairman, Lane Grigsby, accepted the award on behalf of the company during ABC’s 23rd annual Excellence in Construction and National Safety Excellence Award program held Feb. 20 at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
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HHS Releases Final Rule on Essential Health Benefits and Actuarial Value

The Department of Health and Human Services Feb. 25 published a final rule on the definition of essential health benefits and determining actuarial value in the individual and small group markets and on determining the minimum value standard for large employers. The rule is scheduled to take effect on April 26
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Court Suspends Appeal of Ambush Elections Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Feb. 19 issued an order of abeyance on an appeal of the NLRB controversial “ambush” elections rule by the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace. The order suspends consideration of the appeal “pending further order of the court.”  
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USACE Issues PLA Surveys for Projects in Illinois and the Savannah District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is seeking feedback from the construction industry about the potential use of government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale federal projects in Illinois and the Savannah District.
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ABC Honors America’s Top Construction Projects

ABC Feb. 20 congratulated the winners of its annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration – the industry’s leading competition, where the top construction projects and the firms that displayed exemplary commitment to safety and diversity in 2012 were recognized Feb. 20 at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
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ABC Applauds Bill That Would Repeal the Health Insurance Tax

As part of the Stop the HIT Coalition, ABC Feb. 15 applauded the introduction of the Jobs and Premium Protection Act of 2013, a bill that would repeal the health insurance tax (HIT) provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Read the rest of entry »

Bill Requires DOL to Meet Hiring Goals Before Imposing Them on Contractors

Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) Feb. 15 introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, The Equal Standards in Hiring Americans Act (H.R. 759), that would require the Department of Labor (DOL) to meet the same goal for hiring disabled workers it is trying to impose on federal contractors. Read the rest of entry »

Massachusetts Court Overturns Discriminatory Responsible Employer Ordinance

A Massachusetts Federal District Court Feb. 1 invalidated a “responsible employer ordinance” (REO) in Quincy, Mass., that contained prerequisites which would limit the ability of merit shop contractors to win public works projects. Read the rest of entry »
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