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On September 29, the federal government issued the following regulations of interest to ABC stakeholders:
· the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final rule on paid sick leave
· the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued the revised Employer Information Report or EEO-1
DOL’s Final Rule on Paid Sick Leave
The final rule will require certain federal contractors to offer employees up to seven days (56 hours) of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave for family care. The paid sick leave required by the final rule is in addition to a contractor’s obligations under the Service Contract Act (SCA) and Davis-Bacon Act (DBA). Therefore, a contractor may not receive credit toward its prevailing wage or fringe benefit obligation under the SCA and DBA for paid sick leave provided in satisfaction of the requirements of the final rule.
The Idaho Legislature adjourned officially on April 11th after a long and arduous debate over a number of issues, the most prominent of which was a Transportation Funding Bill. Unable to agree the Senate and House finally convened a conference committee which hammered out the final bill.
In Washington State
Last week the Washington Legislature began what could be a 30-day special session. The primary items on the agenda for the special session are the three budgets for the 2015-2017 biennium—operating budget, transportation budget and capital budget. After a brief flurry of committee hearings and floor debate most legislators headed for home while only budget negotiators remained in Olympia for the first couple weeks of the special session.
The National Labor Relations Board’s ambush election final rule goes into effect tomorrow, April 14, 2015.* Under the final rule, the amount of time between when a union files a representation petition and an election takes place will be dramatically reduced from the current average of 38 days. The shortened time period for union elections will place a premium on rapid response by employers to union organizing activity.
Thanks to the fantastic efforts of so many ABC members emailing and calling members of the Idaho House Business Committee, the ABC backed bill, HB 119 passed out of committee by a close vote of 9 to 7.