December 5th, 2019
Volume 21, No. 49
On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) held a public hearing to address the proposes revisions to the department’s beryllium standard for shipyard and construction workers. The proposed rule would revise the following paragraphs: Definitions; Methods of Compliance; Respiratory Protection; Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment; Hygiene Areas and Practices; Housekeeping; Medical Surveillance; Hazard Communication; and Record keeping. During the hearing, labor and worker health advocates called on OSHA to reinstate beryllium protection rules.
Returning from the Thanksgiving Congressional Recess, both the House and Senate were in session this week. Prior to the recess, the House and the Senate passed another continuing resolution to fund the government through December 20th. Over the next three weeks, House and Senate negotiators will continue discussions on how to fund the government into 2020. On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee officially began its impeachment hearings.
New Kabbage Data Shows Small Business Growth
The Kabbage Small Business Revenue Index reports small businesses in the U.S. achieved revenue growth across every state and industry in the first half (1H) of the calendar year 2019. The Kabbage Index Value (KIV), a value used to track revenue growth of small businesses, increased almost 22 points, from 136.8 to 158.4, indicating U.S. small businesses’ median revenue grew 15.7% in the first six months of the year. This represents a 22% point increase compared to the same time period in 2018 and a large contrast from the second half of 2018 when small business revenue only grew 1.8%.
SUBExcel is American Subcontractors Association's annual meeting, the perfect place for you to join YOUR association working hard for the needs of construction subcontractors, specialty trade contractors and suppliers. Perks of attending SUBExcel include:
Today's economy is changing at an ever-increasing pace, and business owners need to be prepared for both the successes and the obstacles of the future. Making sure your business is financially sound is crucial in today's competitive market, and ASA wants to help you be as strong as you can be for the years ahead.
In keeping with this idea, the theme of SUBExcel 2020 will be “The Economy Moving Forward”. Several education workshops will focus on strengthening your business financially for the future.
As the first year of the 116th Congress nears an end, the prospects for major legislative achievements have dwindled with the House passing hundreds of bills including legislation that would establish new voting rights protections, campaign finance reforms, pay equality for women and checks on gun purchases, but the vast majority of those bills have been ignored by the Senate. Conversely, the Republican Senate Leadership argues that the Democrats are to blame “for the gridlock by focusing squarely on liberal messaging bills that have no chance of moving through the Senate. From the Republicans' perspective, Democrats abandoned their legislative responsibilities when they launched their impeachment investigation into President Trump.”
Below is a list of House passed bills at the center of the stalemate that have not received a vote in the Senate:
The National Commission for Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) no longer will require a physical evaluation for workers to be eligible to take its certification exams. Per a Monday, November 18, 2019 press release, NCCCO will being relying on employers to determine whether their workers are physically qualified to operate the equipment as of January 1, 2020. NCCO notes that physical demands on a crane operator can change depending on the type and configuration of a crane, along with the work environment. NCCCO states that these are “facts known only to an employer rather than the certification body.”
On November 23, 2019, EPA announced the retail ban on the sale of methylene chloride paint strippers. Methylene chloride is a potentially lethal chemical found in painting stripping products and it has been shown to release toxic fumes that can turn to carbon monoxide in the lungs. In March 2019, the EPA issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture, processing, and distribution, as well as import of methylene chloride in consumer paint removers.
We want to hear from you! Tell us how you are working to engage young people and new employees in the trades. Are you working with programs like Helmets to Hardhats? Does your company have a partnership with a local community college, university or apprenticeship program?? How do you connect with your local community?
The American Subcontractors Association is currently working to gather all of your amazing ideas to be able to share with other ASA chapters around the country. Let us know how you reach out to young, new talent, as well as your best practices in each initiative.
Have something exciting to share? Email us your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can't wait to hear from you!
The House impeachment inquiry entered a new phase this week with hearings scheduled before the House Judiciary Committee. On Monday, the White House Counsel Pat Cipollone rejected Judiciary Chairman Nadler‘s (D-N.Y.) invitation for the President’s legal team to take part in Wednesday’s hearing. Per a House resolution adopted in October, Intelligence Chair Schiff (D-CA) must send the Judiciary Committee a formal report of his panel’s findings and recommendations. On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee held their first impeachment hearing discussing the constitutional basis for impeachment and whether the President’s actions meet that threshold.
While your in Las Vegas during the 2020 SUBExcel conference, take advantage of the opportunity to see the sights in this beautiful American city! Las Vegas not only has the exciting high energy neon-lit Vegas Strip, but also offers beautiful desert landscapes for the outdoors enthusiast as well. Here are just a few of the incredible sites to see during you trip to SUBExcel!
Explore Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon features a one-way 13-mile scenic drive, as well as 26 numbered hikes and trails, plants and wildlife, geology, camping, cultural resources and much more. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Mohave Desert, and learn more during your visit with both indoor and outdoor exhibits available.
Shopping in Las Vegas
The hotels and casinos in Las Vegas not only have incredible gaming, but also a wide variety of shopping opportunities all throughout the Vegas Strip. Nearly every casino had multiple shops within the hotel, including the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace where SUBExcel will be held, making Las Vegas the perfect place to shop for those items that will take Las Vegas home with you.
ASA underwrites the legal costs of filing "friend-of-the-court" briefs to inform the Court regarding the broader impact of relevant cases throughout the country. We have won dozens of these cases since 1997, vindicating subcontractor rights today and into the future!
Each year, courts across the country hand down hundreds of decisions on federal and state laws, as well as court-made or "case"law, that apply to subcontractors' businesses. Many of the decisions impacting subcontractors interpret the contract provisions of subcontract agreements—provisions like pay-if-paid, hold harmless, duty-to-defend, and no-damages-for-delay. Some of these decisions are precedent-setting and carry significance for subcontractors across state lines.
ASA's Subcontractors Legal Defense Fund supports ASA's critical legal activities in precedent-setting cases to protect the interests of all subcontractors. ASA taps the SLDF to fund amicus curiae, or friend-of-the-court," briefs in appellate-level cases that would have a significant impact on subcontractor rights.
Before the Thanksgiving break, an agreement was reached on the subcommittee allocations. Staff worked over the break to try and resolve the differences between the House and Senate bills. Negotiations continued this week in hopes of reaching an agreement on all 12 funding bills prior to the December 20 deadline when the next continuing resolution (CR) expires, but with no agreement on funding for the border wall, another CR could be necessary for some if not all of the FY20 bills. It appears that the plan will be to cobble together bills into a number of minibuses in hopes of enacting some of the non-controversial bills before the CR expires.
This week, Georgia Republican Senator Isakson made his farewell address and will resign from Congress at the end of the year due to health issues. Isakson has served in Congress since 1999, beginning in the House and moving to the Senate in 2005. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to appoint financial executive Kelly Loeffler to fill Isakson’s seat. Loeffler will need to run in 2020 to keep the seat, President Trump's pick for the seat, Rep. Doug Collins, could challenge her.
January 7th, 2020
Payment Clauses: What to Watch For and How to Negotiate Them
by James Yand and Brian Esler
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