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OSHA publishes changes to beryllium standard, weighting system

OSHA publishes changes to beryllium standard, weighting system

From businessinsurance.com. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday published a proposed rule on occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds in construction and shipyards by delaying the compliance deadlines for nearly all provisions of the standards to Sept. 30, 2020.

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Grants awarded to reduce construction waste, create jobs

Grants awarded to reduce construction waste, create jobs

From oregonmetro.gov. Three local salvage and deconstruction businesses are the first recipients of Metro’s Investment and Innovation program grants for the 2019-20 cycle. While the program aims to invest in a broader swath of the garbage and recycling system, this year’s strongest applications came from organizations focused on preventing waste in the construction industry.

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More Than 300,000 Comments Pour In on DOL's Proposed Apprenticeship Rule

More Than 300,000 Comments Pour In on DOL's Proposed Apprenticeship Rule

From Engineering News-Record. The Dept. of Labor's inbox has been swamped by more than 300,000 comments—the vast majority from construction workers, according to a top union official—weighing in on the department’s proposal to revamp the federal program for apprenticeships.

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What's Happening Now In Labor Law

What's Happening Now In Labor Law

From jdsupra.com. Misclassifying workers does not violate the NLRA. The National Labor Relations Board issued a decision yesterday, ruling 3-1 that worker misclassification does not violate the National Labor Relations Act. In Velox Express, the Board found that the employer had misclassified employees as “independent contractors,” but found that the misclassification did not violate labor law. Member Lauren McFerran, the only Democrat on the Board, dissented from this part of the ruling. 

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Don't Change the Rules for Construction Apprenticeship

Don't Change the Rules for Construction Apprenticeship

From Engineering News-Recod. The politics are tangled when it comes to the Trump administration’s initial decision—which still could change—not to include construction in its proposed apprenticeship rule revision. The proposal, for which the comment period ended on Aug. 26, now leaves the industry out of a planned U.S. Labor Dept. effort to expand apprentice programs in sectors such as health care and information technology by allowing private entities to manage the registration process typically carried out by federal and state agencies.

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Illinois Contractor Prompt Pay Retainage

Illinois Contractor Prompt Pay Retainage

The Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) is proud to announce SB 1636 was signed in to law on August 20, 2019 by Governor J.B. Pritzker.  P.A. 101-0432 is effective immediately. This new law amends the Contractor Prompt Payment Act in Illinois, and lowers retainage from 10% to 5% once 50% of a construction project is complete.

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What's Next for the DOL's Proposed Joint-Employer Rule?

What's Next for the DOL's Proposed Joint-Employer Rule?

From shrm.org. Despite recent changes in leadership at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), key workplace rules still need to be finalized, including a proposed update to the joint-employer rule.

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America's Transportation and Infrastructure Act 2019 advances in the Senate

America's Transportation and Infrastructure Act 2019 advances in the Senate

From Construction & Demolition Recycling. The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee approved America’s Transportation and Infrastructure Act (ATIA) 2019 to reauthorize Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) July 30. The law does not need to be reauthorized until next year, and several other committees will need to approve separate titles, including the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which is expected to release its title in the early fall and focus more on multimodal programs outside of the highway title, according to a news release from American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Alexandria, Virginia. 

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NDA unveils online tool to promote grassroots activism

NDA unveils online tool to promote grassroots activism

From Construction & Demolition Recycling. The National Demolition Association (NDA) has launched an online grassroots action center in an effort to expand its influence in Washington, D.C. Grassroots advocacy is a critical part of a robust government affairs operation, NDA says, and this action center will allow NDA members to connect with policymakers in Washington with just a few clicks.

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National Labor Relations Board's Recent Rulemaking Agenda

National Labor Relations Board's Recent Rulemaking Agenda

From jdsupra.com. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) recently released its anticipated rulemaking priorities in the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (the Agenda).

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