August 11, 2006 / Issue No. 1-06
 
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MIDYEAR MEETING
Workforce Development, Open Shop, and Union Contractors Committees to Meet During AGC’s 2006 Midyear Meeting
IMMIGRATION
Register Now for AGC’s August 23 Immigration Compliance Audio Conference
Interim Rule on Electronic Storage of I-9 Forms Now in Effect
DHS Announces New Program to Help Employers Avoid Hiring Unauthorized Workers
COMPENSATION
Open Shop Craft Wages to Rise Over 4.4%, Construction Staff Wages to Rise Over 4.0%
Early Collective Bargaining Yields Average First-Year Increase of 4.6% This Year
DRUG TESTING
AGC Joins DOL’s Drug-Free Workplace Alliance
Building Trades Launch National Drug & Alcohol Program for CURT Projects
LABOR RELATIONS
Contractor is Bound to Laborers Throughout State Despite Union Indication That Agreement was for Project Only
AGC Delivers Union Contractor Concerns to New Basic Trades Group
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
Congress Passes AGC-Supported Reform of Multiemployer Pension Laws

  Register Now for AGC’s August 23 Immigration Compliance Audio Conference

AGC will present an interactive audio conference called Immigration Compliance – How to Stay Out of Hot Water on Wednesday, August 23, 2006, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.  Attorney David C. Whitlock will address how to improve your I-9 compliance, what to do when the government visits your job site, how to respond to a Social Security Administration mismatch letter, and what to expect on the horizon.

Immigration law compliance is one of the hottest areas in labor and employment law today, given such recent events as:

  • The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unveiled plans to increase worksite enforcement and to “punish knowing and reckless employers of illegal aliens.”
  • ICE has already stepped up worksite visits – including raids on several construction projects – leading to massive arrests of undocumented workers.
  • ICE just proposed new procedures for employers to respond to Social Security “mismatch” letters and an interim rule setting new standards for the electronic storage of I-9 forms.
  • Both houses of Congress have passed bills that would increase employer liability and sanctions for hiring undocumented workers.
  • More than 75 employment-related immigration bills have been introduced in 30 states so far this year – 10 states have already enacted such bills.

Special summer rate for AGC members: $79
Non-member price:  $229

Visit www.agc.org/immigration to register securely online or to download a faxable registration form.  For assistance, contact Amy Southworth at southwortha@agc.org or (703) 837-5382.

Only a telephone is needed to participate in the audio conference; no computer is necessary.  Registrants will receive a registration packet via e-mail in advance.  It will include dial-in instructions and speaker hand-outs.  More than one person can participate using the same speaker phone for a single registration fee, but only one registration packet and access number will be provided per registration.  Refunds will not be given after August 22, 2006. [ return to top ]