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ABC Launches Free Member Workforce Development Management System

At the ABC national convention, Tim Mongeau, director of workforce development, announced the pilot of the new online Workforce Development Management System. The WDMS is a simple yet comprehensive self-assessment to evaluate an organization’s current workforce development program to identify opportunities for enhancement and validate they’re on the right track.

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OSHA Issues NEP and Updates COVID-19 Interim Enforcement Response Plan

In accordance with Executive Order 13999, on March 12, the U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA issued its National Emphasis Program—Coronavirus Disease 2019, which focuses OSHA enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number of workers at serious risk of contracting COVID-19. In addition, the program prioritizes employers that retaliate against workers for complaints about unsafe or unhealthy conditions, or for exercising other rights protected by federal law.

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ABC Celebrates Women in Construction Week 2021

From March 7-13, ABC celebrated Women in Construction Week to raise awareness of the growing role of women in the construction industry and encourage women to consider a career in construction. ABC demonstrated the success of women in the industry through social media posts, letters to the editor and op-eds published in various media outlets.

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ABC, Coalition Letter on Lumber Prices to Commerce Secretary

On March 12, ABC joined a coalition of construction, housing and real estate organizations in a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to address price increases of lumber in the United States over the past year.

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Help Promote Contractor Participation in ABC's CBI/CCI Survey

All ABC contractor members will receive the monthly Construction Backlog Indicator/Construction Confidence Survey in their inboxes on Monday, March 22. Please encourage your members to respond and help us understand the market forces that are shaping the construction outlook for the coming months.

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ABC Condemns Biden Administration’s Proposals to Rescind DOL’s Joint Employer and Independent Contractor Final Rules

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division announced proposals to rescind the Trump DOL joint employer and independent contractor final rules. The public has until April 12 to comment on both proposals.

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Democrats Pass $1.9 Trillion Spending Package for Biden to Sign Into Law

On March 10, House Democrats approved the $1.9 trillion spending package under budget reconciliation in a 220-211 vote, handing President Biden his first major legislative win in the new administration.

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ABC, Coalition Tell President Biden Government-mandated PLAs Reduce Competition, Raise Costs on Construction

On March 5, ABC and a coalition of 14 industry and employer groups sent a letter to President Biden raising concerns about the expansion of policies encouraging or mandating project labor agreements on federal and federally assisted construction projects.

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ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential Level Member Roy Burkett

ABC has added Central Florida Chapter member Roy Burkett of S. I. Goldman Company Inc. to the Beam Club Presidential Level.

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Survey Says: ABC Members Strongly Support Repeal or Reforms to Costly Davis-Bacon Act and Prevailing Wage Laws

According to findings of an ABC membership survey published on March 3, 2021, ABC members overwhelmingly support repeal or reform of the federal Davis-Bacon Act and related state and local prevailing wage laws that increase costs and reduce competition from qualified contractors on taxpayer-funded construction projects.

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State-by-State Construction Union and Nonunion Data Now Available

The Unionstats.com website was recently updated with the latest state-specific union membership data based on the January release of the U.S. Bureau of Statistics’ 2020 nationwide data on unionization rates.

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OFCCP Issues Updated 2020 Supply and Service Scheduling List for Federal Contractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has issued an amended Corporate Scheduling Announcement List for fiscal year 2020, which will help explain the requirements federal contractors need to follow to stay compliant as they work on federal and federally assisted projects.

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ABC Makes Recommendations to OSHA as it Considers Whether to Issue a COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

On March 2, ABC, as a member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition’s steering committee, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary James “Jim” Frederick that outlined recommendations that OSHA should consider as it deliberates the need for an emergency temporary standard on COVID-19.  President Biden’s recent Executive Order 13999 on Protecting Worker Health and Safety directed OSHA to consider whether an ETS is warranted to address COVID-19 in the workplace.

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DOL Delays Effective Date of ABC-supported Independent Contractor Final Rule

On March 2, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced a final rule that delays the Trump administration’s DOL independent contractor final rule’s effective date from March 8 to May 7, 2021. On Feb. 24, ABC submitted comments in opposition to the DOL’s proposal to delay the effective date because the final rule provides urgently needed clarification of the independent contractor standard applicable under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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ABC, Business Groups Call for Modernized Permitting Process Under NEPA

On March 2, ABC joined dozens of members of the Unlock American Investment Coalition in calling on Congress to improve and modernize the federal permitting process under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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DOL Expands Eligibility of State Unemployment Insurance Programs

On Feb. 25, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration issued updated guidance for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, expanding eligibility for workers who may be able to participate.

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ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Hall of Fame Level Member Jay Zahn

ABC has added Wisconsin Chapter member Jay Zahn of R & R Insurance Services Inc. to the Beam Club Hall of Fame Level.

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ABC Opposes DOL’s Proposal to Delay Effective Date of Independent Contractor Final Rule

On Feb. 24, ABC submitted comments in opposition to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division proposal to delay the effective date of the Trump DOL’s final independent contractor rule from March 8 to May 7.

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Biden Rescinds Trump IRAP Executive Order and Supports ABC-opposed Apprenticeship Bill

On Feb. 17, President Biden rescinded the Trump Administration’s Executive Order 13801, which promoted industry-recognized apprenticeship programs, and expressed his support for the House-passed and ABC-opposed National Apprenticeship Act of 2021. ABC is working with lawmakers to reconsider these rulemakings and to advocate for an all-of-the-above workforce development strategy.

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ABC Advocates for a Fair and Open Competitive Bidding Process on Infrastructure Projects in Senate Hearing

On Feb. 24, ABC submitted a letter for the record to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for its hearing, “Building Back Better: Investing in Transportation While Addressing Climate Change, Improving Equity and Fostering Economic Growth and Innovation,” to urge the committee to consider policies that will increase competition, reduce costly and ineffective regulations and address the construction industry’s skilled worker shortage.

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U.S. DOT Promotes Government-mandated Project Labor Agreements in Infrastructure Grant Program

In a concerning development for the merit shop contracting community and hardworking taxpayers, the U.S. Department of Transportation is encouraging the use of government-mandated project labor agreements on federally assisted construction projects funded through a grant program administered by the DOT’s Build America Bureau.

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ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Hall of Fame Level Member Brian Wieser

ABC has added Wisconsin Chapter member Brian Wieser of Wieser Brothers General Contractors Inc. to the Beam Club Hall of Fame Level.

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ABC PAC Now Accepting 2021 Prior Authorizations

ABC PAC is now accepting 2021 prior authorizations. The purpose of ABC PAC is to work within the federal election process to further the goals of ABC by advocating for core issues. 

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ABC General Counsel Provides Overview of OSHA’s Updated COVID-19 Guidance

On Jan. 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued “Protecting Workers:  Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace,” which provides updated guidance and recommendations for employers and outlines existing safety and health standards. OSHA states, “The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.” ABC’s general counsel, Littler Mendelson P.C., also published an article that discusses OSHA’s new COVID-19 guidance. 

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President Biden Nominates Jennifer Abruzzo As Next NLRB General Counsel

On Feb. 17, President Joe Biden nominated Jennifer Abruzzo as the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, the independent federal agency vested with the power to “safeguard employees' rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative.”

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ABC Urges SBA, Treasury to Take Action on Latest Round of PPP Loans

On Feb. 16, ABC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Small Business Administration on an interim final rule reopening the Paycheck Protection Program for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers and extending the program through March 31, 2021.

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Employers Outline Health Principles and Priorities to President Biden, Congress

On Feb. 11, ABC, as a member of the Partnership for Employer-Sponsored Coverage (P4ESC) sent letters to President Joe Biden and Congress outlining policy principles and priorities important to ensuring employment-based health coverage continues to thrive for millions of hardworking Americans and their families.

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ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential Level Member Greg Jones

ABC has added Wisconsin Chapter member Greg Jones of Dave Jones, Inc. to the Beam Club Presidential level.

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ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential Level Member Matt Wilson

ABC has added Virginia Chapter member Matt Wilson of Morgan Marrow Co. to the Beam Club Presidential Level.

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ABC Highlights the State of Small Construction Businesses, Asks for Continued Pandemic Aid in Congressional Hearing

On Feb. 4, ABC submitted a letter for the record to the U.S. House Committee on Small Business for its hearing, “State of the Small Business Economy in the Era of COVID-19,” to provides insight on the state of small construction businesses and the construction industry as a whole, nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Congress’s Reintroduction of the PRO Act Will Do Anything But ‘Build Back Better’

On Feb. 4, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reintroduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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ABC Raises Concerns With Biden Administration About Expansion Of Government-mandated PLAs

In a Feb. 4 letter to President Joe Biden, ABC expressed concerns about the “expansion of existing policies that needlessly limit competition and increase costs on taxpayer-funded federal and federally assisted construction projects.”

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DOL Ends Payroll Audit Independent Determination Pilot Program

On Jan. 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced the immediate end of its Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program, a nationwide program that assists employers in expediting the resolution of inadvertent overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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CDC Requires Wearing of Face Masks While on Public Transportation and at Transportation Hubs

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has implemented provisions of President Biden's Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel and will require the wearing of masks by all travelers into, within or out of the United States, e.g., on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares.

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Pete Buttigieg Confirmed as DOT Secretary; Impacts Infrastructure Plan

On Feb 2, the U.S. Senate confirmed Pete Buttigieg to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation by a vote of 86-13.  Secretary Buttigieg will be tasked with advancing President Joe Biden’s agenda in the Transportation Department, where he will oversee 55,000 employees. Secretary Buttigieg is expected to play an important role in promoting Biden’s sweeping environmental initiatives, and support the president’s push for an infrastructure plan.

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ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential Level Member Brett Atkinson

ABC has added Florida East Coast Chapter member Brett Atkinson of Moss to the Beam Club Presidential Level.

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ABC Asks EEOC for Vaccine Incentive Guidance

On Feb. 1, ABC joined 41 trade associations in urging Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chair Charlotte A. Burrows to quickly issue guidance clarifying the extent to which employers may offer employees incentives to vaccinate without running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws enforced by the EEOC.

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Employers Must Post OSHA Form 300A Data from Feb. 1 to April 30

Employers covered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordkeeping rule are required to post their 2020 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.

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OSHA Issues New Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

On Friday, Jan. 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace,” which provides updated guidance and recommendations and outlines existing safety and health standards.

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ABC Outlines Merit Shop Priorities in Letter to the Biden Administration

To begin a dialogue with the Biden Administration, ABC has sent a letter expressing our intentions to advance policies that keep workplaces safe and healthy, rebuild America’s infrastructure, create jobs for all Americans and help the U.S. economy continue to rebound from the COVID-19 crisis.

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President Biden Revokes Trump Executive Order on Combatting Race and Sex Stereotyping

On Jan. 20, President Biden issued Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, which revoked EO 13950 issued by former President Trump regarding race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating in the workplace.

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ABC PAC Raises $83,000 in Two Weeks

ABC PAC has raised $83,000 in two weeks, which includes twelve max-out contributions of $5,000. Over the 2021-2022 election cycle, ABC PAC is tasked with raising $1,800,000.

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President Biden and Vice President Harris Sworn into Office, Takes First Executive Actions

Following the inaugural ceremonies for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the president is set to implement 17 executive actions through executive orders, presidential memos and agency directives, affecting a range of federal policies, including immigration, economic relief, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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FAA Issues ABC-Supported Final Rule on Operation of Drones at Night

On Jan. 15, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration issued its final rule amending the agency's 2016 final rule to allow the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, at night and over people under certain conditions without obtaining a waiver.

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U.S. House Impeaches President Trump for a Second Time for Inciting Deadly Insurrection on U.S. Capitol

On Jan. 13, one day after the U.S. House approved a largely symbolic resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump following last week's deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, the president was impeached for a second time by a vote of 232-197 (5 not voting), a first in the country’s 244-year history.

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SBA Reopens Paycheck Protection Program With Additional Funds

Following the approval of an additional $284 billion in funds for the Paycheck Protection Program in December, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has reopened the PPP for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

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Democrats Gain Senate Majority After Georgia Runoff Elections

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock have been declared winners of the two Georgia runoff elections held on Jan. 5. The Democratic wins in the two runoff campaigns, made necessary under Georgia election law that requires majority support to win office, will effectively clinch the narrowest possible majority for Democrats in the U.S. Senate.

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Join the ABC Construction COVID-19 Safety Stand-down on Jan. 14

To show we are staying safe on jobsites and reducing the spread of the coronavirus, ABC, the National Association of Home Builders and other construction organizations are hosting a COVID-19 Safety Stand Down from Jan. 11-15, with ABC members targeting Thursday, Jan. 14 for member activities.

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DOL Issues Updates to DBA ‘Split Rate’ Wage Determinations and Worker Classifications

On Dec. 14, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued two All Agency Memoranda, AAM 235 and AAM 236, with revisions to certain DOL wage determinations for federal contractors under the Davis-Bacon Act.  

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ABC Supports DOT’s Proposal to Modernize its Implementing Procedures for NEPA

On Dec. 23, ABC and several other organizations submitted comments in support of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposed revisions to its regulations implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Protection Act. These revisions will reflect recent legislation, modernize the environmental review process, improve DOT’s NEPA review efficiency and provide enhanced customer service to stakeholders while ensuring meaningful public involvement.

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