Legislation Advances to Rollback OSHA Rule Extending Statute of Limitations for Recordkeeping Violations
Contact your Members of Congress and Help Us to Repeal this OSHA Rule
legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to block an
OSHA rule that would allow OSHA to issue citations for recordkeeping violations
beyond the current six month limit, up to five and a half years. This
expansion of the statute of limitations from six months to five and a half
years exposes employers to unfair liability for honest and inadvertent
paperwork mistakes related to recordkeeping. Please contact your federal elected officials and urge
them to support repeal of this burdensome rule.
December 2016 rule was issued in response to a federal court ruling that OSHA
could no longer issue citations beyond the six month statute of limitation
window. The rule is often referred to as the “Volks” rule after the
construction company that successfully challenged the rule in court in 2012. Prior
to the bill’s introduction, a broad representation of 73 employer organizations
joined AGC in a letter urging Congress to swiftly
disapprove of the Volks Rule.
For more information, contact Jim Young at email@example.com or (202) 547-0133.
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AGC of America Launches New Advocacy Website
specifically for AGC member companies and their employees, the new website
make it extremely easy to communicate with federal and state officials, as well
as take action on urgent legislative and regulatory alerts.
effortlessly navigate the website to find information on: ‘
- Voting records for your members of
- Important construction-related
- Registering to vote
- AGC Political Action Committee (AGC
- Construction Advocacy Fund
- Latest construction news involving
Congress and the Administration
While AGC is
excited that this website will serve as a valuable advocacy tool, you – our
members – remain our strongest advocacy resource.
For more information, contact David Ashinoff
at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brynn Huneke at email@example.com.
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Pruitt Confirmed as New EPA Administrator
On Feb. 17,
the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee to head the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott
Pruitt, after contentious debate and on a 52-46 vote that fell largely along
party lines. Pruitt addressed EPA staff
for the first time in his official capacity earlier this week, expressing the
need for the agency to follow the “rule of law” and to bring regulatory clarity
to businesses. Although he did not go into detail in his remarks, he also
signaled an interest in partnering with states through federalism.
At this point,
we are not clear on the specifics of President Trump’s plans for environmental
policy. It has been widely reported in the press that Trump will issue
significant new executive orders now that Pruitt is installed at EPA. For
his part, Pruitt made it clear during his appointment process that he plans to
fulfill President Trump’s campaign promises to focus on “job-killing”
regulations, and has focused on the Clean Power Plan and Waters of the US
regulations specifically. One point where Pruitt has signaled bipartisanship is
his vocal support for the Agency’s water & wastewater infrastructure mission.
This comes on the heels of the Trump campaign’s promise to triple the funding
for the State Revolving Loan Fund programs.
AG Pruitt’s appointment and will work with him to promote a pro-construction
agenda at EPA.
For more information, please contact Scott
Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org or Melinda Tomaino at email@example.com.
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TCC Fly-In/State Funding Workshop Scheduled
2017 could be the year of infrastructure in
Washington, D.C. President Trump highlighted rebuilding infrastructure
during his campaign, again on election night, and as part of his inaugural
address. Additionally, both the House and Senate have already held hearings to
highlight infrastructure issues. As we await details about the Trump
Infrastructure Initiative, one thing is clear, the construction industry’s
involvement into its development and enactment by Congress is vitally important
to its success. The 16th
Annual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Legislative Fly-In,
scheduled for May 17-18, 2017 is well-timed to provide an opportunity for that
hundreds of other industry leaders in delivering the construction industry’s
message on Capitol Hill in May. As part of the Fly-In, AGC has scheduled a one
day workshop on Elements of a Successful State Funding Campaign.
The agenda will cover:
- AGC Chapter Successes in Getting a Funding Increase
- How to Utilize Social Media to Reach the Broadest Audience
- Use of Digital Advertising for Cost Effective Outreach
- Generating\Utilizing Traditional Media
- How does TRIP fit into State Campaigns
- What economic Data is Helpful in Your Campaign
For more information and to register visit www.agc.org/tcc_fly-in or contact Brian Deery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Share Your Experiences on Change Orders on Federal Construction
Take a Five Minute Survey
wondering what sort of issues your colleagues in the construction industry go
through for change orders when dealing with federal construction
projects? Consider participating in the Change
Orders Survey. AGC is working with the National Association
of Credit Management and the Construction Industry Procurement Coalition to
investigate the causes, effects and control measures of change orders on
federal construction projects. With your valuable input, the information
gleaned from this anonymous survey will be shared with participants in future
AGC articles and will be used by the participating associations to pursue
legislative and executive branch solutions to change order challenges.
information, contact Jordan Howard at email@example.com or (703)
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