Monthly Archives: April 2017

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How U.S. EPA Is Implementing President Trump's Regulatory Reform Agenda

April 27, 2017

Knowing that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the most and the costliest regulations over the last decade, President Donald Trump’s focus on rolling back federal agency rules appears to be hitting EPA the hardest.  Many of Trump’s executive orders during his first 100 days have focused on environmental matters; such as those that seek to expedite environmental reviews and permitting for infrastructure work and others that direct agencies to review (and then revise or repeal) key Obama-era rulemakings and practices (e.g., “Waters of the United States” definition, Clean Power Plan, mitigation policies and practices under the Endangered Species Act). 

EPA Seeks Comment on Review of Existing Regulations

April 21, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is seeking public input on its evaluation of existing rules pursuant to President Trump's government-wide Executive Order 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Agenda and Executive Order 13771 that directs agencies to “identify” at least two existing regulations for elimination whenever any new rule is proposed or issued (the 2-for-1 EOReducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs). 

AGC Shares Ways to Distinguish Your Firm with a Sustainability Program for Earth Day 2017

April 21, 2017

Whether you work on horizontal or vertical construction projects, public and private owners alike are interested in sustainability.  Some construction firms along with other industries have responded with developing sustainability programs for their firms.  Contractors sustainability plans often demonstrate their expertise in meeting owners’ goals and their own commitment to sustainable practices.  Some firms publish annual reports that showcase their progress and achievements.  This Earth Day, AGC of America researched existing sustainability reports and gathered some of the common elements. We also pulled out ideas for goals that you may want to consider when developing a sustainability program for your construction firm.

Construction Material Costs in March Outpace Contractors' Pricing; Industry Association Warns Against Policies that Would Add to Squeeze

April 13, 2017

Double-digit price increases for key construction materials pushed up construction costs in March, while the prices charged by contractors remained moderate, according to a new analysis of federal producer price data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged policy makers to avoid adopting restrictions on international trade that would add to materials costs and potentially drive up the price of infrastructure, buildings and new homes and apartments.

Construction Employment Increases by 6,000 in March to Highest Level Since 2008; Small Job Gains Likely Reflect Mild Weather February Hiring Surge

April 7, 2017

Construction employment increased by 6,000 jobs in March as a February hiring surge prompted by mild winter weather in much of the country prompted firms to hire fewer people last month, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said declining public-sector investments in construction and infrastructure could impact future construction hiring unless the administration and Congress enact a new funding measure.

When Can an Employer Insist on Confidentially in an HR Investigation? DC Circuit Relaxes Standard Set by the NLRB

April 17, 2017

On March 25, 2017, in Banner Health Systems v NLRB, the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit refused to enforce an order of the National Labor Relations Board's (Board) finding that an employer violated Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (Act) by maintaining “a categorical policy of asking employees not to discuss certain kinds of human resources investigations.”

Managing the Workforce and Acquiring Skilled Talent

April 12, 2017

Managing the workforce is a focal point at the Associated General Contractors of America Annual Convention in Las Vegas, where it's been noted that competition for top talent has heated up.

Constructor Marketplace: Search for contractor services and construction supplies in one place

April 12, 2017

Need a vendor? Reach thousands of suppliers and service providers in one place: AGC's official purchasing directory, Constructor Marketplace. This site places you in contact with vendors from more than 50 categories -- everything from acoustical and drywall to windows -- quickly, so you can get the materials or the help you need to get the job done right. Use Constructor Marketplace's free Request for Proposal (RFP) Automator to request custom project bids from multiple Marketplace vendors with just a few clicks.

Specialty Contractor Council Chair Craig Clark Selected for Chair of the Year Award

April 12, 2017

Craig Clark, President and CEO of Dynalectric and Chair of the Specialty Contractors Council, was selected as Chair of the Year by AGC President Mark Knight from a list of impressive nominees. 

Communication is Key to GC, Specialty Contractor Pre- and Post-Bid

April 12, 2017

At the Associated General Contractors of America's National Convention, Tim Sinclair, chair of AGC's Specialty Contractors Council, took part in a forum on preconstruction best practices -- a list of which is included in this article. 

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