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    Plumbing Licensure Advances

    Amidst a hectic schedule to enact a spending plan for the Commonwealth by June 30th, the Senate also passed legislation that would create establish Licensed Plumbing Contractors in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 703, introduced by Sen. Tom McGarrigle (R-Delaware), passed by a 44-6 vote.  Read the rest of entry »

    Ask an Attorney: OFCCP Updates Sex Discrimination Rule

    Ask an Attorney: OFCCP Updates Sex Discrimination Rule Guest Author: Lori L. Buntman, Esq., Harmon & Davies, P.C. Last week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Final Rule that sets forth the requirements that covered contractors must meet under the provisions of Executive Order 11246 that prohibit sex discrimination in employment. This Final Rule updates—for the first time in 40 years—the 1970 sex discrimination guidelines with new regulations that align with current law and address the realities of today’s workplaces. The new Rule, which will go into effect on August 15, 2016, addresses contractors’ responsibilities and clarifies protections for employees of federal and federally assisted contractors and subcontractors on issues related to “sex-based barriers to equal employment and fair pay, including compensation discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environments, a lack of workplace accommodations for pregnant workers ... Read the rest of entry »

    2016 LegCon Meetings Follow Congressional Drama

    Last Thursday, ABC members from across the nation descended on Washington, D.C. for a day of meetings with federally elected officials, underscoring the local effect of recent rules on union organizing, mandated labor sourcing, and environmental effects.  What happened hours earlier, however, made the trip all that much more unique. Read the rest of entry »

    Pennsylvania Is Rolling Out Its New Medical Marijuana Law

    On May 17, 2016, Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act, Act 16, went into effect. Act 16 legalizes the prescription and use of medical marijuana by persons with a “serious medical condition” in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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    What Are You Trying to Say? Understanding the Importance of Proper Written Language

    Proper and effective communication is key to any prosperous relationship. Workplace communication can take many forms. Understanding that written communication can easily be misinterpreted due the author’s writing style, the tone being construed differently than intended, or improper use of terms or phrases, the author needs to make a conscious effort to relay their message effectively. 

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    Apprenticeship Reform Advances in the House

    As Pennsylvania’s budget deadline nears, a key House vote kicked off the process of reforming Pennsylvania’s outdated and arcane regulations governing apprenticeship. ABC worked with committee leadership to encourage a vote on the bill and has also worked to garner support for the bill from other pro-business groups.
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    Ask an Accountant: Lock in Profits Now

    With construction activity outpacing prior years and costs of materials rising slightly off historical lows, opportunities exist to capitalize on low input prices that can last beyond the short-term.
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    House Committee Schedules Vote on Historic Apprenticeship Reform

    For more than five decades, Pennsylvania has maintained a reminder of the foregone days of union favoritism that dominated the Commonwealth during the Industrial Revolution.  Laws set in place to protect workers’ rights flourished during the early 20th century, offering legal standing to employees of industry titans like the steel mills and railroads.  And now, as unions have evolved into an outdated, bloated bureaucracy, these laws continue to put open shop contractors at a disadvantage. Read the rest of entry »

    Advocacy Ramps Up Throughout Keystone Region

    A critical component to the mission of ABC has always been advocacy. As a group of like-minded business professionals, the association has always been more than a construction trade association, but instead going the extra mile to espouse and advocate for free enterprise, the merit shop philosophy, and a level playing field. But believing in those principles and working to reshape Pennsylvania’s antiquated, imbalanced laws can be easier said than done.
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    Obama Administration Revamps Overtime Rules

    Last week, the DOL issued a final, revised overtime rule for salaried employees, drastically changing the scope of employees eligible for increased wages and benefits.
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