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EEOC Alert: 2017 EEO-1 Survey Filing Due June 1

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has extended the deadline for filing the 2017 EEO-1 Survey from March 31 to June 1, 2018. According to the EEO-1 Survey webpage, an email will be sent to the EEO-1 company contact introducing the new EEO-1 Survey application. Any questions on the new survey should be directed to 1 (877) 392-4647.  Read the rest of entry »

Apprenticeships Must Be Expanded to Meet 21st Century Workforce Needs

According to the final report of the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, apprenticeship programs offer workers a career path with paid, on-the-job training and provide employers with highly trained workers, but they are insufficient to address the growing skills gap in many industries. ABC commended the secretaries of labor, education and commerce for leading the task force comprised of representatives from industry, education and government to generate new ideas to expand the role of apprenticeships and help more individuals achieve the American Dream. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Immediate Past Chairman Chuck Goodrich Wins Indiana State House Primary

On May 9, Chuck Goodrich won the Indiana House of Representatives District 29 Republican primary against three other candidates with 47 percent of the vote. Goodrich will face Democrat Tracy Roberts in November’s general election for the Noblesville, Ind. House of Representatives seat. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Material Prices Surge in April

Prices for inputs to construction materials expanded 1.3 percent in April and are 6.4 percent higher than at the same time one year ago, according to an ABC analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. This represents the largest month-over-month increase in almost three years and the largest year-over-year increase since October 2011. Prices for nonresidential construction inputs increased 1.6 percent on a monthly basis, and are up 6.3 percent year over year. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Employment Inches Higher in April; Nonresidential Segment Adds 9,000 Net Jobs

Based on recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. construction industry bounced back in April, adding 17,000 net new jobs, according to an analysis by ABC. Last month, initial estimates showed a 15,000 jobs loss, though that has since been revised upward to a loss of 10,000 jobs. During the past year, the construction industry has added 257,000 new jobs, representing a growth rate of 3.7 percent.  Read the rest of entry »

OSHA Will Enforce Beryllium Standard Starting May 11

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcement of the final rule on occupational exposure to beryllium in the construction industry on May 11, 2018. According to its May 10 press release and interim enforcement memorandum, OSHA will begin enforcing on May 11 the new lower 8-hour permissible exposure limit (PEL) and short-term (15-minute) exposure limit (STEL) for construction.  Read the rest of entry »

IRS Issues Guidance on Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

On April 27, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance on providing relief for certain small businesses that wish to claim the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit for 2017 and later years. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Member Recognized During National Small Business Week

On April 30, Linda McMahon, Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, recognized numerous small business entrepreneurs, including ABC member Keith Porta, as part of National Small Business Week 2018. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Celebrates Infrastructure Week 2018

It’s #TimeToBuild! ABC will be celebrating Infrastructure Week, May 14-21, with an awareness campaign highlighting the critical importance of infrastructure. Visit infrastructureweek.org for sharable factoids and information how to participate or plan your own event, look for daily Infrastructure Week social media posts on ABC National’s social media channels and follow the conversation using the hashtags #ABCMeritShopProud and #TimeToBuild. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Chapters Participate in Safety Week 2018

ABC chapters across the country are celebrating Construction Safety Week 2018, May 7-11. These chapters are raising awareness about the importance of safety by hosting events, sharing resources, hosting safety stand-downs and more. Read the rest of entry »