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LABOR/HR
President Signs Workforce Executive Order
Labor Department Rescinds “Persuader Rule”
AGC EVENTS
2018 AGC Summer Safety & Health Conference
Advanced Safety Management Training Course
Learn about Environmental Risks throughout the Project Lifecycle at AGC’s Construction Environmental Conference
Join Us at the Next AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
LABOR/HR
President Signs Workforce Executive Order
AGC Participates in White House Event to Sign Job Training Pledge
 

President Trump signed an Executive Order today that establishes the President’s National Council for the America Worker. The council will help develop a national strategy for job training programs which will help streamline and make existing programs more efficient and focusing them on employment outcomes, improve data collection and transparency on program effectiveness and a campaign highlighting in demand careers. The Executive Order will form an advisory board of private sector and government representatives to help ensure the programs being taught in classrooms and workplaces are needed. It also included a pledge by companies and association to educate, train and upskill workers through apprenticeships and on-the-job training. AGC was among organizations signing the pledge through our existing AGC chapter training programs, AGC of America safety training and other AGC of America training programs.

For more information, contact Jim Young at youngj@agc.org or (202) 547-0133. Return to Top

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Labor Department Rescinds “Persuader Rule”
 

The U.S. Department of Labor has published a final rule rescinding the controversial “Persuader Rule” issued under Pres. Obama.  This is a victory for AGC and others who opposed the regulation and urged the Trump administration to rescind it.

The Persuader Rule sought to expand the reporting obligations of labor relations consultants (broadly defined) who conduct activities to persuade employees about their rights to join a union or bargain collectively, as well as the reporting obligations of employers who receive assistance from such consultants.  It required disclosure of sensitive financial information and other details of the business arrangement, even when the consultant neither communicates directly with employees nor drafts such communications. 

The Persuader Rule was expected to have a substantial chilling effect on employers’ willingness and ability to seek needed advice from labor experts, but it never took effect due to a court injunction.  The reporting standards in effect before the rule – requiring reporting only when consultants directly communicate with employees – have remained in effect and will continue going forward.  The present rescission puts the final nail in the coffin for the Persuader Rule…at least until a future administration decides to exhume it.

For more information, contact Denise Gold at goldd@agc.org  or (703) 837-5326. Return to Top
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AGC EVENTS
2018 AGC Summer Safety & Health Conference
July 25-27 in Indianapolis, IN
 

 There is still time to join us in Indianapolis, Indiana July 25-27, 2018, for the AGC Safety & Health Conference. Hear the latest on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) enforcement of existing regulations, like the silica rule, and potential changes to the cranes and derricks in construction rule, among others. Other highlights include a discussion on safety from Rudy Ruettiger of Notre Dame Football lore, the latest trends in safety management from Dodge Data and Analytics and how video game apps can help supplement safety training to help drive behavioral change. Full details on the Conference and links to registration and the hotel room block can be found hereReturn to Top

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Advanced Safety Management Training Course
October 17-19 in Arlington, VA, 18 Seats Left!
 

This unique three–day course provides construction safety and health professionals with the next–level knowledge required to successfully manage a company–wide safety program. Moving beyond the basics of Focus Four training, AGC’s Advanced Safety Management Training Program will give participants a more holistic view of safety’s role in project and company success, as well as advanced tactics and best practices for managing all aspects of a corporate safety program. Participants will also focus on the importance of "selling" safety throughout the organization and methods to generate buy–in from different audiences. Full details on the course and links to registration can be found here. Return to Top

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Learn about Environmental Risks throughout the Project Lifecycle at AGC’s Construction Environmental Conference
Join us on September 12-13 in Crystal City, Virginia
 

AGC’s 2018 Construction Environmental Conference (CEC) homes in on the most critical environmental compliance and risk issues impacting the business of construction.  Whether your goal is to maintain an excellent compliance record, keep abreast of key developments, or increase your understanding of how environmental risks affect your projects — AGC’s CEC is the conference for you. 

Explore these environmental risk sessions at AGC’s 2018 CEC:

  • Identifying, Avoiding, Mitigating, and Insuring Environmental Risk in Construction - Panel speakers will present risk assessment and identification from a jobsite perspective, risk allocation such as contract shifting clauses and management strategies, risk transfer such as avoidance of pollution liability and insurance products available.
  • Environmental Compliance for Hazardous Materials on a Public Private Partnership Project: CDOT Central 70 - Using the Colorado Department of Transportation Central 70 project as a backdrop, this panel will share owner and contractor perspectives related to management of hazardous materials during the procurement, kickoff, and construction phases of the project. 
  • Examine Redevelopment Opportunities and Risk – Learn about recent changes to policy related to Superfund/Brownfields sites as well as the potential hazards in the reuse and redevelopment of those sites, such as vapor intrusion.
  • Tips on How to Avoid Environmental Enforcement Actions - Hear from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an attorney and a general contractor about “true story” construction related enforcement cases and best practices on how to avoid them. Learn about US EPA’s Audit Policy and eDisclosure portal.

Check out more sessions online and reserve your seat today for AGC's 2018 Construction Environmental Conference! Return to Top

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Join Us at the Next AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
 

 Jointly sponsored by AGC and CFMA, the 22nd Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference will be held Oct. 24-26 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 continuing professional education (CPE) credits.  Return to Top

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