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www.agc.orgSeptember 1, 2016 / Issue No. 04-16
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On the Inside
Federal Contracting
Administration Releases Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Final Rule & Guidance
Posting Requirements
Employers Must Update Two Federal Employment Law Posters
Equal Employment Opportunity
EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation
AGC Tells OMB that Proposed EEO-1 Report is Overly Burdensome for Construction Employers
Compliance with OFCCP's Veterans and Disabilities Rules Requires Special Consideration from Construction Contractors
HR Education
Construction HR & Training Professionals Gear Up for Industry Conference
Labor Relations
NLRB Rules Temps & Other Supplied Workers may be Organized in Same Unit as Regular Workers
NLRB Allows Carpenters to Proceed with Multiemployer-Based Election in NYC
Court Puts Temporary Hold on AGC-Opposed Persuader Rule and Signals High Potential for Permanent Block
AGC Workforce Survey Shows Contractors Have a Hard Time Finding Qualified Craft Workers
HR Education
Construction HR & Training Professionals Gear Up for Industry Conference

Each October, construction industry professionals in HR, training and workforce development gear up for the industry’s premier learning and networking event, AGC’s Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference, and this year is no different.  The 2016 event will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.  For more information or to register visit

This year’s Conference will kick-off on the afternoon of Oct. 5 with a pre-conference Federal Construction HR Workshop.  Designed to help staff responsible for compliance on federal and federally assisted projects, the workshop provides practical information and best-practice advice from experts and peers experienced in the area.  Sessions for this year include “Wage and Hour Issues Impacting Federal Construction Contractors”, “Understanding Federal Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Obligations (for Employers with both a Construction and Non-Construction Workforce AND for those who are unsure)”, and an OFCCP Regulatory Wrap-Up that will include coverage of the recently released Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule (a.k.a., Blacklisting rule).

During the Conference, sessions for training professionals will cover the most cutting-edge techniques in training and development currently in use and envisioned for the future of the industry while the HR-related sessions will help HR professionals in the industry remain up to date and compliant with employment laws and best practices.  Some sessions this year for training and workforce development professionals include “Build a Successful Future with Generation Next”, “Developing Future Leaders” and “Setting the Starting Line for New Managers.”  For HR professionals in the industry, some sessions include “Top 10 HR Best Practices Contractors Should Adopt to Avoid Getting Sued by Their Employees”, “Using Key Results Area Job Descriptions in Construction”, and “Labor & Employment Law Changes that Impact Construction.” 

Some sessions will interest both HR and training professionals alike, such as a hands-on, interactive, train-the-trainer session called “The Supervisor Game”.  The session will use role playing to give supervisors the opportunity to practice responding to employee comments and concerns about work conditions.

Not to be missed this year are the Conference’s four anchor sessions.  During the opening session of the conference, Buddy Hobart, author of Gen Y Now, will kick off the conference with his session on Millennials and the Evolution of Leadership.  A visionary leader for training and development in construction, J. Doug Pruitt, former chairman and CEO of Sundt Construction, will close the first day of the conference with his session based on the book Level Headed: Inside the Walls of One of the Greatest Turnaround Stories of the 21st Century.  Pruitt’s session is ideal for HR and training professionals who are interested in taking a more strategic approach to construction HR and training management by understanding the needs of a CEO who is working to build or maintain a profitable construction company with a far-reaching reputation and long-lasting legacy.  On the final day of the conference, retired police commissioner, Bo Mitchell, will share best practices for planning and training employees for active shooter and other workplace violence situations. And to close out the conference, Mike Byam, author of The WOW! Workplace will share best practices for developing a culture of recognition in order to retain your best employees. 

For those seeking to earn professional credentials at the event, Conference attendees who hold a PHR, SPHR or GPHR certification and attend the entire conference and workshop will earn 13.25 general recertification credits through the HR Certification Institute.  Sessions may also qualify for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification.   

For complete session descriptions, schedule, registration, and hotel information, visit the AGC website.
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