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From monthly archives: June 2022

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Biden Administration Releases Spring 2022 Regulatory Agenda

On June 21, the Biden administration released its Spring 2022 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The agenda lists upcoming rulemakings and other regulatory actions from each agency that the administration expects to publish this year and into 2023. ABC has prepared a summary of the actions of interest to ABC members by agency. 

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DOL Proposes Changes to Davis-Bacon Wage Survey Forms

On June 15, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published a notice of a proposed revision to the Information Collection Request titled, “Report of Construction Contractor’s Wage Rates.” This ICR governs the WD-10 form used in wage surveys to determine the prevailing wage rate under Davis-Bacon and Related Acts requirements. The WHD’s stated goal of the revision is to streamline the wage survey process and increase response rates.

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DOL Hosts Third Annual Virtual Prevailing Wage Seminar

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will host sessions for its third annual virtual Prevailing Wage Seminar on Tuesday, September 13, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET, which will include a question-and-answer session focused on Davis-Bacon topics. Registration for the sessions is now open on the WHD’s website.

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13 House Republicans Warn OMB About PLA Mandate Rulemaking

On June 16, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer, Ky., and 12 other House Republicans sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget raising concerns about the implementation of President Biden’s Executive Order 14063, “Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects,” highlighting concerns that the proposal will raise taxpayer costs, cut nonunion workers out of federal projects and force right-to-work states to freeze local workers out of cooperative federal projects. The executive order mandates PLAs on federal construction projects of $35 million or more.

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CDW Requests US Supreme Court Review of Property Destruction Decision

On June 16, the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace and several other employer organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting review of the Washington Supreme Court’s recent decision in Glacier Northwest, which stated that the National Labor Relations Board preempts state tort suits, allowing unions and their supporters to intentionally destroy an employer’s property while claiming to be engaged in protected concerted activity.

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More than 500 ABC Leaders Gather in Washington for Annual Legislative Week

More than 500 ABC members and chapter staff are in Washington, D.C., for ABC’s 2022 Legislative Week, meeting with leaders on Capitol Hill to advocate for fair and open competition and fight the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, project labor agreement mandates and burdensome regulations. Highlights of the fly-in included keynotes from Rep. Steve Scalise, R- La., House minority whip, and Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., who spoke in favor of free markets and condemned the Biden administration’s regulatory overreach and the PRO Act.

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Biden Administration Pushes Union Labor on Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation

The Biden administration has pledged to support the installation of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers across the country by 2030 as part of a domestic push to shift away from gas-powered vehicles. On June 9, the Federal Highway Administration announced a proposed rule for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program that requires contractors to use government-registered apprentices and the controversial union-backed Electric Vehicle Industry Training Program.

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ABC Warns OMB That ‘Buy America’ Requirements Could Increase the Cost of Infrastructure

On June 6, ABC responded to the Office of Management and Budget’s request for information on new “Buy America” requirements for construction materials on federally assisted projects. Enacted in November 2021, the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act expanded and made significant changes to Buy America requirements for federally funded infrastructure projects.

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Action Alert: Urge Congress to Support ERTCRA

ABC recently sent an action alert to ABC members to urge their members of Congress to include the Employee Retention Tax Credit Act bill in the federal spending package. ERTCRA would restore the Employee Retention Tax Credit through the end of the 2021.

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ABC Disappointed by DOL’s New Independent Contractor Rulemaking Announcement

On June 3, the U.S. Department of Labor stated that it plans to engage in rulemaking on determining employee or independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

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