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ABC Advocates for Fair and Open Competition as U.S. Senators Vote to Advance Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

July 28, 2021

On July 28, U.S. senators voted to advance a bipartisan infrastructure bill, which will set up a final vote on the measure in the coming days. The procedural motion was approved 67-32, with 17 Republicans joining all Democrats to begin legislative action.

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Navy Decides Against Mandating PLAs On Guam Construction Projects

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) recently announced a decision not to mandate project labor agreements (PLAs) on billions of dollars worth of construction projects on Guam. NAVFAC, which is responsible for all Guam military construction contract administration for the Department of Defense (DOD), reached this decision after soliciting feedback from the construction industry, including ABC, on the potential use of PLA mandates.   
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OSHA Temporarily Withdraws Proposed Musculoskeletal Reporting Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Jan. 25 announced that it is temporarily withdrawing its proposed rule to revise the Form 300 to include an additional reporting column for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). READ MORE

DOL Ties H-2B Wages To Davis-Bacon Act

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Jan. 18 released a final rule that replaces the methodology for establishing wage rates for H-2B temporary workers with a system emphasizing Davis-Bacon Act wage determinations. READ MORE

ABC Hightlights Need For Regulatory Reform In letter To House Committee

ABC sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman outlining the most egregious existing, proposed and upcoming federal regulatory activity that is detrimental to ABC members and the construction industry. ABC sent the letter in response to a request by Issa to 150 companies, trade groups and think tanks requesting information regarding regulations hindering job growth in the industry. READ MORE

OSHA Reporting Proposal Needs Critical Assessment Before Implementation

OSHA should consider the unintended consequences of a proposed revision to its injury and illness tracking and reporting requirements before issuing the final rule, ABC wrote in a set of comments submitted to the agency Oct. 28. 
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ABC Opposes DOL Proposal To Overhaul H-2B Wages

ABC Nov. 12 objected to a notice of proposed rulemaking from the Department of Labor (DOL) that would rescind the current methodology for establishing wage rates for H-2B temporary workers and replace it with a system emphasizing Davis-Bacon Act wage determinations. READ MORE

ABC Opposes Changes to OSHA On-site Consultation Program

ABC, in conjunction with the Coalition for Workplace Safety, filed comments with OSHA opposing a proposed rule that will change how the agency will operate its On-site Consultation Program for all worksites, including those that have Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program status.  ABC also filed its own set of comments focusing on the direct impact this proposed rule would have on the construction industry. 
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ABC Offers Solutions on Health Care Exchanges

ABC Oct. 4 filed comments as part of the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare regarding the exchange-related provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. READ MORE

ABC Says Proposed Rule Could Create Confusion for Construction Industry

ABC Aug 23 filed comments with OSHA regarding a proposed rule that would change the general industry standards for safety requirements related to ladders, scaffolds and fall protection.
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EPA Withdraws Portions Of Stormwater Management Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Aug. 13 announced that it will be withdrawing a key portion of the new stormwater management regulations for construction sites, the Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG), originally published in Dec. 2009.
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