Joanna Masterson's Articles

What Are Your Top Requirements for Selecting a Contractor?

Executives from Avalon Bay Communities, Hospital Corporation of America and DuPont Corporation explain what they look for when considering contractors for a construction project--from safety and financial performance to diverse talent and built-in value for the owner.

An Industrial-Sized Family

ABC's Contractor of the Year, Iowa-based Interstates Companies, stays grounded in its core values while building relationships for the future.

From Classroom to Career

Last fall, the ABC Central Ohio Chapter opened its own charter school as a way to erase deficiencies in high school training
and put local students on an early path to apprenticeship and employment. In just one year, the chapter put regulatory compliance in place, added classrooms at its existing training facility and recruited an inaugural class of 30 students.

Executive Insights: Insurance & Surety Bonding

Insurance and surety experts discuss how contractors can leverage surety bonding when competing for private projects; how
they can ensure they are not purchasing a fraudulent bond; what major factors they should evaluate when selecting a surety; and what documentation they should bring to an initial meeting for establishing a bond limit.

Why Workers Should Follow the ‘Three Points of Contact’ Rule

When it comes to equipment-related falls, small things can make a big different. To safely mount, dismount, enter or exit equipment, three of four points of contact must be maintained with the vehicle at all times: two hands and one foot, or both feet and one hand.

$668 Million Designated for Coastal Projects In Louisiana

The plan serves as a financial update to the Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast adopted by the state legislature in 2012. Funding will come in part from money the state receives from legal settlements related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in 2010.

2014 Appropriations Bill Cuts DOL and NLRB Funding

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) $12 billion in appropriations include $552,247,000 for OSHA (2.4 percent less than 2013); $224,330,000 for the Wage and Hour Division (1.39 percent less); $104,976,000 for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (0.39 percent less); and $39,129,000 for the Office of Labor-Management Standards (5.41 percent less).

NLRB Reissues Proposed Ambush Election Rule

The National Labor Relations Board reissued a proposed rule that would reduce the amount of time between when a union files a representation petition and an election takes place from the current average of 38 days to 10 days. The reissued proposal is similar to the original version, which was published as a final rule in December 2011.

Construction Employment to Outpace Other Industries

Employment in the construction sector will grow at an annual rate of 2.6 percent for a total of 1.6 million new jobs by 2022—tied with health care for the fastest growing sector, according to 10-year employment and labor projections by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Are the Risks and Rewards of Being Certified as a Small Business?

An attorney, consultant and contractor weigh in on the challenges and benefits of small business certification.

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A Small Team With a Big Heart for Service
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