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Trump Proclamation Halts Immigration for 60 Days – With Some Exceptions

Filed in Disaster Response, Labor by on April 23, 2020 0 Comments
Trump Proclamation Halts Immigration for 60 Days – With Some Exceptions

President Trump has signed a proclamation that halts immigrants from entering the U.S. for the next 60 days. However, the measure includes broad exceptions and will not effect the entry of those on temporary or non-immigrant visas, such as agriculture workers and H-2B guest workers. It also exempts EB-5 investor visas from the suspension.

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New OSHA Guidance: COVID-19 Illnesses Not Recordable for Construction

Filed in Disaster Response, Labor, Safety by on April 13, 2020 5 Comments
New OSHA Guidance: COVID-19 Illnesses Not Recordable for Construction

On April 10, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised its guidance on whether employers are required to record cases of COVID-19 in their 300 Logs for reporting occupational injuries and illnesses.

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Which States are Most Reliant on Immigrant Construction Workers?

Filed in Economics, Labor by on April 2, 2020 0 Comments
Which States are Most Reliant on Immigrant Construction Workers?

Foreign-born workers now account for almost a quarter of workers in the construction industry, and close to 30% of construction tradesmen. In some states, reliance on foreign-born labor is even more pronounced.

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DOL Issues Final Rule Implementing Employer Obligations Under New Family Leave Law

Filed in Codes and Standards, Disaster Response, Labor by on April 1, 2020 0 Comments
DOL Issues Final Rule Implementing Employer Obligations Under New Family Leave Law

The U.S. Department of Labor today issued a new regulation, effective immediately, implementing the paid leave provisions of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

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90 Organizations Urge DHS to Designate Residential Construction ‘Essential’

Filed in Codes and Standards, Labor, Safety by on March 26, 2020 14 Comments
90 Organizations Urge DHS to Designate Residential Construction ‘Essential’

In an effort spearheaded by NAHB, 90 companies and organizations today called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to designate construction of single-family and multifamily housing as an “Essential Infrastructure Business.”

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Employers Get First Round of Guidance on New Family Leave Law

Filed in Disaster Response, Labor by on March 24, 2020 0 Comments
Employers Get First Round of Guidance on New Family Leave Law

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today its first round of published guidance to provide information to employers and employees about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act when it takes effect on April 1.

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Department of Labor Allows Employers to Weigh In on Family Leave

Filed in Disaster Response, Labor by on March 24, 2020 0 Comments
Department of Labor Allows Employers to Weigh In on Family Leave

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will be hosting a national online dialogue to provide employers and employees with an innovative opportunity to offer their perspective as the department develops compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies related to the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

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Congress Approves Coronavirus Response Act Requiring Employer-Paid Sick and Medical Leave

Filed in Advocacy, Labor by on March 16, 2020 8 Comments
Congress Approves Coronavirus Response Act Requiring Employer-Paid Sick and Medical Leave

On March 14, the House passed H.R. 6201, the Family First Coronavirus Response Act, which would guarantee free coronavirus testing, establish paid leave for all employees, enhance unemployment insurance, expand food security initiatives and increase federal Medicaid funding. The House updated the bill two days later. The Senate passed the House revision on March 18 and President Trump signed the measure into law.

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Administration Approves 35,000 Additional H-2B Visas

Filed in Labor by on March 6, 2020 1 Comment
Administration Approves 35,000 Additional H-2B Visas

In a move that could help ease the chronic shortage of construction workers, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it will issue an additional 35,000 H-2B guest worker visas for the summer season.

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Final NLRB Joint Employer Rule is a Win for Small Business Community

Filed in Codes and Standards, Labor by on February 25, 2020 0 Comments
Final NLRB Joint Employer Rule is a Win for Small Business Community

In an important win for NAHB members and the small business community, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released a final rule that clarifies the standard for determining whether two employers are joint employers of a group of workers under the National Labor Relations Act.

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