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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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The Conversation Continues: How Construction’s Embodiment of Diversity Leads to Increased Adoption of Innovation

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Kacie Brewer, United Rentals; Alli Scott, Autodesk
Moderator: Matt Abeles and Tia Perry, ABC National


WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
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Join us for the third webinar in our culture, diversity and innovation series. This webinar is focused on how we implement diversity practices, and why increased adoption of technology becomes a net result of those practices. Alli Scott of Autodesk and Kacie Brewer of United Rentals, two of construction‘s leading brands, will discuss industry trends in regards to these efforts, as well as work that still needs to be done. Additionally, learn how the intersection of culture, diversity and innovation can help you mentor your company’s next generation of leaders and how it will lead to better safety performance, operational efficiency and job satisfaction.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Alli Scott, Director, Construction Thought Leadership, Autodesk
Alli is a “technology translator” who supports construction thought leadership and customer marketing as a part of the Autodesk Construction Solutions (ACS) team. As a member of the marketing leadership team for ACS, she directly contributes to market strategy and oversees the development of construction advocacy programs, in-person experiences, innovation trendspotting and industry thought leadership initiatives. Prior to this role, she supported the national innovation group of Skanska USA's construction division, where she helped to investigate and integrate game-changing tech like virtual design and construction technologies, wearables, IoT/sensors, and drones onto the jobsite. There she also built business strategy for new products and services inspired by innovation endeavors.

Kacie Brewer, Manager, Inclusion & Diversity, United Rentals
In her role at Untied Rentals, Kacie manages specialty groups, including: Women United, for women in the workplace; Veteran’s United, which includes military veterans in each country United Rentals holds a location; and Together United, which serves as an inclusion council. She also launches advocacy events, such as Women’s History Month, Diversity Month and Mental Health Awareness Month to engage various segments of employees. Brewer’s corporate diversity and inclusion programming includes employee resource groups, a coaching program, a diversity partnership with other construction companies as well as diversity requirements from suppliers, subcontractors and hiring managers.

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The COVID-19 Vaccine—Legal and Practical Implications

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 Register Now
Time: 1 - 2:15 p.m. ET
Length: 75 minutes
Speakers:    Littler Mendelson P.C. speakers include:
Barry A. Hartstein
Devjani H. Mishra
Jason R. Stanevich
Tahl Tyson
Claire B. Deason
Steven J. Friedman


WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
Hosted by Littler Mendelson P.C.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice meets several times a year at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to review scientific data and vote on vaccine recommendations. On Dec. 1, 2020, the ACIP recommended that health-care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities receive the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine during the initial phase. The Food and Drug Administration must approve the applicable vaccines, and emergency relief authorization is under way. The vaccination program will significantly expand as vaccines become more widely available. The legal landscape involving vaccination programs in the employment setting has evolved over the years, particularly in health care, which may provide a “road map” in addressing many of the issues dealing with the COVID-19 vaccine. There are, however, many unique and evolving issues tied to the vaccine.

Topics covered during this webinar will include:
  • • An update on priorities for distribution of the vaccine and the manner in which such decisions will be made
  • • A review of the legal issues that need to be addressed in any vaccination program developed by employers
  • • Requests to be excused from vaccination programs based on (1) religious beliefs, practices or observances under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act or (2) medical conditions and/or disabilities covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • • Benefits-related issues, including encouraging vaccinations as part of an employer’s wellness program
  • • Wage and hour issues, such as vaccine costs, compensable time and the treatment of monetary incentives
  • • Employee safety, workers’ compensation and privacy-related issues
  • • Implementation of vaccination programs in a unionized setting, as well as the potential impact of the anti-vaccination movement and any “concerted protected activity”
  • • A review of employee vaccination programs for global employers

 

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2021 Federal Legislative and Regulatory Forecast

Date: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 75 minutes
Speakers:    Maury Baskin, Littler Mendelson P.C.; Peter Comstock and Ben Brubeck, ABC National
Moderator:    Karen Livingston, ABC National


WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
ABC Members Only

With Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote in the Senate, Democrats now have a slim majority control of both chambers of the 117th Congress, giving President Joe Biden an opportunity to pursue critical legislative priorities for at least the first two years of his term.
What does a new administration and Congress mean for merit shop contractors? The speakers will offer valuable insights on what legislative initiatives contractors should expect in the 117th Congress as well as executive orders and regulatory actions under the Biden administration.

Specifically, the speakers will discuss the following:
  • • How a 50-50 Senate and a narrow House majority impacts President Biden’s priorities
  • • The potential for additional COVID relief, infrastructure funding, and legislation affecting taxes and immigration
  • • How Democrats can use the budget reconciliation process to enact key priorities
  • • The future of the PRO Act and other labor legislation in Congress affecting the construction industry
  • • What executive orders can contractors expect under the Biden administration? Will the administration broaden the scope of the PLA EO on federal and federally assisted government contracts?
  • • Should federal contractors expect to be targeted by the Biden administration?
  • • How will the regulatory agenda under the Biden administration impact labor, safety and workforce development policies as well as federal contractors?
  • • Will OSHA issue a COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard?
  • • How can ABC staff help contractors navigate through new legislation initiatives and regulatory actions?

 

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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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Overview of New Hotel Engine and Travelers Haven Programs

Date: Thursday, July 1, 2018 Watch Now
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Eastern)
Length: 30 Minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Drew McGeein

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
This webinar provides an overview of the new Hotel Engine/Travelers Haven discount programs.  In addition to an overview, a demo of the online platform features for each program is reviewed.
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George Mason University: Prevailing Wage Legislation and the Continuing Significance of Race

A study released in June 2018 by the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School found that prevailing wage laws discriminate against minority construction workers who have been traditionally underrepresented in labor unions. By examining the Davis-Bacon Act and the original intent of the law to exclude African-American construction workers from working on federal projects, to looking at the continuing effects of prevailing wage laws and the lack of minority participation in labor unions, the authors conclude  that prevailing wage legislation has been a disaster for minority construction workers.

 

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Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence Finds Flawed and Outdated Prevailing Wage Calculation Process

A study released by the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence found that the
prevailing wage determination process utilized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry leads to inaccurate wage rates on construction projects. A disproportionate 75 percent of prevailing wages reflected union rates in the period analyzed in the study, even though just 32 percent of private construction workers in Minnesota belong to a union. The authors also discovered that 72 percent of all prevailing wage rates were set using old rates, imported rates or a combination of both.  

 

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