Congrats to the 2019 Excellence in Contract Administration award winners

Last week, winners of the annual Partnership for Excellence in Contract Administration Awards, co-sponsored by AGCW and WSDOT, were announced at the WSDOT/AGC annual meeting.
Posted on 01/15/2019

Governor proposes 9-percent capital-gains tax

Governor Jay Inslee has proposed a new capital-gains tax to help fund his proposed 2019–21 operating budget that would increase spending by $9.973 billion (22.3 percent).
Posted on 01/14/2019

Governor announces plan for ultra-efficient buildings

Gov. Jay Inslee recently unveiled a plan that he hopes would launch a dramatic reduction of Washington state’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years.
Posted on 01/14/2019

Sen. Sharon Brown, AGC’s 2018 Legislator of the Year

AGC’s Government Affairs Committee is pleased to announce that State Senator Sharon Brown is AGC of Washington’s 2018 Legislator of the Year.
Posted on 01/02/2019

AGC charges 17 local unions with unfair labor practices

AGC of Washington (AGCW) has filed an unfair labor-practice charge against 17 building and construction unions with the Region 19 National Labor Relations Board in Seattle, Washington.
Posted on 01/02/2019

2019 infrastructure report-card rollout, Jan. 16

The new Washington State Infrastructure Report Card will be coming out in January.
Posted on 12/21/2018

Congress could head to a partial government shutdown

What contractors should do in the event of a shutdown
Posted on 12/20/2018

L&I working on prevailing wage ease-of-use improvements

Over the next seven months, L&I will launch exciting new features for the Prevailing-Wage Intent & Affidavit (PWIA) system and Awarding-Agency Portal.
Posted on 12/18/2018

AGC seeks changes to burdensome overtime draft rule

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is changing employment rules that determine which salaried employees in Washington are required by law to receive overtime pay, minimum wage and paid sick leave.
Posted on 12/18/2018

AGC protests proposed prevailing-wage enforcement strategy

L&I is considering a proposal from REBOUND, a building trades group, to significantly alter the way in which the department enforces prevailing-wage laws and the potential penalties for non-compliance.
Posted on 12/18/2018

Washington Supreme Court expands contractor notice obligations

The Washington State Supreme Court dealt another blow to public works contractors in Washington State.
Posted on 12/04/2018

L&I hosts webinars on Equal-Pay Opportunity Act

On June 7, 2018, the Equal-Pay Opportunity Act (EPOA) went into effect, making updates to the Washngton State Equal Pay Act of 1943.
Posted on 12/04/2018

Workers’ comp rates will fall by average of five percent in January

The price of workers’ compensation insurance in Washington will take the largest drop in more than 10 years on January 1, as the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) finalized its proposed 5 percent decrease in the average amount employers pay for the coverage.
Posted on 12/04/2018

Doug Peterson retires from AGC

As director of labor relations, Peterson was best known for handling the sometimes-tense negotiations with unions that supply labor to AGC members. He led nine negotiations over the 23 years he held that position.
Posted on 11/26/2018

AGC hires new Northern District Manager

AGC of Washington has hired long-time Bellingham resident Lance Calloway as its new Northern District Manager.
Posted on 11/19/2018

Don’t be caught unaware! Plan NOW for family leave premium collections to begin Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, 2019, employers need to begin collecting paid family and medical leave premiums; budget for the employer share of the premium; and begin tracking hours and wages of all employees, including seasonal, temporary and part-time workers.
Posted on 11/19/2018

City of Tukwila issues bridge-restriction advisory

The City of Tukwila Department of Public Works is advising the motoring public that the weight restriction for the 42nd Avenue South bridge over the Duwamish River will be reduced for Single Hauling Vehicles (SHVs) with 6 and 7 axles.
Posted on 11/14/2018

AGC seeks changes to new prevailing-wage law

The Legislature passed legislation that changed the way prevailing wages are set, saying that the prevailing wage will be the wage set by collective-bargaining agreements for those trades and in those counties with CBAs.
Posted on 11/05/2018

L&I proposes new overtime rules

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 11/06/2018

Is your employee Washington-based, for minimum-wage and sick-leave purposes?

One of the lingering questions regarding the state’s new minimum wage and paid sick leave law, which went into effect Jan. 1 2018, is how “Washington-based employees” will be defined.
Posted on 11/06/2018

"Hours-of-service" rules don’t work for construction

AGC of America organized a meeting with the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the agency’s top management team to discuss the need for a construction-industry exemption from hours-of-service (HOS) restrictions.
Posted on 11/06/2018

AGC opposes PSCAA fuel proposal

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is considering a regional low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), and AGC is opposed. AGC is joining a coalition of business, agriculture and labor groups in requesting that PSCAA drop its proposal.
Posted on 11/06/2018

New law may require employers to send child-support payments electronically

Employers of all sizes are valuable partners with the Department of Social and Health Services Division of Child Support (DCS). By reporting new hires, processing Income Withholding for Support orders (IWO), and sending payments to us, you help DCS collect more than 65 percent of the nearly $700 million we collect for families each year.
Posted on 11/06/2018

Contractors invited to participate in WSDOT/FAA disparity study

The Washington State Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration, is conducting a disparity study regarding FAA grants awarded to Washington State airports. This study is conducted to ensure that disadvantaged businesses have equal access to contracting opportunities and that the current program remains legally defensible and administratively successful.
Posted on 11/06/2018

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