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Construction Groups See Biden Administration’s Decision to Exclude Construction From the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard a Smart One

June 16, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the long-awaited COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard on June 10. The Construction Industry Safety Coalition, which ABC is a steering committee member, said that it is pleased that the Biden administration and OSHA listened to the concerns and recommendations of the construction industry in formulating the ETS.

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DOL Issues Requirements to Inform Employees About Right to Unionize

The Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) May 20 published a final rule detailing the way federal contractors and subcontractors must display a notice informing employees of their rights to join or not join a union.   
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ABC Opposes Proposed Rule for the Service Contract Act

ABC May 18 filed comments with the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division in opposition to a notice of proposed rulemaking on Executive Order 13495, or Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts.  
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OSHA Will Issue Ergonomics Citations Under General Duty Clause

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Administrator David Michaels April 7 said during a live web chat that ergonomics hazards will be enforced under OSHA’s general duty clause. The web chat was part of an OSHA outreach effort to discuss its strategic plan, which is supposed to take effect Sept. 30 and be in place until October 2016.
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ABC Urges OSHA To Abandon Proposed Musculoskeletal Reporting Rule

ABC March 30 objected to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed rule that would revise the OSHA Form 300 to include an additional reporting column for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). The proposed rule would amend OSHA’s recordkeeping regulation, although OSHA claims it would not require employers to implement any new controls in the workplace.

 

 

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DOL Budget Focuses On Employer Enforcement And Independent Contractor Classification

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Feb. 1 requested a fiscal year 2011 discretionary budget of $13.98 billion that includes an increase in oversight of wage and hour rules and occupational safety and health laws in addition to funding an initiative to crack down on misclassification of independent contractors.
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DOL to Require Employee Notification of Federal Labor Law Rights

The Department of Labor Office of Labor-Management Standards Aug. 3 published a proposed rule for the implementation of Executive Order 13496 that requires federal contractors and subcontractors to post a notice aimed at informing employees of their rights to join or not join a union.

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ABC Voices Opposition To Proposed Rule On Confined Spaces

ABC July 23 testified at an informal hearing on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed rule on confined spaces in the construction industry.  

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