Fatal workplace injury rate rises slightly

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Department of Labor; CP staff

A preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries recorded in the U.S. during 2014 marks a 2 percent increase over prior year figures, according to the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Preliminary 2014 figures show a fatal work injury rate at 3.3 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, matching the 2013 level.

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Agencies issue proposed rule, guidance on contractor ‘Blacklisting’ EO

The federal agencies charged with implementing President Obama’s July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order have released their much-anticipated proposed rule on this directive. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a 106-page proposed guidance document, and the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), issued a 131-page proposed rule, governing the terms of the so-called “Blacklisting” Executive Order (EO).

 
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Federal contractor ‘blacklisting’ framework winds through White House, agencies

The Department of Labor has submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a proposed rule enacting President Obama’s July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (E.O.), provisions in which can bar participation in federal projects if contractors or their subcontractors have violated labor laws in the past three years.

 
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Federal contractor ‘blacklisting’ rule winds through White House, agencies

Sources: Littler Mendelson P.C., San Francisco; Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The Department of Labor has submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a proposed rule supporting President Obama’s July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (E.O.), provisions in which can bar participation in federal projects if contractors or their subcontractors have violated labor laws in the past three years.

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Economist links construction materials’ upward pricing to harsh winter

Source: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.

Through April, concrete products and iron & steel prices were up 3.4 percent and 3.2 percent year over year, while overall construction materials prices rose 1.5 percent against the first four months of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s mid-May Producer Price Index.

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Federal court denies claim of Davis-Bacon provisions on private project

Source: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

In a decision limiting the scope of a federal statute widely criticized for inflating public construction project costs, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s ruling that the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage mandate can be expanded to include privately funded developments.

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Contractors, business community challenge DOL Persuader Rule

Leading up to the Department of Labor’s delay in issuing a new reporting rule that would change the long-standing interpretation of “advice” under federal labor law, the Associated Builders & Contractors relayed strong criticism of the proposed measure to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. Joining 53 other employer organizations, ABC reiterated its strong opposition to proposal, while highlighting additional concerns.

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