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Executive Insights

Four experts offer advice on what contractors need to know about construction disputes.

What are your best time management tips?

"My best time management skill is keeping up with email daily. If I am able to get through all emails from the day and respond with an answer or delegate to someone else, I find that I avoid issues becoming an emergency. I attempt to minimize the amount of items that I add to my to-do list and provide a quick response to avoid leaving too many items unanswered."

OSHA Delays Compliance Dates for Silica and Beryllium Exposure Regulations

In response to industry pressure, OSHA has delayed the compliance date for its new respirable crystalline silica exposure standard by 90 days until Sept. 23. The final rule lowers the permissible exposure limit (PEL) from the current standard of 250 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour day. It was originally planned to take effect on June 23, with limited exceptions. 

Arkansas Repeals State Prevailing Wage Law

  On April 7, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed a bill repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. The Arkansas House of Representatives approved the legislation (SB 601/Act 1068) by a vote of 70-24 after it passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 28-5. 

The Power of the Congressional Review Act

  For more than a decade, it was common for elected officials on Capitol Hill to say, “the Congressional Review Act (CRA) has only ever been successful once.” However, under the Trump administration, the rarely used CRA has successfully overturned eight overreaching Obama-era regulations. Passed in 1996, the CRA allows new regulations to be overturned by Congress through a joint resolution of disapproval.

State-Level GOP Dominance Yields Advancements in Pro-Merit Shop Policies

  Throughout the remarkable 2016 election cycle, the political media generated impressive ratings by bombarding voters with sensational and hyper-focused coverage of the contentious and divisive race for the White House and a handful of competitive U.S. Senate races. After the dust settled and voters elected a GOP-controlled Congress and White House, it became clear the media failed to give enough attention to one of the most important storylines in American politics: the GOP’s domination of Democrats in state government. 

State government policy is likely to impact America’s voters, businesses and the economy as much—or more than—anything coming out of Washington in 2017.  

The GOP now controls the most legislative seats since the founding of the party—helping to advance free enterprise-focused policies supported by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the merit shop contracting community. 

How do you tap into employees’ most valuable talents and talk to them about career advancement?

"One of our company’s greatest strengths is that it is employee owned. Our more than 85 shareholders come from every level, which means we have people on every job who have a personal stake in its success.

We also empower our employees, many of whom have been with us for more than 25 years, at the project level by implementing a flat organizational chart and giving them more control in the decision-making process. This approach has saved our clients millions of dollars."

Fischer Proposes New Federal Highway Plan

  Sen. Deb Fischer's (R-Neb.) new highway funding plan would dedicate more than $107 billion over a five-year period from Customs and Border Patrol fees and revenue collected on freight cargo and passengers to the Highway Trust Fund—helping to secure its solvency while providing greater flexibility for states to speed up their construction programs.

'Volks' Rule Overturned

President Trump signed a resolution into law eliminating the Obama administration’s “Volks” rule. Congress passed the resolution through the Congressional Review Act, preventing future administrations from promulgating a similar rule.

NY-NJ Port Authority Approves $32B Infrastructure Spending Plan

  The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a $32.2 billion capital plan that will fund infrastructure projects in both states for the next 10 years. Authority officials predict the approved program will result in a $56 billion economic boon for the area and create $20 billion in wages. 
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