Construction groups are watching for the decision of new Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on pending regulations for the industry. These include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandate on "injury and illness prevention programs" and proposals from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs to require federal contractors to hire veterans and people with disabilities. The hiring measures "would be extremely expensive to implement and, frankly, at the end of the day, probably hurt [their] cause more than help it," said Michael Kennedy, general counsel of the Associated General Contractors of America.

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