Legislative

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 Office of Advocacy, an independent office within the Small Business Administration (SBA), has submitted their formal comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the proposed rule redefining “waters of the U.S.” and the scope of the Clean Water Act’s jurisdiction.

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2014
OCT
01

With Oct. 1 marking the beginning of fiscal year 2015, the 31-member organization Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) urged Congress to find a way to pay for, and pass, a new long-term surface transportation measure as soon as possible.  They cautioned that failure to act would lead to another self-imposed funding crisis that would undermine vital

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2014
SEP
24

AGC of America will provide highway work zone safety training classes next year thanks to a federal safety grant the association earned. The association will use the $135,000 Susan Harwood Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to offer the safety training classes designed to prevent injuries among highway, street and bridge construction workers,

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2014
SEP
13

On Wednesday, House Republicans decided to delay consideration of a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded after the end of the fiscal year – Sept. 30. The decision was made following President Obama’s request to add language to the bill related to activities in the Middle East. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) explained that a delay in the vote was necessary because “everybody should be given time” to consider the president’s request. The president is looking for congressional support for activities against ISIL. While he is not yet seeking additional spending authority, he could seek as much as $500 million more to train and equip troops to fight ISIL after the election.

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2014
SEP
12

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, by a vote of 262-152. This bill would halt the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) proposed rulemaking that redefines “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). It would prevent the agencies from finalizing the rule and require that they consult with state and local governments to form recommendations for a consensus regulatory proposal.

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2014
SEP
12

This week, the Senate voted to advance debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act by a vote of 73 to 25. The bill would give the government greater control over how a company’s employees are paid by expanding the Equal Pay Act to limit an employer’s ability to make pay decisions based on experience, local market rates, education, or other business factors. It could also threaten incentive programs, promote class action law suits, and create unlimited compensatory and punitive damages in Equal Pay Act cases. This bill would apply to all employers with two or more employees.

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2014
SEP
12

Responses Will Help Us Push for Measures Outlines in AGC Workforce Development Plan

Since we conducted our first survey to gauge the extent of workforce shortages last Fall, we have heard from many of you that the labor market has only become tighter in the intervening twelve months as demand continues to grow for many types of construction in many parts of the country. While it is clear that worker shortages are a growing concern, and in some cases a significant problem, we feel it is important to better quantify where these shortages are taking place, how severe they are, and what steps firms are taking to both cope with tight labor markers and improve the supply of new, qualified workers. That is why we are asking you to take a few minutes to complete the following workforce survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014AGCWorkforceSurvey.

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