Davis-Bacon Act Update
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that a new rule updating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts will ensure wages paid to workers on federally funded construction projects better reflect the realities of today’s labor market. The department notes that:
On August 8, 2023, the Department announced the issuance of the final rule, “Updating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Regulations.” The final rule updates regulations issued under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts that set forth rules for the administration and enforcement of the Davis-Bacon labor standards that apply to Federal and federally assisted construction projects. As the first comprehensive regulatory review in nearly 40 years, revisions to these regulations will promote compliance, provide appropriate and updated guidance, and enhance their usefulness in the modern economy.
A comparison of what is changing can be found here: Davis-Bacon Act Comparison Chart
Working Waterfront Presentation in Bellingham
Thank you to the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County (whatcomworkingwaterfront.org) for hosting WARP! It was terrific to see so many waterfront employers from diverse industries and engage in conversation about how USL&H applies in Washington State.
WARP Governing Committee Member receives the Seattle Propeller Club Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award
Doug Dixon, a long-term member, and Treasurer, of the Governing Committee of the Washington USL&H Assigned Risk Plan (WARP) has received the 2021 Seattle Propeller Club Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award. (This award was formerly known as the Puget Sound Maritime Man of the Year award from 1951-1992).
Doug receives the award as he is retiring from his 20-year role as an Executive and General Manager at Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and Electric in Seattle. Doug joins an illustrious list of Washingtonians who have won this award in past years, including former United States Senator Warren G. Magnuson and former Governor of the Washington, Dr. Dixy Lee Ray, among others.
The members of WARP congratulate Doug, and thank him for his continued voluntary service to the Assigned Risk Plan!
LHWCA CASELAW SUMMARY
This summary is republished with permission from Norm Cole at Brownstein / Rask. It was originally distributed December 2020.
Norm Cole's LHWCA Quarterly Caselaw Summary
Below is the current edition of my quarterly LHWCA caselaw summary. There were no landmark decisions this quarter. Interesting decisions include:
COVID-19 Screening Tool from the CDC
U.S. Department of Labor Issues OSHA Guidance As
Non-Essential Businesses Reopen and Employees Return to Work
These articles are republished with permission from The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. They were originally published in the Longshore Insider on March 27, 2020.
Coronavirus in the Maritime Industry: Guidelines for Keeping Workers Safe
Ideas to Combat COVID-19 in Maritime Work Environments
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