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SWACCA and CEA Send Letter to House Education and Workforce Committee In Support of WHD's Efforts to Strengthen Davis-Bacon and Crack Down on Employee Misclassification

Earlier today, SWACCA joined its allies in the Construction Employers of America (CEA) in submitting a written statement for the record to the House Education & Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections for today’s Subcommittee hearing on the recent regulatory activities of the Labor Department’s Wage & Hour Division (WHD). The statement was entered into the record by Subcommittee Ranking Member Alma Adams (D-NC).

The joint SWACCA-CEA statement highlights the broad support of the signatory contractor community for the efforts of WHD Principal Deputy Administrator Jessica Looman over the past two years to create a level playing field in which responsible employers could thrive. Specifically, the joint statement emphasizes our organizations’ support for WHD’s efforts to update and modernize the regulations governing Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements. In addition, SWACCA and CEA reiterated their strong support for the October 2022 independent contractor rule which, when finalized, will help restore an accurate evaluation of employment relationships consistent with congressional and judicial intent. The statement also highlights the testimony of former SWACCA President Matt Townsend before the Subcommittee in 2019, where the organization detailed the impact that abuse of independent contractor status in the construction industry has on the ability of honest employers to compete for work.

A copy of the joint SWACCA-CEA statement is available here.

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