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Members can also sign up for FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits Coach 10-episode webcast series designed to help navigate real problems in challenging times. The series will be delivered daily for 10 days to help you:

  • • Focus on what you can influence when there is a lot out of your control.
  • • Get the skills to prioritize in the midst of overwhelming outside sources.
  • • Apply timeless principles to preserve relationships with family, friends and colleagues in times of stress.
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Coronavirus Relief for Construction Business

As the federal government continues to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 health and economic crisis, ABC has advocated for and supported critical policies enacted by the U.S. Congress. ABC also urges Congress to consider necessary modifications to current programs and additional relief to ensure our nation’s construction industry remains strong and ready to lead the economic comeback once the crisis is over.

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DOL Inspector General Releases Report on Davis-Bacon Wage Audit

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General released an audit examining the DOL’s Wage and House Divisions survey process for collecting and determining the prevailing wage rate in four types of construction projects. According to the report, the OIG found that, as of September 2018, 3% of WHD’s 134,738 unique published rates, roughly 4,400, had not been updated in 21 to 40 years. Additionally, of seven sampled surveys that analyzed 124 wage rates, the OIG found 48% of the rates were not determined from data about a single construction worker within the 31 counties that the published rates represented. Finally, the report found union wages prevailed for 48% of the wage determinations, despite the fact that just 12.8% of the U.S. private construction workforce is unionized.

 

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The Heritage Foundation: Labor Department Can Create Jobs by Calculating Davis–Bacon Rates More Accurately

According to a report issued by the Heritage Foundation, the United States Department of Labor   uses unscientific and flawed methods to estimate the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage rates. The report found, amongst other findings, that current surveys do not use statistically representative samples have tiny sample sizes and combine data from economically unrelated counties or set local wages using statewide data. Furthermore, nearly half of the surveys are over a decade old and don’t account for economic changes over the last ten year. The report concludes by suggesting the DOL should switch to Bureau of Labor Statistics data to get a more accurate reading of wage data.

 

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Election 2020 and the Merit Shop: ABC’s Legal and Policy Forecast Conference

LPFC

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2020 Register Now
Time: 12:45 p.m. ET
Length: 4 hours 45 minutes
Learn more at: legislative.abc.org/legal-policy-forecast

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
ABC Members and Staff Only

This is a must-attend virtual conference for ABC members, including merit shop labor attorneys and construction contractors, and ABC chapter presidents, government affairs directors and attorneys.

Join ABC leaders and industry legal and policy experts for a virtual conference as they share insights and analysis on the 2020 election results and their impact on legislative, regulatory and legal issues important to the merit shop contracting community. Hear how the elections will shape the future of labor and employment, workforce development, workplace safety and other issues affecting the construction industry. Learn how you can prepare your business for forthcoming challenges and opportunities.

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The Clients You Want: How High-performing Contractors Improve Safety and Lower Risk

A special session for insurance agents and brokers

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Mike Bellaman and Greg Sizemore, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
Open to All

For insurance agents and brokers, having clients who make safety a priority is more important than ever as we navigate the increasing risks of today’s construction industry. Take a deep dive into the science behind ABC’s 2020 Safety Performance Report, which documents the dramatic impact of implementing proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 88%, making the best-performing companies 827% safer than the industry average. Agents and brokers will gain insights on the advantages of having clients who utilize the STEP Safety Management System to create a culture of safer, more productive jobsites with fewer incidents, regardless of the size of the company.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Mike Bellaman
Michael Bellaman has served as president and chief executive officer of Associated Builders and Contractors since 2011. In his role, Bellaman leverages the merit shop philosophy to help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. Bellaman is dedicated to helping ABC members and the construction industry achieve world-class in safety. He is a co-founder of the Construction Coalition for a Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace and has championed a roadmap for companies whose leaders want to transform their safety programs from the ground up through ABC’s industry-revolutionizing STEP Safety Management System.

Greg Sizemore
In his role at ABC, Greg Sizemore is a key liaison between the construction industry and the public sector on safety and workforce development initiatives. He oversees a network of 800 education programs and leads ABC’s health, safety, environment and workforce development initiatives. Sizemore is also responsible for ABC’s STEP Safety Management System, a benchmarking improvement tool that dramatically increases safety performance among participants.

 

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Improve Productivity and Reduce Downtime With a Digital Asset Management System

Construction Executive

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Tammy Bauer, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation; Marko Milosevic, Bluehound
Moderator:    Maggie Murphy, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

Construction workers spend approximately 30% of their time waiting instead of working due to unavailable equipment, delayed deliveries and workflow variations, which delay precursor steps. To mitigate these challenges, construction firms typically conduct daily job box inventory checks and manually record tool information with handwritten notes, whiteboards and spreadsheets. Besides the errors and inefficiencies that come with manual processes, information gathered through these means is not easily accessible to leaders who need reliable data to make procurement and planning decisions and recognize opportunities to improve productivity and profitability.

In this presentation, project managers, superintendents and construction executives will learn how digital asset management systems create opportunities to reduce waste and improve productivity. By capturing tool information without requiring manual intervention, these systems gather validated data that construction firms can use to optimize processes and planning. Fewer delays and greater accountability around assets results in an improved work experience for inventory managers and crew members while accessible, actionable data connects the office and the jobsite, preventing information silos. We will also discuss how digital asset management systems can support productivity methodologies (e.g., lean).

In this webinar, we’ll cover how:

  • • Documenting tool location history, operational status and asset deliveries across jobsites creates opportunities to reduce costly downtime and inefficiencies if actionable information is readily accessible through a digital platform.
  • • Gathering data at the tool level without manual intervention enables leaders to make decisions based firmly in the reality of the jobsite.
  • • A digital asset management system can support methodologies for optimizing productivity and creating value (e.g., 5S, lean).
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The Biden Tax Plan: What Contractors Need to Know

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Liam Donovan, Bracewell LLP; Rich Shavell, Shavell & Company, P.A.
Moderator:    Peter Comstock, ABC director of legislative affairs

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

ABC, in collaboration with the Construction Financial Management Association, will be providing an overview of tax proposals expected from the incoming Biden Administration and the impact they could have on the nation’s construction businesses and contractors. The Biden plan intends to increase income and payroll taxes on high-income individuals (over $400,000) and raise income taxes on corporations (including a new minimum tax). This webinar qualifies for continuing professional education credits for participants.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Rich Shavell is a leader in the South Florida construction financial community and a four-time winner of South Florida Business Journal Awards for Accountants in the Construction, Tax and Real Estate Categories. As president of Shavell & Company, P.A., Shavell helps contractors of all sizes with: financial statements; tax compliance and planning; business consulting and other specialized financial services focused on helping contractors and clients “make more money and keep more of it.” Previously, Shavell has served a chair of the Legislative Committee of ABC’s Florida East Coast Chapter, chair of ABC’s National Tax Advisory Group and chair of CFMA’s National Tax & Legislative Affairs Committee.

Liam Donovan develops effective advocacy and communications strategies for clients on tax, infrastructure, energy and other public policy issues, helping to guide these clients through the federal legislative and regulatory process. Donovan joined Bracewell from Associated Builders and Contractors, where he served as ABC’s lead on tax, energy and fiscal legislative issues for more than six years, representing the construction industry before the House, Senate, White House and federal agencies, while providing strategic guidance on the association’s political activities. He also frequently served as a spokesperson for the association, appearing on numerous television and radio programs for policy and political analysis.

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Construction Executive’s 2021 Economic Forecast

Construction Executive

Date: December 16, 2020 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Anirban Basu, ABC Chief Economist
Moderator:    Maggie Murphy, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

Back to the Future: Industry Hopes for a Return to Normalcy

This presentation, themed as a tribute to 1980s movies, will focus upon the state of the economy nine months into the COVID-19-induced economic crisis. Special attention will be given to real estate and construction dynamics, labor market performance, state and local government finances, financial market performance, and other aspects of economic life. The presentation will conclude with an outlook for the year to come.

CE invites you to join Anirban Basu, chief economist for both ABC and CFMA, and known for his insightful and entertaining economic forecasts, as he speaks to our current economic circumstances, the changes since our Mid-Year Forecast in June and his expectations for the industry as it enters 2021.

Sign up for this 60 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes for live Q&A. You may submit questions in advance while registering for this webinar.

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Frank Luntz Messaging on Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements

Date: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Dr. Frank I. Luntz, communications professional; Ben Brubeck, ABC National government affairs;
Moderator: Mike Bellaman, ABC National


WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
ABC Members Only

Join renowned communications professional, author, political pollster and pundit Dr. Frank Luntz as he premieres research and messaging related to ABC’s fight for fair and open competition against government-mandated project labor agreements. A must-attend webinar for advocates of fair and open competition, participants will receive an overview of messaging and strategies ABC members, volunteer leaders and chapter staff can utilize to become effective advocates for the merit shop contracting community in our continued fight for fair and open competition on federal, state and local government procured public works contracting opportunities.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Dr. Frank I. Luntz  is one of the most honored communication professionals in America today, named “the Nostradamus of pollsters” by Sir David Frost, one of Time magazine’s 50 most promising American leaders aged 40 and No. 24 on Newsweek’s Power Elite survey. Luntz has worked for more than 50 Fortune 500 companies and CEOs and has been the “focus group czar” for Fox News since 2007. He has been a guest on virtually every talk show in America, including multiple appearances on The Daily Show and Real Time with Bill Maher as well as Meet the Press, Nightline, The Today Show, HBO, The PBS News Hour and Face the Nation. Frank is the author of three New York Times best sellers, including Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear.

Ben Brubeck is ABC vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs. In this role, he works with his team work to shape policy on local, state and federal issues important to the construction industry, as well as represents ABC before lawmakers, the media, construction industry executives and stakeholders. His expertise across a portfolio of issues includes: labor and employment, workforce development, infrastructure, federal contractor regulations, small businesses and public works procurement. A contributor to TheTruthAboutPLAs.com, ABC’s educational blog on PLAs, Brubeck and the government affairs team at ABC National work closely with ABC chapters and industry stakeholders to help ABC members win more work

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