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Labor Department Rescinds Trump-Era Joint Employer Rule; A Democratic Majority at NLRB

Filed in Labor, Legal by on July 29, 2021 1 Comment
Labor Department Rescinds Trump-Era Joint Employer Rule; A Democratic Majority at NLRB

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced it will rescind a joint employer rule that took effect in March 2020. In a separate development, the Senate yesterday confirmed two of President Biden’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), giving the Democrats a 3-2 majority.

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Employers May File H-2B Visas for Returning Workers

Filed in Labor by on July 27, 2021 0 Comments
Employers May File H-2B Visas for Returning Workers

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced today that employers may file H-2B petitions for returning workers under the FY 2021 H-2B supplemental visa temporary final rule. Employers may take this action if they are likely to suffer irreparable harm without these additional workers.

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Labor Scarcity Will Increase

Filed in Economics, Labor by on July 9, 2021 0 Comments
Labor Scarcity Will Increase

The overall economy has 9.2 million unfilled jobs, nearly 300,000 of which are in the construction sector. NAHB economists expect labor to be a rising challenge for construction firms as the overall labor market heals in the coming quarters.

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Department of Labor Withdraws Final Independent Contractor Rule

Filed in Labor by on May 5, 2021 0 Comments
Department of Labor Withdraws Final Independent Contractor Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced today it is withdrawing the independent contractor rule that was finalized in January during the waning days of the Trump administration.

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Feds Seek to Overhaul Independent Contractor, Joint Employer Rules

Filed in Labor by on March 11, 2021 2 Comments
Feds Seek to Overhaul Independent Contractor, Joint Employer Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it intends to withdraw the independent contractor final rule issued on Jan. 7, 2021, and rescind a current regulation on joint employer relationships under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which took effect on March 16, 2020.

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Final Independent Contractor Rule Pushed Back Until May 7

Filed in Advocacy, Labor by on March 5, 2021 0 Comments
Final Independent Contractor Rule Pushed Back Until May 7

The Department of Labor (DOL) has pushed back the effective implementation date of its final independent contractor rule from March 8 until May 7 to “allow the department to review issues of law, policy, and fact raised by the rule before it takes effect.”

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House Passes Anti-Business Labor Bill Strongly Opposed by NAHB

Filed in Advocacy, Housing Affordability, Labor by on March 4, 2021 1 Comment
House Passes Anti-Business Labor Bill Strongly Opposed by NAHB

The House on March 9 approved legislation strongly opposed by NAHB  that contains dozens of sweeping labor law revisions that would negatively affect the construction labor market at a time of critical skilled worker shortages.

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Regulatory Freeze for All Pending Regulations; Independent Contractor Rule Faces Delay

Filed in Advocacy, Labor by on January 21, 2021 2 Comments
Regulatory Freeze for All Pending Regulations; Independent Contractor Rule Faces Delay

The Biden administration has implemented a regulatory freeze for all pending regulations. Of note to the housing community, this action means that the U.S. Department of Labor’s final independent contractor rule that was put forth in the waning days of the Trump administration, and scheduled to go into effect on March 8, will face a delay.

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Residential Construction: Net Job Gains Offset Losses from the Pandemic

Filed in Economics, Labor, Trends by on January 11, 2021 3 Comments
Residential Construction: Net Job Gains Offset Losses from the Pandemic

From May through December, the number of new residential construction jobs that were created offset the total amount of jobs that were lost earlier in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Department of Labor Releases Final Independent Contractor Rule

Filed in Labor by on January 6, 2021 4 Comments
Department of Labor Releases Final Independent Contractor Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a final rule clarifying the definition of employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as it relates to independent contractors. While the rule will make it easier for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors, it is still unclear if it will ultimately be implemented by the incoming Biden administration.

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