Wage Theft - did not pass (Senate Bill 2327 An Act to Prevent Wage Theft and Promote Employer Accountability): ABC was an integral part of an almost 20-member coalition composed of key construction and business organizations that advocated for sensible proposals to address the issue of wage theft, while opposing the detrimental vicarious liability element which would hold almost any company, in any industry, joint and severally liable for alleged violations of another company if they simply have a nexus.
Promoting Veteran's Licensing Credits - passed (Senate Bill 2632, An Act Relative to Veterans' Benefits, Rights, Appreciation, Validation and Enforcement): ABC worked with legislators to include a provision within this omnibus veteran's bill to encourage the the licensed trade boards to review current regulations and put an emphasis on developing creative ways to accommodate and credit veterans with relevant experience that seek to acquire a license for their applicable trade.
Multiple Definitions of Fraud - did not pass (H. 2664 / S. 1744 An Act Relative to the Definition of Fraud in Public Construction Bid Laws): This legislation would have created a dangerous new definition of fraud solely for public bidding, which differs from the well understood and time-tested common law definition. This new definition would have made simple, unintentional bidding errors fraudulent and subject to severe bidding restrictions.
Mandatory Apprentice Requirement - did not pass (H. 2367 An Act Relative to Apprenticeship Programs): This legislation would have created redundancy, unnecessary complexity and cost increases on construction projects by requiring apprentices on every public construction project. Regardless of the federal court ruling this requirement illegal, this mandate would also have an adverse effect in the construction industry, particularly for simple and small jobs where the presence of an apprentice is unnecessary and would only increase taxpayer costs.
Disclosure of Sensitive and Proprietary Information - did not pass (House Bill 1005 / Senate Bill 1019 An Act relative to transparency in employee benefits reporting in private construction): This confusing and contradictory bill would create redundant and burdensome administrative compliance requirements for unemployment insurance and workers compensation, required employers to post a roster of employees and independent contractors at the jobsite that included sensitive information, and an inappropriate delegation of the attorney general's authority.
There are many reasons for our legislative success including our government affairs team, a supportive governor, strong relationships with elected officials, collaboration with other construction and business organizations, and, most importantly, membership engagement. We will continue to build upon these successes during the next legislative session.