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The Bottom Line With ABC National's Chief Economist Anirban Basu - Sept. 2, 2020

ABC’s Chief Economist Anirban Basu reports on the national nonresidential construction spending which fell 1.2% in July, according to an ABC analysis of data published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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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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Register Today for the Latest ABC’s Election Briefing Series

On Thursday, Sept. 10, ABC will continue its Election Briefing Series with an exclusive Mid-America and Midwest region election update. It will be followed by two national updates from the National Republican Congressional Committee on Thursday, Sept. 24 and the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Thursday, Oct. 22.

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President Trump’s Deferral of Payroll Tax Goes Into Effect; Guidance Issued

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, President Trump’s memorandum deferring payroll tax obligations went into effect. This memorandum allows for the deferral of the employee portion of federal payroll taxes — 6.2% for social security and 1.45% for Medicare — from Sept. 1, 2020, until Dec. 31, 2020, for workers earning less than $4,000 on a biweekly basis or $104,000 annually.

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DOL Publishes FFCRA Paid Leave FAQs Related to Schools Reopening

On Thursday, Aug. 27, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published new frequently asked questions for workers and employers regarding qualifications for paid leave eligibility under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, specifically adding new guidance detailing paid leave options related to schools reopening.

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David Allen Company Earns AQC Credential

David Allen Co. of Raleigh, North Carolina, a member of ABC’s Carolinas and Central Florida chapters, has been awarded Accredited Quality Contractor status by ABC.

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Apply for STEP, AQC by Oct. 30 To Be Eligible for ABC’s 2021 Top Performers Ranking

ABC’s Top Performers lists—the only rankings of their kind—recognize member contractors’ achievements in safety, quality, diversity, project excellence and special designations, ranked by work hours. You must achieve STEP Gold or higher and earn the Accredited Quality Contractor designation to qualify—applications are due by Oct. 30 for consideration in the rankings.

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Construction Organizations Hail Settlement Scaling Back OSHA’s Beryllium Final Rule

On Aug. 25, ABC, the National Association of Home Builders and the Mason Contractors Association of America filed a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to effectively narrow the scope of the beryllium final rule issued at the end of the Obama administration.

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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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CISC Releases Updated COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition  released an updated COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction on Aug. 18. ABC, a member of the CISC Steering Committee, encourages its members to review the plan, which includes the latest protective measures and guidance on keeping workers safe on jobsites.

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