'It’s clear that public policy now is being shaped by billionaires from West Michigan' ..
Employers woke up to a surprise on Nov. 3. That’s when we learned that the Federal Budget Agreement, which was quickly worked out behind closed doors and signed the day before, includes surprise provisions authorizing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to increase penalties for the first time since 1990. To the surprise of almost all observers, the amount of the increase could be as much as 82 percent. ..
The nation's construction unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent in October, which represents a gain of 31,000 workers. There are now 6.43 million construction workers in the U.S., making industry employment the highest since February 2009. ..
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