Joe Manchin considering leaving the Senate before his term is up: report
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is considering leaving the Senate before his term is up to run for governor of the state, according to a new report. Read More
Harrison Officials Eye New Facility to House County Jail
Harrison County has officially accepted a new property in hopes of converting it into a new jail and law enforcement center. The size, location, cost, and potential funding sources for the new facility must be determined before moving forward with construction plans.The project previously had an estimated cost of $10 million. Read More
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) recently signed into law two pieces of legislation that will revise construction provisions on public works projects....  Read More...
Now in its third year, the Trump administration has continued to push ahead with pro-business deregulation on a number of important labor issues, though several court decisions have slowed the pace and created uncertainty.  Read More...
Find the Correlation Between Company Culture and Profitability
A recent survey asked several hundred construction professionals about leadership and culture in their firm. Researchers didn’t ask: “Are you having trouble finding people?” They asked: “Are you happy at work? Do you feel trusted?” Read More
How to Spot Human Trafficking in the Construction Industry
Most labor trafficking in the United States occurs in construction, manufacturing and mining, according to the ILO. Read More
How Contractors Can Maximize Their Bottom Lines During the Busy Season
The busy season is here, and contractors should be thinking of ways to maximize their time and money to drive the most business this time of year. From the planning phase of a project to onsite upselling, there are a variety of ways contractors can prep for this time of year to ensure they have a profitable busy season. Read More

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 changed the depreciation rules for qualified real property. Contractors need to be aware of these changes, as well as how certain assets need to be depreciated or expensed under TCJA....  Read More...
Legislative & Regulatory Update, June 2019 
Here is an update on policy and regulatory issues of vital interest to contractors and the union construction and maintenance industry. 
Infrastructure Investment 
Hopes for a major infrastructure investment package appear to be fading after President Trump walked out of a meeting with Congressional leaders last month. House and Senate Democratic leaders and the President had agreed to move forward on a $2 trillion infrastructure package this year at an earlier meeting. Not long after the initial meeting, however, it became clear that identifying the revenues to pay for this level of investment would be a major challenge. 
Prior to the meeting, tension between the White House and Democrats escalated when Trump told congressional leadership that he wants his replacement for NAFTA passed before he will consider an infrastructure bill. Despite the White House's commitment to come up with a way to pay for the package, the President insisted Democratic leaders come to the meeting with their infrastructure priorities and how they proposed to pay for the investment. He also expressed frustration with the ongoing Congressional investigations. At this point, it does not appear an infrastructure package will come together. 
Proposal to Undermine Registered Apprenticeships? 
The Administration is expected to release a new rule overhauling the nation's apprenticeship and training system. The draft regulation is awaiting White House sign-off. One of the key aspects of the proposed system would be the establishment of the new "Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program" (IRAPs). These new programs are designed to work outside of the existing registered apprenticeship system and provide greater flexibility. It would also allow employers to design and certify their own federally assisted training programs with minimal government oversight. 
This new approach has raised concerns with building trade unions and contributing employers - namely, that the new programs would lack sufficient government oversight and training standards and would ultimately undermine the current registered apprenticeship programs.
Department of Labor has issued guidance allowing for the establishment of the IRAPs. That guidance did not allow for the use of IRAPs in the construction industry and clearly stated that participants in IRAPs are not be considered apprentices under Davis-Bacon. It is widely reported that the Administration is reconsidering this construction exclusion in the proposed rule. 
Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Registered Apprenticeships 
Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) introduced bipartisan legislation to allow participants in registered apprenticeship programs to fund tools and equipment for the program out of a "529" college savings plan. H.R. 2679, the "529 Opening Paths to Invest in Our Nation's Students (529 OPTIONS) Act" authorizes individuals enrolled in a registered apprenticeship to use money from their 529 Education Savings account, tax-free, to pay for expenses associated with being an apprentice, including: books, supplies, and equipment; child care at a licensed day care center; transportation, and obtaining an industry certification, or other type of credential, in connection with such enrollment, attendance or completion of such program.
Safety and Risk
Each year, 22 million employees are exposed to hazardous noises at work, according to OSHA, making hearing loss the most common work-related injury. Yet, noise-induced hearing loss is often ignored because there are no visible effects....  Read More...
By capitalizing on SAFETY Act protections, contractors can gain a competitive edge while protecting themselves and project owners from liability from a terrorist attack....  Read More...
An increase in fatal incidents adds urgency to the need for improved visibility solutions for roadside construction crews....  Read More...
Falls are OSHA’s most frequently cited violation, but there are ways to prevent falls and create a culture of height safety....  Read More...
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