Save Local Business Act Would Rein in ‘Joint Employer’ Standard

The Save Local Business Act, sponsored by Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) with the bipartisan support of 29 co-sponsors, would restore the language used to determine when one business should be considered responsible for the labor practices of another, protecting businesses from unnecessary involvement in labor negotiations and disputes involving workplaces in which they do not have direct control.

The P3 Market: America vs. the Rest of the World

Unlike the United States, countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada have developed a number of practices that add certainty to the pursuit of P3s, including dedicated procurement offices, standardized contracting, and the application of P3s across infrastructure asset classes.

Curbing Respirable Crystalline Silica: What to Expect

Monitoring must be done in a way that does not impact workers’ comfort or productivity. With the progress in data capture and reporting technology, solutions are available that enable full remote monitoring.

Trump Administration Lays Foundation for Infrastructure Plan

This is an exciting time for construction industry stakeholders, as America’s infrastructure may see its first major overhaul in decades. President Trump’s agenda requires bold bipartisan action from the federal government to reduce regulatory burdens and provide pathways for private sector engagement and investment. The construction industry has a tremendous opportunity to author transformative policies that break the inadequate status quo. 

Navigating Renewable Energy Project Agreements

Successful negotiation of engineering and construction agreements in the renewable sector depends on the unique characteristics of each proposed project, as well as the thorough assessment and allocation of risks. 

Leverage Valuable Data to Build Better, Faster and Leaner

  The real value of data is making it work. Contractors can amass a mountain of usable information, but valuable insight is lost without a system in place to turn that data into action. The great news is the construction industry now has the tools to mine the data that help contractors build smarter. 

Four Tips to Make Sure Drones Don’t Leave You High and Dry

  A decent amount of red tape comes with the adoption of drones in the workplace, so here is what construction owners and contractors can do to avoid putting their companies and crews at risk.

Building a Team by Building the Community

Many organizations have the ability to show support through monetary donations, but Elzinga & Volkers involves each of its more than 200 employees—not just leadership—in the giving process. 

The Power of Prefabrication to Generate Efficiencies and Cost Savings

  Prefabrication no longer means “looks like all the others.” Today, the power of prefabrication exhibits how design technology and manufacturing can work together to improve the industry while still producing unique and visually appealing structures.

Social Media Land Mines: Employer Responsibilities and Employee Rights

Social media law is a relatively new area for companies active in the construction industry, and the laws around this topic, much like the networks themselves, are evolving at a rapid pace. Legal counsel should be poised to help businesses efficiently develop a social media policy and be available to provide advice on content before it’s posted, should there be any concerns on the subject. 

 

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