Construction Legislative Week in Review
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TRADE
Latest Tariffs on Chinese Goods Hit Construction Materials
SAFETY
Senate Approves AGC-Backed Package to Combat Opioid Epidemic
LABOR/HR
NLRB Releases Proposes Rule to Change Standard for Determining Joint-Employer Status
TAX/ACCOUNTING
Join Us at the Next AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
RISK MANAGEMENT
Register for AGC Construction Risk Management WebEd Series
TRADE
Latest Tariffs on Chinese Goods Hit Construction Materials
Updated AGC Tariff Resources Available
 

On Sept. 17, the Trump administration announced a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to the U.S., including a wide range of construction materials and supplies. Scheduled to take effect on Sept. 24, the complete list of Chinese goods falling under this latest round of tariffs numbers in the thousands. Starting Jan. 1., 2019, the level of tariffs on these Chinese goods will increase to 25 percent, unless progress is made on trade negotiations with the administration. You can find updated AGC tariff resources here, which include: AGC’s Primer on 2018 Trade Action Affecting the Construction Industry, and AGC memos on contractual considerations private and federal/federal-aid contractors should consider in light of the tariffs.

For more information, contact Jimmy Christianson at 703-837-5325 or christiansonj@agc.org Return to Top

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SAFETY
Senate Approves AGC-Backed Package to Combat Opioid Epidemic
 

On Sept. 17, the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan bill targeting policy changes to help reverse the current opioid crisis.  AGC-supported changes in the bill, which include increasing the number of mental health and substance abuse professionals, providing job training and treatment services to individuals with substance use disorders, and providing support for recovering individuals to transition back into the workforce. 

The Senate bill follows a similar effort by the House earlier this year. However, these two bills will need to be reconciled and passed before it goes to the president for signature. AGC will continue to advocate for a final bill prior to the end of the year.

For more information, contact Jim Young at youngj@agc.org or Kevin Cannon at cannonk@agc.org Return to Top

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LABOR/HR
NLRB Releases Proposes Rule to Change Standard for Determining Joint-Employer Status
 

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Sept. 14 issued a proposed rule on the standard for determining when a company will be deemed a joint employer of another company’s employees under the National Labor Relations Act.  The proposed rule would re-establish the standard in place before the controversial 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries decision.  That decision made it easier to find joint-employer status by allowing for such a finding when a company merely exercises indirect control over essential employment terms of another company’s employees or even when it has simply reserved the right to control.  The proposed rule requires the exercise of “direct, substantial and immediate control.”  AGC has previously supported such a standard in both litigation and legislation and expects to submit comments supporting the proposed rule before the 60-day comment period expires.

For more information, contact Denise Gold at goldd@agc.org or 703-837-5326 or Claiborne Guy at claiborne.guy@agc.org or 703-837-5382. Return to Top

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TAX/ACCOUNTING
Join Us at the Next AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference
Book your Hotel by Oct. 2
 

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. Register at meetings.agc.org/agc_cfma.

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

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RISK MANAGEMENT
Register for AGC Construction Risk Management WebEd Series
 

Register today for AGC of America’s 3-part WebEd series on Risk Management, which kicks off next Thursday, Sept. 27, with a discussion between Dave Liverseed, Environmental Director at M. A. Mortenson Company and Sharon Burger, VP & Environmental Practice Leader, IMA Financial Group on managing environmental contamination and pollution liability.

Please join next Thursday for this don’t-miss WebEd program, and you will be able to:

  • Describe potential environmental/pollution risks throughout the various stages of a construction project
  • Know what questions you should be asking an owner/developer during the bid process
  • Understand coverage provided by a Contractor’s Pollution Liability policy
  • Understand the general value and shortcomings of indemnification, additional insured, and limitation of liability provisions in a contract

For more information or to register, click hereReturn to Top

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