Labor & HR

March 27, 2020

After 42 States Added Jobs in February, Coronavirus is Taking a Swift and Severe Toll on the Industry, Prompting Association Officials to Call for Additional Measures to Help Workers and Firms Recover

March 26, 2020

On March 25, AGC called on the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, to issue a revision to recent COVID-19 related guidance that will explicitly include all construction workers as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” The absence of the word “construction” from many of the critical infrastructure workforces described in the guidance has become problematic as m

March 26, 2020

On March 26, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced the first few rounds of published guidance to provide information to employers regarding meeting requirements to offer emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020. 

March 26, 2020

On March 25, the Senate passed, 96-0, H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It is expected to be taken up by the House of Representatives soon. The CARES Act, a $2 trillion economic relief package, is the third in a series of coronavirus related measures Congress has taken up in recent weeks to address the pandemic sweeping the country.

March 26, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first few rounds of published guidance to provide information to employers about meeting their requirements to offer emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.  

March 26, 2020

As employers everywhere grapple with the COVID-19 crisis and its impact upon their employees and operations, questions have arisen regarding union contracts that expire on or about March 31, 2020. Although every labor contract and bargaining relationship is unique, established federal labor law principles can be applied to guide employers during this difficult time.

March 26, 2020

AGC of America’s Union Contractors Committee has scheduled quarterly conference calls for the remainder of 2020. 

March 24, 2020

The National Labor Relations Board has announced that it is postponing the effective date of its final rule modifying the prior Administration’s regulation on union representation-case procedures, often referred to as the “quickie election” or “ambush election” rule.  The effective date has been pushed back from April 16, 2020, to May 31, 2020.  

March 24, 2020

COVID-19 (or coronavirus) presents a formidable health and safety challenge to employers, and unionized employers also must address issues in the context of their obligations under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and a collective bargaining agreement. The broad range of issues includes both mandatory subjects of bargaining and business decisions that impact the employees of the bargaining unit. Such issues include health and safety concerns, attendance and staffing issues, wage and hour issues, leave issues, changes in work schedules, layoffs, and temporary reductions in hours or closure of the business to reduce infection rates. Missteps in effectuating these major changes can lead to violations of the NLRA and an increase in the incidence of workers refusing to work. Employers’ ability to navigate these issues successfully requires an understanding of their rights under both the collective bargaining agreement and federal law in this novel situation. Here are some key considerations and proactive measures employers can take to facilitate timely and decisive employment actions.

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