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From the monthly archives: August 2016

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New Member Resources on Final ‘Blacklisting’ Rule

In the wake of the Aug. 24 issuance of the final rule  on “blacklisting,” ABC is quickly deploying resources to help members comply with new requirements while pursuing legislative efforts and, potentially, litigation to protect contractors and taxpayers from the policy.

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FAA Commercial Drones Rule Takes Effect

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) final rule on non-hobbyist small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS or drones) took effect on Monday, Aug. 29. The final rule applies to commercial drones weighing less than 55 pounds and defines specific regulations for operation and pilot certification. For a summary of the rule’s operational limitations, see this detailed article from Newsline.

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EEOC Releases Final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues

On Aug. 29, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released  its final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues .  The new guidance replaces the EEOC’s 1998 Compliance Manual Section 8: Retaliation.

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ABC Connecticut Chapter Helps to Repair Homes for Veterans and Their Families

For more than two weeks in August, a team of carpenters, plumbers and electrical workers descended upon local Vietnam veteran Robert Gentle’s home, performing renovations free of charge to help him move around more freely — and to thank him for his service.

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July Construction Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2000

Not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates improved in 43 states and the nation on a year-over-year basis in July according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The national NSA construction unemployment rate of 4.5 percent was 1 percent lower than a year ago according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Further, the industry boasted its lowest July rate since 2000 when July’s rate was 4.4 percent rate. BLS data also showed that the industry employed 209,000 more people than in July 2015.

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AIA Contract Documents Desktop Software Basics Training

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016 Watch Now
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET) / 12:00 p.m. (CT) / 11:00 a.m. (MT) / 10:00 a.m. (PT)
Length: 60 minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Hasti Hejazi, Director, Global Innovation Education, The American Institute of Architects   
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PRESENTED BY ABC'S BUSINESS PARTNER - AIA 

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
Join us for an exclusive webinar for ABC Members on AIA Contract Documents desktop software! Follow along while the trainer shows you how to use key features, answers your software questions, and shows you how to access resources and support.

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ABC Pelican Chapter Tallies Flood Damage

Earlier this month, prolonged rainfall in southern parts of Louisiana resulted in catastrophic flooding that submerged thousands of houses and businesses, including ABC Pelican Chapter. Located in hard-hit Baton Rouge, the chapter had two to three feet of water in its administrative building and training center, and more than half of the staff have lost their homes.

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Associated Builders and Contractors: 'Blacklisting' Final Rule Hurts Contractors, Employees and Taxpayers

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 24 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) slammed the flawed Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule, commonly referred to as “blacklisting,” released today by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council. The rule, which was accompanied by a guidance document from the U.S. Department of Labor and a White House amendment to Executive Order 13673, will increase costs to taxpayers, threaten the livelihood of millions of Americans who work for responsible federal contractors and cripple the federal procurement process with needless uncertainty, delays, and litigation. 

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Associated Builders and Contractors: 'Blacklisting' Final Rule Hurts Contractors, Employees and Taxpayers

ABC slammed the flawed Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule, commonly referred to as “blacklisting,” released by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council. The rule, which was accompanied by a guidance document from the U.S. Department of Labor and a White House amendment to Executive Order 13673, will increase costs for taxpayers, threaten the livelihood of millions of Americans who work for responsible federal contractors and cripple the federal procurement process with needless uncertainty, delays and litigation. 

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Intelligent Machines and Wearable Tech Improve Productivity on Construction Sites, According to Construction Executive Magazine

Technology-rich equipment, tools, drones, robots and vehicles are revolutionizing how America’s commercial and industrial construction projects are built, according to the July/August issue of Construction Executive magazine. Improved safety, productivity gains and expedited schedules are driving industry-wide investment in technology acquisitions and upgrades among contractors of all sizes.

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