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DOL apprenticeship plan stirs debate among contractors

Wednesday, September 4, 2019   (0 Comments)

The following is an article from Construction Dive

Dive Brief:

  • Department of Labor officials considering a new rule for U.S. apprenticeship programs have received more than 325,000 comments, many of them focused on a controversial provision that would especially affect construction workers, according to Engineering News Record.

  • At issue is a proposal to exempt the construction industry from one element of the plan — the creation of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) that would take over much of the standard-setting now done by DOL and state agencies.

  • Now that the Aug. 26 deadline for submitting formal comments has passed, DOL officials will decide whether to make any changes to the version that was published on June 25 in the Federal Register and will review the comments as they work on a final version of the rule, which is expected to take months.

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