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ABC Honors Top Membership Recruiters

ABC has added six members to the Beam Club Presidential level for recruiting between 25 and 49 new members. The Beam Club was established in 1966 to recognize ABC's top membership recruiters for their commitment to growing the association. For more information, contact Leiloni Hayward at hayward@abc.org. Read the rest of entry »

Employer Update: OSHA Civil Monetary Penalties Increase

On Jan. 23, 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 2019. This final rule is effective on Jan. 23, 2019. Read the rest of entry »

Union Membership Decreased in 2018

The percentage of union members in construction has decreased by more than a percentage point, from 14 percent in 2017 to 12.8 in 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The overall percentage of union membership in all industries is down from 10.7 percent in 2017 to 10.5 in 2018, with the total number of workers belonging to unions standing at 14.7 million. These numbers cover wage and salary workers belonging to unions broken down by demographics, industry, hours and state. Read the rest of entry »

Contractors Must Post OSHA Form 300A Data by Feb. 1

Employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recordkeeping rule are required to post their 2018 OSHA Form 300A work-related injury and illness log summaries in an area where notices to employees are typically posted from Feb. 1 through April 30. The form must be posted in a visible spot at each covered establishment. Read the rest of entry »

IRS Releases Final Pass-through Deduction Regulations

On Jan. 18, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations and three related pieces of guidance implementing the new qualified business income deduction (also known as the section 199A deduction). The new 20 percent deduction for pass-through entities was created by the ABC-supported Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Read the rest of entry »

Pennsylvania Court Strikes Down PLA Mandate

ABC members Allan Myers and J.D. Eckman Inc. recently won a court case challenging the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s project labor agreement mandate for the Markley Street reconstruction project in Montgomery County. Tried in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, the court ruled on Jan. 11 that PennDOT’s PLA mandate violated the state’s competitive bidding laws and discriminated against nonunion contractors.  Read the rest of entry »

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

OSHA’s Electronic Injury Reporting and Anti-Retaliation final rule requires certain establishments to electronically submit information from their OSHA Form 300A for calendar year 2018 by March 2. Information on how to electronically submit the OSHA Form 300A can be found on OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application website. Read the rest of entry »

OSHA Offers Resources on Fall Prevention, Compliance Assistance for the Construction Industry

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration has created a collection of events, training guides, videos and web pages to provide employers and employees with prevention and compliance assistance to prevent falls in the workplace. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Named 18 New AQC Members in 2018

The AQC program recognizes and honors construction firms that document their commitment to excellence in five key areas of corporate responsibility: quality, safety, employee benefits, training and community relations. A company that meets these criteria and has earned Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Gold, Platinum or Diamond status, is formally designated an “Accredited Quality Contractor.” Read the rest of entry »

President Trump Signs Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill

On Dec. 22, 2018, at the end of the 115th Congress, President Trump signed The FIRST STEP Act, a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that aims to reduce recidivism rates by improving educational opportunities for federal inmates and implementing modest sentencing reforms. Read the rest of entry »