Yearly Archives: 2017

AGC Succeeds in Removing Blacklisting Provision from Annual Defense Bill

A compromised version the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018(NDAA)—which would authorize nearly $700 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD)—is expected to pass Congress and be signed into law after the Thanksgiving holiday. The NDAA contains a host of AGC-backed federal construction procurement provisions important to construction contractors. Most importantly, however, is

AGC Targets Burdensome OSHA, PLA and DOJ Guidance

Calls for Congressional Repeal These Agency Policies On November 15, AGC urged Congress to repeal—under the Congressional Review Act (CRA)—burdensome federal agency policies, including the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) multi-employer citation policy, the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) bid preference policy for construction project proposals including project labor agreements (PLAs), and the

AGC Participates in Trump Admin. Deregulatory Week

Represents Construction Industry before White House, DOL & DOT This week, AGC participated in a series of deregulatory events at the White House and federal agencies—including the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Transportation – as the administration continues outreach to AGC for guidance on regulatory reforms to undertake. To date, AGC has

OSHA Silica Rule Enforcement Begins September 23

AGC Continues to Provide Resources for Members On Sept. 7, AGC held a comprehensive webinar detailing not only the requirements of the U.S. the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) respirable crystalline silica standard for the construction industry, but also the perspective of and testimonials from prime and specialty contractors implementing the regulation. Construction industry safety professionals

AGC Submits Comments to Senate Finance Committee on Tax Reform

This week, AGC submitted comments in response to a letter sent by Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, soliciting input from stakeholders on tax reform.  The deadline for submissions was Monday, July 17. AGC’s comments called for tax reform that lowers the rates for all businesses, corporate and pass-through alike. The comments also called for repealing

U.S. Secretary of Labor Withdraws Joint Employer, Independent Contractor Informal Guidance

In line with AGC’s regulatory recommendations, on June 7, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors. Both pieces of guidance together took an expansive interpretation of employment and threatened the traditional relationship between contractors and their partners. AGC

AGC Testifies Before Senate on Environmental Permit Streamlining

AGC’s head of Environmental Law and Policy Leah Pilconis testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works at a hearing entitled “Infrastructure Project Streamlining and Efficiency: Achieving Faster, Better, and Cheaper Results.” AGC took the opportunity to discuss many of the ideas in its new document “Reforms for Improving Federal Environmental Review and

“Blacklisting” Rule Finally Dies, Marking Big Win for AGC Members

Thanks in part to AGC’s advocacy efforts, contractors are enjoying a major victory today:  permanent nullification of regulations implementing President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, often referred to as the “blacklisting” rule.  On March 27, President Trump signed into law a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) by which Congress expressed disapproval