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www.agc.orgSeptember 14, 2017 / Issue No. 06-17
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Professional & Workforce Development
Construction HR & Training Professionals Gear Up for Industry Conference
Seventy Percent of Contractors Have a Hard Time Finding Qualified Craft Workers to Hire Amid Growing Construction Demand, National Survey Finds
Wages & Benefits
Overtime Rule Invalidated by Federal Court in Texas
Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Raised to $10.35 for 2018
Judge Finds Contractor Responsible for Davis-Bacon Workers’ Actual Lodging Expenses
AGC Urges DOL to Modernize Davis-Bacon Certified Payroll Reporting Requirements
PBGC Report Shows Continuing Problems with Multiemployer Pension Plans
Equal Employment Opportunity
OMB Halts New EEO-1 Pay Data Collection Requirements; Original EEO-1 Reporting Still in Effect
Professional & Workforce Development
Construction HR & Training Professionals Gear Up for Industry Conference
Cutoff for hotel reservations is Tuesday, September 19, 2017!

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 2017 event will be held Oct. 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona.  For more information or to register visit

This year’s Conference will kick-off on the afternoon of Oct. 11 with a pre-conference Strategic Management Workshop.  This half-day workshop – suitable for both HR and training professionals – will help participants understand their firm’s top business challenges and align HR and training with strategic corporate goals. This year’s session, “How to Get a Seat at a C Suite Table” presented by Andrew Patron and Sal DiFonzo, will identify proven succession planning tactics, discuss proactive talent development approaches, define compensation concepts, and facilitate industry thinking around organizational development.

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 “Creating Internal Subject Matter Experts: The Key to Training Success”, “The Change Order: Rethinking Training and Development”, and “Training Your Next Generation of Leaders & Creating a Winning Succession Plan.” For HR professionals in the industry, some sessions include “On the Top of Camelback Mountain, Or Headed to the Desert Floor? Labor & Employment Law in Year One of The Trump Administration”, “Re-Thinking Recruiting in the Construction Industry: Best Practices and Trends in 2017”, “Health Care for Contractors: Lessons in Managing Risk and Costs”, “New Challenges in Workplace Drug Abuse”, and “The Big Pay Disconnect. Yes, Money Matters.”

Not to be missed this year are the Conference’s five anchor sessions.  During the opening session of the conference, innovation and creativity guru Jeff Tobe, author of Coloring Outside the Lines, will kick off the conference with his session on the Four Pillars of Engagement. Sarah Froning Nodarse, with Willis Towers Watson, will provide attendees with practical methods for ensuring that the key outcomes of diversity, inclusion and safety are accounted for in the organizations’ human capital strategies, workforce planning, and talent management processes. Derrick Duplessy, the founder of the Purpose Rockstar podcast and Executive Director of the Duplessy Foundation, will close the first day of the conference with his session on self-discovery, exploring how attendees can maximize their potential as humans. On the final day of the conference, Andy Patron of FMI will unveil and moderate a panel discussion on the results of their 2017 Talent Development survey of leading construction firms. And to close out the conference, Seniye Groff & Tim Sissel from Fortis Construction will discuss building an on boarding program from the ground up. This session will be informative for anyone trying to identify performance gaps and devise an organizational solution that uses process and training solutions to the table. 

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 11 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.

For more information, contact Claiborne Guy at or Carly Trout at
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