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LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY NEWS

AGC EFFORTS LEAD TO REPEAL OF "VOLKS RULE"
FOLLOWING PASSAGE IN THE House and Senate, President Trump
signed H.J Res 83 into law April 4. This nullifies the rule that gave
OSHA the ability to enforce recordkeeping requirements for five and
a half years. Employers are still required to maintain injury and illness records, but the agency's enforcement capabilities will lessen.
"This last-minute Obama administration regulation represented
an unvarnished effort to usurp Congressional authority and ignore
court rulings," says Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer
of AGC of America. "At the same time, repealing the misguided
measure fully preserves workplace safety. That is because employers will continue to be required to maintain detailed injury and
illness logs for at least five years just as they were under the 'Volks
Rule' and before it.  And federal and state safety inspectors will
continue to have full access to those logs, just as they did with
this rule and before it.
"The only thing that changes with the repeal of the "Volks Rule"
is that federal officials now have to abide by the six-month statute
of limitations established in the Occupational Safety and Health Act,
and affirmed by the courts, for citing employers for recordkeeping
violations.  Even better, construction safety professionals will be
able to continue spending the majority of their time on project jobsites, making sure workers are safe, instead of in offices reviewing
years-old records and cutting checks to government agencies."

BACKGROUND ON THE 'VOLKS RULE'
The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires all construction
firms to maintain a detailed log of all jobsite injuries and illnesses.
The same act set a six-month statute of limitations for citing firms that
failed to properly record such incidents. Volks, a construction company, successfully challenged the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) in court when the agency cited the firm for
a recordkeeping violation that occurred more than six months prior.
Instead of heeding the Court's instruction to follow the law,
the Obama administration finalized a federal regulation in its
last weeks in office, known as the "Volks Rule," that attempted
to change the statute of limitations for recordkeeping violations
from six months to five years. 

CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION
CALLS ON CALIFORNIA & LOCAL
LAWMAKERS TO REJECT BANS ON
EMPLOYERS WORKING ON BORDER
SECURITY PROJECTS
AGC of America urged state and local officials in California to
reject or repeal proposals to punish companies and their employees
for working on border security projects on behalf of the United States
government.  Association officials also noted, in a letter to the state
and local lawmakers, that the federal courts will strike down any
such discriminatory and obstructive measures. 
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"While you are welcome to dispute the wisdom of federal border
security policy and to express your views, you are not welcome to
take our members hostage," says Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer.  "As surely as you can count on the
federal courts to strike down other unlawful forms of discrimination
and obstruction, you should count on the courts to strike down
measures to discriminate against firms doing lawful work on behalf
of the U.S. government."
The association sent the letter to the state and local lawmakers
as the California state assembly considers a measure to ban the
state employees' retirement funds from investing in firms working
on border security projects on behalf of the federal government. 
Officials in San Francisco are also considering a measure to ban
those firms from working on city-funded projects.  Lawmakers in
Berkeley and Oakland passed similar measures last week. 
The construction official added that the new "litmus tests" will
increase the costs of doing business in any jurisdiction where they
are enacted.  Excluding construction employers and their workers
will limit the number of companies competing for and performing
work in that jurisdiction.  With fewer firms competing for work,
the cost of local construction projects is likely to rise, reducing
the amount of infrastructure projects each locality can complete,
Sandherr cautions.
Enacting bans against firms performing lawful work for the
federal government will also give other jurisdictions free rein to
use their procurement systems to influence decision making in
California and its municipalities, the construction official adds.  He
noted that any jurisdiction that disagrees with any one of the
public policies in places like San Francisco will feel less reticent
to discriminate against firms working for that city.
Sandherr adds that state and local politicians should not seek
to punish employers and their workers because of federal policy
disagreements.  "The good men and women of the construction
industry are entitled to pursue their livelihoods as fully and freely
as anyone else, without being drawn into disputes that are not of
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their making; they are not pawns," Sandherr says.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - July/August 2017

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
Ceo’s Letter
Automation on the Jobsite
Simonson Says
Students Pave the Way for a Bright Construction Future
A Diversified Portfolio
Deadline for OSHA Crane Operator Certification and Qualification Approaches
Chapter Connection
Changes to Immigration Policy Could Impact Contractors
Agc in Action
Be Wreck-Less
Raze the Roof
2017 Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
Huddleston Elementary School Renovation Project Grabs 2017 Alliant Build America Award
Inside Agc
Legislative and Regulatory News
Senior Counsel
Technology Toolbox
Westport Presbyterian Church Reconstruction Project Secures 2017 Alliant Build America Award
2017 Regional Resource Guide - A Special Advertising Section
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Deadline for OSHA Crane Operator Certification and Qualification Approaches
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Changes to Immigration Policy Could Impact Contractors
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Agc in Action
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Be Wreck-Less
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Raze the Roof
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - 2017 Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Huddleston Elementary School Renovation Project Grabs 2017 Alliant Build America Award
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Inside Agc
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Legislative and Regulatory News
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Senior Counsel
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - 64
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Westport Presbyterian Church Reconstruction Project Secures 2017 Alliant Build America Award
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - 2017 Regional Resource Guide - A Special Advertising Section
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