Human Resources & Labor

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

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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

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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

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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

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2014
OCT
06

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released its final rule implementing Executive Order 13658 (EO), which establishes a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour for direct federal prime contractors and subcontractors at all tiers. That $10.10 minimum wage must be adjusted annually for inflation. The new minimum wage will take effect

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2014
OCT
03

The AGC-supported Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has released its second report of the year on collective bargaining settlements in the industry.  Settlements reported between January and September 2014 resulted in an average first-year wage-and-benefit increase of 2.3 percent or $1.14.  For newly negotiated multiyear agreements, the average second-year increase was 2.6 percent or $1.35,

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2014
OCT
03

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued a new directive to provide guidance on the agency’s approach to employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity or transgender status.  In Directive 2014-02, OFCCP clarifies that it considers discrimination on the basis of gender identity or transgender status to

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2014
SEP
16

Each October, construction industry professionals in HR, training and workforce development gear up for the industry’s premier learning and networking event, AGC’s Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference, and this year is no different.  The 2014 event will be held Oct. 15-17 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz.  For more information or

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