Firms have until Sept. 2 to submit comments on a Labor Dept. proposal to require contractors and subcontractors to post notices informing their employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act, which includes the right to join a union. The proposed rule, published in the Aug. 3 Federal Register, was drafted to implement a Jan. 30 executive order by President Barack Obama. Violation of the rule could lead to contract suspension, termination or debarment. Nonunion construction groups say they have concerns with the proposal. Bob Hirsch, director of legal and regulatory affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors, says
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.