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Biden Administration’s Davis-Bacon ‘Reforms’ Are More Pork for Labor Unions

May 17, 2022

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act delivers $550 billion of funding to improve our nation’s infrastructure, and the construction industry stands ready to deliver on the law’s promised revitalization of America’s roads, schools, bridges, utilities, and transportation systems.

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DOL to Host Compliance Seminar on Executive Order 14026, Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will be hosting a free virtual seminar on Executive Order 14026, Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors on Wednesday, Jan. 26, and Thursday, Jan. 27, at 1:30 p.m. ET. The training is the latest in WHD’s ongoing efforts to increase awareness and improve compliance with federal prevailing wage requirements among employers performing work on federally funded construction or services contracts.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates: Supreme Court to Hear ABC’s Challenge to OSHA ETS; CMS Mandate Enjoined in 25 States; Federal Contractor Mandate Injunction Upheld

Three different federal COVID-19 vaccination mandates issued under the Biden administration continue to be challenged in the courts. Read the important developments on the federal contractor, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and Occupational Safety and Health Administration vaccination mandates.

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Stay Lifted on OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS—What Employers Need to Do Now

On Dec. 17, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the 5th Circuit’s stay of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which applies to employers with 100 or more employees.

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NDAA Passes Without Harmful Labor Provisions

On Dec. 15, the House and Senate passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act, following negotiations to ensure passage of the bill before the end of the year. Notably, the NDAA agreement removed several harmful labor provisions opposed by ABC from the previous version of the bill passed only in the House.

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Biden Administration Releases Fall 2021 Regulatory Agenda

On Dec. 10, the Biden administration released its Fall 2021 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 2022. ABC has prepared a summary of the actions of interest to ABC members by agency. 

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New Guidance on Federal Contractor COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate; What’s Next for the OSHA ETS and CMS Mandate

Courts have blocked three different federal COVID-19 vaccination mandates issued under the Biden administration. Since the court orders staying the different federal mandates are at this time only preliminary, it is premature to say the threat posed by the federal mandates is past. It appears the mandates will be at a minimum delayed, but there will inevitably be appeals, perhaps up to the Supreme Court. There are also many private, state and local mandates that are not affected by these court rulings.

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ABC’s New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter Announces New Registered Carpentry Apprenticeship Program

ABC’s New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter recently partnered with the New Hampshire Home Builders Association, ApprenticeshipNH and Manchester Community College to create a registered carpentry apprenticeship program approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. The program is desperately needed to help address the shortage of carpenters in the state. 

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ABC Wins Key Nationwide Challenge Against Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate

On Dec. 7, ABC applauded a Georgia federal court for granting a nationwide preliminary injunction order against the federal contractor vaccine mandate.

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NDAA Bill Passes House Without ABC-Opposed Labor Provisions

On Dec. 7, the House of Representatives passed a finalized version of the $768 billion National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 363 to 70. The compromise bill, negotiated by the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, incorporates elements of the version that passed the House in September and legislation approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee in July.

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Forty-Five Members Earn AQC Credential in 2021

The Accredited Quality Contractor program recognizes and honors construction firms that document their commitment to excellence in five key areas of corporate responsibility: quality; safety; craft and management education; talent management, including inclusion, diversity and equity; and community relations. A company that meets the criteria set forth in the program and has earned Gold, Platinum or Diamond status in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System is formally designated an Accredited Quality Contractor.

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