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

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

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

"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

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

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

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"Persuader Rule" revision is rescinded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

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 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

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

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

King County Passes Priority Hire Ordinance

On Monday, March 5, 2018, the King County Council passed the Priority Hire Ordinance with unanimous support. The ordinance paves the way for the County to negotiate with Labor a Master Community-Workforce Agreement which will direct unions to prioritize workers from designated disadvantaged zip codes for dispatch to covered projects.
Posted on: 03/08/2018

AGC ACTION ALERT: Ask your Senator to help defeat anti-contracting-out legislation (HB 1851)

Help defeat an anti-contracting out piece of legislation by contacting your State Senator today!
Posted on: 02/28/2018

AGC ACTION ALERT: Support the King Amendment to remove CWA/PLA from carbon-tax bill

Urge your State Senator to SUPPORT the King Amendment to remove CWA/PLA from the carbon-tax bill (SB 6203)
Posted on: 02/28/2018

Numerous union labor contracts expire on May 31, 2018.

AGC's Labor Committee is hosting meetings in February in all four districts of the Chapter.
Posted on: 01/16/2018

Cost of workers’ comp insurance dropping for many in Washington next year

The price of workers’-compensation insurance will go down for many businesses in Washington next year.
Posted on: 12/04/2017

AGC forms Acceptable Worksites taskforce

To support the City of Seattle's Priority Hire program and its community workforce goals, Acceptable Worksites contract provisions were included in city-issued contracts to improve apprenticeship graduation rates among women and people of color and ensure appropriate behavior on all city project sites.
Posted on: 11/21/2017

Update on Port of Seattle’s PLA-enforced priority-hire proposal

Citing problems already apparent in the priority hire ordinances passed by the City of Seattle, Sound Transit and under consideration by King County, AGC raised significant concerns about the Port of Seattle’s proposal.
Posted on: 10/23/2017

Acceptable worksites: new City of Seattle specification provisions now in effect

The City of Seattle’s City Purchasing & Contracting Services recently revised its General Special Provisions for City construction contracts to add new “Acceptable Worksite” language.
Posted on: 07/11/2017

Legislature passes compromise paid family-leave bill

The Legislature passed and Governor signed a compromise family leave bill that included significant elements sought by the business community.
Posted on: 07/10/2017

L&I says contractors can now submit certified payrolls electronically

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries recently launched the option for contractors to upload payroll records on public works projects to create certified payroll reports.
Posted on: 07/10/2017