News for Labor Issues
The rate paid for workers’ compensation coverage in Washington would rise by an average of 0.7 percent next year under a proposal released by L&I...
Posted on: 10/03/2016
From AGC of America...
Posted on: 07/26/2016
The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, legislation which would reauthorize and reform the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
Posted on: 07/11/2016
AGC joined several business groups to voice its concern that, although raising the minimum wage and requiring paid sick leave through Initiative 1433 sounds good, the unintended consequences could be harmful, particularly for first-time job seekers.
Posted on: 07/08/2016
On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the new federal overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Posted on: 07/08/2016
There may be two initiatives on the November ballot to raise the minimum wage; both of them go beyond the minimum wage and require paid sick leave.
Posted on: 05/10/2016
By Judd H. Lees, Sebris Busto James
Posted on: 03/28/2016
An overwhelming majority of construction firms report trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots as demand for construction continues to rebound in many parts of the country, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released by AGC of America.
Posted on: 10/13/2015
While employers were troubled by the National Labor Relations Board’s decision to issue a complaint against McDonald’s last year based on the alleged unfair labor relations acts of its franchisors, the Board’s pending Browning-Ferris decision represented more potential downside for the construction industry based on the Board’s potential expansion of the definition of “joint employers.”
Posted on: 09/28/2015
The DOL now says carpenters, construction workers and electricians may be misclassified as independent contractors, and that most workers are employees.
Posted on: 09/28/2015
The DOL now says carpenters construction workers and electricians may be misclassified as independent contractors and that most workers are employees.
Posted on: 08/25/2015
Chad Pearson Shared-Work Marketing ManagerThe Employment Security Department (ESD) isn’t just “the unemployment office” anymore. A full suite of business programs is available to help employers be successful. Find your next employee of the month through our partnership with WorkSource. Dia...
Posted on: 04/06/2015
As of January 15 2015 CITC has been approved by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC) for a Construction-Craft Laborers apprenticeship program. The new program is statewide which means that if a company participates in their laborers program apprentices can work anywher...
Posted on: 01/30/2015
NLRB ruling not only makes it easier for unions to organize open-shop contractors it also limits union contractors’ flexibility by converting from 8(f) to 9(a) relationships. Click “ambush election” rule.
Posted on: 12/17/2014
According to the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) effective January 1 2015 E-Verify transaction records more than ten years old will be deleted from the system. As a result employers will no longer have access in E-Verify to cases created prior t...
Posted on: 12/09/2014
Immigration: AGC supports earned path to legalization; says executive order makes bipartisan reform difficult
AGC of America released the following statement regarding the President’s Nov. 20 immigration executive order:For over a decade when the Bush Administration began its push for immigration reform through today AGC has supported comprehensive immigration reform. That support included an endorsement...
Posted on: 11/21/2014
L&I is proposing an average 1.8 percent rate increase for 2015 workers’ compensation premiums. The increase comes out to about 1 cent per hour worked. Proposed rates differ considerably by construction job classification. For example the Concrete Work - Foundations and Flatwork classification...
Posted on: 09/29/2014
The Associated General Contractors of America recently joined the national Hiring Our Heroes program as part of the construction industry’s effort to add 100000 veterans over the next five years. The new partnership will make it easier for construction contractors to find recruit and hire veteran...
Posted on: 08/27/2014
The Army Corps will not be pursuing a project labor agreement (PLA) for a large hangar project at JBLM after AGC expressed its opposition. AGC applauds this decision particularly in light of the recent uptick in the use of PLAs on federal projects. The U.S. Army Corps of Seattle District (USACE...
Posted on: 07/22/2014
AGC of America announced that it is joining the national Hiring Our Heroes program as part of the construction industry’s effort to add 100000 veterans over five years. The new partnership will make it easier for construction contractors to find recruit and hire veterans association officials add...
Posted on: 06/10/2014
The NLRB has re-issued a proposed rule on representation-case procedures with a public comment deadline of Monday April 7. It mirrors a 2011 “quickie election” or “ambush election” rule that was ultimately invalidated by a court. To take action click ambush rule.
Posted on: 04/02/2014
Several labor-related bills – some opposed by AGC some supported – are still alive in the current legislative session. Below is a recap; for additional information contact Van Collins at 360 352 5000360 352 5000.AGC supports:SB 5125 – Changes the statutory definition of occupational disease so th...
Posted on: 02/17/2014
AGC opposes bills to increase apprentice utilization mandate paid vacation leave and mandate certified payrolls on public projects and supports bills to clarify independent contractor rules. Apprentice UtilizationHB 2526 would make any bidder “non-responsible” that does not meet apprenticeship u...
Posted on: 01/31/2014
Can a contractor be forced to pay twice for a subcontractor's employee benefits? Washington Supreme Court to decide (again).
By James R. Lynch Ahlers & Cressman PLLC(Editor’s note: Oral arguments can be viewed on TVW here.)In the first case of its Winter 2014 term the Washington State Supreme Court is considering whether an employee benefits trust may use the Washington public works bond and retention statutes to p...
Posted on: 01/21/2014
L&I Director on Rates: Aiming for Predictability Lower Costs Editor’s note: We asked the Department of Labor & Industry Director Joel Sacks to answer a few questions for this newsletter about his thinking regarding workers’ comp rates. Click here for a separate article about the propos...