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From the monthly archives: September 2020

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'September 2020'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

OSHA Begins Enforcement of Revised Beryllium Standard in Construction and Shipyard Sectors

Effective Sept. 30, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcement of the ancillary requirements of its standards for occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds in the construction and shipyard sectors.

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ABC Supports Voter List Information Revision in NLRB Election Proposal

On Sept. 28, ABC submitted comments to the National Labor Relations Board on its proposed rule amending the agency’s representation election regulations under the National Labor Relations Act. Additionally, the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace submitted comments in support of the NLRB’s proposal, officially titled Representation-Case Procedures: Voter List Contact Information; Absentee Ballots for Employees on Military Leave.

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Senate Confirms Two Republican, One Democratic EEOC Members

On Sept. 22 and 23, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Andrea Lucas (R), Jocelyn Samuels (D) and Keith Sonderling (R) to serve as commissioners of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Community Workforce Agreement Passed in New Mexico’s Largest County; ABC Advocates Repeal

On Sept. 22, Bernalillo County’s board of commissioners passed an ordinance requiring a community workforce agreement, also known as a project labor agreement, on all construction projects performed for the county that are valued at more than $7 million. The threshold was originally set at $5 million, but was raised to $7 million after a 30-day comment period following the introduction of the ordinance in August.

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House Republicans Introduce the BUILDER Act to Modernize NEPA

On Sept. 22, U.S. Rep. Garrett Graves (R-La.) introduced H.R. 8333, the Building U.S. Infrastructure Through Limited Delays & Efficient Reviews (BUILDER) Act. The legislation would codify much of the Council on Environmental Quality’s National Environmental Policy Act rulemaking, which ABC supports.

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DOL Proposes Revisions to Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

On Sept. 22, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a proposed rule that would revise its interpretation of independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The DOL indicates the proposal would offer clarity to determine whether a worker is an employee under the FLSA as well as promote certainty for stakeholders, reduce litigation and encourage innovation in the economy.

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Register Today for the Latest ABC Election Briefing Update

On Thursday, Sept. 24, ABC will continue its Election Briefing Series with a national update from the National Republican Congressional Committee. It will be followed by a Mountain West and Pacific region election update on Thursday, Oct. 8, and a national update from the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Thursday, Oct. 22.

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U.S. Court Allows Trump Administration to Phase out Temporary Protected Status for 50K Immigrant Construction Workers

On Sept. 14, 2020, in a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and vacated a U.S. District Court’s preliminary injunction in 2018 that barred the Department of Homeland Security from implementing or enforcing its determinations to terminate Temporary Protected Status for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador while the case continued its way through the legal system.

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The Bottom Line With ABC National's Chief Economist Anirban Basu - Sept. 16, 2020

ABC’s Chief Economist Anirban Basu reports on the construction backlog indicator which rose in August, according to an ABC analysis of data published by the U.S. Census Bureau. Confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders also rose in August regarding sales, staffing levels and profit margins, according to ABC’s Construction Confidence Index. 

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U.S. DOL Clarifies Paid Leave Requirements Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On Sept. 11, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued revisions to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act regulations, which implement paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave. FFCRA requires private-sector employers with fewer than 500 employees and certain public employers to provide covered employees emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave. 

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