Construction Legislative Week in Review
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HIGHWAY/TRANSPORTATION
Transportation Department and Congress Seek Input on Hours of Service
LABOR/HR
President Signs Executive Order Expanding Access to Retirement Plans
EVENTS
Hotel Deadline Fast Approaching for Highway and Utility Construction Conference
Join AGC’s Three-Part WebEd Series on Construction Risk Management
HIGHWAY/TRANSPORTATION
Transportation Department and Congress Seek Input on Hours of Service
Impacted AGC Members Should Comment and Contact their Representatives
 

As previously reported, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of the current hours-of-service regulations. AGC is preparing a response to the proposal on behalf of its member companies; however, we also encourage individual members to submit comments by the Sept. 24 deadline. For additional information or to leave a comment please click here.

AGC is also working in support of the HOURS Act, which would expand the logging exemption for short-haul drivers from 100 to 150 miles, expand the on-duty time to 14 hours and eliminate the 30-minute rest requirement. Certain paperwork requirements would also be eased, and the Federal Motor Carrier Administration would be encouraged to move expeditiously to finalize a rule on the use of sleeper berth to meet off duty provisions. AGC is urging members to contact their Congressional representatives through AGC’s Legislative Action Center. 

For more information, contact Brian Deery at deeryb@agc.org or (703) 837-5319 or Sean O’Neill at oneills@agc.org or (202) 547-8892. Return to Top

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LABOR/HR
President Signs Executive Order Expanding Access to Retirement Plans
 

On August 31, President Trump signed an executive order designed to make it easier for smaller businesses to band together and offer retirement plans to employees. The order directs the Departments of Labor and Treasury to propose regulations allowing unrelated businesses to offer “association retirement plans” by relaxing the requirement that small business have a common interest to form a multiple employer plan, or open MEP. These plans are retirement vehicles designed for small, nonunion employers and shouldn’t be confused with multiemployer pension plans. The idea is similar to association health plans, which received a regulatory boost in June when DOL finalized a rule to make it easier for small businesses to join groups or associations to offer insured health coverage in the large group market at potentially more favorable pricing with less restrictive requirements.

The order also urges the Labor and Treasury Departments to consider ways to reduce paperwork and administrative burdens that might prevent businesses from offering retirement savings plans and makes a request that the Treasury Department explore lowering minimum required distributions for 401(k)s or individual retirement accounts so retirees can continue saving for a longer period of time.

For more information, contact Jim Young at youngj@agc.org or 202-547-0133 or Claiborne Guy at claiborne.guy@agc.org or 703-837-5382. Return to Top

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EVENTS
Hotel Deadline Fast Approaching for Highway and Utility Construction Conference
Book Your Room Before Sept. 10
 

Managing an Intergenerational Workforce; Using Job Data to become more Productive; What’s on the Congressional Agenda after the Midterms? – these and other timely topics will be addressed as part of the Joint Contractors Conference, scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Crystal City, Virginia (DC area). In addition, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has been invited to discuss President Trump’s infrastructure and regulatory reform agenda.

Other issues covered will include:

  • Controlling the Shift in Ownership of Non-Traditional Risk
  • Robotics: The Next Big Innovation in Construction
  • New Developments in Tunneling Technology
  • AGC’s Underground Utility Damage Prevention Program        
  • Challenges and Solutions Building Washington’s South Capitol Street Bridge

Register Here Today! http://meetings.agc.org/JCC/ Return to Top

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Join AGC’s Three-Part WebEd Series on Construction Risk Management
Part One Kicks Off on Sept. 27 with a Look at Pollution Liability
 

AGC’s WebEd series on risk management is presented in three parts that focus on identifying pollution liabilities, understanding and insuring risk, and positioning subcontractor bonds to meet industry needs.  Join AGC on September 27, 2018 (2:00pm-3:00pm ET) for part one in the series and explore how to identify pollution liabilities and risk transfer solutions throughout the construction life cycle. 

This session is designed to help environmental managers and risk managers recognize the various pollution exposure they may face; provoke questions they should be asking of the owner/developer; and suggest mechanisms with which they can manage pollution risk either via insurance, their contracts, or best practices.  Speakers are Sharon Burger with IMA Financial Group and Dave Liverseed, PG, CHMM, CSP, with M.A. Mortenson Company. 

Go to http://meetings.agc.org/webed/risk/ for registration and details on all three parts in AGC’s WebEd Series on Construction Risk Management! Return to Top

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