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Labor & HR

August 19, 2010
Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage & Hour Division issued an Administrator's Interpretation to provide guidance on whether protective gear is considered "clothes" in Section 203 (o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  In addition to defining "clothes," the interpretation clarifies whether time spent by employees washing or changing clothes, or "donning and doffing" protective gear and other equipment is compensable.  This interpretation reverses prior opinion letters issued by DOL and affects collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) where such time may have once been considered unpaid.
August 19, 2010

On June 22, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division, through an Administrative Interpretation (AI), clarified the definition of "son or daughter" as it relates to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA).  The AI clarifies the rights of certain caregivers in a parental role, such as relatives and same-sex partners, giving them access to  protected leave to care for or bond with a child as outlined in the FMLA.

August 19, 2010

The Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on July 23, 2010, soliciting comments about the agency's plans to strengthen regulations related to affirmative action for individuals with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act.  The OFCCP notes that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percentage of individuals with disabilities in the workforce in March 2010 was only 22.5, as compared to 70.2 percent of individuals who are not disabled.  The OFCCP clearly intends to impose additional requirements on federal contractors, the most significant of which may be the requirement to create job groups and compare the percentage of individuals with disabilities in each job group with the availability of individuals with disabilities within the contractor's recruitment area.  Contractors concerned about the potential changes have a unique opportunity to comment on such changes before the regulations are written.

August 19, 2010
Solicitations requiring bidders on certain U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) construction projects to submit an executed project labor agreement (PLA) prompted AGC to write and call agency officials expressing strong concern.  On August 18, the agency called AGC to announce that it was withdrawing the PLA requirement and to thank AGC for educating them on the issue.
August 19, 2010
On June 25, President Obama signed into law H.R. 3962, the Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010 (the Act), a stand-alone measure to prevent a scheduled cut in Medicare reimbursements to physicians and to provide short-term funding relief to both single- and multi-employer pension plans.  The Act contains several provisions to help multiemployer pension funds hit hard by 2008-2009 investment losses.  However, it does not contain the preferred measures sought by AGC and its coalition partners and passed by the House earlier this year. 
August 17, 2010
Collective bargaining settlements reported to the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) between January and June of this year resulted in an average first-year wage-and-benefits increase of $0.55 or 1.1 percent.  This is considerably lower than the $1.49 or 3.1 percent average increase reported for the comparable period last year.  The average second-year increase in newly negotiated multi-year agreements is $0.69 or 1.6 percent, and the average third-year increase is $1.01 or 2.2 percent.  These increases are also lower than those negotiated a year earlier, but by a smaller margin, according to CLRC.  As reported earlier in Human Resource & Labor News, wage-and-benefit increases negotiated in 2009 overall were the lowest in 13 years.
August 16, 2010
AGC held a regional meeting with the National Construction Alliance II (NCA II) - a partnership of the Carpenters and Operating Engineers unions - on August 4 in Boston, Mass..  Meeting participants discussed such issues as the multiemployer pension plan crisis, restrictive work rules and subcontracting clauses, increasing productivity, jurisdictional disputes, national heavy-highway agreements, and the NCA II unions' relationship with the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department.
August 13, 2010
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division has released an updated version of the Child Labor Rules Advisor, an interactive, online compliance assistance tool.  The revised Advisor incorporates regulatory changes that became effective on July 19, 2010. 
August 12, 2010
At AGC's 2010 HR Professionals Conference and Training & Development Conference, participants will learn the importance of coaching to transform employee potential into workplace performance, and ultimately, corporate results.  Kelly S. Riggs of Vmax Performance Group in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, will address both groups in a joint, keynote session on October 19, in Scottsdale, Ariz. 
August 12, 2010
The Department of Homeland Security has issued a final rule to revise the regulations regarding completion and retention of I-9 forms. The revision gives employers the discretion to sign and retain I-9 forms electronically. 


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