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.

U.S. Construction Volume Set to Expand

  Forty-one states and the District of Columbia received a Reed Construction Data Expansion Index greater than 1 in December—indicating overall construction volume will expand in the next 12 months to 18 months.

Bill Seeks to Extend Vets’ Educational Credits

  Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) introduced the Veterans Entry to Apprenticeship Act (H.B 3384), which would allow veterans to use their educational benefits for enrollment in pre-apprenticeship programs.

$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.

Instructional Strategies for Information Retention

  There are many instructional strategies, lesson plan designs and scheduling ideas from which to choose. Aside from all the theories on academic outcomes, the secret to success can be fairly simple: Help students remember what they were taught.

Easing Change in the Health Care Industry With Third-Party Project Management

  With the changes enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), budgets are tighter than ever and health care facilities must handle new technological demands and an expanding patient population. In this new paradigm, it’s not just a low bid that wins business for health care contractors. It’s the promise that their services will save money while adding value.

 

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