From the monthly archives: September 2014

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OSHA Delays Enforcement of Power Generation Rule

OSHA issued an interim policy that delays enforcement of most new requirements of the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution and Electrical Protective Equipment final rule for employers that are complying with the existing general industry standard. The final rule took effect July 10 but won’t be enforced until Oct. 31.

Bill Seeks to Block Regulatory Overreach of U.S. Waters

  Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) introduced new bipartisan legislation, Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078), in response to a proposed rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers that would redefine “waters of the United States” and expand the scope of federal jurisdiction.

What Value Does Your Company Gain From Sponsoring Competitors in ABC’s National Craft Championships (NCC)?

The ABC National Craft Championships fosters a drive for these young competitors to be their best and accomplish more than they thought they could. In doing that, momentum continues to build after the competition for them to reach even greater goals.

Connecting Contractors With a Family in Need

Andy Anuzis, former executive director of ABC of Michigan, received help from Wm. Molnar Roofing Co. and other members of the ABC Southeastern Michigan Chapter to repair the home of a colleague who was recently paralyzed.

Beyond Apprenticeships: Working With Schools to Build a Skilled Workforce

To build a strong workforce pipeline from start to finish, gains must be made by focusing on the earlier stages of career development. By exploring a range of different partnership models, industry leaders have a tremendous opportunity to maximize their impact and begin to address the workforce issues they are facing.

Steel Framing Advances Along With Technology

Advances in engineering technology, design and planning software, automated fabrication and installation mapping are creating advantages for light gauge and cold-rolled framing that push it into the previously undisputed territory of wood, and up into the previously unattainable heights of concrete (up to 12 stories).

Forecasting Peak Demand for Senior Housing

Peak demand for senior housing is about 15 to 20 years away. Senior housing construction should expand over time, but many factors are involved, including the desire of many older Americans to remain in their own residences as they age. While it is assured that everyone will get older, where they will live during their golden years remains uncertain.

Fixing the Highway Trust Fund: Hurry Up and Wait, Then Repeat

The outlook for a long-term extension of the HTF does not provide transportation advocates with any confidence or reason for optimism. If Republicans take back the Senate in November, they may wait until the new Congress is in place to begin crafting a long-term strategy.

Workforce Development Assessment Tool Now Available

NCCER and the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) collaborated to create the Contractors Workforce Development Assessment (CWDA), a new online tool intended to motivate contractors and subcontractors to invest in training their existing workforces and improve their recruiting capabilities.

Changing Marijuana Laws Have Workplace Implications

  Because of the many issues that can affect a drug testing program, it is essential for all employers to clearly state—to both existing employees and job applicants—how they handle medical and legalized recreational marijuana in non-regulated situations. Because the legal landscape surrounding medical marijuana is almost constantly changing, it is essential to review federal and state law, as well as relevant case law, prior to forming a policy.
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