Labor & HR

March 22, 2012
The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (“CDW”) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (“Chamber”) have jointly filed a motion to intervene in a case challenging Pres. Obama’s latest appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”).  AGC is a member of both organizations.
March 22, 2012
A contractor must comply with an arbitration award assigning work to members of the Plasterers union rather than the Carpenters despite the fact that the contractor’s employees have elected the Carpenters as their exclusive collective bargaining representative, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has held.
March 22, 2012
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency responsible for enforcing the federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee, has recently issued two guidance documents for employers, one on employer requirements that applicants have a high school diploma and the other on the employment of veterans with disabilities.  The guidance addresses the effect that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has on each hiring issue.
March 22, 2012
With several agencies sharing the task of issuing regulations and guidance regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), many questions are finally being answered about how the requirements of the 2010 law will actually be administered.
March 21, 2012
The U. S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently released an updated version of its elaws Advisor regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a federal law that entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified reasons.   The FMLA elaws Advisor was revised to reflect recent statutory changes to the FMLA and corresponding regulatory changes that became effective in January  2009.
March 21, 2012
On Feb. 21, 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Employment and Training Administration issued a final rule implementing stricter guidelines regarding the H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker program, a program that allows foreign workers to enter the U.S. on a temporary basis when qualified U.S. workers are not available and when employment of those workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers.  The rule will affect H-2B applications filed on or after April 23, 2012.
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.

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