Construction HR professionals have been burdened with the responsibility of properly handling reductions-in-force (RIFs), lay-offs and furloughs; sometimes at a moment's notice. These situations can be difficult to handle legally, practically, and emotionally.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on July 8 announced the Administration's intent to "push ahead with full implementation" of a rule requiring federal contractors to use the E-Verify system to verify employees' authorization to work in the U.S. The E-Verify rule will apply to federal solicitations and contract awards government-wide beginning September 8. At the same time, DHS announced its intent to issue a new regulation rescinding a rule establishing procedures for employers to follow upon receipt of a "no-match letter" from the Social Security Administration (SSA) or DHS.
In recent weeks, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun fulfilling its promise of investigating employers who hire illegal workers by initiating two major steps: conducting audits of employers' I-9 forms and preparing for increased monitoring of the E-Verify System.
At AGC's urging, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Granite Rock Company v. International Brotherhood of Teamster, a case that arose after that international union prevailed upon one of its locals to go on strike in violation of a newly ratified agreement between the local and the Granite Rock Company, a longstanding member of the AGC of California and AGC of America. The case provides an opportunity for the Court to clarify the scope of Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act, which gives the federal courts exclusive jurisdiction over "[s]uits for violations" of collective bargaining agreements, and preempts any state law that purports to govern either the interpretation or the enforcement of such agreements.
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