House Passes Two Regulatory Reform Bills

  The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed The Achieving Less Excessin Regulation and Requiring Transparency (ALERRT) Act (H.R. 2804) and the Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act (H.R. 2641) with bipartisan support.

Maryland Businesses May Face Sick Leave Mandates

  The Maryland General Assembly is considering legislation that would force many business owners to provide all full-time employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked (capped at 56 hours per year).

Reform Bill Would Lower Contractors’ Tax Rates

The Tax Reform Act of 2014, released in draft form by U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), would lower the top tax rate for construction businesses from 35 percent and 39.6 percent to 25 percent regardless of entity-level structure.

The Pursuit of Operational Perfection - Part 1

The retirement of older workers, the job losses predicated by the economic downturn and the perception of construction work as a “last choice” all point to a shortage of qualified craft professionals at a time when demand for massive upgrades to infrastructure, industrial facilities and commercial space is on the horizon. There is no doubt of the need to attract, recruit and train large numbers of new construction workers. In the meantime, another way exists to defer the impact of this pending shortage of workers: dramatically improve the use of the current workforce.

Motion Is Money: Increasing Jobsite Productivity and Efficiency

  Recognizing opportunities to minimize movement is the start to creating a more healthful and efficient operation. Classic movements such as walking, bending, carrying, pushing, pulling and working overhead must be viewed as production and efficiency issues.

BizCon: Strategic Thinking for Construction Leaders

ABC's 2014 BizCon brought 350 construction industry members together to discuss emerging markets, major challenges and trends, and leadership opportunities. The event featured three panel discussions and two keynote addresses—all geared toward helping attendees run more profitable and productive businesses.

Is There a Locker Room Mentality on Your Jobsite?

  Neither professional sports teams nor other employers with traditionally male-dominated workforces are exempt from the rules prohibiting harassment, discrimination and retaliation, and the risks associated with violating those rules. Nevertheless, some employers or managers act as if these rules do not apply to them due to the nature of their business.

New Export Regulation Requirements Take Effect

Businesses that frequently import and export construction equipment across the United States and Canada border will have an extra step to take once the upcoming Foreign Trade Regulation (FTR) export requirements are implemented. Beginning April 5, all exporters will be required to file additional Electronic Export Information (EEI) through the Automated Export System (AES) for all exports of used self-propelled vehicles, including forklifts, bulldozers, excavators and many others.

Construction Businesses Rank Last for Mobile-Friendly Websites

Twenty percent of construction firm websites are mobile-friendly, putting building and construction at the bottom of the 10 industries audited by hibu, which provides digital marketing services to businesses.

One-Quarter of Americans Hold ‘Alternative’ Credentials

  Twenty-five percent of working Americans hold an “alternative” post-secondary credential, which includes professional certifications, licenses and educational certificates, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.


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