Monthly Archives: July 2021

AGC Helps Ward Off New Immigration Restrictions on Construction

July 29, 2021

Due in part to AGC’s advocacy and others, a House fiscal year 2022 funding bill for the U.S. Department of Labor will not include a provision banning the construction industry from utilizing the H-2B seasonal guest worker visa program. The program provides temporary and seasonal workers when domestic workers are unavailable via a lottery process to a wide range of industries, including construction. Given the widespread worker shortages impacting the construction industry, AGC was very concerned of attempts to target and limit the industry’s ability to access the program.

DOL Officially Rescinds Joint Employer Under FLSA Rulemaking

July 29, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to rescind a Trump administration rule, “Joint Employer Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act” that took effect in March 2020.

New Buy American Rule Released for Public Comment

July 29, 2021

On July 29, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council issued a proposed rule to add and expand Buy American Act requirements on direct federal construction projects (not federal-aid transportation projects). The proposed rule increases the domestic content required to 60% with increases in two years to 70% and then 75% in five years.

Senate Moves Forward on $1.2T Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

July 29, 2021

On July 28, the Senate agreed, 67-32, to begin debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. Ahead of the vote, the bipartisan group of senators announced it had resolved all major issues on the package. As a result of this initial vote, the Senate will consider the package over the coming days and, perhaps, weeks. However, an actual legislative bill detailing what is in the package has yet-to-be released or formally introduced as of July 29.

Construction Employment Lags Or Matches Pre-Pandemic Level In 101 Metro Areas Despite Housing Boom As Firms Cope With Labor Shortages

July 28, 2021

Construction employment declined or stagnated in 101 metro areas between February 2020, the last month before the pandemic, and last month, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government employment data released today. Association officials said that labor shortages and supply chain problems were keeping many firms from adding workers in many parts of the country.

CLC Member Spotlight: Paul McLaughlin, General Building Contractors Association

July 26, 2021

Paul McLaughlin, Manager of Continuous Improvement for the Butz Family of Companies, which includes GBCA member Shoemaker Construction Co., has been a member of GBCA’s Construction Leadership Council Steering Committee since 2020. Representing the CLC, he has also served on GBCA’s Government Affairs and Education Committees.

While he was introduced to the construction trades from his family, it was during his freshman year at Drexel University that he cemented his pursuit of a career in construction. Upon learning that Construction Management was a major and after sitting in on a class, he immediately changed his major. Now in the industry, he values seeing the tangible results: The most rewarding thing for him is being able to see a project materialize from design through to a finished product.

AGC Voices Opposition on Tax Legislation

July 22, 2021

On June 22, AGC along with over 100 other trade associations voiced their strong opposition to any attempts to roll back the 20 percent deduction for pass through businesses—S-corps, partnerships, limited liability companies—enacted in the Trump tax cuts under Section 199A of the federal tax code.

DOL Proposes Increasing Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

July 22, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish standards and procedures to implement and enforce Executive Order 14026, “Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors,” signed by President Biden on April 27, 2021.

AGC Comments on Regulations Governing $350 Billion State and Local COVID-Relief Fund

July 22, 2021

On July 16, AGC submitted regulatory comments on the U.S. Treasury Department's interim final rule governing how  state, local, territorial and Tribal governments can spend $350 billion from a COVID-relief fund established under President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief law: the American Rescue Plan Act.

Construction Staff Wages Expected to Rise by 3.23% for 2021

July 21, 2021

According to the latest Contractor Compensation Quarterly (CCQ) published by PAS, Inc., contractors are projecting 2021 construction staff wages to increase an average of 3.23%, as reported by over 300 companies in the 38th edition of the Construction / Construction Management Staff Salary Survey.  For pay increase comparison, according to the WorldatWork, across all industries exempt professionals saw 2020 actual increases of 2.9% and they are projecting 2021 increases of 2.9%.  For construction WorldatWork reported a 3.4% increase in 2020 and are projecting 3.3% for 2021. 

Registration Opens for 2021 Construction HR and Training Professional Conference

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