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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Construction Employment Increases in 274 out of 358 Metro Areas Between August 2016 and 2017 as Firms Work to Cope with Growing Labor Shortages

September 28, 2017

Construction employment increased in 274 out of 358 metro areas between August 2016 and August 2017, declined in 52 and stagnated in 32, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the construction job gains come even as 70 percent of responding firms reported having a hard time finding qualified craft workers to hire.

AGC Files Letter Supporting Fed's Plan to Rescind, Revise WOTUS Rule

September 29, 2017

AGC filed comments this week on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s joint proposed rule to repeal the 2015 definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).

Republicans Take Control of NLRB

September 28, 2017

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) now has a full complement of five members with a Republican majority for the first time in roughly a decade.  This follows from the September 27 swearing in of Republican William J. Emanuel as a Board member for a term ending on August 27, 2021.  Emanuel is the second Trump nominee to join the Board, following Republican Marvin E. Kaplan’s swearing in on August 10 for a term ending on August 27, 2020.

AGC Advises DOL to Revisit Overtime Rule's Salary Threshold

September 26, 2017

On September 25, AGC submitted comments to the U. S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in response to a Request for Information (RFI) on the 2016 changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations. In line with AGC’s regulatory recommendations, this RFI is the first step the DOL is undertaking to revisit the overtime rule that dramatically increased the salary threshold for exempt employees. AGC and its members were concerned that imposing such a large and immediate increase might result in unintended consequences, particularly for small construction companies, construction employers in lower‐wage regions, and construction personnel.

OSHA Silica Rule Enforcement Begins September 23

September 19, 2017

On Sept. 7, AGC held a comprehensive webinar detailing not only the requirements of the U.S. the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) respirable crystalline silica standard for the construction industry, but also the perspective of and testimonials from prime and specialty contractors implementing the regulation.

Thirty-Four States and D.C. Add Construction Jobs Between August 2016 and August 2017 While 30 States Add Jobs Between July and August

September 15, 2017

Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between August 2016 and August 2017, while 30 states added construction jobs between July and August amid strong demand for construction work in most parts of the country, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today.

New Federal Contracts Proving Hurricane Relief Get Some Relief from OFCCP Requirements

September 15, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that the agency will support Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts in a number of ways, including by relaxing federal contractors’ requirements on a temporary basis. As part of the initiative, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will be temporarily suspending certain requirements on federal contractors to allow “businesses involved in hurricane relief the ability to prioritize recovery efforts.”

AGC Urges DOL to Modernize Davis-Bacon Certified Payroll Reporting Requirements

September 6, 2017

AGC of America submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on September 5 recommending several specific ideas on how to reform and modernize the weekly pay and certified payroll submission requirements as mandated by the Davis-Bacon and related Acts (DBRA).

Construction Industry Adds 28,000 Jobs in August After Spending Drop in July, But Contractors Cite Widespread Difficulty Finding Experienced Workers

September 1, 2017

Construction employment increased by 28,000 jobs in August, following a dip in hiring and spending in July, but contractors face a lack of experienced workers, according to an analysis of new government data and a new workforce survey by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said construction job growth would have been even higher but a majority of firms report having a hard time finding qualified workers.

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