Human Resource & Labor News
www.agc.orgDecember 8, 2015 / Issue No. 06-15
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Federal Contracting
Last Chance to Register for Dec. 10 & 15 Davis-Bacon Webinar
Labor Relations
Union Contractors Conference Call Scheduled for Dec. 14
Construction Employer Impact of NLRB’s New Joint Employer Standard Covered in AGC Webinar
Parties to 8(f) CBA Need Not Notify FMCS When Terminating Agreement
AGC Opposes NAVFAC- and GSA-Mandated PLAs
Employee Benefits
ACA Employer Reporting Due Early 2016; AGC Webinar to Explain Requirements
“Right-size” Your Company’s Employee Benefits Budget
AGC Helps Deliver Needed Affordable Care Act Reform
PACE Act Signed into Law
HR Education
Presentations Sought for AGC’s 2016 Construction HR and Training Professionals Conference and Federal Construction HR Workshop
Immigration
E-Verify Records from 2005 to Be Deleted; Available for Download through Dec. 31
AGC Helps Deliver Needed Affordable Care Act Reform
New Measure Ends Requirement for Firms to Automatically Enroll Employees
 

On October 8, President Obama signed into law a bipartisan budget package that included AGC of America-backed legislation to eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) mandatory automatic enrollment provision.  The mandatory automatic enrollment provision would have required employers with more than 200 full-time employees to automatically enroll employees into coverage if an employee did not voluntarily choose or decline a plan.  As AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr noted, the "new measure protects countless construction workers from being forced to pay deductions for health insurance they may not need or cannot afford."

Doing away with the automatic enrollment provision has been among AGC of America's top legislative priority since the Affordable Care Act was enacted.  During that time, AGC staff and members participated in meetings with House and Senate members, congressional leadership, and committees of jurisdiction on both sides of the Capitol and both sides of the aisle; and coordinated with a broad business coalition named the E-FLEX Coalition.  Moving forward, the association will continue to push for additional reforms to make sure construction workers have access to high quality, affordable health care, Sandherr added.
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