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Important Update: DOL Issues New Memo on OSHA Silica Enforcement

Enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) silica standard as it applies to the construction industry will begin on Sept. 23. On Sept. 20, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Galassi issued a memorandum on enforcement policy for the construction industry.  The memo to regional administrators states: During the first 30 days of enforcement, OSHA will carefully evaluate good faith efforts taken by employers in their attempts to meet the new construction silica standard. OSHA will render com ... Read the rest of entry »

Action Alert: Enforcement of OSHA’s Silica Rule Begins on Sept. 23

Enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) silica standard as it applies to the construction industry will begin on Sept. 23. The silica rule lowers the permissible exposure limit from the current standard of 250 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour day, and an action level of 25 micrograms per cubic meter of air. In addition, the final rule requires contractors to follow several ancillary provisions, such as housekeeping and written exposure plans. Crystalline silica is ubiqui ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC-supported Ambush Election Amendment, Other Priorities Pass in House Appropriations Bill

Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018, which provides $1.1 trillion in discretionary funding for the federal government through 12 individual appropriations bills—Interior; Agriculture; Commerce, Justice, Science; Financial Services; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education; Homeland Security; State, Foreign Operations; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; Defense; Legislative Branch; Military Construction/Veterans Affairs; and Energy and Water.     ABC identified several amendme ... Read the rest of entry »

Take Action: Comment on DOL's Request for Information on the Overtime Rule

ABC is encouraging all members to take action and submit comments to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division on its Request for Information (RFI) on the 2016 overtime final rule, officially named the Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees. The final rule, had it gone into effect,  would have changed the federal exemptions to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act for "white collar" workers by doubling the current minimum salary level for exemption from $23,66 ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Member Exclusive: Attend Autodesk Connect & Construct for Free!

ABC’s strategic partner Autodesk, is offering a free pass to the Connect & Construct Summit—including hotel accommodations—for the first 50 ABC members who register. Every year, 10,000 professionals attend Autodesk University, which kicks off with the Connect & Construct Summit on Nov. 13. The Summit is a rare opportunity for contractors who are just beginning to explore BIM to learn how to improve productivity and collaboration with cutting-edge products from this construction software powerhouse. The summit offers a day of learning just for constructi ... Read the rest of entry »

Cutler Associates Inc. Earns AQC Credential

Cutler Associates Inc. of Worcester, Mass., a member of ABC’s Massachusetts Chapter, has been awarded Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) status by ABC. 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 the criteria set forth in the program 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 »

Construction Input Price Growth Accelerates in August

Construction input prices rose 0.6 percent in August and are up 3.7 percent on a yearly basis, according to an analysis by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nonresidential construction input prices behaved similarly, rising 0.6 percent for the month and 3.5 percent for the year.   Only three of the 11 key construction input prices fell for the month. The inputs experiencing declines in prices were steel mill products (-1.5 percent), prepared asphalt, tar roofing and siding products (-0.3 percent), and natural ga ... Read the rest of entry »

CSLB Urges Swift Passage of Save Local Business Act

WASHINGTON, September 13 — Coalition to Save Local Businesses Executive Director Michael Layman released the below statement on today’s House Education and the Workforce joint subcommittee hearing on the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441).   “Each hearing this Committee holds teaches us more about the consequences of the expanded joint employer standard, and the conclusions drawn by local business owners who testify have been the same: it is simply not working,” stated Layman. “The Save Local Business Act strikes the right balance between protecting l ... Read the rest of entry »

OMB Initiates Immediate Stay of New EEO-1 Report

On Aug. 29, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is initiating a review and immediate stay of the effectiveness of the pay data collection aspects of the Employer Information Report or EEO-1 form that was revised on Sept. 29, 2016, under the Obama administration.    According to an OMB memo informing the EEOC of its decision: “After careful consideration and consultation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act and ... Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Plunges Again; Public and Private Sector Down in July

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1—Nonresidential construction spending fell 1.7 percent in July, totaling $688.4 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, according to an analysis by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The absolute level of nonresidential construction spending was at its lowest point since December 2015.   Weakness in spending was widespread. Thirteen of the 16 nonresidential subsectors contracted for the month. Only the public safety and power categories experienced monthly increases, while the highway and stre ... Read the rest of entry »
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