Construction Employment

Construction Industry Adds 22,000 Jobs in July as Sector’s Unemployment Rate Declines to 7.5 Percent

August 01, 2014

New government data today show the uneven nature of the construction industry’s recovery, as the sector added 22,000 jobs in July, but suffered a pullback in spending in June, according to an analysis by AGC of America.

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2014
OCT
20

It is a reality. For construction employers, a workforce shortage is just around the corner and with many returning veterans and military spouses seeking employment, making a connection is a win for all. As part of the construction industry’s effort to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation presented a 60-minute webinar on Hiring Our Heroes: Best Practices for Construction Employers. Led by seasoned veteran recruitment experts, this webinar provided construction industry employers with the insight necessary to find, recruit, and hire returning veterans and military spouses.

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2014
OCT
17

Nov. 5-7, 2014 | Las Vegas. Nev. 

Jointly sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), the AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference, held Nov. 5-7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev., was developed in response to a need for programs and workshops designed specifically for financial professionals in the construction industry. The three-day conference is filled with 36 interactive sessions, covering the latest industry issues and their financial implications. Sessions are delivered “group-live” and are at intermediate, overview and update program levels. There are no prerequisites or advanced preparation required. Information about the conference can be found at meetings.agc.org/agc_cfma

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2014
OCT
17

There are only 18 days until Election Day.  With more than 6 million individuals working in construction, our industry has a tremendous opportunity to impact this election. To be successful, it is critical you encourage your colleagues, family and friends to register to vote, and then cast a ballot on or before November 4.

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2014
OCT
17

Visit HardhatsforHighways.org to Contact Your Elected Officials

Following the midterm elections on Nov. 4, the 113th Congress will reconvene to take final action on a number of legislative items that must be addressed before its adjournment. While Congress passed an extension providing funding until May 2015 for the federal transportation programs, AGC is pushing for transportation authorization and funding to be one of the priorities that will be taken up in the lame duck session.

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2014
OCT
16

Book your Hotel – Conference Rate Expires Next Week

Construction Future will be the overriding topic at the 2014 Highway & Utilities Contractors Conference on Nov. 13-15 at the Omni La Costa resort in San Diego, Calif. A variety of sessions have been organized to cover topics that will help contractors position their companies for Construction Future. Highlights include: discovering the next generation of managers; technology applications; paperless projects; industry megatrends; November election impacts; and Design-Build success stories. To learn more, book your hotel room and register, click here.

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2014
OCT
13

AGC is excited to announce the release of a new anti-harassment DVD called Diversity Rules: Harassment Prevention, Sensitivity & Correction Training for Construction Workers and Supervisors (“Diversity Rules”).   Diversity Rules is one DVD with two training videos designed to aid construction employers with harassment prevention, sensitivity and correction training.  One video is targeted for an audience of supervisors and the other is targeted for an audience of non-supervisors.

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2014
OCT
13

On Sept. 25, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) published a final rule that impacts federal contractors and subcontractors that hire and employ veterans under provisions of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA).  The final rule rescinds the regulations applicable to federal contracts and subcontracts entered into before December 1, 2003, because those regulations are now obsolete. In addition, the final rule revises the regulations that outline the reporting requirements applicable to federal contracts and subcontracts of $100,000 or more entered into or modified after Dec. 1, 2003, by changing the manner in which federal contractors report on their employment of veterans.  The new rule goes into effect on Oct. 27, 2014.  Covered contractors must comply beginning with the annual report filed in 2015.

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2014
OCT
13

The Employment Retirement Income Security Act requires plan fiduciaries to make reasonable efforts to locate missing participants or beneficiaries so that they may direct the distribution of their plan accounts. As a result, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) recently published Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2014-01, which lays out the steps fiduciaries of a defined contribution plan must take to locate missing participants before making distributions following a plan termination.

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