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Labor & HR

August 24, 2009
The proposed rule implementing President Obama's executive order encouraging federal contracting agencies to consider imposing project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale construction projects fails to substantiate the asserted rationales for mandatory PLAs, fails to require an adequate analysis as a condition precedent to imposing a PLA, and should not be expanded to cover federally assisted projects, AGC told the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council in comments submitted on August 13.
August 21, 2009
During the recent economic downturn, HR professionals in the construction industry have been increasingly burdened with handling reductions-in-force (RIFs), lay-offs and furloughs - sometimes at a moment's notice.  Recently, AGC requested the expertise of labor and employment law attorney Bert Brannen of Fisher & Phillips LLP, and Doug Mure, Managing Director of Human Resources Consulting and Outsourcing with Pinnacle Financial Group, to give HR professionals in the construction industry much-needed guidance when handling such situations.
August 21, 2009

Both the House and the Senate have many ideas when it comes to health care reform, but the one proposal that appears to be present across the board is a requirement for private companies to provide health insurance for all employees and their families.  While this mandate may be well-intentioned, what does it actually mean for America's employers? 

August 21, 2009
In accordance with a July 8 announcement, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has formally proposed a rule to rescind the so-called No-Match Rule first issued by the Bush Administration in 2007.  The proposed rule seeks to reinstate the language of the regulations as it existed prior to the effective date of the No-Match Rule.  Comments are due no later than September 18, 2009.
August 14, 2009
On July 15, 2009, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance for employers and workers in response to recent inquiries about waivers of discrimination claims in employee severance agreements.
August 12, 2009

Attend AGC's HR Professionals Conference and Training & Development Conference October 27-29, in Atlanta and learn what you need to know to be successful as an HR or T&D professional in the construction industry.  With expert speakers providing compliance-related guidance for HR professionals, and interactive sessions that are guaranteed to help T&D professionals sharpen your skills and solve common challenges, you will learn best practices for maximizing efficiency and effectiveness.  Register and learn more at

August 4, 2009

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has announced the location of five additional prevailing wage conferences, following its inaugural conference, which drew more than 400 participants to Washington, D.C.  Each conference will be offered free of charge to employers.

August 4, 2009
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), responsible for ensuring that contractors doing business with the federal government do not discriminate and take affirmative action, recently opened registration for its 2009 National Forum (Forum).  The Forum will be held on September 9, 2009, in the Washington, D.C., area.  The specific location has not yet been announced.
July 22, 2009
The rate of union representation in the construction industry increased modestly in 2008 for the second consecutive year following a steady decline in the decade preceding 2006.  Using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) reports in its latest biennial report on union representation trends that the percentage of workers represented by a union in 2008 was 16.2 percent.  This compares with 14.4 percent in 2007 and 13.6 percent in 2006, according to BLS data.
July 21, 2009
On July 14, 2009, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council issued a notice of proposed rulemaking implementing President Obama's Executive Order 13502, by creating new FAR contract clauses to be included in Federal contracts should an agency choose to require a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on a particular Federal construction project.  Comments are due on August 13, 2009.


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