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ABC Applauds Court’s Ruling to Permanently Block DOL’s Persuader Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 16– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today welcomed news that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas has permanently blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) “persuader rule,” officially named the "Interpretation  of  the  ‘Advice’  Exemption  in  Section  203(c)  of  the  Labor-Management  Reporting  and  Disclosure  Act." In finding the rule unlawful, the District Court has maintained employers’ right to obtain advice from labor relations experts. “Today’s decision is another repudiation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s drastic overreach under the Obama administration,” said ABC Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen. “Associated Builders and Contractors is pleased that the court has ruled to maintain employers’ free speech rights and is hopeful that under a Trump adminis ... Read the rest of entry »

Overtime Rule Goes into Effect Dec. 1st

On May 23, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule changing the federal exemptions to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act for so-called "white collar" workers, which include administrative, executive, professional and computer professional employees, that have long been exempt from being paid time-and-one-half for working more than 40 hours per week. The rule will essentially double the current minimum annual salary level for exemption from $23,660 to $47,476 per year effective Dec. 1, 2016.
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Trump Elected President; Republicans Hold Majorities in Congress

Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States, defeating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a race called in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Nov. 9. In addition, Republicans maintained control of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate and will now control the executive and legislative branches of government for the first time since 2006.
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ABC's "The Aftermath of the Elections" webinar now online

Results of the November 2016 Election caught many by surprise
and created a lot of questions as to what it will mean for the direction of the country,
heading into 2017 and beyond.  Click for the webinar.
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Associated Builders and Contractors Announces Seven-Figure Ad Buy

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced it has made a seven-figure ad buy comprised of issue ads and express advocacy in six states. The ad buy will include radio and statewide digital ads in support of pro-free enterprise candidates and issues in Florida, Indiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 32 States Year-Over-Year, ABC Says

September not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates improved in 32 states and the nation on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The national NSA construction unemployment rate of 5.2 percent was 0.3 percent lower than a year ago, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Applauds Court’s Injunction Against ‘Blacklisting’ Rule

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Empire State Chapter today applauded the Monday night ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, granting a preliminary injunction against the Obama administration’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, commonly referred to as “blacklisting”.  The preliminary injunction prevents the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council from implementing the rule, which was scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 25. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders & Contractors Announces Full List of Endorsements

Associated Builders and Contractors, Empire State Chapter today announced their full list of endorsed candidates for State Senate.

ABC’s Empire State Chapter is the leading voice promoting free enterprise within the construction industry in New York. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation, ABC exists to help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.

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Associated Builders and Contractors Announces Full List of State Senate Endorsements

Associated Builders and Contractors, Empire State Chapter today announced their full list of endorsed candidates for State Senate. ABC’s Empire State Chapter is the leading voice promoting free enterprise within the construction industry in New York. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation, ABC exists to help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.

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Webinar: Preparing for the Overtime Final Rule

Representatives from the Wage and Hour Division will cover the basics of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), highlight resources and guidance available for employers, and answer compliance assistance questions on Monday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. While the session will include the opportunity to submit questions during the presentation’s Q&A segment, participants are also encouraged to submit questions in advance to WHDNOComm@dol.gov. Read the rest of entry »

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