Insurers Have Growing Role In Helping Contractors Manage Loss Control

Joshua Etemadi Bonds, Construction 0 Comments

The high-risk intersection of skill level and safe operations is traditionally a “proceed-with-caution” zone in the construction industry. It presents the greatest peril when owners and contractors are pressed to hire earnest but unskilled workers to bridge the gap between the current workforce and the staffing levels they need to meet demand. Read the full article >>>

Meeting With Surety Agent Among Ways Contractors Can Effectively Manage Growth

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The U.S. commercial (non-residential) construction market outlook for the remainder of 2017 and through 2018 is expected to grow in the 4% range, according to the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast panel. This is slightly below its previous forecasts of 5-7% entering 2017. There are factors that could add tailwind to growth estimates, which include tax reform, financial deregulation, and a trillion-dollar infrastructure program over the coming decade. Tell me more >>>    

How To Stay Out Of The News: Preventing Sexual Harassment Claims In Your Organization

Debra Franklin Human Resources, News 0 Comments

For the last several weeks, I’ve started my conversations with employers like this: “Two words – Harvey Weinstein”. But now, I have just one word: “Wow!” Virtually every day, there are more stories in the news involving high-profile business executives, politicians, celebrities – you name it – accused of scandalous sexual harassment directed at subordinate employees. This has been great for ratings and circulation, as well as “water cooler buzz”, but it also has a devastating effect on workplace morale to the point where it interferes with employees’ ability to work effectively with others to further the business objectives of the organization. And it goes without saying that this activity can subject businesses to substantial legal and financial liability. If …

House Passes The Save Local Business Act – Could The Demise Of Browning-Ferris Be Imminent?

Debra Franklin Human Resources 0 Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill by a vote of 242-181 on Nov. 7 that would require a business to exercise direct control of another entity to be considered a joint employer. If also passed by the Senate and signed into law by the president, the Save Local Business Act would legislatively overturn the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s) 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries decision, which ruled that entities may be joint employers even if one exercises only indirect or potential control over the other. Notably, the bill passed with votes from both parties. Why Does This Matter to Your Business? Ask yourself this question, “Does my company ever use temporary labor? Do we contract our services for cafeteria? Security? …

Man Up for 2018: New Overtime Regulations May Construct Confusion

Debra Franklin Construction, Human Resources 0 Comments

I have spilled a good deal of ink over the last two years discussing the impact of the Obama Administration’s efforts to increase the minimum salary for certain employees to be considered exempt from minimum wage and overtime requirements. See “DOL Confirms New Overtime Rule is Coming…Again!” (October 31, 2017); “The Overtime Rule is Dead – Now What?” September 5, 2016); “What’s Next for Employers Under the FLSA Overtime Rule” (March 16, 2017); and “Preliminary Injunction on Overtime Exemption Rules” (November 23, 2016). Under current DOL regulations employees whose primary duties meet the standards for an exempt executive, administrative or professional employee will be exempt from minimum wage and overtime so long as they are paid on a “salary basis” …

SBA Names CBI In Top 10 Bond Agencies for FY2017

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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced its most active surety companies and agencies for fiscal year (FY) 2017, which contributed to increases in the Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) Program’s activity. Construction Bonds, Inc. (CBI) was named one of the top 10 performing bond agencies for 2017. The standing was determined by the number of bonds written through the SBG Program. The mission of the SBA’s Office of Surety Guarantees is to provide and manage surety bond guarantees for qualified small and emerging businesses. Congratulations CBI! Read the full release here. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced its most active surety companies and agencies for fiscal year (FY) 2017, which contributed to increases in the Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) Program’s activity. …

October 2017: The Top 10 Labor and Employment Law Stories

Debra Franklin Human Resources, News 0 Comments

One – Blockbuster SCOTUS Term Kicks Off If you are the kind of person who gets excited by hot-button legal topics and monumental court decisions, this is the Supreme Court term for you. The SCOTUS kicked off their 2017-2018 term on October 2 by hearing arguments in a critical workplace law case, and the hits will keep coming for the remainder of the term. After a rather boring session in 2016-2017, the Court has teed up a variety of juicy labor and employment cases that, once decided, promise to reshape the way you interact with your employees in the future. Stay tuned for more on subjects including mandatory class action waivers, agency shop fee arrangements, same-sex wedding cakes and religious freedom, auto …

Scott Mugno to Head OSHA

Matt Olphin News, Risk Management 0 Comments

President Donald Trump on Oct. 27 nominated Scott Mugno, vice president of safety, sustainability and vehicle maintenance at FedEx Ground, to lead OSHA as the assistant secretary of labor. If confirmed, Mugno would take over from Loren Sweatt, who has served as acting assistant secretary of labor since July 24. Sweatt is the agency’s deputy assistant secretary of labor and President Trump’s first OSHA appointee. Get more information >>>

Work With Urgency, Without Losing Quality

Denise Gillin Construction, News 0 Comments

As a small business owner or independent contractor, learning to manage your time effectively without compromising the quality of your services can be a difficult skill to master. However, it’s a function that must be prioritized to maintain efficiency in your business. As you know, inaccurately estimating the amount of time and resources a task requires, can throw off the rest of the day’s priorities. This can result in poor work and cost the business money, clients and invaluable time. Tell me more >>>