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From the category archives: Politics & Policy

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Updated Summary of Employer Requirements Available for ABC Members

A reference document provided by Washington Council Ernst and Young offers ABC members a summary of employer requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Amendment to Visa Program Could Improve Immigration Bill for Construction

ABC May 14 responded to the Senate Judiciary Committee mark-up of a section of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) by supporting an amendment that would allow all industries, including construction, equal access to temporary worker visas.
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House Passes Bill Allowing Workers Option of Comp Time

The U.S. House of Representatives May 8 voted 223-204 to pass the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R.1406), which would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to provide compensatory time for employees in the private sector.
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U.S. Appeals Court Invalidates NLRB Poster Rule

ABC May 7 welcomed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to invalidate the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “Notification of Employee Rights” notice posting rule. A three-judge panel struck down the 2011 rule, primarily on the grounds that it violated free speech rights afforded to employers under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). 
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Video: Rep. Markwayne Mullin to Speak at ABC Legislative Conference

ABC is honored to have ABC member and freshman congressman representing Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District Markwayne Mullin speak at the 2013 Legislative Conference, June 12 in Washington, D.C.  The early bird rate expires on May 17. 
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Georgia Bans Government-Mandated PLAs

The ABC Georgia Chapter celebrated a victory May 6 when Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed into law S.B. 179, which prohibits government entities from mandating project labor agreements (PLAs) on state-funded construction projects. 
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Deadline to Use New I-9 Form May 7

All employers are required to use the revised I-9 Form beginning May 7. Employers who fail to use the new form (revision date 03/08/13) on or after that date may be subject to penalties. 
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DOL and DHS Issue “Emergency” Interim Final Rule on H-2B Program

On April 24, the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Labor (DOL) jointly published an “emergency” interim final rule, effective immediately, on how the wages for temporary non-agricultural H-2B workers should be calculated.
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NLRB Appeals Recess Appointment Decision to U.S. Supreme Court

The NLRB April 25 filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal a Jan. 25 ruling that the 2012 presidential recess appointments of three members to the board were unconstitutional. 
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OSHA Issues Final Rule on Cranes and Derricks in Demolition and Underground Construction

On April 23, OSHA issued a final rule that applies the requirements of the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition and underground work. These areas were inadvertently omitted from the original rule. 
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