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 »

How to Use Social Media as a Small Business

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 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: 90 minutes
Fee: Free
Speakers: Kinsey Cooper, Director of Digital Media & Strategic Communications, ABC National
Donna Puglisi, Public Relations Manager, ABC National
This webinar will help you determine if social media will be an effective tactic in marketing your company and maintaining a presence in your online community by taking a closer look at the purpose of social media for small businesses, the benefits of using the networking sites, and the resources you will need to be effective. Read the rest of entry »

E-Verify Overview and Use

Date: Thursday, November 13, 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
Speakers: Jennifer Nelson, Management and Program Analyst, Verification Division of U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Join subject matter experts from the Department of Homeland Security to learn why more than 1.7 million hiring sites have already enrolled to use the E-Verify program. We will go through the enrollment process, running and closing a case, and answer any questions you have about using the program. Read the rest of entry »

Snow and Ice Maintenance Contractor Risks: Don’t be Left Out in the Cold

Date: Wednesday,November 5, 2014 Watch Now
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
Speakers: Randy Mansell, Risk Control Consultant, CNA
Today’s legal climate does not allow commercial snow and ice maintenance contractors to simply push snow.  A contractor must have all controls in place to limit slip and fall liability and property damage suits.  This program will address pre-planning of customer service needs, customer property pre-season inspections, site planning considerations, quality of work, re-freeze control and more.  Read the rest of entry »

Facilitating a Smooth LEED Commissioning (Cx) Process

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Watch Now
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
Speakers: Hawkins Thomas, LEED AP BD+C, and J. Phillip Parrish, CPMP, LEED AP
Whether you’ve never heard of commissioning (Cx) or you are a Cx agent yourself, this webinar will provide you with rare insight on how to properly execute and integrate this highly technical trade. Join Hawkins Thomas (sustainability manager at HITT Contracting) and Phillip Parrish (Cx manager at Sustainable Building Partners) to learn how to successfully implement the LEED Cx process. Read the rest of entry »

Navigating the Form I-9, Employment Verification

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014 Watch Now
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
Speakers: Jennifer Nelson, Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Verification Division
Federal law requires that every employer and agricultural recruiter/referrer-for-a-fee hiring, or recruiting/referring for a fee, an individual for employment in the United States complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Form I-9 will help you verify your employee’s identity and employment authorization. Join us to learn more about proper completion and how to avoid violations on the Form I-9. Read the rest of entry »
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