On Nov. 3, the Signatory Wall and Ceiling Contractors Alliance submitted comments in support of the Department of Labor’s proposed independent contractor rule that would rescind the prior Administration’s rule that made it easier to classify employees in the construction industry and across the economy as independent contractors. The proposed rule replaces this regulation with a well-understood standard ground in 60 years of judicial precedents that SWACCA urged the Labor Department to adopt because it is easier to apply and will make it harder for employers to claim their workers are independent contractors.
The National Labor Relations Board released a proposed rule to rescind and replace the Trump-era Board’s April 1, 2020, final rule revising election procedures under the NLRA. Specifically, Nov. 3’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has three parts, each rescinding a corresponding portion of the NLRB’s April 2020 final rule.
This week, SWACCA concluded weeks of work to ensure the submission of three distinct comment letters in support of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council’s proposed rule entitled, “Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects” to implement President Biden’s February Executive Order creating a presumption that PLAs are to be used by federal agencies for large-scale construction projects for which the cost is estimated to be $35 million or more, subject to specified exemptions.
The Department of Labor published a final rule on Sept. 26 to rescind Trump-era Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs that marks the end of a four-year fight by SWACCA’s public policy team in Washington, D.C. This final rule will be effective on Nov. 25.
On Sept. 2, the General Services Administration published a direct final rule amending the Federal Management Regulation to revise the ban on soliciting employees of contractors in GSA-controlled buildings so that union organizers can access these workers. The rule is effective immediately while open to a 60-day comment period that ends Nov. 1.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $50 million in Apprenticeship Building America grant funding for registered apprenticeship hubs. Registered apprenticeship hubs help employers design, develop and deliver programs and support the establishment, scaling and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs in new and fast-growing industries and occupations.
The Department of Labor announced it will hold Safe + Sound Week 2022 from Aug. 15-21. Safe + Sound Week provides an opportunity to highlight employer efforts to integrate and improve their safety and heath management systems.
The $700 billion “Inflation Reduction Act” bill the Senate advanced to the House Sunday, using a special Budget Reconciliation procedure that allowed them to pass it with no Republican support, is a broad bill.
The National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Justice signed a new memorandum of understanding creating a partnership between the two agencies to “protect free and fair labor markets and ensure that workers can freely exercise their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.”