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House Passes Legislation to Block ‘Blacklisting’ Rule

  In February, the U.S. House of representatives passed H.J. Res. 37 to block implementation of Executive Order 13673, known as the “blacklisting” rule, through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Implementation of the rule was temporarily blocked on Oct. 24, 2016, when a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction against the reporting provisions of the rule, which were scheduled to take effect Oct. 25, 2016.

What’s the best advice a fellow member of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has given you, and how has it impacted your business?

Having been part of ABC for many years, we’ve gained many relationships with member firms around the country. One instance of help from another ABC firm stands out as a great example of the generosity of our members. I was working on a job with a small electrical contractor that was unprepared for the rigorous job-specific safety program of a large sophisticated project. It was a growing company, but the in-house training was very basic. The contractor’s ability to create its portion of the site-specific safety plan was weak, as was the level of its employees’ understanding of safety.

Final Rule Revises EEO Framework for National Apprenticeship Act

  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration issued a final rule updating the equal employment opportunity regulations that impact the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937. Current regulations prohibit discrimination in registered apprenticeship programs on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin and sex. An amendment to 29 CFR Part 30 updates the equal employment opportunity standards to include age (40 or older), genetic information, sexual orientation and disability among the protected base.

Kentucky and Missouri Become Right to Work States

  Kentucky and Missouri recently passed legislation that prevents workers from being required to join a labor union in order to accept or maintain a job, making them the 27th and 28th Right to Work states, respectively.

Advocacy Opportunity: Bring Lawmakers Onsite

The beginning of the 115th Congress presents a valuable opportunity for members of Associated Builders and Contractors to participate in grassroots advocacy efforts and make their voices heard by lawmakers on Capitol Hill. One way construction businesses can do this is by hosting a lawmaker at a jobsite or training facility in their community.

Court Blocks 'Persuader' Rule

  In mind-November, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas found the U.S. Department of Labor’s “persuader rule” to be unlawful and blocked it from taking effect.

What’s One Thing Your Company Wants to Achieve or Do Differently This Year?

  In 2017, we will focus on the development and strategic execution of these new efforts, as well as targeted and strategic marketing efforts based on our vertical markets and areas of expertise.

Optimism Rises for Near-Term Infrastructure Spending

Stepping away from campaign promises and political conjecture, 2017 should be a decent year for the transportation
construction market, with the best years for spending growth still ahead. 

Trump Administration Promises Regulatory Relief

In November, Democrats netted a total of six seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and two seats in the U.S. Senate, falling short of the predictions of many political experts. Additionally, more than 200 candidates endorsed by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the House and 21 in the Senate were elected or re-elected, reflecting a better than 90 percent candidate success rate for those ABC endorsed. 

Revised I-9 Form Now Available; Required by Jan. 22

The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have released a revised I-9 Form that employers must use beginning Jan. 22, 2017, to verify all new hires' employment eligibility, including U.S. citizens and non-citizens. Employers who fail to use the new form on or after Jan. 22 may be subject to penalties.
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