Are you and your employees ready for new family taxes in 2019?

With the passage last year of a paid family- and medical-leave program for Washington State, new taxes will be collected on BOTH employers and employees starting Jan. 1, 2019.
Posted on 09/20/2018

PSRC announces $6.4-billion transportation plan

The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) recently unveiled a $6.4-billion draft regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), with 377 projects underway in the region through 2022.
Posted on 09/20/2018

Proposed decrease in 2019 workers'-comp rates

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has proposed a decrease for 2019 in workers-comp rates, averaging 5%. For construction-risk classes, the range looks to be between a 5% and 17% reduction.
Posted on 09/20/2018

AGC urges a NO vote on Initiative 1631

AGC is urging a NO vote on Initiative 1631, the carbon tax measure, and has officially joined the No on 1631 Coalition working across Washington to defeat this unfair tax measure in November.
Posted on 09/11/2018

Difficulty finding qualified craft workers is a near universal problem for the industry

Almost all of you are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released by Autodesk and AGC of America.
Posted on 09/11/2018

AG’s Office agrees to consider legality of Education Special District 112’s Construction-Services Group

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office has agreed to look into the procurement practices of Educational Special District 112’s Construction Services Group, and to issue a non-binding opinion on whether it school districts that contract with the group must comply with Washington’s competitive procurement procedures in doing so.
Posted on 09/11/2018

Attorney General’s Office agrees to consider legality of Education Special District 112’s Construction Services Group

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office has agreed to look into the procurement practices of Educational Special District 112’s Construction Services Group, and to issue a non-binding opinion on whether it school districts that contract with the group must comply with Washington’s competitive procurement procedures in doing so.
Posted on 09/06/2018

Changes in prevailing wage rates to take effect Aug. 31

As it is required to do every February and August, the Department of Labor and Industries has posted new prevailing wages, and among them are some significant changes.
Posted on 08/29/2018

Learn more about DOE’s new Solid-Waste Handling Standards, effective Sept. 1

The Department of Ecology recently adopted long-in-the-making rule Solid-Waste Handling Standards. AGC, WACA and other groups worked to secure many improvements to earlier drafts of the rule. However, AGC members are encouraged to review the new rule and info provided by DOE.
Posted on 08/13/2018

New law requires electronic child-support payments from most employers

Effective January 1, 2019 as part of Substitute Senate Bill 6334, an employer or other business that receives an Income Withholding Order (IWO) from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Child Support (DSHS-DCS), must send payments electronically.
Posted on 08/13/2018

L&I working on new overtime rules; comments welcome

The Department of Labor and Industries has announced its intention to conduct rulemaking on the executive, administrative, professional (EAP), and outside sales person exemption to Minimum Wage Act rules under WAC 296-128.
Posted on 08/13/2018

"Persuader Rule" revision is rescinded

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule rescinding a proposed Obama-era change to the so-called “persuader” requirements of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.
Posted on 07/24/2018

Comment on L&I’s upcoming rulemaking on overtime, minimum-wage exemptions

The Department of Labor and Industries is in the process of updating rules regarding exemptions to the minimum-wage act (MWA) which exempts executive, administrative and professional (EAP) workers.
Posted on 07/02/2018

New Washington workplace laws now in effect

The Washington legislature closed out its 2017-2018 legislative session by passing several new employment-related bills that Governor Inslee signed into law....
Posted on 07/02/2018

Sign the petition to support transparency in government negotiations

AGC supports Initiative 1608 and urges you and others within your company to sign the petition to support transparency in government.
Posted on 06/05/2018

AGC opposes carbon-tax plan

AGC’s Board of Trustees voted to oppose Initiative 1631, which would enact a new carbon tax. Proponents are currently gathering signatures in hopes of getting the measure on the November ballot.
Posted on 06/04/2018

Labor-negotiation update

AGC of Washington remains in labor negotiations with three of the five basic construction crafts in advance of the May 31, 2018 expiration of the current master labor agreements.
Posted on 05/30/2018

AGC signs-on to amicus brief aiming to protect insurer’s duty to defend

Last month, AGC of Washington, with other trade associations such as the National Utility Contractors Association, signed on to an amicus curiae (“friend of the Court”) brief to the Washington Supreme Court supporting a Petition for Review aimed at protecting the duty to defend in Washington.
Posted on 05/22/2018

AGC protests Seattle’s head tax proposal

Telling the Seattle City Council and Mayor Jenny Durkan that hurting construction jobs is not the way to combat homelessness, AGC is strongly opposed to the city’s proposed $500 per employee “head tax” – a controversial measure that caused Amazon to pause its ongoing construction in Seattle.
Posted on 05/08/2018

Heads up: New paid family/medical leave taxes begin Jan. 1, 2019

Taxes to fund the paid family- and medical-leave program passed by the Legislature last year will be collected starting Jan. 1, 2019 -- but the benefits won’t be available to be taken until Jan. 1, 2020.
Posted on 04/23/2018

State of Washington requests participants in disparity study

The State is requesting the participation of business owners to discuss their experiences with doing business with the State of Washington.
Posted on 04/23/2018

Take note of prevailing wage, apprenticeship changes

Among the bills passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor during the recently concluded legislative session were these measures:
Posted on 03/28/2018

Bullet train between Vancouver and Portland?

The prospect of the Pacific Northwest’s largest cities being connected by a train capable of traveling 250 mph or faster received a nudge from the State Legislature as the recently enacted supplemental transportation budget included up to $1.2 million toward a business-case analysis for a high-speed rail line between Vancouver, BC, Seattle and Portland.
Posted on 03/28/2018

Pay equity, sexual harassment and other HR bills signed into law

In the legislative session that concluded earlier this month, the Legislature passed these measures that have since been signed into law by the Governor.
Posted on 03/28/2018

Comments to share about the steel, aluminum tariffs?

On March 19, the Department of Commerce published its exclusion process procedures (interim final rule) for steel and aluminum tariffs...
Posted on 03/28/2018