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115th Congress Federal Updates

August Recess Begins Summer vacation began in Washington on Friday. President Donald Trump left for two weeks in Bedminster, New Jersey, joining the just-departed Senate and House of Representatives for an August recess. Before leaving, the Senate moved to block President Trump from making key appointments during its summer recess, then wrapped up action until September by confirming dozens of presidential nominees. The Senate will hold nine “pro forma” sessions during its August recess, which would prevent the president from replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and officials in other positions without confirmation. The confirmation of nominees -- particularly a series of deputy secretaries -- clears the deck for lawmakers to tend to other matters when they return Sept. 5, including work on critical bills to cover federal spending, flood insurance programs and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as a plan to avoid defaulting on federal debt. Current federal government ... Read the rest of entry »

Significant 2017 NEC & WAC 296-46B Changes

The latest Special Edition of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industires "Electrical Currents" newsletter detailed some of the significant changes in the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC®) and WAC 296-246B Electrical Safety Standards, Administration and Installation electrical rules. the department adopted revisions to WAC 296-46B, including adoption of the 2017 NEC® with an effective date of July 1, 2017. Installations made under any electrical permit purchased on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to the new requirements. The recent rulemaking process was necessary to align the previous July 2014 WAC 296-46B (based on the 2014NEC®) with the 2017 NEC®. The department adopted very few amendments to the NEC®. The newsletter does not cover all changes and is meant to assist affected companies in becoming aware of some of the significant changes. The explanations vary from the actual code language, and it is recommended you refer to the full revision that will soon be availa ... Read the rest of entry »

Missouri Governor Signs ABC-supported Law to Protect Taxpayers, Construction Industry from Project Labor Agreement Mandates; ABC Urges Federal Action

WASHINGTON, May, 30–Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today applauded Gov. Eric Greitens (R-Mo.) for signing legislation into law that will promote fair and open competition on contracts for construction services funded by Missouri taxpayers. SB 182 ensures controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) cannot be mandated by the government on state, state-assisted and local construction projects, guaranteeing that the almost three out of four members of Missouri’s private construction workforce who have chosen not to join a labor union can fairly compete to work on projects funded by their own tax dollars. “Taxpayers cannot receive the best product at the best price from responsible contractors when government caters to special interests by mandating PLAs, which steer contracts to unionized firms. This creates a labor monopoly for unionized workers, who make up about a quarter of Missouri’s private construction workforce and just 14 percent of the construction industry nati ... Read the rest of entry »

Trump Signs Executive Order Requiring that for Every One New Regulation , Two Must Be Revoked

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday, January 30, requiring that for every new federal regulation implemented, two must be rescinded. “This will be the biggest such act that our country has ever seen,” Trump declared moments before signing it in the Oval Office. “There will be regulation, there will be control, but it will be a normalized control where you can open your business and expand your business very easily. And that's what our country has been all about.” The executive order signing, which fulfills a campaign pledge, comes after the president held a listening session with small-business leaders. “If you have a regulation you want, No. 1, we’re not gonna approve it because it’s already been approved probably in 17 different forms,” Trump said. “But if we do, the only way you have a chance is we have to knock out two regulations for every new regulation. So if there’s a new regulation, they have to knock ou ... Read the rest of entry »

Legislation to Block ‘Blacklisting’ Rule Will Protect Contractors’ Rights, ABC Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 2– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing legislation (H. J. Res. 37) that will block implementation of the Obama administration’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673, commonly referred to as “blacklisting,” through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Implementation of the blacklisting rule’s reporting and disclosure requirements was temporarily blocked on Oct. 24, 2016, when a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Texas ruled in favor of ABC’s lawsuit and granted a preliminary injunction against the reporting provisions of the rule, which were scheduled to take effect Oct. 25, 2016. Under the CRA, Congress may pass a resolution of disapproval to prohibit a federal agency from implementing a rule without congressional authorization with a majority vote in both houses of Congress. If President Trump signs the CRA resolution into law, it will block the bl ... Read the rest of entry »

GOP Members Offer Resolution to Repeal 'Blacklisting' Labor Rule

January 30, 2017 - Republicans in the House and Senate took the first steps Monday to repeal a labor regulation from the Obama administration that requires all federal contractors bidding on contracts over $500,000 to report any labor law violations they’ve had in the last three years. Reps. Virginia Foxx (N.C.), Jason Chaffetz (Utah), Steve Chabot (Ohio) and Paul Mitchell (Mich.), along with Sens. Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), issued a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to block the labor regulation that opponents have dubbed the "blacklisting rule.” The CRA gives lawmakers 60 legislative days to repeal a rule through a resolution after it's been finalized. The rule, finalized in August, requires prospective contractors to disclose any violation of the 14 basic workplace protections, including wage and hour, safety and health, collective bargaining, family and medical leave, and civil rights protections. In October, a fed ... Read the rest of entry »

Manhattan Institute Study: The High Costs of Proposed New Labor-Law Regulations

April 21, 2013 - This spring, the U.S. Department of Labor is expected to issue a new interpretation of the "advice" exemption to the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. The Labor Department’s new interpretation would require businesses to disclose the names of any attorneys or consultants from whom they seek advice regarding union-organizing activities.
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