As part of our efforts to urge Congress to pass a
long-term, fully funded highway and transit bill, AGC of America has developed
a new video of contractors and construction
workers calling on Congress to “stop kicking the can.” To help spread the message, please also email
this video to your members of Congress and share through social media. It is important that all members of the House
of Representatives hear from their constituents about the need to complete
action on a six-year bill.
First Republican Presidential Debate Kicks Off Tonight
News and Facebook, in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party, will kick off
the first presidential debate in Cleveland tonight at 9 p.m. EDT. The
huge Republican field puts Fox News and the other media outlets sponsoring
debates in a difficult situation because the logistics of managing a
17-candidate forum are quite unwieldy.
a result, the network has limited this debate to the top 10 candidates selected
from an average of the five most recent national polls. Making
the cut for primetime debate in order of polling strength are: businessman
Donald Trump, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Scott Walker, former Gov. Mike
Huckabee, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, Dr. Ben Carson, Gov.
Chris Christie, and Gov. John Kasich.
seven other candidates – former Sen. Rick Santorum, businesswoman Carly
Fiorina, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Gov. George Pataki, and
former Gov. Jim Gilmore - will instead be featured in a 5 p.m. EDT debate.
Moderating the main event will be Fox anchors Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly, and
Brett Baier. Due to the high number of participants, there will be no
opening statements and candidates will have one minute to answer direct
second debate will take place at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA next
month followed by ten more throughout the rest of 2015 and into the first few
months of 2016.
Democratic Party has said that there will be six debates, but have announced no
Please Respond to Survey of AGC Members on Proposed Federal Overtime Rule
The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division announced
proposed changes to the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards
Act. If implemented, the proposed rule would increase the salary threshold
for the executive, administrative and professional exemptions from $455 per
week ($23,660 per year) to a 2016 level of $970 per week ($50,440 per
year). The threshold for highly compensated employees would also increase
from $100,000 per year to $122,148 per year. Both thresholds would be
adjusted annually based on one of two proposed methods. Although the Wage
and Hour Division did not propose any changes to the duties tests, it strongly
indicated consideration of changes and requested comments on possible changes.
We need your help as AGC prepares to draft its response to the
proposed rule on behalf of the non-residential construction industry. To
ensure that we are accurately depicting the impact this rule will have on your
company, please take a few moments to complete this survey.
Clean Water Act Issues on AGC’s Watch List
We’ve Got Them Covered at the 2015 Contractors Environmental Conference!
Sept. 2-3 right outside of the nation’s capital, AGC’s 2015 Contractors
Environmental Conference will bring together top officials from the federal
government to discuss national Clean Water Act (CWA) issues that will impact
construction work in every state.
Clickhere to register now and you’ll get face-time
with agency leaders such as: (1) the team responsible for implementing the new
“Waters of the U.S.” rule, (2) the point-person on construction stormwater
policy and the Construction General Permit reissuance,
(3) the author of the new national e-reporting requirements and leader in
making “big data” transparent, and (4) the champion and catalyst on water
addition to CWA issues, government representatives will be presenting on
climate, incremental sampling, prevention through design, and green building
codes. Several other program offices
also will be on hand at a special "meet and greet" during the
conference to answer your questions.
compliance is part of your job responsibility, AGC’s 2015 CEC won’t
disappoint. In addition to government
speakers, industry experts will present on such topics as endangered species,
pollution liability, drones, work in sensitive areas, and what general
contractors need to know about asbestos, lead and PCBs.
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