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Survey: Employers reel from regulatory shifts, new forces impacting workplace

San Francisco-based Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has released the results of its seventh annual survey, completed by 1,111 in-house counsel, human resources professionals and C-suite executives. The Littler Annual Employer Survey, 2018 analyzes the impact that sweeping regulatory changes and other factors, including the #MeToo movement, are having on employers.

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REPORT PROVES SAFETY SPIKE EFFECT ON BEST PRACTICES-DRIVEN CONTRACTORS

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Agencies aim to cut red tape hampering infrastructure projects

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and six federal agency or department counterparts joined President Donald Trump in a meeting at the Oval Office last month to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing to the One Federal Decision framework for major infrastructure projects.

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EPA opens water infrastructure funding round with deepened pockets

An Environmental Protection Agency Notice of Funding Availability invites letters of interest from states and municipalities seeking credit assistance under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), whose funding doubled from the prior year as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.

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Mayors, governors promote P3s for public buildings

A bipartisan group of 14 mayors and 10 governors have sent letters to Congressional leadership expressing their strong support for the Public Buildings Renewal Act (S. 3177/ H.R.5361) or PBRA, which will spur private investment in rebuilding America’s unsafe and dilapidated public buildings. The bill would permit state and local governments to access $5 billion in private activity bonds (PAB) for the financing of critical construction and infrastructure projects for qualified schools, hospitals, courthouses, universities, police stations, and prisons.

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