Going Mobile: Why Construction Needs to be on the Cutting Edge

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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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: Mikael Reckley, Field Marketing Manager, Procore 
Category: Training and Education  
PRESENTED BY ABC's NATIONAL EVENT SPONSOR - PROCORE 

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
Will your company be able to stay in the game for the long haul? As any tech savvy company will tell you, if you are not an early adopter, you are already behind. Whether it is winning more bids, attracting or retaining new talent, or leveraging tech to enhance business processes, staying ahead of the competition now requires extreme mobility - in your processes and your apps.
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California Institute for County Government at California State University, Sacramento: An Analysis of Market and Prevailing Wage Rates for the Construction Trades in California

An August 2003 study from the California Institute for County Government at California State University, Sacramento shows that federal commercial prevailing wage rates and state prevailing wage rates in California are on average 36 percent to 55 percent higher than market wages.

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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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