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Trump Administration Releases Fall 2019 Regulatory Agenda

On Nov. 20, the Trump administration released its Fall 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The agenda lists upcoming rulemakings and other regulatory actions from each agency that the administration expects to publish through the end of the year and into 2020. 
 

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House Passes Reauthorization of Terrorism Insurance Program

On Nov. 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 by an overwhelming bipartisan vote. TRIA is a shared public/private insurance program available to the construction and real estate sectors to cover catastrophic losses caused by acts of terrorism. ABC urges all senators to support H.R. 4634.

  

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ABC Comments on OSHA’s Beryllium Proposed Rule

ABC, as part of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, recently submitted comments to OSHA in regards to a proposed Beryllium rule. ABC stated that the 30-day timeframe OSHA requested for feedback was not enough time for people in the industry to submit thoughtful comments to the agency.

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ABC Gets Major Boost from the DOL in Effort to Help Upskill Soldiers

On Nov. 7, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a guidance letter that will provide ABC contractors working with the Department of Defense the legal clarity necessary to allow active duty soldiers onto their jobsites in order to receive on-the-job training, which previously caused unanswered legal questions. 

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OFCCP Issues Updated Compliance Guide for Construction Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has released an updated Technical Assistance Guide to help federal and federally assisted construction contractors and subcontractors understand their obligations under the laws enforced by OFCCP.

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ABC Submits Comments Supporting EEOC’s Decision to Discontinue Collection of Component 2 Data

On Nov. 12, ABC joined other employer representatives in submitting a comment letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to express support for EEOC’s decision to not seek renewal of OMB clearance for the EEO-1 Component 2 form based on concerns over the utility of the data, the burdens of reporting it and confidentiality protections.

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HHS Unveils Website to Assist in Substance Abuse Treatment

On Oct. 30, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration launched a new website, FindTreatment.gov, to help people struggling with substance abuse and addiction locate treatment centers and to provide them with additional resources. 

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DOL Issues Proposal to Revise Fluctuating Workweek Method of Computing Overtime

On Nov. 5, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled Fluctuating Workweek Method of Computing Overtime, which would revise a DOL regulation concerning salaried, non-exempt employees who work hours that vary each week under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Attention Turns to Louisiana After Blue Wave Hits Virginia

Elections were held yesterday in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia. Over the past few weeks, all eyes have been on Virginia, as the balance of power in the state was on the line. 

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Trump Administration Extends Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador

In a reversal of its previous policy, on Oct. 28, the Trump administration announced its decision to extend Temporary Protected Status for approximately 250,000 El Salvadorans in the United States as part of a signed bilateral agreement on border security and information sharing.  

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