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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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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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Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors to Increase Jan. 1, 2021

On Aug. 31, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published a notice in the Federal Register to announce that the minimum wage for federal contractors will increase from $10.80 per hour to $10.95 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

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DOL Publishes Guidance on Tracking Compensable Hours for Remote Work

On Aug. 24, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-5, which clarifies employers’ obligations to track the hours of compensable work of employees who are teleworking. The guidance responds both to the needs created by new telework or remote work arrangements that arose in response to the coronavirus and to other telework or remote work arrangements

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DOL Issues Requests for Information on Paid Leave

The U.S. Department of Labor issued two notices in July seeking feedback on its regulations implementing the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and other issues concerning paid leave.

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NLRB Members Kaplan and McFerran Sworn in for Second Term

On Aug. 10, Marvin Kaplan (R) and Lauren McFerran (D) were sworn in for their second terms on the National Labor Relations Board. ABC supported Kaplan’s nomination to serve a second term and sent a letter to Senate leadership encouraging his confirmation.

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With Relief Talks Over, President Trump Signs Executive Orders

In lieu of the failed negotiations over additional relief funding from Congress, President Trump signed executive orders to provide expanded unemployment benefits, a temporary payroll tax deferral, eviction protection and student-loan relief.

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NLRB Issues Proposal on Employee Privacy and Absentee Ballots for Workers on Military Leave

On July 29, the National Labor Relations Board issued a proposed rule titled Representation-Case Procedures: Voter List Contact Information; Absentee Ballots for Employees on Military Leave, which proposes two amendments to the representation election regulations under the National Labor Relations Act.

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ABC Calls for Additional Guidance and Flexibility in PPP Rulemaking

On July 27, ABC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Small Business Administration on an interim final rule changing key provisions of the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program and its loan forgiveness and loan review procedures.

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House Approves ABC-supported Great American Outdoors Act, Which Would Create 100,000+ Construction Industry Jobs

On July 22, The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act (S. 3422/ H.R. 1957), which was introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), by a vote of 310-107. The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Trump. Ahead of the vote, ABC sent a letter to the House in support of the legislation, urging the swift consideration and approval of the Senate-passed version of the bill.

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