According to the latest Contractor Compensation Quarterly (CCQ) published by PAS, Inc., construction executive staff wage increases came in at 4.1% for 2018 and are projected to rise by an average 3.8% by 2019 year end.  Though the projected 2019 increase is 3.8%, it is pointed out that historically executive staff predictions are low, so year-end 2019 increases might come in even as high as 4.3% to 4.5%.

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has released a revised version of its annual Trends & Outlook Report now renamed Union Labor Costs in Construction.  The report includes general and detailed information about trends in collectively bargained compensation in the industry, including data analyses by region, by time, and by trade. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on an interpretive statement published April 15, concluding that “releases of pollutants to groundwater are categorically excluded from Clean Water Act’s permitting requirements because Congress explicitly left regulation of discharges to groundwater to the states and to EPA under other statutory authorities.”  

Miami-Dade Residents living in the Kendall area deal with massive gridlock almost everyday on their way to work. A way to alleviate their nightmare is to build the Kendall Parkway project that would extend the 836 south along the western boundary of Miami-Dade County to SW 135th Street, you can read more about it here: Kendall Parkway Project. Not only would this project alleviate traffic it would help the local economy by generating thousands of construction jobs.

Historically, the construction industry has been labeled as resistant to change. Relative to other sectors, many have argued that the acceptance of technology and innovation into the construction workflow has been notably slower. But rarely is the rationale behind that concept explored.

Looking to accelerate project delivery and lower project costs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) continues to take steps to speed up Clean Water Act (CWA) dredge-and-fill permitting and achieve “nationwide consistency” on common stumbling blocks in the Section 404 review and authorization process. 

Every year, Florida's state legislature meets for a single, 60-day session. This year's session began March 5, and among the bills being considered is House Bill 481, which would create development agencies for each opportunity zone in the state. 

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has opened the EEO-1 online reporting portal following a recent court order reinstating the previously revised Obama administration EEO-1 form’s pay data reporting requirements that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) halted in 2017.

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