Expect much stiffer fines for certain safety violations next year

A new proposal by the OSHA would increase fines for safety violation fines by 82 percent. Washington State, which manages its own OSHA-approved state plan, will be required to follow suit in 2017.
Posted on: 04/11/2016

Cargo Preference Act applies to FHWA-funded projects

FHWA has interpreted recent changes in the federal Cargo Preference Act as applying to federal-aid highway contracts. The Act, which has been around since 1954, requires that “at least 50 percent of any equipment, materials or commodities” procured with federal funds, and which may be shipped by ocean vessel, must be transported on privately-owned United States-flagged commercial vessels.
Posted on: 02/16/2016

Unintended consequences of Governor’s carbon plan

Gov. Inslee has asked the Department of Ecology to write a rule that would cap and reduce carbon pollution (greenhouse gasses). Ecology is focusing on businesses and organizations (see the list here) that are responsible for producing 100,000 metric tons or more of greenhouse gases.
Posted on: 11/13/2015

Court issues nationwide stay of EPA/Corps' “Waters of the US” regulation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has issued a nationwide stay of the new federal regulation redefining "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) for the purposes of the Clean Water Act.
Posted on: 11/03/2015

Gov. Inslee developing regulatory cap on carbon emissions

Gov. Jay Inslee recently directed the state Department of Ecology to step up enforcement of existing state pollution laws and develop a regulatory cap on carbon emissions. The Governor said the regulatory cap on carbon emissions would force a significant reduction in air pollution and will be the...
Posted on: 08/07/2015

SBA increases small-business size standards for construction

From AGC of AmericaOn June 12 the U.S. Small Business Administration issued an interim final rule that increases a number of construction industry small-business size standards to account for inflation since 2008. The size standard for Commercial and Institutional Building Construction (NAICS cod...
Posted on: 06/20/2014

Gov. Inslee signs executive order on carbon reduction

Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed an executive order outlining a series of steps to cut carbon pollution in Washington through a cap-and-trade program a low-carbon fuel standard more energy-efficient buildings and other tactics. The Governor’s executive order does not implement any new programs but...
Posted on: 05/12/2014

New Affirmative-Action Rules Finalized

On August 27 the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced two final rules that will expand the affirmative-action obligations of direct federal contractors and their subcontractors with regard to veterans and individuals with disabilities. The rules upda...
Posted on: 09/10/2013

New Seattle Recycling Rules Coming on Line

The following information is provided by the City of Seattle. More information is available at www.seattle.gov/util/CDWasteManagement or contact Gabriella Uhlar-Heffner at 386-9772 or Shirli Axelrod at 684-7804. The City of Seattle has adopted new requirements for recycling construction and bui...
Posted on: 05/13/2013

Out-of-State Prefab Form Released; Penalties for Non-Compliance

Contractors and subs who hire non-WA firms for prefabricated project-specific items for $1 million-plus public works projects must now report certain data. L&I released a standard form (Addendum to Affidavit of Wages Paid). Note: those found to have violated the reporting requirements more ...
Posted on: 11/02/2010

Most Contractors Getting Automatic Renewals of Reseller Permits

Earlier this year AGC worked for and secured changes to the two-year-old reseller permit law. Passage of that legislation is now bearing its practical fruits as the Department of Revenue announced it is sending renewed reseller permits to nearly 18000 construction businesses this month. In 2009...
Posted on: 10/19/2010

L&I Issues Draft Heat Stress Implementation Directive

A significant proposed change from last years directive is that failure to train employees as required under the rule will be considered a serious rather than a general violation with increased fines. Click L&I Heat Stress for details.
Posted on: 05/12/2009

U.S. DOL Issues Revised Apprenticeship Regulations

On Oct. 29 2008 the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule revising the federal regulations (29 CFR part 29) that implement the National Apprenticeship Act. The first overhaul of the regulations in 30 years substantially changes both how an apprentice can become a journeyworker and ...
Posted on: 11/11/2008

Webinar: Off-Road Diesel Issues Facing the Construction Industry

Did you know that implementation of EPAs Off-Road Diesel Rule began in 2007 with the requirement to use Low Sulfur Diesel in all off-road equipment - yet engine manufacturers are still struggling to develop the emission-control technologies needed to meet EPAs Tier 4 emission standards? (Tier 4 ...
Posted on: 11/10/2008

AGC and DOT Work Out 7% Fuel Escalation Rate

AGC and Washington State DOT signed a supplemental agreement that provides a 7 percent fuel escalation on equipment rental rates. The agreement is in effect now through January 15 2009. For additional information visit the Specifications and Agreements section of the WSDOT website.
Posted on: 10/14/2008

Out-of-State Workers' Comp Rules Now in Effect

L&I officially adopted rules implementing AGC-supported legislation signed by the Governor that addresses the double workers comp premium payments that Washington State contractors often make when sending employees to work on out-of-state construction projects. These rules reflect the propos...
Posted on: 10/14/2008

L&I Brinks Policy is Important First Step

AGC of Washington endorsed the release of an administrative policy by the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) regarding commute time in company vehicles. L&Is new policy stems from the Washington State Supreme Courts Brinks decision of 2007. The Court ruled that a home security fir...
Posted on: 09/16/2008

AGC Applauds L&I Brinks Policy as Important First Step

AGC of Washington endorsed last weeks release of an administrative policy by the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) regarding commute time in company vehicles. For a copy of the policy click here. L&Is new policy stems from the Washington State Supreme Courts Brinks decision of 20...
Posted on: 09/09/2008

King County Ordinance Seeks to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The King County Department of Development and Environmental Services in consultation with AGC NAIOP MBA other business local governments the state and the public is developing an ordinance to implement a proposed policy that would allow King County to exercise substantive authority under the Stat...
Posted on: 09/04/2008

Brinks Policy Delayed

AGC Works reported that a new L&I Brinks policy was to take effect Aug. 8. However labor leaders asked L&I for and received a postponement. AGC anticipates that the policy generally supported by AGC will take effect in a few weeks. AGC will keep members apprised of developments; meanwh...
Posted on: 08/20/2008

New L&I Policy on Brinks/Commute Time Takes Effect Aug. 8

The Washington State Supreme Courts Brinks decision - regarding whether or not commute time in company vehicles is compensable - is about to come to a resolution of sorts. The Department of Labor and Industries has released a draft policy intended as a guide in the interpretation and application...
Posted on: 08/05/2008

Development in Many Areas Severely Restricted by New Floodplain Maps

Owners of billions of dollars worth of property in Washington State will see severe curbs on development once the revision of the countrys floodplain maps is completed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA is revising the floodplain maps in support of the National Flood Insuran...
Posted on: 08/05/2008

L&I Announces Draft Regs Affecting Virtually All Types of Cranes

True or false: Proposed crane and crane operator regulations only apply to tower cranes. False! If you have or use any of these cranes you are affected: power-operated cranes and derricks used in construction that can hoist lower and horizontally move a suspended load (with or without attachm...
Posted on: 08/05/2008

Help AGC Evaluate Cost Impact of Proposed Confined Space Rule

AGC of America is conducting a survey to determine the impact of costs of complying with OSHAs proposed confined space rule which would mean significant changes for the industry. For background click confined space rule. To complete the survey (by Aug. 4) click confined space survey. Questions?...
Posted on: 07/22/2008

New Heat Stress Rule Takes Effect July 5

Requires employers with employees who work outdoors to train employees and supervisors to recognize heat-related illness; have the ability to appropriately respond to any employee with symptoms of illness; and increase the volume of water available on days when temperatures require preventive mea...
Posted on: 06/11/2008