From the monthly archives: March 2015

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FREE Contractor Webinars

  Immigration Compliance – I-9 Violations; Self-Audits, Correcting Errors & What To Do If An Employee Presents A New Identity Thursday, April 9, 2015 1:00 p.m. (CT) To register click here   Mastering Profit-ABILITY: The Three “Pillars” That Drive Your Bottom Line Thursday, April 16, 2015 1:00 p.m. (CT) To register click here   Content Marketing for Commercial Construction: How you can resonate original content and Social Media to improve your SEO Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:00 p.m. (CT) To register click here   How to Eliminate Chaos and Inefficiency in Your Service Business Wednesday, April 22, 2105 1:00 p.m. (CT) To register click here   Business Continuity Thursday, April 23, 2015 11:00 a.m. (CT) To register click here   Documentation Requirements for the Project Manager Tuesday, May 5, 2015 11:00 a.m. ... Read the rest of entry »

Electricity on Construction Site by Beau Briggs

  It doesn't take a lot of electricity to kill you. The amount of current needed to light an ordinary 60-watt light bulb is five times what can kill a person. Thus, all electrical equipment on construction sites is potentially deadly. Electrical extension cords are numerous on construction sites and become damaged because of the rough conditions in which they are used. Inspect to ensure: ·       All extension cords are three-wire cords; ·       The ground pin is on a male plug; ·       There is no unbroken insulation on the cord; ·       End appliances (plug and receptacle) are gripped to insulation; ·       All wires are continuous and unbroken; ·       All cords are protec ... Read the rest of entry »

FLSA vs. IRCA UPDATE by Jerry Pigsley

  On February 2, the United States District Court in Arizona issued a decision involving the conflict between the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).  An undocumented worker brought an action under the FLSA claiming that the construction contractor in question did not pay overtime.  The federal court granted summary judgment to the employee and added liquidated damages against the contractor.  The contractor argued that under a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision, liquidated damages should not apply.  Other courts have concluded that undocumented workers may bring actions under the FLSA.  However, several courts have recognized the tension between the FLSA and the IRCA which prohibits the employment of undocumented immigrants.  Ultimately, the Arizona federal court concluded that liquidated damages should be available to unautho ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Apprentice Graduation

Join us as we celebrate our Lincoln and Omaha Apprenticeship graduates.  Lincoln area students who complete the Lincoln Education curriculum will graduate April 14.  The graduation ceremony will be at The Knolls Restaurant with social time beginning at 6:00 and dinner scheduled for 6:45 p.m.
Omaha area students who complete the Omaha Education curriculum will graduate on April 21.  The graduation ceremony will be at Anthony’s Restaurant with social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30.

Save The Date - ABC Annual Golf Tournament

The ABC Golf outing is right around the corner.  The event will be at Tiburon Golf Course, Omaha, NE with an 11:00 am start on Wednesday, June 10th.

Would you consider being part of the Golf Committee? Contact Theresa Ptacek at
402-344-4258 if you'd like to join us in planning this fun event!

Pre-Apprenticeship Pilot Program

  Associated Builders & Contractors is offering a Pre-Apprenticeship Pilot Program which begins April 27th, 2015. The NCCER Core curriculum will be utilized for the program.  Classes will be Monday and Tuesday evenings, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for an eight week period.  ABC is offering a one-time introductory tuition cost of $295.  This price is 50% off the standard fee.  The ABC Pre-Apprenticeship lays out a basic career path in the construction industry.  These classes might be a good fit for your new hires or entry level employees.    In addition, we are offering this program in collaboration with ReConnect, Inc.  The primary goal of ReConnect, Inc. is to give their clients the tools needed to transform their lives and the communities in which they live.  They provide support and services to youths and adults involved in the criminal justice s ... Read the rest of entry »

April Networking Luncheons

Connect with other ABC members by attending the Omaha Networking Luncheon at Anthony’s Restaurant on April 15 and the Lincoln Networking Luncheon at Beacon Hills Restaurant on April 28, 2015.
Speaker for the April Lincoln luncheon will be Rik Barrera with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Mr. Barrera will speak about the new College of Business Administration project.
Jerry Pigsley will present the Lunch & Learn Topic – The Professional Exemption to Overtime, at both the Omaha and Lincoln luncheons.
To register for the Omaha Luncheon click here.
To register for the Lincoln Luncheon click here.

E-News: April 1, 2015 Issue

April Networking Luncheon (4/1/2015)

Pre-Apprenticeship Pilot Program (4/1/2015)

Save The Date - ABC Annual Golf Tournament (4/1/2015)

ABC Apprentice Graduation (4/1/2015)

FLSA vs. IRCA UPDATE by Jerry Pigsley (4/1/2015)

Electricity on the Job Site by Beau Briggs (4/1/2015)

FREE Contractor Webinars (4/1/2015)

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OSHA Drug Testing - Workplace Substance Abuse by Beau Briggs

  The vast majority of drug users are employed, and when they arrive for work, they don't leave their problems at the door. Of the 17.2 million illicit drug users aged 18 or older in 2005, 12.9 million (74.8 percent) were employed either full or part time. Furthermore, research indicates that between 10 and 20 percent of the nation's workers who die on the job test positive for alcohol or other drugs. In fact, industries with the highest rates of drug use are the same as those at a high risk for occupational injuries, such as construction, mining, manufacturing and wholesale.   OSHA recognizes that impairment by drug or alcohol use can constitute an avoidable workplace hazard and that drug-free workplace programs can help improve worker safety and health and add value to American businesses. OSHA strongly supports comprehensive drug-free workforce programs, especially within certain workplace ... Read the rest of entry »

Title VII UPDATE by Bill Harding

  On December 30, 2014, a federal district court issued a ruling which should serve as a reminder to all construction industry employers on one area of Title VII litigation which is very difficult to defend.  The case involved a painting contractor on a project to clean and paint three bridges.  The project was for the State Department of Transportation and the subcontractor was hired by the general contractor on the project.  The employee in question was the project site manager for the painting subcontractor.  On one day, the site manager received complaints from two of the painting contractor employees about racially discriminatory comments issued by a vice president of the general contractor.  The site manager relayed the complaints to his supervisor and to a representative of the State Department of Transportation.  The next day, the gener ... Read the rest of entry »
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