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OSHA Recording and Reporting of Cases of COVID-19

Many employers are now asking whether they must record cases of COVID-19 on their Occupational Safety and Health Administration 300 Logs or report the cases to OSHA.

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ABC Comments on OMB’s Investigation, Adjudication Request for Information

On March 16, ABC submitted comments to the Office of Management and Budget on its Request for Information on Improving and Reforming Regulatory Enforcement and Adjudication.

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ABC Issues a Key Vote on Amendment to Support Small and Midsize Businesses in Coronavirus Legislation

ABC issued a key vote to the Senate on an amendment submitted by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.). The amendment would have replaced the mandated paid leave requirements of the House-passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act that affect employers with fewer than 500 employees with unemployment insurance capped at $1000 per week.   

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ABC Celebrates Women in Construction Week 2020

From March 1-7, ABC celebrated Women in Construction Week, a week that raises awareness and emphasizes the growing role of women in the construction industry.

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Visit ABC’s COVID-19 Update Webpage for Employer Resources

Information about coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be issued at a rapid pace. In order to keep ABC chapters and members up to date and provide access to accurate information, ABC has created the COVID-19 Update webpage. 

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SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

On March 6, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, an $8.3 billion emergency spending bill that, among many other things, gave the Small Business Administration the ability to issue an economic injury disaster loan declaration pertaining to coronavirus.  

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The Construction Industry Needs to Hire an Additional 550,000 Workers in 2020

Construction Spending

Source: Census Bureau Value of Construction Put in Place Survey Annual Historical Data and “Annual Total Table”

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ABC Supports Modernizing NEPA in Comments to CEQ

On March 10, ABC joined several other organizations in submitting comments to the Council on Environmental Quality in support of proposed revisions to its regulations implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, which has not been updated for more than four decades.

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ABC Comments on DOL's IRAP Rule

On March 11, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule , officially titled Apprenticeship Programs, Labor Standards for Registration, Amendment of Regulations, which establishes a process for creating high-quality, industry-recognized apprenticeship programs by organizations that apply to become DOL recognized Standards Recognition Entities. The rule prohibits SREs from recognizing IRAPs in the construction sector. DOL’s press release on the proposal is available here.

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Join an Elite Class of Accredited Contractors With ABC’s Accredited Quality Contractor Credential

Applications for ABC's Accredited Quality Contractor Program are being accepted now through Oct. 30.

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H-2B Cap Increase Comes With New Conditions for Employers

On March 9, ABC joined the H-2B Workforce Coalition in a letter to the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to raise concerns over the release of a temporary final rule to implement supplemental H-2B visas.

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Subcommittee Begins Conversation to Reauthorize the 1937 National Apprenticeship Act

On March 4, the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment held a hearing entitled “Reauthorizing the National Apprenticeship Act: Strengthening and Growing Apprenticeships for the 21st Century.” The National Apprenticeship Act, also known as the Fitzgerald Act, has not been reauthorized since its enactment in 1937 and the Subcommittee released a discussion draft bill to reauthorize the act ahead of Wednesday’s hearing.  

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ABC Hits the Airwaves to Advocate for Merit Shop Construction

Ben Brubeck, ABC’s vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs, conducted 11 radio and TV interviews during the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 27 in Washington, D.C. Brubeck discussed the outlook for construction spending and infrastructure investment, highlighted the industry’s response to its current skilled labor shortage and promoted the benefits of fair and open competition on taxpayer-funded construction contracts.

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Federal Agencies Publish Databases of Active Guidance Documents

Multiple federal agencies recently published searchable databases of all respective guidance documents currently in effect in an effort by the Trump administration to promote transparency and make these documents readily available to the public.

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OFCCP Issues Compliance Assistance Program for Federal Contractors

On Feb. 26, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs released its Contract Compliance Institute to assist federal contractors and subcontractors in complying with the agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity regulations.

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ABC Weighs In on House Subcommittee Hearing on Infrastructure Investment

On Feb. 26, ABC sent a letter calling on Congress to consider how its infrastructure investment agenda could impact merit shop contractors and the small business community during a hearing titled Moving America’s Infrastructure Forward. Convened by U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business’ Contracting and Infrastructure Subcommittee, the hearing was timed to coordinate with the recent release of Democrats’ $760 billion infrastructure investment framework, the Moving Forward Framework.  

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Coronavirus Alert: Resources for Employers

Information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be issued at a rapid pace.  In order to stay up to date and access accurate information, employers are encouraged to utilize the below links.

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ABC Applauds Long-awaited NLRB Joint Employer Final Rule

On Feb. 26, the National Labor Relations Board issued its final rule on the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act. ABC is pleased that the final rule clearly delineates and limits the types of control that would be treated as creating joint-employer status under the NLRA.
 

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Compliance Alert: OSHA Updates Program on Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard

On Feb. 4, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a revised National Emphasis Program aimed at identifying and reducing or eliminating worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica in general industry, maritime and construction.

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Baltimore City Council Contemplates PLA Mandate

A bill introduced in the Baltimore City Council by Councilmember Shannon Sneed and Council President Brandon Scott would make sweeping changes to the City of Baltimore’s procurement laws. The proposed ordinance, File 20-0488, would impose government mandated project labor agreements on any construction contract valued at $25 million or more. 

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The PRO Act Passes in the U.S. House of Representatives

 

On Feb. 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the disingenuously named Protecting the Right to Organize Act by a vote of 224 to 194.  Five Republicans voted for the bill and seven Democrats opposed it, along with Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.). ABC urged members of Congress to oppose the PRO Act, considering the vote a “KEY VOTE” for the ABC Legislative Scorecard on the 116th Congress.

  

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Prominent ABC Member Thad Claggett Announces a Run for Ohio Statehouse

Thad Claggett, president of Claggett & Sons Inc., has thrown his hat into the Republican primary for Ohio House District 71. Claggett is a civil engineer and a fourth-generation commercial and industrial construction contractor based in Newark, Ohio.

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Apply for the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Award by April 30

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service is accepting employer applications for the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Award, which recognizes employers for their efforts to recruit, employ and retain our nation’s veterans. In 2019, the program recognized 427 employers for their dedicated efforts to hire American veterans, including ABC member United Rentals. The deadline to apply is April 30.

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Virginia General Assembly Moves Legislation Requiring PLAs and Prevailing Wage on Public Works

In control for the first time since 1993, Democratic leadership in Virginia’s General Assembly is poised to pass legislation at the expense of Commonwealth taxpayers who finance the construction and maintenance of schools, affordable housing roads, bridges, transportation projects and other infrastructure projects in disrepair.
 

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Study: Project Labor Agreement Mandates Inflate the Cost of Connecticut School Construction by 19.8%

A study released in January 2020 by the Beacon Hill Institute found that Connecticut schools built under controversial government-mandated project labor agreements cost 19.8% more than schools that were bid and constructed through fair and open competition, free from PLA requirements.

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ABC Celebrates USMCA Trade Deal at White House Signing Ceremony

On Jan. 29, ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman joined President Trump as he signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement at a ceremony on the White House South Lawn.

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EPA, Army Corps of Engineers Announce Revised WOTUS Definition

On Jan. 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed a final rule revising the definition of “waters of the United States,” which are federally regulated under the Clean Water Act. The final rule will go into effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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The Merit Shop Construction Workforce Grew in 2019, According to BLS

Construction industry employment grew by 192,000 wage and salary workers to 8.35 million in 2019, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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DOT Employer Resources Available: CDL Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

On Jan. 6, directed by an act of Congress, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched an online database called the Commercial Driver's License Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse. Employers that utilize commercial drivers should be aware of the new reporting and query requirements.

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Greg Sizemore Discusses Substance Abuse, Suicide and Its Impact on Construction

Greg Sizemore, ABC’s vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development and vice chair of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, spoke on a panel at the Construction Leadership Network Conference last week in Houston to discuss substance abuse and the rise of suicide in the construction industry.

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Take Action: Support the Modernization of NEPA—Contact the White House Today!

The Council on Environmental Quality issued a proposed rule to update its regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, which has not been updated for more than four decades. 

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Twenty-Six Schools Will Compete in the 2020 Construction Management Competition

The Construction Management Competition is ABC’s hallmark competition promoting careers in construction management. There are 26 colleges and universities competing in this year's competition. 

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USMCA Ratified by Congress

On Jan. 16, the U.S. Senate approved President Trump’s signature trade deal with Mexico and Canada, the USMCA, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan 89-10 vote. The agreement previously passed the House in December on a similarly bipartisan 385-41 vote and now awaits the president’s signature of the deal into law.

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Reminder: Deadline for Electronically Reporting OSHA Form 300A Data is March 2

OSHA’s Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule requires certain establishments to electronically submit information from their OSHA Form 300A for calendar year 2019 by March 2.

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Employer Update: OSHA Civil Monetary Penalties Increase

On Jan. 15, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, the U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the department, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, for 2020.

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The National Craft Championships’ 2020 Judge Registration is Now Open

Save the date and support the competitors of the 2020 National Craft Championships by volunteering to be a judge.

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ABC Joins President Trump at White House NEPA Event

On Jan. 9, ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman and Miller and Long employees Alan Michael Jenkins and James Spencer Johnson joined President Trump at the White House for the announcement of the Council on Environmental Quality’s proposed rule to update its regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act.

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DOL Releases Final Rule Clarifying Joint-Employer Status

On Jan. 12, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division released its final rule to update and clarify its interpretation of joint-employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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ABC Comments in Support of NLRB Election Protection Proposal

On Jan. 9, ABC filed comments to the National Labor Relations Board in support of a proposed rule that would implement three amendments to the representation election regulations under the National Labor Relations Act.  

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DOL Issues Regular Rate Final Rule

On Dec. 16, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published its final rule clarifying and updating the regulations governing regular rate requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

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NDAA Conference Report Contains Provisions Affecting Contractors

The conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020, which authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and other national security programs, contains several provisions that have an impact on contractors and apprenticeship programs in the United States.

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OSHA Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy for Crane Operator Certifications from CIC

On Nov. 26, OSHA issued a temporary enforcement policy for crane operator certifications issued by Crane Institute Certification, which no longer holds such accreditation.

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ABC Comments in Support of DOL Fluctuating Workweek Proposal

On Dec. 5, ABC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in support of its proposal to revise the DOL’s regulation for computing overtime compensation for salaried nonexempt employees who work hours that vary each week (i.e., a fluctuating workweek) under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Reminder: DOL Overtime Rule Effective Jan. 1, 2020

On Sept. 27, the DOL issued a final rule on overtime, officially named Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees, which updates and revises the “white-collar” overtime exemption regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The final rule goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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Trump Administration Releases Fall 2019 Regulatory Agenda

On Nov. 20, the Trump administration released its Fall 2019 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 through the end of the year and into 2020. 
 

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Compete in the 2020 National Craft Championships

Give your craft trainees the experience of lifetime a by sponsoring them as competitors in the 2020 National Craft Championships, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, during ABC Convention 2020, March 23-27. The intent-to-compete deadline is Dec. 13, 2019. 

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ABC National Outlines Social Media Strategy for 2020

In August, ABC launched the “One Post a Day” social media campaign to share positive messages with ABC chapters every day that showcase our commitment to the merit shop construction industry as well as safety and workforce development.

This campaign has been successful and, based on recent feedback, we decided to make some changes to make it even more targeted and effective.

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House Passes Reauthorization of Terrorism Insurance Program

On Nov. 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 by an overwhelming bipartisan vote. TRIA is a shared public/private insurance program available to the construction and real estate sectors to cover catastrophic losses caused by acts of terrorism. ABC urges all senators to support H.R. 4634.

  

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Twenty-Two Members Earn AQC Credential This Month

The AQC program recognizes and honors construction firms that document their commitment to quality, safety, craft and management education, talent management and diversity, and community relations.  This past month, 22 ABC members became Accredited Quality Contractors.

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ABC Comments on OSHA’s Beryllium Proposed Rule

ABC, as part of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, recently submitted comments to OSHA in regards to a proposed Beryllium rule. ABC stated that the 30-day timeframe OSHA requested for feedback was not enough time for people in the industry to submit thoughtful comments to the agency.

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