Monthly Archives: May 2021

AGC Pushes Back on Local Hiring Preferences on Federal-Aid Transportation Projects

May 13, 2021

On May 13, AGC along with 57 other local and national industry stakeholders pushed back on the inclusion of mandatory hiring preferences, sometimes referred to as “Local Hire,” on federal-aid highway and transit projects. These mandates pit communities against one another, jeopardize workplace safety and add significant costs to sorely needed infrastructure improvements.

AGC Continues to Press for Timely Forgiveness of PPP Loans

May 13, 2021

On May 10, AGC filed a Freedom of Information Act request in response to SBA’s delayed decision-making process of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans as AGC members report they have already waited many months for SBA to act on forgiveness applications for loans over $2 million. SBA continues to hide the difference in the time it requires to process applications for the forgiveness of loans over and under $2M.

AGC Continues to Press for Timely Forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program Loans

May 13, 2021

Earlier this week, AGC filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), in response to SBA’s delayed decision-making process of the PPP loans as members report they have already waited many months for SBA to act on their applications for the forgiveness of loans over $2M.  SBA continues to hide the difference in the time it requires to process applications for the forgiveness of loans over and under $2M.  AGC has learned that a private company is playing an apparently significant but uncertain role in the processing of applications for the forgiveness of loans over $2M.  

AGC Continues To Press For Timely Forgiveness Of Paycheck Protection Program Loans

May 13, 2021

AGC Launches Broad Effort to Increase Transparency of SBA’s Decision-Making Process Going Beyond Lawsuit, AGC Submits Detailed Request for Agency Data

On May 10, AGC submitted a detailed request for information to the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), seeking:

Proliferating Materials Price Increases And Supply Chain Disruptions Squeeze Contractors And Threaten To Undermine Economic Recovery

May 13, 2021

The cost of goods and services used in construction accelerated further in April as more items logged double-digit increases over the past year, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government data released today. Meanwhile, nonresidential contractors struggled with delays in receiving materials and intensifying competition that limited their ability to pass on higher costs.

Construction Employment Stalls In April As Soaring Costs, Supply-Chain Challenges, And Workforce Shortages Undermine Industry’s Recovery

May 7, 2021

Construction employment was unchanged from March to April as nonresidential contractors and homebuilders alike struggled to obtain materials and find enough workers, according to an analysis by AGC of government data released today. Association officials said the industry’s recovery was being hampered by problems getting stable prices and reliable deliveries of key materials, while the pandemic and federal policies were making it harder for firms to find workers to hire.

DOL Officially Withdraws FLSA Independent Contractor Rule

May 6, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) finalized its recent proposal to officially withdraw a Trump administration final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

AGC Meets with White House on OSHA COVID-19 Standard

May 6, 2021

On April 30, AGC and its coalition partners met with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to raise concerns about and question the need for a federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS) 14 months into the pandemic. AGC highlighted the conflicting messages delivered by the administration. On the one hand, the administration continues to highlight the significant decline in case rates, hospitalizations, and great progress towards ending the pandemic through vaccination efforts.

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