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AHP Proposed Rules Released

On January 4, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its proposed rule in response to President Trump’s executive order (EO) titled, “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States,” which directs the federal government to expand access to Association Health Plans (AHPs)...

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Industry Loses Appeal to Silica Rule

Late December 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the business community’s challenges to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new silica dust standard...

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Tax Reform

Prior to adjourning for the year, Congress was finally able to pass the long-awaited tax reform bill...

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NLRB Asks for Public Comment on ‘Ambush’ Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a request for information (RFI) from the public regarding the current representation election regulations, or the ‘ambush’ election rule...

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NLRB Reverses ‘Micro Units’ Ruling

On December 15, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision that abandons the ability to organize “micro units...”

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Winds of Change: Industrialization of Construction

The current symptoms of skilled labor shortage, faster-paced jobs, lower margins, and pressure from global competition are only signals of the times to come. It is not going to let up, and construction is never going to go back to what it was. So, the question is how to cope with it.

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Make a Difference

Congratulations to all of the 2017 award winners. Your hard work and excellence is a tribute to your commitment to the highest standards, an evaluation to our industry and more specifically our association. No participation trophies here!

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Can We Overdo Safety?

Too much of anything is usually not good for you, but can we say that when it comes to safety. I have seen individuals struggle with this and some never consider the question at all as they plowed full steam ahead. I believe it deserves a look; and in my opinion, we all have to understand the risks associated with too little a focus and the risks associated with too much of a focus on this thing we call safety.

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Five Steps to Improve Productivity and Morale

Productivity has been the mantra of the industry for the last two decades – and it’s not stopping anytime soon. The U.S. Census Bureau reports positive gains for May 2017, total construction spending is up 6.1 percent from May 2016. The result is that companies are implementing new tactics to meet the high demand. Prefabrication, with its substantial time saving benefits, is becoming more prevalent as part of those new tactics. When utilizing prefabrication methods, it must be paired with knowledge and implementation of good ergonomics to recognize those time savings. Prefab gains can easily be offset with labor downtime and high injury/workers comp expenses.

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Tax Reform Bill Goes to Conference

Comprehensive tax reform will impact the bottom line of all IEC members, one way, or another...

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