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Revised I-9 Form Now Available; Required by Jan. 22

The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have released a revised I-9 Form that employers must use beginning Jan. 22, 2017, to verify all new hires' employment eligibility, including U.S. citizens and non-citizens. Employers who fail to use the new form on or after Jan. 22 may be subject to penalties.
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Why Do You Want to Work in the Construction Industry?

I believe the construction industry will allow me to financially support myself while giving me a balance of time with my family. I also enjoy the idea of traveling for work and meeting new people and seeing different parts of the country. 
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New Training Curricula Offered for Workforce Development and Mentoring

NCCER has released two new training programs in response to the industry’s labor shortage and corresponding need for workforce development professionals and industry mentors.
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Proposed Death Tax Increase Targets Family-Owned Businesses

The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations targeting the valuation practices of family-owned businesses that would lead to dramatically higher estate and gift taxes by eliminating the use of discounts currently permitted.
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Medical and Benefits Costs Are Top Concerns

Fifty-six percent of construction businesses surveyed for the 2016 Travelers Risk Index report they worry most about medical cost inflation and legal liability, followed by rising employee benefits costs and broad economic uncertainty. Rounding out the top eight construction business concerns are attracting and retaining talent, employee safety and workplace violence, legal and regulatory compliance, and cyber risk and data breaches.
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Moderate Gains in Construction Spending Expected Through 2017

As the industry enters a more mature phase of its expansion, the 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook forecasts total U.S. construction starts will advance 5 percent to $713 billion, following gains of 11 percent in 2015 and an estimated 1 percent in2016.
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Bipartisan Federal Legislation Is a Potential Boon for P3s

For construction companies active in the public-private partnership (P3) or design-build arena, the bipartisan Public Buildings Renewal Act (S. 3177/H.R. 5361) represents a fountain of new work opportunities building or rehabilitating many outdated and dilapidated government-owned facilities—such as public schools, post offices, prisons, courthouses and libraries—that need to be replaced. 
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Preliminary Injunction Granted Against ‘Blacklisting’ Final Rule

On Oct. 24, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council from implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule, commonly referred to as the blacklisting rule, which was scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 25.
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How Do the Employee Benefits You Offer Aid Retention and Curb Turnover?

We could have the best programs in place, but if our employees can’t navigate the plan, it hurts them and our bottom line. Our internal benefits team provides education, claim assistance and even billing negotiations. 
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Executive Insights

Eighteen surety experts offer advice on how contractors can take their bonding capacity to the next level, how character impacts bondability, the cash management techniques contractors should employ to be successful as the economy recovers, and the bonding implications as the government promotes joint ventures as a way for small businesses to participate in federal projects.


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High Stakes Call for Industry Involvement

Getting involved in the political process is essential for ABC members and their employees. The stakes are high this November, and teamwork will be necessary to ensure candidates who support free enterprise and open competition are sent to Washington, D.C., next year. 
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Where Do You Go to Find and Recruit the Next Generation of Skilled Craft Workers?

D.R.B. joined Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in 1992 and hires the majority of employees through ABC’s electrical apprenticeship program. We feel the combination of education and on-the-job training is an excellent resource for the next generation of skilled craft workers.  
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Report Explores Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate

The NAIOP Research Foundation forecasts accelerated construction spending, with gains in fixed investment in office, retail, health care and distribution facilities being partially offset by cutbacks in energy-related construction expenditures. 
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D.C. Law Expands Access to Solar Power

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser signed into law the Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion Act of 2016, which seeks to help mitigate the effects of climate change in the district, as well as keep D.C. on track to meet its sustainability goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent and ensure renewables make up at least 50 percent of its energy supply by 2032.
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USACE Embarks on First P3

Construction of the 36-mile flood diversion project, which has been in the works for eight years, will be performed under a public-private partnership—the first ever in conjunction with the USACE. 
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Illinois Governor Vetoes Bill Tying Prevailing Wage to Union Contracts

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) vetoed Senate Bill 2964, which would have significantly changed the prevailing wage calculation process by tying wage rates to union collective bargaining agreements, on the grounds it discounted the wage rates of those who chose not to join a union (the majority of the construction workforce). 
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‘Blacklisting’ Final Rule Takes Effect

Under the new “blacklisting” rule, effective Oct. 25, federal contractors and subcontractors are required to disclose any violations of 14 federal labor laws and OSHA-approved state plans to an Agency Labor Compliance Advisor (ALCA). ALCA will perform an assessment of the violations and make a recommendation to the contracting officer about whether a federal contractor is responsible enough to be awarded a contract covered by this rule. 
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Construction Economists Forecast Continued Growth

Nonresidential construction spending growth will continue into the next year with an estimated increase in the range of 3 percent to 4 percent.
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New Overtime Rule Raises Exemption Threshold to $47,476

The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707/H.R. 4773) has been proposed to require the DOL to examine the impact on stakeholders, including the public sector, before implementing any changes to the exemptions. The employer community is expected to redouble its efforts in support of this legislation and other solutions. 
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New P3 Resources Available

Public agencies developing infrastructure projects now have access to a guide that emphasizes factors local policymakers should consider before entering into a public-private partnership (P3). Additionally, a new study is available that focuses on comprehensive development agreements, which often are associated with toll road P3s.
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Industrial Redevelopment Is Prime in NYC and Charlotte

New York is the top city for redevelopment potential of environmentally distressed industrial sites, according to Arcadis’ Urban Land Restoration Index. Rounding out the top 10 are Charlotte, N.C.; Denver; Nashville, Tenn.; San Francisco; Pittsburgh; Chicago; Miami; Portland, Ore.; and Los Angeles. 
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OSHA Delays Enforcement of Anti-Retaliation Provisions in Electronic Reporting Rule

OSHA has delayed enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its electronic injury reporting final rule from Aug. 10 to Nov. 1. Just days before the announcement, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), TEXO and a coalition of stakeholders filed a lawsuit challenging the rule’s anti-retaliation provisions, which will limit some forms of post-accident drug testing and safety incentive programs by deeming them to be unlawfully retaliatory.
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What Type of Leadership Is Needed to Sustain a Family-Owned Business Through Economic Changes and Generational Differences?

As leadership in successful companies is passed from generation to generation, the foundational principles that made the company great must be maintained. However, it is critical that those who may have been a part of the early establishment be willing to yield to strengths and innovative insights brought by new talent.  Read More >

Workers’ Comp Report Reveals Top Five Causes of Workplace Injuries

In the construction industry, strains and sprains were the most frequently reported injury (28 percent of the total), and they caused work­ers to miss an average of 57 workdays.
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Design-Build Gains Traction in Four States

Missouri, Alabama, Nebraska and New York advance design-build legislation. Read More >

Court Blocks DOL’s Final Persuader Rule

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing the final persuader rule, keeping it from taking effect July 1. 
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OSHA Finalizes Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

Effective Aug. 10, companies in high-hazard industries (including construction) with at least 20 employees must electronically submit injury and illness information, which OSHA will then post on its website.
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Best Practices Can Make Contractors 720 Percent Safer

ABC's 2016 Safety Performance Report documents how proactive safety practices can dramatically reduce recordable incidents up to 86 percent, making the best-performing companies 720 percent safer than the industry average. 
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Spending Stabilizes at Elevated Level; Supply Constraints Become More Apparent

While nonresidential construction spending growth struggles to maintain momentum, the balance of 2016 should prove a rewarding period for many construction companies. America’s consumer-led economic recovery remains in place, and construction backlog remains at elevated levels.  Read More >

Executive Insights

Financial, legal and technology experts explain ACA requirements, the benefits and security of cloud-based accounting systems, the pros and cons of ESOPs, and the benefits of requiring funds control. Read More >

If Money Was No Object, What Technology Would You Like to Use at Work in the Next Couple of Years?

Sensors would be the perfect tool to track health and safety issues that might otherwise go unmentioned and unnoticed.  Read More >

Six Ways to Stay Politically Active

The election season is an exciting time of year with many possibilities for interactions with federal, state and local elected officials. It is vital for employers and employees to take advantage of this opportunity for political engagement and help serve as the voice of the merit shop before the general election takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 8.  Read More >

Bill Containing Local Hiring and PLA Requirements Stalls in Delaware

The Associated Builders and Contractors Delaware Chapter has spearheaded a campaign to educate the public on PLAs, citing the fact that 92 percent of Delaware’s private construction workforce does not belong to a union and effectively would be shut out of competing for projects funded by their own tax dollars. 
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What One or Two Purposeful Things Can Companies Do to Enhance the Diversity of Their Staff and Construction Industry Relationships?

The more the word gets out that a company is truly supportive of its diverse staff for career enhancement, the easier it becomes to create a diverse team.  Read More >

D.C. Appeals Court Rejects Davis-Bacon Expansion on Private Project

Affirming a U.S. District Court ruling from 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision that stops an unprecedented expansion of the Davis-Bacon Act onto the CityCenterDC project on the grounds that the District of Columbia was not a party to the construction contracts and that the project is not a “public work” because it is not publicly funded or government-owned or government-operated. 
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Severe Driving Incidents in Construction Exceed National Average

The heavy construction and engineering industry recorded the second most severe driving incidents for service-based vehicles—29 percent above the national average of 2.5 severe driving incidents per every 1,000 miles driven.
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Safety: A Near-Perfect Alignment Between Doing the Right Thing and Enhancing Profitability

Firms with better safety records are less exposed to lawsuits and claims for workers’ compensation. Trained workers are more likely to stay on the job. Better safety means fewer expenses to repair damaged equipment and reputation. And, safe companies eliminate the costs of investigation, potential workplace interruptions and impacts on morale.  
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A Big Week for Engagement and Advocacy

ABC's Legislative Week, June 20-24 in Washington, D.C., is extremely important this year as the association works to keep a merit shop-friendly congressional majority and elect a president who will protect contractors from burdensome regulations. 
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NCCER Compiles Average Salaries for 31 Trades

Average annual salaries for craft professionals ranged from just over $47,000 to nearly $89,000—not including overtime, per diem, bonuses or other incentives—according to NCCER’s 2015 Construction Craft Salary Survey. 
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Industry Groups Challenge OSHA’s Final Silica Rule in Court

Employers covered by OSHA’s final rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica have until June 23, 2017, to comply with the new construction standard, except for requirements for laboratory evaluation of exposure samples, which begin on June 23, 2018.  Eight construction industry organizations have filed a petition for review of the final rule with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
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Executive Order Targets Seismic Safety in Federal Buildings

President Obama signed an executive order that creates a Federal Earthquake Risk Management Standard requiring new, leased and regulated federal buildings to meet seismic safety provisions outlined in the International Building Code and the International Residential Code.
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Senate Committee Advances Federal Design-Build Reform Bill

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report to the full chamber recommending further consideration of a bill (S. 1526) sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) that would modify criteria for the use of design-build selection procedures for civilian and defense contracts for the design and construction of a public building.
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Joint Lawsuit Filed Against DOL’s ‘Persuader’ Rule

ABC filed a joint lawsuit with ABC of Arkansas and a coalition of stakeholders in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas challenging the Department of Labor’s final “persuader” rule, which will significantly broaden the reporting requirements for employers, attorneys, trade associations and other third-party advisors by redefining what is meant by labor relations “advice.” 
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Study Examines 33 Indicators of a Safety Culture

A new SmartMarket Report from Dodge Data & Analytics takes a close look at 33 indicators of a safety culture in the construction industry, including measures of management commitment to safety and health, worker involvement in jobsite safety, company communications on safety and the degree to which safety is treated as a fundamental company value. 
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Global Gypsum Market to Reach $3.8 Billion in Next Decade

The gypsum market, which is currently valued at $1.49 billion, is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 9.9 percent to reach nearly $2.4 billion by 2018 and $3.8 billion by 2026
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EEOC Seeks More Data on Employees’ Pay and Hours Worked

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is considering public comments on a proposed a rule that would expand the data collected from certain employers on the Employer Information Report (EEO-1), effective Sept. 30, 2017. Under the proposed rule, federal contractors and private employers with 100 or more employees would have to report pay data and hours worked on the EEO-1 in addition to the existing reporting requirements. 

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Website Highlights Chemistry’s Role in Green Building Materials

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) launched a new website, buildingwithchemistry.org, that provides architects, materials specifiers, interior designers, and other building and construction professionals with tools and information about green building codes and standards, materials selection, and the role of chemistry in developing innovative, sustainable building materials.
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Illinois Tops USGBC’s State LEED Rankings

Illinois is the top state for LEED, with 161 certified projects totaling 3.43 square feet certified per person, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) latest ranking of the top 10 states for LEED.
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AEC Pros Weigh in on Emerging Technologies

AEC professionals expect the IoT to improve equipment management, give clear indicators of a project delay and pinpoint the reason behind a delay. And they believe big data has the potential to facilitate well-informed decision-making on a consistent basis and improve urban planning decisions. 
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How Do You Use Benchmarking to Improve Company Performance?

Our focus has always been on profitability, not revenue. Benchmarking against our peers drives us to be a leaner, more efficient organization. 
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Business Interruption Is No. 1 Global Risk

Business and supply chain interruption (BI) is the top risk for businesses globally for the fourth consecutive year. Rounding out the top three global business risks are market developments (i.e., market volatility or stagnation and intensified competition) and cyber incidents (i.e., cyber crime, data breaches and technical failures). 

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West Virginia Enacts Right to Work Law and Repeals Prevailing Wage

The West Virginia legislature voted 18-16 in the Senate and 54-43 in the House of Delegates to override Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s (D) veto of the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act, making West Virginia the nation’s 26th Right to Work state. The legislature also voted along partisan lines to override Gov. Tomblin’s veto of a law eliminating the state’s prevailing wage on public construction projects.
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Canadian Study Highlights Efficacy of P3s; Model Law Published in U.S.

The performance-based incentives and accountability requirements built into public-private partnerships (P3s) result in high-quality projects being delivered more efficiently, cost-effectively and timely than traditional procurements, according to a report issued by a research team from Western University in London, Ontario. 
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Injury and Illness Reporting Goes Electronic

About a year after OSHA’s new injury and illness reporting requirements took effect, the agency launched a webpage where employers can electronically report cases. Employers now have three ways to report incidents: electronically through the new web portal, osha.gov/report; by phone, (800) 321- OSHA; or at the nearest OSHA Area Office. 
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Oversight Committee Favorably Marks Up Neutrality Legislation

The Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 1671) would increase fair and open competition on federal and federally funded construction projects by preventing federal agencies from requiring contractors to sign project labor agreements as a condition of winning federal or federally assisted construction contracts.
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ICC Updates Building Code for Tornado-Prone Regions

The International Code Council (ICC) approved building code changes for tornado-prone regions requiring enhanced protection for new school buildings and additions on existing school campuses, as well as facilities where people regularly assemble, such as gymnasiums, theaters and community centers. 
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Price Increases Ahead for Drywall, Painting and Landscape Services

The price of plastering and drywall services is forecast to jump 7.7 percent in 2016. Additionally, prices for painting services are anticipated to increase 5.9 percent, and prices for landscape architecture and design services are expected to escalate 3.4 percent. 
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House Passes Resolution to Withdraw WOTUS Rule

Last November, the Senate voted to nullify the WOTUS rule, which would dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land use across the country. 
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How do you make sure priorities set at the executive level are disseminated, understood and acted upon throughout the organization?

The goal deployment process drives accountability and ownership. Our objectives are tied to significant and measurable results. This strategy drives alignment across the company and focuses everyone on key objectives and projects that move the needle versus daily firefighting.  Read More >

Pro-Merit Shop Policies Advance in the States

In December 2015, ABC launched “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard,” which reviews and grades state-specific information significant to the success of the commercial and industrial merit shop construction industry.  Read More >

Expect Higher Maximum OSHA Fines This Year

Under a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act, fines for workplace safety violations are set to surge by as much as 82 percent starting Aug. 1. The one-time catch-up increase is intended to bring OSHA fines, as well as fines by the worker safety agencies in State Plan states, in line with inflation for the first time in 25 years. 
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Scorecard Identifies How State Policies Impact Business Growth

Arizona, Louisiana and Virginia earned high-performing grades in Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) new “Merit Shop Scorecard” for creating an environment where merit shop contractors are well positioned to succeed. Conversely, New Mexico, Alaska and New York received poor overall rankings by earning a D or F grade.
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Pennsylvania Closes Labor Dispute Crime Loophole

Upon signing Act 59 of 2015 into law, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) officially eliminated loopholes in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code that allowed stalking, harassment and threats of weapons of mass destruction during labor disputes. 
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China Eclipses U.S. in Value of Built Assets

The U.S.-built asset stock was largely unchanged during the past two years, while China has invested $33 trillion in its built assets since 2000—a total exceeding all other economies combined.
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Green Seal Expands Standard for Architectural Coatings

The new Green Seal standard offers greater flexibility for the assessment of VOCs. It also addresses stains and finishes for wood and metal; ensures that certified paints, coatings, stains and sealers deliver satisfactory performance; and restricts a comprehensive list of harmful chemicals. 
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EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on Wellness Programs

The EEOC is considering public comments to a proposed rule under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act that would authorize employers with wellness programs as part of their group health plans to offer limited financial or other incentives in exchange for an employee’s spouse providing information about his or her health status information. 
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What Are Some of the Lessons You’ve Learned From Expanding Your Business Into a New Geographical Area?

Three key lessons we have learned are the value of relationships, the importance of understanding the local market and that our objective for being in the new market must be clear.
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3-D Printing in the United States and Abroad

Whether or to what extent 3-D printing will displace conventional methods of construction delivery is anyone’s guess. What is not known presently are the challenges presented by 3-D printing. People have recognized the promise, but until more of these projects are developed and occupied, the shortfalls cannot be fully understood.  
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2016 Election Look-Ahead

In the coming months, the bulk of national political attention will pivot from state-centric battles to the race to determine who will succeed Obama as the 45th president of the United States. However, what may be lost in the din of a presidential contest are the fierce campaigns emerging for control of the Senate and House of Representatives, both of which carry comparable degrees of intrigue and importance. 
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What Level of Success Have You Experienced With New Technologies Emerging in the Industry?

Our industry still struggles to resolve the liability concerns that surround collaborative design, particularly in the form of contracts and insurance, but I am confident that if all owners and architects get on board and embrace these technologies, collectively we can find solutions to all concerns.  Read More >

Executive Actions Target Federal Contractors

Recently enacted directives impacting federal contractors in the construction industry include an expansion of equal employment protections, increased pay transparency requirements and a higher minimum wage for employees of contracting firms employed on federal contracts.  Read More >

Rugged Devices Boast Lower Failure Rates

Non-rugged mobile devices fail more than three times as often as rugged devices in business environments, and rugged devices average 46 percent lower total cost of ownership, according to a new study from Kyocera Communications Inc. 
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California Implements Energy Benchmarking Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 802 into law, implementing the state’s commercial building benchmarking program and expanding it to cover large multifamily housing. 
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Online Directory Launched for Wood Reuse

The American Wood  Council and Canadian Wood Council have partnered with the Building Materials Reuse Association to develop an online North American directory (reusewood.org) outlining reuse and recycling options for wood and wood products. 
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Field and Fleet Personnel Value Mobile Tech

Seventy percent of field and fleet management personnel expect budget increases for mobile technology during the next five years as they focus on the strategic priorities of revenue generation, operational efficiency and operating costs, according to Zebra Technologies Corporation’s 2015 Field Operations Vision Study. 
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IRS Curtails Automatic Extensions for W-2 Forms

Under recently proposed and temporary regulations, the ability to file for an automatic W-2 filing extension will be eliminated on Dec. 31, 2016. Instead, a single 30-day extension will be available by application for the 2017 filing season and later. 
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House Approves Bipartisan Permitting Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Responsibility and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act (H.R. 349), which would streamline the process for developers trying to obtain environmental permits and approvals for their projects. The bill also would establish concepts, definitions and best practices to ensure the federal review and permitting process is efficient and transparent. 
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Demand for HVACR Workers Exceeds Supply

Three new reports from the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation estimate 115,000 heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians will be needed by 2022 to fill jobs due to retirements and anticipated growth in the industry, yet only 21,000 students graduated from post-secondary HVACR programs in 2015. 
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Construction Starts to Rise 6 Percent in 2016

Nonresidential building starts are forecasted to rise 9 percent. The non-building sector should retreat 14 percent following strong gains in 2015 that resulted from the completion of liquefied natural gas terminals in the Gulf Coast. 
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Appeals Court Upholds Idaho Law Protecting Open Competition

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit set aside a lower court’s decision against an Idaho law that banned government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on taxpayer-funded construction projects. 
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California Expands Design-Build for Schools

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed AB 1358 into law, authorizing school districts to procure design-build contracts for public works projects in excess of $1 million through 2025.
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Executive Order Requires Federal Contractors to Offer Paid Sick Leave

President Obama announced a new executive order requiring federal contractors to offer employees working on contracts subject to the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act up to seven days of paid sick leave. The new provisions would be included in any new contract from Jan. 1, 2017, and beyond. 
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Expect Nearly 400,000 Highway Construction Job Openings by 2022

An estimated 388,904 highway construction and maintenance job openings—the majority of which will require semi-skilled or highly skilled workers—will be created between 2012 and 2022, according to a report released by the U.S. Transportation, Labor and Education departments.
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Court Halts ‘WOTUS’ Rule Nationwide

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals placed a nationwide stay on the Obama administration’s controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule on Oct. 9. The final rule is being challenged on the grounds that the federal agencies went further than the statute permits.

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DOE Defines Zero Energy Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy released a common definition of a zero energy (or net zero energy) building, stating it is an “energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the onsite renewable exported energy.”
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Construction Fatality Rate Edges Downward

The construction industry's fatality rate, which takes into account changes in the total workforce, declined from 9.7 per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers in 2013 to 9.5 in 2014, according to a preliminary report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the number of construction deaths rose to a total of 874 in 2014, a 6 percent increase compared to 2013 and the largest number of fatalities since 2008.

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Sustainability: A Piece of the Collaboration Puzzle

Contractors and materials experts share their take on how to weave sustainability into the overall success of a project.  Read More >

Surety Market Overview: A Look at Capacity, Availability and Losses for Every Size Contractor

A look at surety capacity, availability and losses for every size contractor.

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What’s One Way You’ve Modified Your Corporate Culture in the Last Few Years and What Has Been the Impact on Personnel or the Bottom Line?

In the last two years, we have recognized the profoundly social aspects of knowledge. We also have recognized that to have an impact and promote change, we need to act quickly.  Read More >

ACA Deadlines Loom Large for Small Employers

For smaller contractors—those with fewer than 100 full-time employees and full time equivalents (FTEs)—the flood of information about the ACA can be overwhelming. Many business owners are unsure exactly which provisions (if any) apply and when they take effect. While contractors of this size are aware of the law and want to comply, many don’t know what questions to ask when it comes to understanding how the ACA might affect them. 
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Rebranding Construction to Attract a Talented Workforce

Many of America’s best and brightest students do not consider construction when contemplating their respective career paths. The dearth of workers entering the industry has construction executives and stakeholders very concerned about productivity and profits. The construction industry skilled workforce falls short of demand by almost 1.8 million positions, based on the latest estimates by the U.S. Department of Labor
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How Has Competing in ABC’s National Craft Championships Helped Improve Your Job Performance?

Competing in a different environment under a strict time restraint helps you learn to adjust to unfamiliar work conditions and perform well under stress. When you compete, you are offered limited time and resources to complete your task. This helps you learn to prioritize job tasks and make the best of the supplies on hand. 
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IRS Strengthens Annual IRA Valuation Reporting

The IRS is looking more closely at IRAs that hold hard-to-value assets, especially in years that a distribution or deemed distribution have been made. 
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What’s the Most Crucial Strategy or Tool for Keeping a Project on or Under Budget?

To keep projects on or under budget, we consult with the client and coordinate plans, design specifications, phasing and operation methods with the design team and the state and local authorities. All of this is done during preconstruction.
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Value of Construction Disputes Declines

Disputes relating to major North American construction projects decreased in value to an average of $29.6 million in 2014, but the length of time to resolve these disputes increased significantly to an average of 16.2 months.
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The Emergence of Construction’s ‘Sharing Economy’

“Collaborative consumption” is the latest fad in America. This “sharing economy” includes 17 billion-dollar companies that collectively employ 60,000 people. Twelve of them are based in the United States. Four are in transportation, another four are in finance, three help distribute goods and another three help people share space; however, none are in construction.
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Wisconsin Reforms Prevailing Wage Laws

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, between 80 percent and 90 percent of public construction projects in Wisconsin will be exempt from prevailing wage under a new measure passed with support from the Wisconsin Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, local chambers of commerce, school districts, small businesses and municipal utilities. 
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Political Engagement: Congressman Stands Up for Local Business

Rep. Mullin talks about becoming the owner of Mullin Plumbing Inc., why he got into politics and the value of becoming a member of ABC's Oklahoma Chapter.
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OSHA Delays Enforcement of Confined Spaces Standard

OSHA suspended full enforcement of its Confined Space in Construction standard until Oct. 2. In the interim, OSHA will not cite employers that make good faith efforts to comply with the standard.
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DOL Seeks to Increase Minimum Salary Level for Overtime Pay

At the direction of President Obama, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would change federal overtime exemptions for administrative, executive, professional and computer professional employees—the so-called “white collar” worker classifications that have long been exempt from being paid time-and-one-half for working more than 40 hours per week. 
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