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Appeals Court Upholds Idaho Law Protecting Open Competition

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit set aside a lower court’s decision against an Idaho law that banned government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on taxpayer-funded construction projects. 

California Expands Design-Build for Schools

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed AB 1358 into law, authorizing school districts to procure design-build contracts for public works projects in excess of $1 million through 2025.

Executive Order Requires Federal Contractors to Offer Paid Sick Leave

President Obama announced a new executive order requiring federal contractors to offer employees working on contracts subject to the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act up to seven days of paid sick leave. The new provisions would be included in any new contract from Jan. 1, 2017, and beyond. 

Expect Nearly 400,000 Highway Construction Job Openings by 2022

An estimated 388,904 highway construction and maintenance job openings—the majority of which will require semi-skilled or highly skilled workers—will be created between 2012 and 2022, according to a report released by the U.S. Transportation, Labor and Education departments.

Court Halts ‘WOTUS’ Rule Nationwide

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals placed a nationwide stay on the Obama administration’s controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule on Oct. 9. The final rule is being challenged on the grounds that the federal agencies went further than the statute permits.

DOE Defines Zero Energy Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy released a common definition of a zero energy (or net zero energy) building, stating it is an “energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the onsite renewable exported energy.”

Construction Fatality Rate Edges Downward

The construction industry's fatality rate, which takes into account changes in the total workforce, declined from 9.7 per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers in 2013 to 9.5 in 2014, according to a preliminary report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the number of construction deaths rose to a total of 874 in 2014, a 6 percent increase compared to 2013 and the largest number of fatalities since 2008.

Sustainability: A Piece of the Collaboration Puzzle

Contractors and materials experts share their take on how to weave sustainability into the overall success of a project. 

Expanded ‘Joint Employer’ Standard Complicates Construction Relationships

In the Browning Ferris Industries of California case, the NLRB announced it also will impose joint employer liability if an entity has “indirect” control, or even the “unexercised potential” of control, over another entity’s employees. This decision will have a significant impact on construction employers.

Safety and Surety Go Hand in Hand When Managing Risk

As those who operate successful construction firms know, the reward for completing projects safely, on time and on budget can be immense, particularly during busy economic times. 

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