“Created in the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, funding from the $1 billion pilot program will help reconnect communities that were previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure.”
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise its standards for occupational exposure to lead.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final 6 months of 2022. Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes.
“Inflation may be the focus of a midterm cycle political blame game, but economists caution the problem — and the most effective solutions — are global. Rising prices were a focus of this week’s meeting of the Group of Seven (G-7) major economies.”
“Congress recently answered President Biden’s call for reform in the State of the Union by passing bipartisan legislation to crack down on excessive fees and other unfair practices in the ocean shipping industry…”
ABMA Legislative Committee Vice-Chair Ida Ross Hicks sits down with ABMA Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Coordinator Julianna Rauf in a “get to know you” session.
On Thursday, Congressmen Glenn Thompson (PA-15) and Derek Kilmer (WA-6) introduced the Creating Opportunities to Thrive and Advance Act. The American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) was one of the first to sign on as an endorsing organization.
“The misclassification of employees as independent contractors is one of the most serious problems facing affected employees, employers, and the U.S. economy. Misclassified workers are denied basic workplace protections including rights to minimum wage and overtime pay, making it harder for them to support themselves and their families.”
Required by Executive Order 12866, the semiannual regulatory agenda lists all regulations under active consideration in the one-year period ahead, as well as longer-term regulatory actions, and ensures public engagement in the process of establishing regulations.
The Departments of Commerce and Labor have partnered to identify what comprises a good job. These eight principles create a framework for workers, businesses, labor unions, advocates, researchers, state and local governments, and federal agencies for a shared vision of job quality.
NFIB President Brad Close wrote a new op-ed in Fox Business explaining how Congress can help Main Street fight inflation.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden is not expected to cut U.S. tariffs on Canadian lumber as part of potential tariff relief he is considering to fight inflation.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and other department officials host a virtual event highlighting strategies that foster equitable and inclusive mental health-friendly workplaces.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo gave her remarks at the Build Back Better Regional Challenge Conference (BBBRC). According to Raimondo, “BBBRC finalists have a workforce development component to support skill building and the placement of workers into quality jobs.”
As June 2022 is Trench Safety Month, the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) will be celebrating Trench Safety Stand Down Week from June 20-24. A Safety Stand Down presents the opportunity for employers to talk directly to employees and others about safety.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and co-sponsors have launched the Let’s Talk About Heat Challenge, a national competition to identify innovative and effective communication strategies that inform people of the risks of extreme heat and offer ways to keep safe during the hottest days. Learn more here.
The OSHA Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law poster, available for free from OSHA, informs workers of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. All covered employers are required to display the poster in their workplace.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold an online meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Safety and Health on June 30, 2022, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold an online meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health on June 15, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.
OSHA welcomes you to its Summer Summit on June 22, an all-day safety conference with a broad variety of breakout sessions including but not limited to compliance with the General Duty Clause, effective approaches to workplace on suicide prevention, and powered industrial truck training and safety requirements.
The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) will be celebrating its 9th annual National Forklift Safety Day (NFSD) on June 14, 2022.
On Wednesday, June 8, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a hearing titled “The Small Business Workforce Challenge: Causes, Impacts and Solutions.”
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the award of more than $57 million in grants to organizations that help veterans experiencing homelessness find meaningful employment and assist them in overcoming barriers to transition back successfully into the workforce.
OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention campaign, launched in 2011, educates employers and workers on the dangers of working in the heat. Through training sessions, outreach events, informational sessions, publications, social media messaging, and media appearances, millions of workers and employers have learned how to protect workers from heat. OSHA’s safety message comes down to three key words: Water. Rest. Shade.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began its “Dirty Dozen” list for 2022, which includes potentially abusive arrangements that taxpayers should avoid.
The White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that Retired General Stephen R. Lyons, former Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, will be the new Port and Supply Chain Envoy to the Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force. Retired General Lyons will take over the role from John D. Porcari.
The Biden administration announced over $368 million in grants to improve rail infrastructure and enhance and strengthen supply chains. 46 projects in 32 states will modernize rail across rural and urban communities, enable economic growth.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Public Private Strategies Institute (PPSI) will host a webinar as part of their Building a Better America: A Small Business Resource Community (BBA Resource Community) series. The goal of this webinar will be to connect small businesses with critical resources and information about the Biden-Harris Administration’s policy agenda, including how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and American Rescue Plan create opportunities for small businesses.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined is a 6-month intensive training program that helps CEOs and Executives get unstuck and take their business to the next level. Accelerate your leadership skills, learn an MBA-level curriculum, receive tailored business coaching, and build relationships with a community of business owners, advisors, and experts.
Join the National Safety Council in June for National Safety Month—the annual observance to help keep each other safe from the workplace to anyplace.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh joined business leaders for a panel discussion on how private-sector employers can recruit, retain, and strengthen their workforce through investments in job quality.
ABMA members had a meeting with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) on Monday, April 18. During that meeting, Manoach (Manny) Lamarre discussed a number of workforce development resources and opportunities, which can be found here.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, U.S. Congresswomen Brenda Lawrence and Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, hosted a Supply Chain Summit, bringing innovation, resilience, and supplier diversity into focus.
Get “A Closer Look” at some simple disaster preparedness tips that everyone should follow to ensure they protect their critical tax and financial documents.
Every year in America, 1 in 5 adults experiences some form of mental illness, 1 in 20 experiences a serious mental illness, and 17 million experience a substance use disorder and mental illness. Despite the prevalence of mental health conditions, there’s still a stigma around discussing mental health and its treatment, especially at work – but there shouldn’t be.
The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant helps to expand pathways for women to enter and lead in all industries.
Secretary Xavier Becerra and leaders across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the following statements in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, which is observed every year in May.
Are you subscribed to OSHA’s Safety Reminders? Be sure to sign up to receive reminders regarding safety hazards, best workplace practices, and more.
Testimony by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the Senate Commerce Committee FY 2023 Budget Hearing
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo discussed President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), highlighting its impact on the supply chain and more.
For National Small Business Week, plan now to take advantage of tax benefits for 2022; enhanced deduction for business meals, home office deduction, and more.
In celebration of National Small Business Week, May 1-7, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is featuring information and resources to help small business owners, employers, and self-employed individuals succeed.
On Thursday, April 28th, the ABMA Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a congressional briefing from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita, specifically detailing the revival of Build Back Better (BBB) and the Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Taskforce. Afterwards, ABMA Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Coordinator Julianna Rauf updated the committee on ABMA Advocacy Week and upcoming events. Lastly, new business took place among ABMA Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Kirk Ives and ABMA Legislative Committee Member Sara Belletete.
As we continue to move through the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is committed to ensuring equitable access to key resources affecting the health and safety of America’s workers and workplaces.
Labor and its Occupational Safety and Health Administration, sadly observe April 28 as Workers Memorial Day.
ABMA concluded its inaugural Advocacy Week on April 8th after five days of over 40 meetings with legislator offices and 100 ABMA member participants. One of ABMA’s goals is to carry its message beyond Advocacy Week by having its members emphasize the priority issues in-person at their District Offices. District Office visits will provide a new way of augmenting Advocacy Week follow up by bringing you face-to-face with your Congressional legislators.
Yard tours provide ABMA members an excellent opportunity to build and grow existing relationships with policymakers. They are a critical tool that take on added importance to augment our virtual meetings that were held across the NRLA and CSA regions during the legislative session.
On Thursday, April 21, ABMA met with Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy & Negotiations of the International Trade Administration (ITA) Ryan Majerus and his team to discuss the status of a new Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA). After a brief round of introductions, the meeting took off via a Q&A format. As a new SLA has been a priority for the lumber and building materials (LBM) industry since its expiration in 2015, ABMA members were eager to express its importance and ask questions regarding next steps.
ABMA members had the opportunity to speak with Manoach (Manny) Lamarre and Dr. Stephanie Rodriguez of the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) sector of the Department of Labor (DOL) regarding workforce development (WFD) on Monday, April 18. During the meeting, Lamarre gave a brief overview of the programs the ETA oversees and explained the distribution of funds.
The HIRE Vets Medallion Award, a Department of Labor (DOL) initiative, is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is an effort to bring economic opportunity to rural communities across the U.S. According to the Department of Commerce (DOC), BIL will “provide high-speed internet, safe roads and bridges, modern wastewater systems, clean drinking water, reliable and affordable electricity, climate data and information, and good-paying jobs in every small town and rural community.” This fact sheet provides information for rural communities to know all the available resources under the infrastructure law, where to apply, or how find more information.
With the April 18 tax-filing deadline closing in for most taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants to dispel some new and common myths about getting refund details or speeding up tax refunds. A number of these myths circulate on social media every tax season.
On April 14th, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Isabella Casillas Guzman issued a statement regarding the SBA’s Equity Action Plan. Key elements of this plan include, but are not limited to: access to capital, improve government contracting opportunities, improve access to disaster assistance, and improve access to business counseling, training, and services. […]
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on Tuesday the launch of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new National Emphasis Program in an effort to protect workers from heat-related illness and injury.
RENSSELAER, N.Y. – The American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) concluded its inaugural Advocacy Week on April 8th. Over the course of the week-long event, over 100 ABMA members met virtually with over 40 legislators and their offices to highlight our three 2022 priority issues of workforce development, supply chain delays, and inflation.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), “one in five working age Americans has a mental health condition.” After the COVID-19 pandemic plagued the workforce, employers are realizing now more than ever how critical mental health-friendly workplaces are. To help bring awareness to this issue, the ODEP-funded Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) has launched a new public education campaign called “Mental Health at Work: What Can I Do?”
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, popularly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (“BIL”), was signed into law on November 15, 2021, providing a nearly $1.2 trillion dollar investment in our Nation’s infrastructure and future.
The Secretary of Transportation chartered the Women of Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB) of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on February 11, 2022.
ABMA Legislative Committee President Joe Cecarelli sits down with ABMA Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Coordinator Julianna Rauf in a “get to know you” session.
On Tuesday, March 22 United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced a new agreement with the United Kingdom (U.K.) to allow historically-based sustainable volumes of U.K. steel and aluminum products to enter the U.S. market without the application of Section 232 tariffs.
On March 15th, the Small Business Association (SBA) in conjunction with the Public Private Strategies Institute (PPSI) announced the launch of a new virtual series called “Building a Better America: A Small Business Resource Community.”
Tax season is upon us! Be sure to check in with IRS.gov for the latest tax information, tools, and resources for businesses and the self-employed.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 351 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2020 were due to falls from elevation. The National Safety Stand-Down is an effort to prevent fall fatalities and injuries by raising fall hazard awareness across the country.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), or Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), Section 23022, requires the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to establish an apprenticeship pilot program that would allow drivers 18-20 years old with an intrastate commercial driver’s license to operate interstate commerce.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is holding its 2022 Women’s Business Summit on March 28-30, 2022. The summit will consist of virtual panels, “Ask an Expert” workshops, and fireside chats to help women-owned small businesses build, scale, and grow.
ABMA Legislative Committee Member Rod Wiles sits down with ABMA Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Coordinator Julianna Rauf in a “get to know you” session.
The IRS recently published the latest executive column, “A Closer Look,” featuring Director of Refundable Credits Program Management Gwen Garren. The column provides an overview of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and its recent changes.
The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” via the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The move includes standards for fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks.
According to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), starting on Monday, February 7th, any driver that must undergo Entry-Level Driver Training (EDTL) must complete required training from a registered provider.
As the new year begins, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to protect their personal and financial information throughout the year and watch out for IRS impersonation scams, along with other schemes, that try to trick people out of their hard-earned money.
In an email on Tuesday, February 1st, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a review of reducing countervailing and antidumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber to 11.64%. This news follows after the U.S. raised rates on Canadian softwood lumber imports to 17.9% in November 2021, nearly double what it was previously.
On Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 10 am the ABMA will launch the second entry into our “Inside the Capitol” virtual series. Our guest will be Arkansas Congressman Bruce Westerman.
The Department of Labor published the annual adjustments for 2022 that increase certain penalties applicable to employee benefit plans.
ABMA will be hosting its first official ABMA Virtual Advocacy Week the week of April 4-8, 2022. The event is free for the entire ABMA, CSA, and NRLA membership.
Committee member Andrew Brown sits down with ABMA Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Director Kirk Ives in a “get to know you” session.
OSHA has published the maximum penalty amounts, with the annual adjustment for inflation, that may be assessed after Jan. 15, 2022.
March 2, 2022 is the deadline for electronically reporting your OSHA Form 300A data for calendar year 2021. Only a small fraction of establishments are required to electronically submit their Form 300A data to OSHA.
ABMA Legislative Committee Member Sara Belletete sits down with ABMA Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Coordinator Julianna Rauf in a “get to know you” session.
On December 21, ABMA sent a comment letter to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Assistant Secretary Douglas L. Parker regarding the interim final rule on the COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing: Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS).
On Tuesday, December 14, Curtis Lumber of Ballston Spa, NY hosted Representative Elise Stefanik (NY District 21) in its corporate office for a private legislative event. At the event, Rep. Stefanik introduced the proposed Employer Directed Skills Act which will “empower job creators to determine the skills their workforce needs, streamline the process for workers to access skills development, and leverage private sector investments to make employers a stakeholder in the reskilling process.”
On Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 10 AM, the ABMA will launch the first entry into our “Inside the Capitol” virtual series. Our first guest will be Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader.
ABMA Legislative Committee Member Phil Kennedy sits down with ABMA Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Coordinator Julianna Rauf in a “get to know you” session.
Last week, President Biden announced that the Department of Labor is preparing to mandate that all businesses with 100 or more workers require their employees to either get vaccinated or face mandatory weekly testing. We wanted to know where you stand. The results are in.
As Congress continues work on a major infrastructure package, it is critical that workforce development initiatives are included in the final plan or as a standalone bill…