What is Your State’s Minimum Wage?

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Over the last few years, many states have instituted minimum wage increases. Many of these are done over a number of years until they reach a certain dollar amount, often $15/hour. Make make sure you know about any increases for 2023 so that you can implement them properly. For more information on your state’s minimum […]

WANTO is Expanding Career Pathways for Women

In recent months, the federal governments has allocated over $100 billion dollars to rebuild our country’s infrastructure and the Biden administration has announced it’s climate initiative. Both will lead to the creation of thousands of jobs, but mostly in sectors where women are, historically, underrepresented. “The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau continues to expand […]

Labor Proposes Rule to Reclassify Contractors as Employees

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The Labor Department on Tuesday unveiled a proposed rule that would reclassify some independent contractors as company employees, a move that could disrupt the gig economy. The highly anticipated rule takes aim at companies that the Biden administration says “misclassify” their employees as contractors. By becoming employees, those workers would be covered by overtime and […]

DOL Awards Grants to Fund Apprenticeship Hubs

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the award of $50 million in Apprenticeship Building America grant funding for Registered Apprenticeship hubs – organizations that 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.

DOL Offers Prevailing Wage Compliance Seminars

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The U.S. Department of Labor is offering online compliance seminars for contracting agencies, contractors, unions, workers, and other stakeholders on the requirements governing payment of prevailing wages on federally funded construction and service contracts.

ABMA Identifies LBM BBB Provisions; Small Business Tax Increases Successfully Opposed

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The situation on Capitol Hill continues to remain fluid with negotiations on a Build Back Better 2.0 legislative package. As we noted last week, a tentative deal had come together between Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a key Senate vote for proceeding forward with the President’s signature legislative priority, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). ABMA has waded through the 725 page bill and has identified the following provisions of interest to our sector…

US DOL Announces First Group of Apprenticeship Ambassadors

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The Department of Labor announced the selection of 207 officials and organizations that will serve as Apprenticeship Ambassadors as part of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative. This initiative was originally announced in November 2021.

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DOL Workforce Development Solutions

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If you need help finding talent for your business, the U.S. DOL has solutions and tools such a recruitment and screening, training and education, and more. Read more here.

Department of Labor Publishes Regulatory Agenda

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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.

Departments of Commerce and Labor Partner to Form Good Jobs Initiative

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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.

Building Mental Health-Friendly Workplaces

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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.

DOL Awards Grants to Assist Veterans with Entering the Workforce

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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.

Secretary Walsh Discusses Strengthening Economy

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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.

DOL on #MentalHealthAtWork

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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.

WANTO Grant Program

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The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant helps to expand pathways for women to enter and lead in all industries.

DOL Coronavirus Resources

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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.

ABMA Meeting with the ETA

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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.

HIRE Vets Medallion Program

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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.

National Emphasis Program

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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.

ABMA Meeting with ETA Registration

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The American Building Materials Alliance (ABMA) has made workforce development (WFD) a priority issue. In addition to advocating for new legislation and federal fiscal resources to attack the problem, we have been working with federal agencies to discover current, untapped opportunities for lumber and building materials (LBM) businesses to explore and access.

What Can You Do?

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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?”

ABMA Legislative Committee Update

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On March 24th, the ABMA Legislative Committee met virtually to receive a congressional briefing from our Government Affairs Associate Pat Rita, specifically detailing the current atmosphere in our Nation’s Capital. Pat detailed the impact the Russia-Ukraine war and the confirmation process of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to join the Supreme Court is having on legislative efforts.

DOL Powered Industrial Trucks Design Standard Update

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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.

DOL Penalties Increase for 2022

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The Department of Labor published the annual adjustments for 2022 that increase certain penalties applicable to employee benefit plans.

Breaking Up the BBB

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On Wednesday, President Biden acknowledged that his signature $1.75 trillion tax and social spending plan may need to be broken up in order to move forward in the U.S. Senate. In recent weeks, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has signaled that he is supportive of the provisions in the package related to climate change and greenhouse gas mitigation and it appears that there is interest, at least in the Administration, in cleaving this piece of the Build Back Better Act and moving it as a standalone measure. It remains unclear at this point what specific provisions would be included in such a bill, but the House-passed BBB contained a number of positive forestry provisions and considerable funding for deploying innovative wood products in construction projects.

ABMA OSHA ETS Comment Letter

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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).

Build Back Better Struggles

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Congress confronted and addressed two of their outstanding deliverables for December, having passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the federal government running past December 3 when funding was slated to expire. The CR sent to the President on December 3, funds federal government operations through February 18. The other was the debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen had predicted that the U.S. would exhaust its borrowing authority on December 15.

DOL Offers Holiday Safety Resources

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During the upcoming holidays, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reminds employers not to overlook their worker’s rights to a safe and healthy workplace and to be paid all of their legally earned wages.

DOL Workplace Posters

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Some of the statutes and regulations enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) require that notices be provided to employees and/or posted in the workplace.

National Apprenticeship Week

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The 7th annual Department of Labor National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) will take place November 15 – 21, 2021.

Department of Labor Workforce Resource Center

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The DOL State Resources Finder provides a list of websites that businesses may find useful for workforce issues. Resources cover the following topics: employee training, hiring, human resources planning, legal and admin

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

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In a recent US Department of Labor blog, the DOL highlighted the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and the benefit it can have for both employers and job seekers.

DOL Coronavirus Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor has compiled a Coronavirus resource page that can help businesses navigate questions on vaccines, workplace safety, unemployment, and much more. Read more here.