Contractors Must Comply With the New Injury and Illness Rule Starting Jan. 1

Beginning Jan. 1, contractors will face new deadlines and requirements for reporting severe injuries on the jobsite. The rule will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015, for all employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act - even those who are exempt from maintaining injury and illness records. Read the rest of entry »

Persuader Rule and Overtime Requirements Top the DOL’s Regulatory Agenda

In addition to the OSHA and federal contracting regulations, the latest regulatory agenda, released Nov. 21, outlines the Department of Labor's (DOL) plan to move forward with the controversial persuader rule and overtime requirements among other important rules affecting the construction industry. Read the rest of entry »

Health Care Compliance Alert: IRS Releases Draft Instructions for ACA Reporting Forms

As required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Treasury (Treasury) Aug. 28 released draft information reporting form instructions that employers will use to report on the health coverage they offer their employees. This impacts employers with 50 or more full-time employees and full-time-equivalent employees as well as employers that self-insure. Effective 2015, employers must collect the information required to be reported under ACA and, beginning in 2016, file the information reporting returns with the IRS. Learn more by reading the update from Littler Mendelson, ABC’s general counsel . Read the rest of entry »

EPA Issues Final Rule on Stormwater ELG

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) March 6 issued a final rule on the Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Construction and Development Point Source Category. Under the final rule, which goes into effect May 5, EPA dropped the numeric discharge limit for turbidity in stormwater and implemented best practice management to prevent erosion at construction sites Read the rest of entry »

Employers Voice Serious Concerns with OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping Proposal

OSHA held an informal public meeting Jan. 9 and 10 in Washington, D.C., to receive public feedback on proposed rule that would require employers to submit to the agency electronically detailed injury and illness data that would be made publicly available through an online database. Employer groups, including the ABC-led Coalition for Workplace Safety (CWS), took the opportunity to express serious concerns over OSHA's proposal. Read the rest of entry »

2014 STEP Applications Now Available

The 2014 Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) applications are now available and have been mailed to all ABC chapters and contractor members. Read the rest of entry »

OFCCP Offers Webinar Series on Both Veterans and Disability Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a webinar series on the requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors when implementing the new Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act rules. Read the rest of entry »

“What do you mean no more Percentage-of-Completion”: Upcoming Changes to Contractors’ Financial Statements

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. (CT) / 12:00 p.m. (MT) / 11:00 a.m. (PT)
Length: 60 minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Rich Shavell, CPA, CVA, CCIPF, President, Shavell & Company, P.A.
Get an overview of how pending financial statement accounting rules will impact you and your construction
company. Long-standing concepts under the percentage-of-completion reporting will be changed and in some cases eliminated in the very near future. All contractors need to understand how they will be impacted by the new rules.

Longtime ABC Tax Advisory Group member and construction accounting specialist, Rich Shavell will walk contractors through pending changes to contractor financial statements, the potential impact, and provide some tips on how to navigate this important financial transition. Read the rest of entry »

Selecting LEED Savvy Sub-Contractors Can Make LEED More Manageable

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
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Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. (CT) / 12:00 p.m. (MT) / 11:00 a.m. (PT)
Length: 60 minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Hawkins Thomas, LEED AP BD+C, HITT Contracting, Inc
Join Hawkins Thomas, Sustainability Manager for HITT Contracting to learn what LEED credit supporting documentation is, how it incorporates into the submittal review process, and how proper subcontractor selection can help alleviate LEED pressure during construction. Read the rest of entry »

Health Care Reform—Learn About Important 2015 Employer Compliance Deadlines

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. (CT) / 12:00 p.m. (MT) / 11:00 a.m. (PT)
Length: 75 minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Ilyse Schuman of Littler Mendelson P.C.
It’s time for business owners to act: Important Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation and enforcement deadlines are approaching, such as the employer mandate (“pay or play”) and the information reporting requirements.

Join health care expert Ilyse Schuman to learn more about how these complex ACA requirements could impact your company.

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