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    What employers can expect following the end of Chevron deference

    The decision could cause a number of the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations to fall, said a former administrator of DOL’s wage and hour division.

    By Ryan Golden • July 19, 2024
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    Biden announces more investments in workforce development, apprenticeships

    The funding aims to bridge the talent gap, create training pipelines and enhance public-private partnerships across in-demand fields, including clean energy.

    By Carolyn Crist • July 16, 2024
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    After stalled labor talks, $2B Columbus airport project receives more funds

    Negotiations between local unions and contractors did not yield an agreement, but Hensel Phelps and the airport authority say they’re dedicated to hiring local, disadvantaged businesses.

    By Zachary Phillips • July 12, 2024
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    State employees in Texas not subject to overtime rule, judge holds

    The ruling — which relies on the Supreme Court’s same-day decision that overturned the Chevron doctrine — is likely to foreshadow similar pending challenges, attorneys noted.

    By Emilie Shumway • July 2, 2024
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    Hybrid employees show higher rates of workplace engagement: Gallup

    Most U.S. and Canadian employees surveyed say they are not engaged at work, with remote and on-site employees reporting higher levels of anger and loneliness, a new report states.

    By July 1, 2024
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    New York nonprofit develops hundreds of trade careers annually

    The Andromeda Community Initiative also provides supportive internships, encouraging employers to test out newly trained ACI grads for $18 to $20 an hour.

    By Zachary Phillips • June 24, 2024
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    Los Angeles County’s Skilled Trades Summers initiative engages nearly 400 teens

    Launched by Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, the initiative pays students while they receive hands-on training in fields like solar panel installation.

    By June 21, 2024
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    New leaders at USGBC to propel green building initiatives

    The move to hire John Law as director of technical development and Paul Mathew as a senior fellow will drive sustainable urban planning and building decarbonization efforts as part of its strategic plan, the organization says. 

    By June 18, 2024
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    Boston mayor appoints new public facilities leaders

    The new executive director and deputy director will guide a department managing over 100 projects, including renovations, repairs and upgrades at schools, libraries and other buildings across the city.

    By June 14, 2024
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    Work-based youth learning programs can augment talent development strategies, report says

    Even as companies launch apprenticeships and courses in areas like machine technologies, employers express concerns about a lack of funding and staff resources to run internship programs.

    By Carolyn Crist • June 5, 2024
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    Skilled trades talent shortages abound despite jobs’ insulation from AI threats

    Despite a 7 percentage-point rise in job satisfaction since 2021, according to an Angi survey, one expert says the sector lacks younger workers with the proficiency to replace retirees.

    By May 30, 2024
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    DOL overtime expansion ‘unlawful,’ business groups argue

    The plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in the same court that enjoined an Obama-era overtime rule, saying “the Department has done it again.”

    By Caroline Colvin • May 28, 2024
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    Building, facilities workers mobilize nationwide for better wages, benefits

    From New York City to Los Angeles, workers are rallying for higher wages and improved conditions, threatening strikes if demands aren't met. 

    By May 9, 2024
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    Effective vendor solicitation grows more important amid labor challenges

    As construction costs spike and the workforce ages, improved scope of work documents can better attract quality experts while maintaining budget, a speaker at IFMA's Facility Fusion said.

    By May 9, 2024
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    Angi launches skilled trades scholarship program to bridge talent gap

    With trades jobs marketplace BlueRecruit, the company also aims to connect skilled trades job seekers with businesses that are hiring.

    By May 8, 2024
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    Hotel workers hold nationwide protests ahead of contract expiration

    A possible “widespread labor dispute” could impact 40,000 hospitality workers across the U.S. and Canada, according to Unite Here.

    By Noelle Mateer • May 3, 2024
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    National Skilled Trades Day spotlights urgent need to tackle skilled worker shortage

    In addition to K-12 outreach, companies must meet new talent “where they are” at community colleges and universities, an industry expert says.

    By May 1, 2024
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    Hotel organizations slam Labor Department’s new overtime eligibility threshold

    The rule gives some hotel workers access to higher pay, but hospitality industry organizations say the added cost could lead hotels to cut jobs.

    By Jenna Walters • April 26, 2024
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    Labor Department will raise overtime salary threshold to $44K in July, $59K next year

    The final rule expands overtime pay eligibility to millions of U.S. workers, the federal agency says.

    By Ryan Golden • April 24, 2024
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    Employer groups ask court to vacate DOL independent contractor rule

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s rule “injects new inconsistencies and incoherence into the analysis of independent contractor status,” the groups said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

    By Ryan Golden • April 22, 2024
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    How Biden’s apprenticeship push could affect federal contractors

    The president’s actions to bolster registered apprenticeships could mean more regulatory hoops to jump through on public projects, some experts say.

    By Jen A. Miller • April 19, 2024
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    DOL’s final overtime rule clears White House review

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule, if adopted, would raise the minimum annual salary threshold that determines overtime pay eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act from $35,568 to $55,068.

    By Ryan Golden • April 17, 2024
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    OSHA publishes final employee walkaround rule

    The rule, effective May 31, reverts to a long-standing practice that gives employees the right to select a third-party advocate to accompany a safety inspection.

    By Zachary Phillips • April 11, 2024
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    $5.3M DOE grant to fund Indianapolis vocational education campus

    Ameresco and charter school operator Matchbook Learning are building a high school and career center powered by renewable energy.

    By Brian Martucci • April 3, 2024
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    What employers need to know about union organizing in 2024

    The game has completely changed in the wake of the Cemex decision, attorneys from Cozen O’Connor said in a March 21 webinar.

    By Emilie Shumway • April 2, 2024