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 »

Understanding LEAN/Motion is Money

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET) / 12:00 p.m. (CT) / 11:00 a.m. (MT) / 10:00 a.m. (PT)
Length: 60 minutes
Fee: Free
Speakers: Brian Roberts, Risk Control Consulting Director at CNA

The cost of doing business, coupled with a maturing workforce, requires employers to look at injury costs and productivity. The Motion is Money® series integrates principles of ergonomics with concepts of lean construction. The focus is on reducing workplace exposures while increasing productivity, enhancing worker efficiency and improving bottom-line profitability. Motion is Money is CNA’s proven business tool for the construction industry.

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Managing Growth - Why Some Contractors Succeed and Others Fail

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 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: 90 minutes
Fee: Free
Speakers: Edin Zukanovic, Construction Bonds, Inc., a Division of Murray Securus
Sam Carradine, The Surety and Fidelity Association of America

Most contractors that fail do so after they have had some degree of success. This webinar will identify the most common reasons why contractors, especially small contractors, fail. The webinar also will provide suggestions on how to avoid these situations and the various management approaches and techniques that help ensure contractor success. The instructor will present real-world examples of contractors that have succeeded by avoiding common pitfalls.

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New Challenges for Federal Contractors

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
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
Speakers: Maury Baskin, Littler Mendelson P.C., ABC National General Counsel

Federal contractors are under an unprecedented assault from the Obama Administration. In recent months, President Obama has issued a series of rule changes and executive orders that target federal contractors, particularly in the construction industry. Join ABC General Counsel Maury Baskin as he discusses how federal contractors should prepare for the changes to come. 
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The LEED Design Phase is Complete, Now What? Kicking Off a Successful LEED Construction Process

Date: Tuesday, July 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 M. Thomas, LEED AP BD+C, HITT Contracting, Inc.

Do you know what it takes to successfully kick off the LEED construction process? Join Hawkins Thomas, manager of sustainable construction at HITT Contracting, to learn how to initiate and facilitate a LEED meeting that fosters desired results and encourages the implementation of critical protocol.   
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Federal Small Business Subcontracting Plan Compliance Training

Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014 Watch Now
Time: 11:00 a.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. (CT) / 9:00 a.m. (MT) / 8:00 a.m. (PT)
Length: 60 minutes
Fee: Free
Speakers: Reggie Jones, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
Nicholas Solosky, Associate, Fox Rothschild LLP

Failure to make good-faith efforts to satisfy the government small business subcontracting goals can expose a contractor to civil False Claims Act liability and liquidated damages. This session focuses on FAR Subpart 19.7 (The Small Business Subcontracting Program). It will cover how to meet your goals, the potential penalties for non-compliance, reporting requirements, and a primer on other notable FAR small business regulations. Read the rest of entry »
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