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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Compliance Assistance Tools for EPA's Construction Stormwater Program

August 31, 2017

As part of EPA's compliance assistance for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) construction stormwater program, EPA created a "Do I Need A Permit?" flowchart to help construction operators determine if and from whom they need to get NPDES permit coverage for their construction activities. EPA also updated the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) template and Inspection and Corrective Action Report templates for the new 2017 Construction General Permit (CGP). These fillable templates help construction site operators develop a SWPPP and prepare inspection and corrective action reports that meet the requirements of EPA's 2017 CGP.

OMB Halts New EEO-1 Pay Data Collection Requirements, Original EEO-1 Reporting Still in Effect

August 31, 2017

On August 29, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) informed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that it is initiating a review and immediate stay of the effectiveness of the pay data collection aspects of the EEO-1 form that was revised on September 29, 2016, in accordance with its authority under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). OMB’s decision follows AGC’s regulatory recommendations, specifically that the new EEO-1 requirements were unnecessary and burdensome. “Among other things, OMB is concerned that some aspects of the revised collection of information lack practical utility, are unnecessarily burdensome, and do not adequately address privacy and confidentiality issues,” the office said in its memo to the EEOC.

Thirty-Six States and D.C. Add Construction Jobs Between July 2016 & 2017 But Only Half of the States Added Jobs Between June and July

August 17, 2017

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between July 2016 and July 2017, yet only half the states added construction jobs between June and July amid declining public-sector investments in infrastructure and other construction projects, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today. Association officials said firms in parts of the country that build infrastructure projects are seeing less demand for their services amid overall declines in public-sector spending.

Commentary: Owners, contractors must know warranty terms

August 22, 2017

Contractors and owners involved in construction projects must understand the terms of express and implied warranties, attorney Samina Kapadia writes. Keys to avoiding warranty issues include reviewing the construction contract; oral or written interpretations; and local laws.

Companies Employing Foreign Workers Need Appropriate Insurance

August 22, 2017

Contractors and owners involved in construction projects must understand the terms of express and implied warranties, attorney Samina Kapadia writes.

Introducing the Autodesk Innovation Awards

August 22, 2017

In 2018, AGC of America will celebrate 100 years of serving the construction industry. While we celebrate and recognize the past and the present, we are also looking to address the issues currently affecting the industry, in order to ensure the future of construction. In this spirit, AGC is introducing the Autodesk Innovation Awards to provide incentive to encourage free thinkers within the field to provide pioneering solutions to a challenge faced daily by its members.

AGC WebEd: Creating a Marketing Plan That Drives Results

August 22, 2017

Marketing is an activity that is critical to the success of your business. If you do not have a focused plan and approach to marketing, your efforts might look scattered, inconsistent, unprofessional and...ineffective! Good marketing is the result of good planning and disciplined execution and these two elements always have a solid Marketing Plan to support them.

New Business Development Best Practice: Rebrand vs. Refresh: What's Right for Your Firm?

August 22, 2017

The Business Development Best Practices are an ongoing effort by the AGC Business Development Forum Steering Committee to bring more BD resources and best practices to the AGC membership. Written and developed by industry experts in Business Development, these best practices cover a wide range of topics, from relationship building and sales to marketing and proposals.

AGC's 2017 BuildCon Brings Together Contractors and Owners to Discuss the Impact of Prefabrication and Modularization

August 22, 2017

AGC’s BuildCon 2017 will feature a session designed to help you understand how and why the terms of traditional construction contracts are altered by prefabrication and modular construction. 

EPA Back Tracks on Previous Delay of 2015 Ozone Standard

August 14, 2017

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reversed its June 2017 decision to delay by one year the final designation of counties that are not attaining the 2015 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA will now make those determinations by the October 1, 2017, deadline. The reversal came after news that 15 states and the District of Columbia were filing suit against EPA to enforce the original deadline. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been critical of lawsuits (and settlement agreements) resulting from missed statutory deadlines.

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