An Update From Our CEO:
I wanted to take just a minute and update you on progress being made on the Idaho AGC’s 2016 Legislative Agenda – specifically on the unemployment rule that direct impacts most AGC members.
Yesterday both the House and Senate Commerce Committees approved the Department of Labor’s change in rules that allows for a seasonally unemployed worker to be “job attached” for 16 weeks plus one additional week for each week he/she is called into work during that period. This change will allow construction workers to avoid the mandatory job search requirements when placed on unemployment each winter. The Committees’ actions clear the way for the rule to be implemented this spring (when the Legislature adjourns). So while it doesn’t apply to this winter, the changes will be in effect in plenty of time for next year’s winter season.
Securing committee approval of the proposed rule was one of the AGC’s highest legislative priorities for the year. It’s nice to be able to check this off on day number 7 of the legislative session. This is a tremendous victory for not only the AGC but all Idaho employers who invest in their employees but have periods of seasonal layoffs. It is also a victory for the employees who will no longer be put into such difficult positions each year.
This action would not have been possible without the help of many AGC members and friends. Just a few to mention:
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Chief Executive Officer
Idaho Associated General Contractors