Nearly 17,000 new jobs have been added by the construction industry in November 2013 making the sector’s employment level reach the highest it’s been since August of 2009. The industry’s unemployment rate has fallen to 8.6 percent. However, that’s still employment is still nearly 1.9 million below peak levels in 2006. This data comes from an analysis done by the Associated General Contractors of America. The Association also notes that this is probably due to construction spending levels hitting a four year high in October. Read More “Construction Industry Adds Jobs in November”
A rule that would have required employers to display a poster in their workplace that contained a biased and incomplete list of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act has been abandoned. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) abandoned its poster rule when they decided not to file petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review two U.S. Court of Appeals decisions that invalidated the rule. The decision to not file was made by allowing the deadline to file the appeal to pass. Read More “Controversial “Employee Rights” Poster Rule Abandoned by NLRB”
Recently new Labor Department regulations went into effect requiring federal contractors to begin hiring a minimum number of protected veterans and disabled workers. Contractors who don’t at least show they are taking steps to meet benchmarks for hiring these types of workers could face penalties or have their contracts revoked.
The target for disabled workers is 7 percent, and for veterans, the goal would either be based on the national percentage of veterans in the workforce — currently 8 percent — or a company’s own benchmark based on the best available data. Read More “New Laws for Hiring”
There are three separate Obama administration moves to increase pay of federal contractors that House Republicans are saying will threaten to close services that support military bases such as fast food restaurants, gyms and daycares. They are asking for an exemption from these. Read More “Are Military Base Facilities Facing Closure Due to Obama Pay Hikes for Federal Contractors?”
Highway Workers Protected by the Partnering of AGC, OSHA, and NIOSH
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health(NIOSH) have signed and alliance, entering into a collaborative relationship to protect workers in highway work zones. It’s all part of the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners. Read More “Highway Workers Protected by the Partnering of AGC, OSHA, and NIOSH”