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Build Your Future Scholarships Now Open For Applications

The Trimmer Construction Education Foundation (TCEF) is pleased to announce the Build Your Future scholarship application sponsored by NCCER is accepting applications. This opportunity is open to anyone who is currently pursuing craft professional training in the construction industry through an NCCER-accredited program or a state or federally approved apprenticeship program in a merit-shop training facility.
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ABC Member Describes Value of Careers in Construction to Congressional Panel

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) member Shapiro & Duncan, Inc.’s Paul Tse today explained to Congress how a high school degree and technical education (CTE) program launched his successful career in construction. Tse, a project manager for the Rockville, Md.-based contractor, testified at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce titled “Helping Students Succeed by Strengthening the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.”
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ABC Slams Job-Killing Overtime Rule

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released the following statement in reaction to the release of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division’s final overtime rule.
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ABC Report: Safety Best Practices Can Make Construction Companies 720% Safer

In observance of Safety Week, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released its 2016 Safety Performance Report to further the industry’s understanding of how to make construction jobsites safer. Packed with infographics and practical takeaways, the report documents the dramatic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 86 percent, making the best-performing companies 720 percent safer than the industry average.
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New OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping Rule Creates Series of Problems

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today released the following statement in reaction to the release of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) final rule on Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, commonly referred to as “electronic recordkeeping.”
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ABC Lauds Passage of Amendment Protecting Contractors From ‘Blacklisting’ Proposal

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today praised the adoption of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that undermines the harmful Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces proposed rule and guidance. Introduced by Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), the amendment would exclude the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) from the controversial “blacklisting” proposal.
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House Committee Holds Hearing on Hidden Cost of Regulation

The U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee held a hearing on April 14 entitled Regulation Nation: The Hidden Small Business Tax, which examined the cost of new federal regulations to entrepreneurs in the small business community. During the hearing, members of the Committee heard from several small business owners who cited high compliance costs and expensive new mandates as a major impediment to expanding their businesses. 
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Construction Industry Faces Highest Tax Burden, According to U.S. Treasury

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 15– Construction shoulders a bigger tax burden than any other industry in the United States with an effective rate over 30 percent, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) responded to the report by urging lawmakers to pass tax reform that would encourage economic growth by lowering rates for both corporate and pass-through businesses. Read the rest of entry »

Congress Introduces Legislation to Rollback Overtime Rule

On March 17, a group of lawmakers introduced ABC-supported legislation that would prevent the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing its overtime proposal. The proposed rule issued last June more than doubles the salary threshold to qualify as a white-collar employee exempt from federal overtime pay requirements and would automatically increase the salary levels on an annual basis.
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Budget Recap Forums

In the wee hours of the morning last Friday, the New York State Legislature passed the budget for 2016-2017. They passed it late and with little or no time to review it before voting.  It’s not the way budgets should get passed, but in New York it seems to be the pattern. This budget has long term implications to the merit shop community and taxpayers in general. There are items that impact our industry, both good and bad. It’s our duty to compress the more than 10,000 pages into a short presentation that helps you get the information you need.
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