WASHINGTON — Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC) praised the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back burdensome regulations that drive up construction costs and hold back small business hiring and expansion.
Testifying at the 2017 National Regulatory Fairness Hearing at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) office of the National Ombudsman on Aug. 28, Maury Baskin of Littler Mendelson P.C. and general counsel, ABC, said, “For the construction industry, unjustified and unnecessary regulations translate to higher costs, which are then passed along to the consumer or lead to construction projects being unaffordable. ABC member contractors are encouraged by the Trump administration’s efforts to bring to light and roll back costly and burdensome regulations.”
Top priorities for regulatory relief among ABC members include rescinding the unlawful “persuader” advice final rule (Interpretation of the ‘Advice’ Exemption in Section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act), which would have a negative effect on employers that need advice on labor relations matters; rescinding the “white collar” overtime rule, which would be extremely disruptive and harmful to both employers and many of their currently exempt employees; creating a more workable standard to replace the Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica rule, which is technologically and economically infeasible in the real world of construction; and more.
For more information, visit www.abc.org.
Publication date: 9/27/2017