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Phyllis Harden

Legislative & Special Projects, Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel
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December 5, 2018
Construction spending inched lower in October from September levels but increased from the October 2017 total, according to an analysis of new Census data by the Associated General Contractors of America. However, investment in public infrastructure posted declines from recent peaks, and... Read More

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March 27, 2019
Today the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) hiring benchmark for 2019. Effective March 31, 2019, the hiring benchmark will be 5.9 percent, down from 6.4 percent in 2018. ... Read More
March 26, 2019
On March 12, a bipartisan group of senators—led by Tom Carper (D-DE) and John Barrasso (R-WY)—introduced an AGC-backed bill to reauthorize the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) program.  The bill would provide $100 million annually through fiscal year 2024 for grants and rebates to states and... Read More
March 22, 2019
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has opened the EEO-1 online reporting portal following a recent court order reinstating the previously revised Obama administration EEO-1 form’s pay data reporting requirements that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) halted in 2017. The... Read More
March 22, 2019
The National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or “Board”) on March 1 issued an opinion expanding the rights of “Beck objectors” –  i.e., those employees who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement but who choose not to become a member of the union.  Under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1988... Read More
March 18, 2019
Construction contractors are all-too familiar with Scabby the Rat. The inflatable rat – appearing in sizes of up to a reported 30 feet tall – has infested construction job sites as part of trade union protest activities targeting employers that are not signatory to union labor agreements. Unions... Read More
March 18, 2019
In a significant ruling that will benefit companies, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) recently revised the test it uses for determining whether workers are employees or independent contractors under the National Labor Relations Act making it easier for entities to classify... Read More
March 15, 2019
Construction employment grew in 275, or 76 percent, out of 358 metro areas between January 2018 and January 2019, declined in 39 (11 percent) and was unchanged in 44, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association... Read More
March 12, 2019
Forty-four states added construction jobs between January 2018 and January 2019, while 33 states added construction jobs between December and January, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today. Association officials cautioned... Read More
March 8, 2019
AGC Charities Inc., the charitable arm of the Associated General Contractors of America, donated $265,000 today to fund a new “National Healing Quarters” for Warrior Canine Connection. The funds will help cover the cost of renovating a historic dairy barn in Boyds, Maryland to serve as the new... Read More
March 8, 2019
Sets Salary Threshold at $35,308 Yesterday, the U. S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations. This new proposal would update the salary threshold using current wage... Read More

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