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U.S. Senate passes $2 Trillion Coronavirus “Phase Three” Relief Package, Awaits House Action

On March 25, the Senate passed, 96-0, H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  It is expected to be taken up by the House of Representatives soon. The CARES Act, a $2 trillion economic relief package, is the third in a series of coronavirus related measures Congress has taken up in recent weeks to address the pandemic sweeping the country. This legislation encompasses a host of provisions that will provide construction employers and employees with critically needed access to capital, expedited cash-flow, worker benefit protection, and critical tax relief, among other things. While this bill is appreciated, [...]

President Trump Signs Employer-Fronted Paid Leave Mandate into Law

On March 18, President Trump signed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, into law in response to the recent Coronavirus outbreak. This measure, while taking many level-headed actions to mitigate risks to our communities, included a new employer-fronted paid leave mandate that AGC strongly advocated against. AGC recommended to Congress that the federal government—not construction employers—is best equipped to administer and front compensation for COVID-19-related illness leave. These requirements take effect on April 2, 2020, and sunset on December 31, 2020. However, the legislative environment remains fluid. The Senate could consider altering these mandates in a COVID-19 economic investment bill, [...]

OSHA Revises Coronavirus Reporting Requirement After AGC Intervention

On March 10, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provided guidance requiring the recording and reporting of workplace exposures to COVID-19. The guidance, while well intended, did not consider all of the potential negative impacts on the regulated community. On March 12, AGC of America CEO Stephen Sandherr spoke one-on-one with U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia on this issue noting AGC’s deep concerns with and opposition to such broad guidance. Shortly after that call, on March 13, OSHA issued new guidance that limits when COVID-19 can be a recordable illness to medically confirmed cases of COVID-19 that fall within a [...]

Analysis of “PRO Act” Legislation Finds the Measure Will Disproportionately Hurt Union Contractors and Workers

Union construction contractors and their workers will be disproportionately hurt by proposed legislation known as the PRO Act, according to the findings of a new analysis released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. The analysis concluded that the legislation would harm the entire construction industry. Moreover, the analysis detailed how the measure would make it more likely for union firms to be picketed and their teams from being allowed to work, undermine area-wide collective bargaining, and expose union construction firm directors and officers to civil penalties. “Although it may seem that union contractors would have reasons to support the PRO [...]

AGC Analysis of FY 2020 Federal Construction Accounts

On Dec. 20, President Trump signed two spending packages totaling $1.4 trillion, preventing another year-end government shutdown and providing annual funding to all agencies of the federal government through September 30, 2020. Overall, federal construction accounts saw about a nine percent increase—or $12.4 billion—in funding in comparison to FY 2019 funding levels. Click here for a full AGC analysis of federal and federal-aid construction accounts for FY2020.