Labor & HR

March 13, 2012
On March 2, 2012, a federal court in Washington, D.C., upheld most of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) notice posting rule. The posting rule is described here, here, and here.
February 28, 2012
AGC is seeking presentations for two of AGC’s most sought-after annual conferences, the HR Professionals Conference and the Training, Education and Development (TED) Conference.  For 2012, the conferences will be co-located in San Antonio, TX, Oct. 15-17, with separate tracks for each conference. A federal construction HR workshop will be held Oct. 17-18 in conjunction with the HR Professionals Conference.
February 24, 2012
On Feb. 9, 2012, the IRS released guidance and forms that employers may use to claim the newly-expanded tax credit for hiring veterans as outlined in the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
February 22, 2012
AGC of America’s 93rd Annual Convention will offer several sessions on labor and human resource matters open to all Convention registrants.  The Convention will take place March 13-17, 2012, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
February 22, 2012
On Feb. 21, 2012, AGC submitted comments on the Dec. 9, 2011, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s (OFCCP) notice of proposed rulemaking, which would implement significant revisions of the regulations governing affirmative action requirements for direct federal contractors and their subcontractors with respect to individuals with disabilities as required by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.  AGC fully supports OFCCP’s stated overall goal of increasing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities; however, AGC believes the requirements of complying with this rule, if implemented, would be extremely burdensome on construction contractors due to the unique nature of the construction industry.  As a result, AGC’s comments ask OFCCP to exempt the construction industry from the requirements of the proposed rule, with 125 AGC member-companies requesting the same via comments submitted through AGC’s online Action Center.
February 20, 2012
The percentage of construction workers represented by a union rose very slightly in 2011, to 14.9 percent from 13.7 percent in 2010, according to the latest data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The median weekly earnings of workers in the industry also increased over the year, according to BLS – from $735 to $746.
February 17, 2012
On Feb. 17, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that “Self Check,” a free online service of E-Verify that allows individuals to check their own employment eligibility status, is now available nationwide. This announcement expands on the initial launch of Self Check in March 2011, and an expansion to 16 additional states in September of the same year.  
February 9, 2012
On Feb. 7, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) extended the deadline for interested parties to comment on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the regulations implementing the non-discrimination and affirmative action regulations of section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.  The original comment deadline was Feb. 7.  In a press release about the extension, OFCCP stated that “after receiving several requests for extensions, OFCCP is extending the comment period for this NPRM for 14 days until Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.”
January 27, 2012
On Dec. 9, 2011, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) proposed significant changes to its regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which would revise the nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations of direct federal contractors and their subcontractors regarding individuals with disabilities. 
January 23, 2012

Significantly fewer construction firms are planning to make layoffs in 2012 than at any point in the past few years according to survey results released today by AGC and Computer Guidance Corporation.  The survey, conducted as part of the 2012 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, shows many firms expect key private sector market segments to expand this year even as the overall outlook remains mixed.

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