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IMSCA and FCAI are excited to report IMSCA’s legislative initiative, SB 1636 was signed in to law on August 20, 2019! P.A. 101-0432 is effective immediately. As a reminder, this new law allows retainage to be withheld at a rate of 10% for the first half of a construction project, but is to be reduced to 5% once the project is 50% complete. This new law applies to private construction projects.
Thank you to all the IMSCA's members who worked tirelessly to ensure retainage reform in Illinois became a reality. This legislative success would not have been accomplished without help from all of you. The outreach that you provided to your legislators and to Governor Pritzker is what pushed this bill over the finish line. Thank you to our bill sponsors, former Senator John Mulroe and Representative Luis Arroyo for their leadership on this important issue.
The live recording of the recent FCAI Webinar: Recreational Marijuana & the Construction Industry is now available.
The parent association of FCAI, FCA International, has been aggressively engaged on protecting our industry’s apprenticeship programs since June of 2017 when President Trump issued the Presidential Executive Order expanding apprenticeships in America.
During the last two years, FCA International’s Government Relations Advisory Committee has worked tirelessly to educate the Administration and members of Congress on the importance of our industry’s registered apprenticeship programs. Additionally, FCA has teamed up with the Construction Employers of America and other trade associations across the construction industry to ensure our registered apprenticeship programs are protected.
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Classes are now available at the NCIFTI for August and September. Classes include Concrete Floor Coatings, Hazard Communications, OSHA 30 along with many others.
Class sizes are limited, so please contact the NCIFTI to reserve your spot and ensure class availability. To register for an upcoming class, contact the NCIFTI Office by phone (630.966.1451) or email (email@example.com), or log into the My Union Member website (www.pdc30.com) to register online.
While there is a lot “rolled” into the 600 plus page law (pun intended), there are significant employment pitfalls for employers with regard to enforcing drug free workplaces.
Interestingly, the law is the first of its kind that was legislatively created versus a voter referendum. As a result, there is potential for more legal navigation for Illinois employers. Specifically, the new law aims to protect applicants and employees from adverse job action based on the lawful use of marijuana.
However, the Law permits employers to continue to control its workforce and workplace. The Law expressly permits an employer to:
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