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August 3, 2022
  Construction employment fell in 61 and was unchanged in another 51 out of 358 metro areas between June 2021 and June 2022, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of new government employment data. Association officials noted that employment was falling or… Read More

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Effective November 1, 2022 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I‑9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID‑19. This temporary guidance was… Read More
October 20, 2022
The U.S. Department of Labor has put forth a new test for determining whether someone is an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act that could tilt the balance in that determination towards employee status.  On October 11, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL)… Read More
October 19, 2022
  The price of materials and services used in nonresidential construction jumped 12.6 percent in September from a year earlier despite a dip of 0.2 percent last month, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government data released today. Association… Read More
October 12, 2022
Price escalation and supply chain disruptions continue to register as the number one issue in construction contracts today. The absence of a price escalation clause is considered a “killer clause” for many general contractors working on private vertical construction. Public owners are taking notice… Read More
October 10, 2022
  The construction industry added 19,000 employees in September as it boosted wages for hourly workers at the fastest rate in 40 years, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of new government data. Association officials said that even with the pay raises,… Read More
October 7, 2022
  Construction Workers Now Earn Over $35 an Hour on Average, While the Sector’s Unemployment Rate Hits 3.4 Percent as Association Officials Call for Construction Education Funding and Immigration Reforms The construction industry added 19,000 employees in September as it boosted wages for… Read More
October 7, 2022
Future of “Significant Nexus” Test Remains Unclear” This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that looks at the core of what are “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  AGC filed a joint “friend-of-the-court” brief in this case, Sackett v… Read More
October 6, 2022
Once consideration of Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) environmental permitting reform bill was removed from the government funding bill, it easily passed the U.S. Senate and is expected to pass in the House as well. After weeks of promises on environmental permitting reform, it appears nothing… Read More
October 6, 2022
93 Percent of Construction firms have reported that they are experiencing material shortages and/or allocations. All firms are experiencing similar construction material availability challenges regardless of their market - highway and transportation projects, federal and heavy work, or utility… Read More
October 6, 2022
Grappling with the maze of marijuana laws and your company policy?  On this episode, Bill Judge of Drug Screening Compliance Institute talks about considerations for employers to create and enforce drug-testing policies that are consistent with the laws in all of the states in which they… Read More
October 4, 2022