Expect Higher Maximum OSHA Fines This Year

Under a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act, fines for workplace safety violations are set to surge by as much as 82 percent starting Aug. 1. The one-time catch-up increase is intended to bring OSHA fines, as well as fines by the worker safety agencies in State Plan states, in line with inflation for the first time in 25 years. 

Scorecard Identifies How State Policies Impact Business Growth

Arizona, Louisiana and Virginia earned high-performing grades in Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) new “Merit Shop Scorecard” for creating an environment where merit shop contractors are well positioned to succeed. Conversely, New Mexico, Alaska and New York received poor overall rankings by earning a D or F grade.

Pennsylvania Closes Labor Dispute Crime Loophole

  Upon signing Act 59 of 2015 into law, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) officially eliminated loopholes in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code that allowed stalking, harassment and threats of weapons of mass destruction during labor disputes. 

China Eclipses U.S. in Value of Built Assets

The U.S.-built asset stock was largely unchanged during the past two years, while China has invested $33 trillion in its built assets since 2000—a total exceeding all other economies combined.

Green Seal Expands Standard for Architectural Coatings

The new Green Seal standard offers greater flexibility for the assessment of VOCs. It also addresses stains and finishes for wood and metal; ensures that certified paints, coatings, stains and sealers deliver satisfactory performance; and restricts a comprehensive list of harmful chemicals. 

EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on Wellness Programs

  The EEOC is considering public comments to a proposed rule under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act that would authorize employers with wellness programs as part of their group health plans to offer limited financial or other incentives in exchange for an employee’s spouse providing information about his or her health status information. 

Technology Helps Address Working Capital Challenges

The combination of payment delays and uncertain timing creates cash flow and working capital challenges that can limit subcontractors’ growth and create financial strain. Technology has a role to play in solving this problem by helping fundamentally alter the flow of funds in construction payments to address subcontractors’ working capital woes.

What Are Some of the Lessons You’ve Learned From Expanding Your Business Into a New Geographical Area?

Three key lessons we have learned are the value of relationships, the importance of understanding the local market and that our objective for being in the new market must be clear.

Tips for Choosing a Project Management App

As more mobile devices enter the jobsite, forward-thinking project managers are finding that they no longer have to waste valuable time running back and forth from the site to the office to the trailer to repeatedly update, print, and distribute plans and documents that are vital to a project’s success. Managing the project, and all of the paperwork that comes along with it, can be done on a mobile device with the right application.

Planning for a Successful Business Partnership

A successful partnership needs more than a great underlying business idea. It needs to be ushered into the world by partners with chemistry, and it should be built from the ground up to anticipate and withstand the issues it will inevitably face.  
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