Posts Tagged 'August 2015'

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U.K. Construction Outlook Brightens Through 2019

The United Kingdom construction industry is expected to perform relatively well in the coming five years, expanding at an average annual rate of 4.2 percent in real terms

Nevada Bans PLA Mandates

Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed legislation making Nevada the 23rd state to restrict the ability of state and local government entities to implement project labor agreement (PLA) mandates on taxpayer-funded construction projects. 

Five Realities to Combat Building Automation Buzzwords

It’s time for straight talk. People need to understand what building automation systems can really do for business operations and bottom lines. Just as importantly, they need to know what it takes to achieve these benefits. 

Liquidated Damages: The Hidden Cost of the ACA

The complexity of the ACA’s various provisions exemplify the difficulty construction companies are encountering in applying these provisions. 

Fresh Perspectives

Young professionals are proving their value as construction firms battle a talent shortage and seek innovative ways to stay ahead of the competition. Three up-and-comers from the ABC National Young Professionals program discuss how the under-40 crowd can navigate new leadership roles and bring fresh perspectives to the construction industry. 

‘Go Build Tennessee’ Act Signed Into Law

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) enacted House Bill 24 to create the Go Build Tennessee program, which will use excess revenue collected by the Board of Licensing Contractors (from fines, applications and renewals) to increase recruitment of high school and college students into the construction industry.

FAR Issues Proposed ‘Blacklisting’ Rule

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council released a proposed rule and the U.S. Department of Labor issued proposed guidance as directed by President Obama’s July 2014 “blacklisting” Executive Order 13673, which instructs federal agencies to determine whether a prime contractor is “responsible” enough to receive a federal contract exceeding $500,000 based on a review of each company’s compliance history with 14 federal workplace, labor and safety laws on prior federal, local and private jobs within the past three years. 

Keep Employees Accountable for Travel Costs

A contractor can choose to either reimburse its employees for actual travel and entertainment expenses or pay the employee an expense allowance. The taxable treatment for both the employer and the employee depends on what type of reimbursement plan the contractor has in place. 

Starting From the Ground Up

It’s a familiar story in the construction industry. A young craft professional masters his trade, but he envisions more for his family and his future. He opens a small business and, with time, dedication and a few wise business partners, he builds the foundation for a multi-million-dollar company. He leads by example to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, and so the tradition continues. 

Wrap It Up: How OCIPs and CCIPs Can Redefine a Commitment to Safety

While “control” probably is not a word most project owners associate with insurance costs and a safety culture, a wrap-up can change the conversation because it allows owners to streamline the administrative process and gain better control of insurance costs today and in the long term. 

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Service Above Self
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