Construction Legislative Week in Review
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Infrastructure
White House Holds Productive Infrastructure Meeting
Human Resources
EEOC Selects Additional Year of EEO-1 Pay Data for Submission
Grassroots
Rep. Mike Kelly Visits AGC Member Jobsite in Pennsylvania
Events
Register for the Summer Financial Issues Committee Meeting
Infrastructure
White House Holds Productive Infrastructure Meeting
Contact Congress and the President and Urge them to Act NOW
 
AGC is encouraging all AGC members and Chaptersto contact their representatives, senators and President Trump and urge them to work in a bipartisan way to identify ways to fund a robust infrastructure bill, including fixing the Highway Trust Fund by increasing the federal gas tax. On April 30, President Trump and congressional Democratic leaders met to discuss moving forward on a robust infrastructure package. The results of the meeting were positive, with the participants agreeing in principle on a $2 trillion price tag for a broad infrastructure package. However, they fell short of identifying how to pay such a bill. Both sides agreed, nonetheless, to meet again at the White House in three weeks to have a more specific conversation on how to pay for these new infrastructure investments.  
 
If you have any questions, please contact Sean O’Neill at oneills@agc.org or (202) 547-8892.
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Human Resources
EEOC Selects Additional Year of EEO-1 Pay Data for Submission
Calendar Years 2017 and 2018 Data Due Sept. 30
 
Following the recent DC District Court decision ordering applicable employers turn over two years’ worth of worker pay data to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as part of the annual EEO-1 survey, the EEOC today announced that it had chosen to collect data from calendar year 2017 in addition to 2018. These developments follow a March court order reinstating the previously revised Obama administration EEO-1 form’s pay data reporting requirements that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) halted in 2017. The EEO-1 is an annual survey that requires all private employers with 100 or more employees and federal government contractors or first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and a federal contract, sub¬contract or purchase order amounting to $50,000 or more to file the EEO-1 report. The filing of the EEO-1 report is not voluntary and is required by federal law.
 
The traditional EEO-1 report (“Component 1”) requires employers to tally employment data by race/ethnicity, gender and job categories.  The reinstated “Component 2” of the report requires employers to query their databases for W-2 pay data and FLSA hours worked information, even though individual pay data is not actually reported to the EEOC.  The EEOC’s data processes currently are programmed to collect 140 data fields for Component 1, and the Component 2 data collection will require 3,360 data fields. Barring EEOC action or an appeal by the administration before the survey’s new deadline—September 30, 2019—filers should be prepared for the pay data requirements to be included in the survey.
 
AGC opposed the new data collection, calling upon the Trump administration and Congress to rescind the Obama administration Presidential Memorandum ordering the new EEO-1 form, and the form itself. AGC submitted comprehensive comments explaining its position to the EEOC in April and August 2016. Additionally, on April 3, 2019, AGC and other business groups filed a motion requesting status as an amicus to present information to the court about the concerns of the employer community that have been absent from the case.

For more information, contact Claiborne Guy at claiborne.guy@agc.org or (703) 837-5382.
 
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Grassroots
Rep. Mike Kelly Visits AGC Member Jobsite in Pennsylvania
 
On Thursday, April 25, AGC of America in partnership with the Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania, Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania and P.J. Dick, Inc. hosted Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) for a tour of a vertical construction project in Erie, Pennsylvania.  While touring the site, construction officials, AGC staff, and Rep. Kelly discussed the need for Congress to address the workforce shortage in the construction industry and pass a long-term infrastructure bill.  Rep. Kelly is the lead co-sponsor of AGC-supported legislation to create a new category of Private Activity Bonds (PABs) for the construction or rehabilitation of public buildings and AGC thanked him for his support.  Additionally, Rep. Kelly serves on the Committee on Ways and Means, and he discussed the effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the Pennsylvania economy. 
 
If your company is interested in hosting a member of Congress for a job site tour please contact Jenni Traver at jennifer.traver@agc.org.
 
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Events
Register for the Summer Financial Issues Committee Meeting
June 10 11, 2019 | Washington, D.C.
 
Register today for the summer AGC Financial Issues Committee Conference is open.  The meeting will take place June 10-11 at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. Further details can be found on the website, which can be found here. Geared toward member company CFOs, Controllers, Tax Directors, Sureties and other senior accounting professionals – learn from practitioners, formulate positions on matters affecting the industry, talk with FASB and lawmakers, as well as network with peers.
 
During the January meeting in Florida, over 40 member company CFOs and other senior accounting professionals were brought up to speed on FASB initiatives and tax practices, had a policy discussion with Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and staff from the Senate Finance Committee; a segment on emerging construction technologies with K.P. Reddy from Shadow Ventures; as well as provided an economic outlook by AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.
 
If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Matt Turkstra at matt.turkstra@agc.org or (202) 547-4733.
 
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