Learn how to deal with onerous “blacklisting” Executive Order

AGC of America is set to help members get a handle on, and comply with, the 850 pages of new burdensome and unnecessary regulations known as the Fair Pay and Save Workplaces Executive Order signed by President Obama.
Posted on: 09/02/2016

Court puts hold on AGC-opposed “persuader rule”

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Posted on: 07/26/2016

FAA sets rules on drone use; AGC of America plans education for contractors

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized a new and comprehensive set of rules for the commercial use of small drones in all industries, including construction.
Posted on: 07/08/2016

DOE sending construction-stormwater permit invoices

The Department of Ecology is preparing to mail out construction stormwater permit invoices for fiscal year 2017.
Posted on: 06/21/2016

Provide input on updates to Building Code Council rules and bylaws

The State Building Code Council will be seeking public input as it updates its state rules as well as its bylaws.
Posted on: 06/06/2016

OSHA’s new silica rule imposes new regulations on many contractors

On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica (the “Silica Rule”).
Posted on: 05/23/2016

Learn more and comment on DOE’s draft changes to solid-waste handling standards

Draft language regarding changes to one of the state’s main solid waste handling rules is now under internal review and not available to share, but Ecology plans to have two public comment periods, at which time draft language will be open for review.
Posted on: 04/11/2016

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