Construction Legislative Week in Review
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SAFETY
OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Extend Compliance Deadline for Crane Operator Certification Requirements
WebEd: OSHA's New Silica Standard for Construction: Are You Equipped to Comply?
ENVIRONMENT
AGC Continues to Press for Environmental Streamlining
LABOR/HR
AGC Urges Labor Department to Modernize Davis-Bacon Certified Payroll Reporting Requirements
Early Bird Rates End September 11 for AGCís Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference
TRANSPORTATION
Amendment for ELD Mandate Extension Defeated
Register for the Highway, Transportation & Utility Infrastructure Conference
AGC EVENTS
AGC Launches Diversity & Inclusion Awards
Looking for Tools to Grow your Business? Register for AGCís Contractor Development WebEd Series
Register for the AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
SAFETY
OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Extend Compliance Deadline for Crane Operator Certification Requirements
 

On August 30, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to further extend the employer's responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification from Nov. 10, 2017 to Nov. 10, 2018. During this time, OSHA will work to address stakeholder concerns over the operator certification requirements in the 2010 Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. AGC will submit comments—due Sept. 29, 2017—in favor of the extension.  OSHA’s press release can be found here.

For more information, contact Kevin Cannon at cannonk@agc.org or (703) 837-5410. Return to Top

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WebEd: OSHA's New Silica Standard for Construction: Are You Equipped to Comply?
FREE to AGC-Members and Non-Members
 

On Sept. 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will begin to enforce their respirable crystalline silica standard for the construction industry. This is arguably one of the most complex standards the construction industry has ever faced and it impacts a wide range of industries and activities. Do you understand how the new standard impacts your employees and operations? Have you identified and started to implement the steps required to prepare your organization for compliance? Does your team have the tools necessary to confidently transition into implementation of the standard?  Join the AGC of America Safety & Health staff and other industry professionals on September 18, 2017 as they take a deeper dive into complying with the new standard. Companies must act now to understand the compliance requirements of the new standard and make the necessary adjustments to their operations to avoid severe penalties.

Click here for more information and to register for the WebEd, or contact Nazia Shah at nazia.shah@agc.org or (703) 837-5409. Return to Top

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ENVIRONMENT
AGC Continues to Press for Environmental Streamlining
Presents Case to Senate Committee
 

AGC continued to pressfor federal environmental permitting and review process streamlining to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Sept. 7. Holding a hearing on the need for such streamlining given reforms in the most recent highway and transit reauthorization laws (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)), the Committee sought additional input and AGC delivered. In its statement, AGC highlighted several deficiencies in MAP-21 and FAST Act environmental reforms—including any hard deadlines for agency permitting and review decisions—explained the redundancies that could be more efficiently done without sacrificing environmental stewardship—such as concurrent undertaking of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review and Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting process—and proposed reforms to frivolous environmental citizen lawsuits, among other things.

Earlier this year, AGC testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on this topic. AGC also testified on environmental paperwork reforms before the House Small Business Committee. The association additionally shared its proposals for environmental reform at the requests of the House Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Commerce, among others. The association continues to receive requests for presentations on its ideas and is working with Congress and regulatory agencies to make these recommendations for streamlining the process a reality.

For more information, contact Leah Pilconis at pilconisl@agc.org or (703) 837-5332. Return to Top

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LABOR/HR
AGC Urges Labor Department to Modernize Davis-Bacon Certified Payroll Reporting Requirements
 

AGC of America submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division on Sept. 5 recommending several specific ideas on how to reform and modernize the weekly pay and certified payroll submission requirements as mandated by the Davis-Bacon and related Acts.

Processing and submitting payroll data on a weekly basis is burdensome, costly, and out of touch with modern business practices. Additionally, while the Wage and Hour Division has affirmed that electronic submission of payroll data is sufficient for compliance, AGC continues to hear that not all contracting agencies make electronic submission an easy or valid option.

AGC’s comment letter urges the Division to consider changing the weekly pay requirement to no less than bi-weekly and concurrently allowing contractors until before the next regular payment date of the payroll period to submit payroll reports.  AGC also asks the Division to require all agencies accept electronic certified payrolls for compliance or work with the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council if the Wage and Hour Division lacks the authority to do so. Several of these requests require statutory update to the Davis-Bacon Act itself and AGC calls on the Division to consider regulatory action and work with the U.S. Congress to improve the requirements of the laws in a manner that is beneficial to both construction contractors and the agency.

For more information, contact Claiborne Guy at claiborne.guy@agc.org or 703-837-5382. Return to Top

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Early Bird Rates End September 11 for AGCís Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference
 

Don’t miss out on early registration discounts for the 2017 Construction HR and Training Professionals Conference and pre-conference Strategic Management Workshop being held October 11-13, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. AGC's HR/TED Conference provides two days of education and networking for HR, training, and workforce development professionals in the construction industry.

Also, back by popular demand is the pre-conference Strategic Management Workshop for HR and training professionals, which will be held the afternoon of Oct. 11. 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.

Walk away from this year's conference with practical skills that you can begin to implement immediately. Plus, take away insights from colleagues who face the same challenges you see every day.

Register here or contact Claiborne Guy at claiborne.guy@agc.org or (703) 837-5382. Return to Top

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TRANSPORTATION
Amendment for ELD Mandate Extension Defeated
 

An amendment to a House omnibus appropriations bill offered by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) to extend for one year the mandate for installing Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) on trucks to monitor drivers’ hours of service was defeated by a 173-246 vote last night. Sixty-seven Republicans, joined 179 Democrats to reject a proposal that would have denied funding in fiscal 2018 to enforce the rule on ELDs.

Currently, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) mandates that all motor carriers required to maintain Records of Duty Status (RODS) for Hours of Service (HOS) compliance for their drivers must install ELDs by Dec. 17, 2017. AGC has sought an exemption from this requirement for construction industry truck drivers but that request has not been accepted. Babin also previously introduced H.R. 3282, to extend for two years the ELD deadline and his amendment attempted to address the issue in a must pass bill. Despite H.R. 3282 having 42 cosponsors, the strong vote in opposition does not bode well for the extension. AGC will continue to push for relief from the ELD mandate. Contact your representatives and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 3282 and delay this mandate.

For more information, contact Brian Deery at deeryb@agc.org or (703) 837-5319. Return to Top

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Register for the Highway, Transportation & Utility Infrastructure Conference
Donít Miss Out! Nov. 1-3, 2017
 

The 2017 Highway, Transportation and Utility Infrastructure Conference will take place Nov. 1-3, 2017 at the Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference features excellent speakers and group interaction on a number of topics impacting the transportation and utility infrastructure construction market including: silica rule compliance, Gold Shovel Standard, future market trends, Trump Administration infrastructure initiative and more.

This year’s meeting runs from Wednesday to Friday and will again feature a preliminary golf tournament to prepare you for two days of intense learning. Join your industry colleagues in Phoenix. Register today.

 For more information, contact Brian Deery at deeryb@agc.org or (703) 837-5319. Return to Top

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AGC EVENTS
AGC Launches Diversity & Inclusion Awards
Apply by November 15, 2017!
 

AGC of America is proud to announce the launch of the AGC Diversity & Inclusion Awards program. AGC will present a total of six awards in three award categories: the Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Awards, the Chapter Diversity & Inclusion Award and the Diverse Business of the Year Award. These awards seek to raise awareness of the value that a diverse workforce and inclusive environment brings to a company by spotlighting diversity and inclusion champions within AGC. By recognizing these diversity and inclusion champions, AGC hopes to inspire other AGC member-companies to engage in activities that will promote diversity and inclusion both within the Association and the industry. 

AGC member companies and chapters in good standing who meet the competition requirements are encouraged to apply online for some much-deserved recognition. Apply by November 15, 2017. Learn more about AGC of America’s Diversity & Inclusion Awards program at www.agc.org/diversityawards.

For more information contact Brynn Huneke at brynn.huneke@agc.org or (703) 837-5376.  Return to Top

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Looking for Tools to Grow your Business? Register for AGCís Contractor Development WebEd Series
FREE to AGC members | $495 for Non-members
 

Whether you are a small contractor, emerging firm or looking to tighten up your organization’s business tactics and strategies, AGC’s Contractor Development WebEd Series will provide contractors with practical guidance to improve core business management practices such as estimating and bidding, cash-flow management and partnering. The first WebEd, titled “Digitizing Your Field Data,” will take place on Thursday, Oct. 19 and will use a case study to help understand how embracing emerging mobile tools to capture critical field data can support your operations and achieve a high ROI. 

For more information and to register for the series, visit meetings.agc.org/contractordevelopment or contact Brynn Huneke at brynn.huneke@agc.org or (703) 837-5376.  Return to Top

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Register for the AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
 

Jointly sponsored by AGC and CFMA, the 21st Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference will be held Nov. 1-3, 2017 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. This three-day conference offers programs and workshops designed specifically for financial professionals in the construction industry. The 34 interactive sessions will cover the latest industry issues and their financial implications. Participants may earn up to 20.5 continuing professional education (CPE) credits. 

For more information, contact Matthew Turkstra at matt.turkstra@agc.org or (202) 547-4733. Return to Top

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