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Lean Construction Institute to Hold its LCI Congress Oct. 22-24 in Dallas

The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) will be holding its LCI Congress Oct. 22-24 in Dallas, which will include presentations and training for both the design and construction aspects of lean building. LCI is providing a variety of registration options. View the options and register now.

New Study Shows S-Corps Pay Highest Effective Tax Rate

Two key pass-through structures favored by small businesses pay a significantly higher effective tax rate than large corporations, according to an Aug. 7 study released by National Federation of Independent Business and the S Corporation Association, of which ABC is a coalition member.  Analysis by Quantria Strategies shows that S corps will pay the highest effective tax rate in 2013 at 31.6 percent, compared to 29.4 percent for partnerships, 17.8 percent for C-corporations and 15.1 percent for sole proprietorships.  Effective tax rates are the percentage of income businesses pay in taxes.

CURT Young Professionals Leadership Summit Sept. 23-24

Two key pass-through structures favored by small businesses pay a significantly higher effective tax rate than large corporations, according to an Aug. 7 study released by National Federation of Independent Business and the S Corporation Association, of which ABC is a coalition member.  

ABC Expresses Concerns to Obama Administration on Upcoming OFCCP Rules

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Aug. 8 met with White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officials to voice concerns about two anticipated final rules from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that drastically alter existing affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations regarding individuals with disabilities and veterans. 

FMCSA Will Not Enforce Hours of Service Off-Duty Time for Short-Haul Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Aug. 7 posted an enforcement policy on its website, effective immediately, that clarifies it will not apply the provision under its revised hours of service (HOS) rule that requires drivers to take a 30-minutes break for every eight hours of consecutive driving to short-haul drives. 

View Archived Webinars on ABC’s Academy

Members and chapter staff can view any of ABC’s past webinars on the Academy for Construction Ethics Compliance and Best Practices.

House Passes Bipartisan Regulatory Reform Bills

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills in bipartisan votes that will help reform the regulatory process. The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 367) passed 232-183 on Aug. 2 and the Energy Consumers Relief Act (H.R. 1582) passed 232-181 on Aug. 1.

NLRB Petitions for Rehearing of Notice Posting Rule Case

The National Labor Relations Board has petitioned for re-hearings in both courts that struck down its August 2011 “Notification of Employee Rights” rule. Under the rule, employers would have been required to display a poster in their workplace that contained a biased and incomplete list of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act. 

Meeting with a Legislator During Recess

It’s always a good idea to take advantage of any opportunity to meet face to face with a legislator when he or she holds a town hall meeting or forum in the district, but it’s even better to organize a personal meeting or company event. With Congress on recess, now is an excellent time to schedule these events.  

Join ABC in Maui for BizCon 2014

Registration is open for 2014 BizCon, which will be held Feb. 11-12 in Maui, Hawaii. ABC members that act now can take advantage of airline discounts available through American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Air Canada and WestJet.