University of California, Berkeley: The Effects of Prevailing Wage Requirements on the Cost of Low-Income Housing

A working paper released in September 2003 by the Program on Housing and Urban Policy at the University of California, Berkeley presents new evidence on the increased costs of prevailing wage laws on construction. The paper estimates that new prevailing wage requirements signed into law by eventually-recalled Governor Gray Davis in 2001 increased costs on state-subsidized low-income housing in California between 9 percent and 32 percent under the most credible statistical models.

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Ohio Legislative Bureau: The Effects of the Exemption of School Construction Projects From Ohio's Prevailing Wage Laws

The Legislative Bureau of the Ohio Legislature determined that rescinding prevailing wage requirements for school construction saved $487.9 million in aggregate school construction during the post-examination period, an overall savings of 10.7 percent. This study provides background information and evaluates the amount of money saved by school districts and education service centers due to the exemption, the impact of the exemption on the quality of school building construction, the impact of the exemption on the ways of construction of public school buildings, and summarizes the findings and discusses the limitations.

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Kentucky Legislative Research Commission: An Analysis of Kentucky’s Prevailing Wage Laws and Procedures

In May of 2001 the Program Review and Investigations Committee authorized a study of Kentucky's prevailing wage law. The committee staff suggested changes to the prevailing wage laws so they would more accurately reflect local wages.

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OSHA Issues Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs

On Dec. 1, OSHA issued Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction a document meant to help small and medium contractors who may not have safety and health specialists on staff to create proactive programs to keep their workplace safe. The recommendations do not change any existing obligations from OSHA standards or create new legal obligations, rather is meant only as advisory.  Read the rest of entry »

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Walking/Working Surfaces

On Nov. 18, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) final rule. This is an update for general industry and does not change the construction standard. This update could impact maintenance activities being completed on a facility. OSHA indicated that under the final rule they have worked to align the general industry standard with the construction standard. 
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New I-9 Form Beginning Jan. 2017

On Nov. 14, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised I-9 Form. Employers can begin to use the newly revised I-9 Form or continue to use the current version, which is dated 3/8/2013. However, beginning Jan. 22, 2017, all employers must use the revised I-9 Form (edition date 11/14/2016 noted at the bottom of the form) for all new hires to verify their employment eligibility, including U.S. citizens and non-citizens. Employers who fail to use the new form on or after Jan. 22 may be subject to penalties. Read the rest of entry »

Anti-Retaliation Provisions of OSHA’s Reporting Rule Take Effect Dec. 1

The anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Electronic Injury Reporting and Anti-Retaliation final rule (also known as Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses) go into effect Thursday, Dec. 1. The rule, which was finalized on May 12, 2016, will make the submission of the injury and illness forms mandatory and exclusively electronic for most employers. For the first time, OSHA plans to make this information publicly available on the Internet through a new searchable database and use the data for enforcement purposes. Also, some forms of post-accident drug testing and accident-free programs will be deemed to be unlawfully retaliatory. 
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DOL’s Controversial Overtime Rule Blocked

On Nov. 22, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) burdensome and costly overtime final rule. The rule would have changed the federal exemptions to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act for administrative, executive and professional employees, the so—called "white collar" worker classifications that have long been exempt from time-and-one-half pay for working more than 40 hours per week. The new rule will not go into effect without further action from the court.
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ABC Praises Injunction Against Department of Labor’s Controversial Overtime Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 23 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) welcomed news that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) burdensome and costly overtime final rule. Prior to the injunction, the rule was scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 1 and would have doubled the current minimum salary threshold for employees that are exempt from overtime pay and automatically increased it every three years. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Applauds Court’s Ruling to Permanently Block DOL’s Persuader Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 16 – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today welcomed news that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas has permanently blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) “persuader rule,” officially named the "Interpretation  of  the  ‘Advice’  Exemption  in  Section  203(c)  of  the  Labor-Management  Reporting  and  Disclosure  Act." In finding the rule unlawful, the District Court has maintained employers’ right to obtain advice from labor relations experts. Read the rest of entry »

Employee Benefits in the Sunlight Following Election Day

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
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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
Speaker: Joel Kopperud, Vice President of Government Affairs, The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
  Joel Wood, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
 
Category:  Compliance, Training and Education, AQC
 
PRESENTED BY ABC's STRATEGIC PARTNER - FRINGE BENEFIT GROUP



WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
Joel Kopperud is Vice President of Government Affairs for The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, which is the premier association for commercial insurance and employee benefits intermediaries. This Webinar, presented by ABC Strategic Partner Fringe Benefit Group, will review the proposals and comments the successful candidate has made and forecast key issues such as revisions to the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare and the tax exclusion for employer sponsored health insurance likely to be presented to Congress. 
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Overtime Rule Goes into Effect Dec. 1st

On May 23, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule changing the federal exemptions to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act for so-called "white collar" workers, which include administrative, executive, professional and computer professional employees, that have long been exempt from being paid time-and-one-half for working more than 40 hours per week. The rule will essentially double the current minimum annual salary level for exemption from $23,660 to $47,476 per year effective Dec. 1, 2016. Read the rest of entry »

Data Security Best Practices

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
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Time: 12:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. (CT) / 12:00 p.m. (MT) / 11:00 a.m. (PT)
Length: 60 minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Nick Graf, Risk Control Director, CNA 
Category: Training and Education  
PRESENTED BY ABC's STRATEGIC PARTNER - CNA 



WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
Reports of security breaches tend to focus on big box stores; however, companies of all sizes and industries are at risk. It is no longer a question of if your business will become a victim of a cyber attack but when
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Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Blacklisting Final Rule

On Oct. 24, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council from implementing the final blacklisting rule, officially titled Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, which was scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 25. Read the rest of entry »

Bridging to the New Confined Space Standard in Construction

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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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
Speaker: Joe Wise, Regional Customer Training Manager, United Rentals
Category: Training and Education, AQC  
PRESENTED BY ABC's STRATEGIC PARTNER - UNITED RENTALS 

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
The New Confined Space Standard for Construction, Subpart AA.  What's new and how does it impact confined space work for construction on your job-site?
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Field Financials - Unleash Your Project Teams

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
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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: Josh Newland, Manager of Enterprise Strategy, Procore Technologies, Inc.
Category: AQC, Training and Education, AQC  
PRESENTED BY ABC's NATIONAL EVENT SPONSOR - PROCORE

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
If your current financial solution includes working off of thirty day old data and frustrating email chains, it' time to think about the next generation of financial management. In one hour, discover how to manage your bottom line from the field, with the most up-to-date information you need to make the best financial decisions.
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OSHA Further Delays Enforcement of Anti-Retaliation Provisions in Electronic Reporting Final Rule

On Oct. 18, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it agreed to further delay enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions of OSHA’s final rule on Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses until Dec. 1st. Under the anti-retaliation provisions of the final rule, some forms of post-accident drug testing and accident-free incentive programs will be deemed unlawfully retaliatory.
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United Academy Overview - Part 2

Date: Friday, October 14 and 21, 2016 Watch Now
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
Speaker: Loretta Foley, Director of United Academy, United Rentals 
Category: Training and Education  
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WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
Come learn how United Academy can help your chapter provide quality training and credential tracking to your members. In this webinar, we will cover the United Academy value proposition, address the expectations for pilot program, and showcase a demo of various training United Academy has to offer.

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Managing Responsibilities and Risks using AIA Subcontract Agreements

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
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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: Josh Ballance, Esq., Senior Manager and Counsel, AIA Contract Documents Content
Category: Training and Education  
PRESENTED BY ABC's BUSINESS PARTNER - AIA 

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
Join us as we explore contractual relationships, key provisions, and responsibilities of both parties when entering in AIA Document A401-2007, AIA Standard Form of Agreement Between Contractor and Subcontractor. Attendees of this course will explore special issues of interest including warranties, guarantees and consequential damage provisions and will become familiar with AIA bid bond, performance bond and payment bond forms and how to use them effectively with subcontractors.
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Associated Builders and Contractors Files Suit Against ‘Blacklisting’ Rule

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and its ABC Southeast Texas Chapter announced that they have filed a lawsuit challenging the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule, commonly referred to as the “blacklisting” rule, which was released Aug. 25, 2016. The legal challenge was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division, by the Texas office of Littler Mendelson, P.C., ABC National’s general counsel. The firm will represent ABC, the ABC Southeast Texas Chapter and the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO) in the lawsuit. Read the rest of entry »

DOL Issues Paid Sick Leave Final Rule for Federal Contractors

On Sept. 30, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division issued a final rule requiring certain federal contractors to offer employees up to seven days (56 hours) of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave for family care.  The paid sick leave required by the final rule is in addition to a contractor’s obligations under the Service Contract Act (SCA) and Davis-Bacon Act (DBA).  Therefore, a contractor may not receive credit toward its prevailing wage or fringe benefit obligation under the SCA and DBA for paid sick leave provided in satisfaction of the requirements of the final rule.  Read the rest of entry »

Learn about the Revised EEO-1 Report and Small Business Resource Center

On Sept. 29, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) finalized its revisions to the Employer Information Report or EEO-1 report, which will impact private employers, including federal contractors and subcontractors, with 100 or more employees.  Beginning in March 2018, such employers will be required to report pay data and hours worked on the new EEO-1 form. The 2017 EEO-1 report will be due on March 31, 2018.   Read the rest of entry »

How to Maximize the Auto Dealership Experience

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 
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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: 45 minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Chris Dyer, Small Business Sales Specialist, FCA US LLC
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WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
Find out how Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) members can get the best available deal on the right work vehicle and in the most efficient way possible as FCA US LLC Small Business Specialist Chris Dyer provides insight into the vehicle-buying process.
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Will Intelligent Specs Change Your Business?

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 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
Speaker: Jason Norris, Strategic Advisor, Procore Technologies, Inc.
Category: Training and Education  
PRESENTED BY ABC's NATIONAL EVENT SPONSOR - PROCORE

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
Dive into the latest new release, Intelligent Specs, with Procore’s Strategic Advisor, Jason Norris. Gain time (and space on your shelves) as we walk you through the latest technology designed to reduce waste and increase collaboration.
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IRS Targets Family-owned Businesses With "Stealth Death Tax Increase"

On Aug. 5 the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations targeting the valuation practices of family-owned businesses. The proposed rules would lead to dramatically higher estate and gift taxes by eliminating the use of discounts currently permitted to reflect lack of control and marketability, respectively. The Wall Street Journal has referred to it as a "stealth death tax increase" that "rewrites long-standing interpretations of law." Read the rest of entry »