Labor & HR

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. 
August 12, 2010
Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division posted a new fact sheet that provides guidance to employers on the break time requirement for nursing mothers to express milk in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The Act became effective on March 23, 2010, and amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA.) 
June 29, 2010
AGC's San Diego Chapter teamed up with other local groups to help pass initiatives that banned project labor agreements (PLAs) in Chula Vista and Oceanside, Calif.
June 25, 2010
On June 17, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in New Process Steel v. NLRB holding that the National Labor Relations Board lacked authority to issue decisions from the end of 2007 to March 2010, when the five-member Board had only two members.  The decision effectively invalidates nearly 600 Board decisions issued during the 27-month period.
June 24, 2010
The eligibility period required for certain individuals to receive a 65 percent premium subsidy to help pay for continuing health coverage, also known as COBRA, has been extended several times but will likely not be extended again.  Although Congress recently passed the Continuing Extension Act of 2010, extending the COBRA subsidy eligibility period to May 31, when addressing the matter after the Memorial Day break, the Senate decided to remove a further extension from pending legislation in order to save $7 billion.  This decision leaves many workers who were involuntarily terminated after May 31 and who desire to continue their employer-sponsored health care coverage to pay the full cost of COBRA.  Those who were involuntarily terminated on or prior to the expiration date and currently receive the COBRA subsidy may continue with the subsidized coverage, but will lose the benefit once they reach the maximum subsidy coverage period of 15 months.
June 23, 2010
The National Labor Relations Board has refused to rule on a jurisdictional dispute between the Carpenters and Laborers on a project covered by the National Construction Agreement (NCA), finding that all parties were bound to submit jurisdictional disputes to the Plan for the Settlement of Jurisdictional Disputes (Plan), despite claims by the Carpenters council that it was not so bound.
June 21, 2010
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division has issued a final rule to revise the Fair Labor Standards Act as it pertains to workers under age 18. It will place a few more restrictions on tasks that cannot be performed by 16- and 17-year-olds working in construction but leaves in place, for now, an exemption for 16- and 17-year-old apprentices and student learners.
June 15, 2010
The number of multiemployer pension plans in the green zone as of January 1, 2010, was significantly higher than that a year earlier, according to The Segal Company's recently released Survey of Calendar-Year Plans' 2010 Zone Status.  Fifty-four percent of the 230 calendar-year plans surveyed -- which are Segal clients from a variety of industries - are certifies in the green zone for 2010.  This is a 15 percent increase from the 39 percent found last year, but still well below the 83 percent found in 2008.  The survey found little change in the percentage red-zone plans, which is now much higher than the percentage of yellow-zone plans.
June 11, 2010
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Ill., Ind., Wis.) has upheld an arbitration award against the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters (CRCC) for violating a most-favored nation (MFN) clause resulting in substantial damages to a residential and commercial roofing contractor.  

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