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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Labor Department Publishes Final Rule on Paid Leave for Federal Contractors

September 30, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released its final rule to implement Executive Order 13706, which requires federal contractors to provide paid leave to employees for sickness and other covered purposes.  AGC submitted extensive comments regarding the DOL proposed rule and testified before Congress on the significant statutory and practical compliance problems the executive order presents for the construction industry.  Many of the complications in the proposed rule remain in the final rule, but several changes were made in response to AGC requests.  Answers to key questions about the rule are provided below. 

New EEO-1 Report Finalized, First Report Due March 2018

September 29, 2016

On September 29, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that starting March 2018, it will collect summary employee wage and hours-worked data from some employers.  Employers are required to continue use of the existing form until March 2018, when 2017 data will be reported.  Visit the EEOC’s website for a sample of the new form.

OFCCP Expands Focus on Construction Mega Projects

September 29, 2016

On September 23, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a significant expansion of its Mega Construction Project (MCP) Program.  The expanded program will use new, standardized processes, expanded resources, experienced new staff, and agency oversight, including the addition of a national coordinator.

Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Increases to $10.20

September 29, 2016

Executive Order 13658 was signed by President Obama in 2014, and its corresponding regulations implemented an hourly minimum wage for workers performing work on covered federal contracts of $10.10 per hour beginning on January 1, 2015.  The order mandated that the Secretary of Labor determine a new minimum wage annually, based on the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for urban wage and clerical workers.  Notice is required to the public at least 90 days before the new wage goes into effect each year. 

Construction Employment Increases in Three-Fifths of Nation's Metro Areas Between August 2015 & 2016 as Industry Job openings Hit 10-Year High

September 29, 2016

Construction employment increased in three-fifths of metro areas between August 2015 and August 2016—the smallest share in nearly three and a half years—as contractors in many areas report difficulty in finding qualified workers, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.  Association officials said the new data underscores the need to make it easier for school officials to set up programs that teach skills like construction.

Construction Employment Rises in 36 States From August 2015 to 2016; Only 24 States Add Jobs Last Month as Firms Struggle to Find Workers

September 20, 2016

Thirty-six states added construction jobs between August 2015 and August 2016 while construction employment increased in only 24 states between July and August, according to analysis of Labor Department data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.

AGC/FMI Risk Management Survey Reveals Changing Environment

September 12, 2016

In conjunction with FMI, AGC's Surety Bonding and Risk Management Forum recently completed a survey of the risks that today’s construction contractors have high on their radar screens -- and the various ways that contractors are dealing with those risks.  The 83 responses that AGC and FMI received from 83 best-in-class companies collectively approaching $50 billion in annual volume suggest the following:

NLRB Continues to Make Union Organizing of Temps & Other Supplied Workers Easier

September 6, 2016

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) has relaxed the standard for determining the appropriateness of bargaining units in the context of labor staffing firms – again.  In its July 11 Miller & Anderson decision, the Board held that a union may seek to represent a unit of workers that combines employees who are jointly employed by the “supplier” employer (the staffing company) and the “user” employer with employees who are solely employed by the user employer, provided that the workers share a “community o

NLRB Allows Carpenters to Proceed with Multiemployer-Based Election in NYC

September 1, 2016

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) approved a union’s petition for a single representation election covering all of the contractors in a multiemployer group because the contractors indicated their “unequivocal intent” to be bound by group bargaining.  The case, Building Contractors Association, involves interesting issues about conversion from 8(f) to 9(a) relationships in the construction industry.[1]

AGC Workforce Survey Shows Contractors Have a Hard Time Finding Qualified Craft Workers

September 1, 2016

Labor Shortages are Prompting Firms to Increase Pay and Become More Efficient but Threaten to Slow Economic Growth over the Long-Term Officials Warn as they Call for New Workforce Measures

Construction HR & Training Professionals Gear Up for Industry Conference

September 1, 2016

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 2016 event will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.  For more information or to register visit

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