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From monthly archives: July 2015

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FREE Contractor Webinars

Confined Spaces in Construction: The Big Picture
Tuesday, August 4
1:00 p.m. (CT)
To register click here

Fringe Benefit Group and United Healthcare Discuss Ethics and Values in the Workplace
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
1:00 p.m. (CT)
To register click here
Risk Management for Employee Theft
Thursday, August 13, 2015
10:00 a.m. (CT)
To register click here
Learn about the Obama Administration’s New Proposed Rule of Overtime and Guidance on Independent Contractors
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
1:00 p.m. (CT)
To register click here
Killer Contract Clauses
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
11:00 a.m. (CT)
To register click here
For a complete list of webinars scheduled for the rest of the year click here.
All webinars are archived and accessible after the original live streaming date.
Click herefor Archived Webinars.

Independent Contractor UPDATE by Jerry Pigsley

On February 23, the IRS issued Notice 2015-16 and provided guidance on some important issues under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).  The notice is important because this is the first official piece of guidance from the IRS on the 40% excise tax on high-cost health plans.  The notice describes the amount of plan coverage subject to the tax and concludes that it will be based on the coverage employees are enrolled in, not the coverage that is offered.  In addition, the notice states that employee pre-tax contributions to health savings accounts are subject to the tax.  The IRS did request feedback from "stakeholders" on the excise tax issues and there will likely be some change in position as those responses are received.  Prudent employers should check with their accountant and their health insurance agent now in preparation for this excise tax.                       &n ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Young Professional of the Year Nomination

What Will They Win? ABC's Young Professional of the Year will win a $1,000 cash prize, a plaque and a feature in Construction Executive magazine. All finalists will receive a free registration to the Young Professional Leadership Development Track during ABC's Leadership Week Nov. 10-12 in San Diego, Calif. Who is Eligible? Any person under the age of 40 who is employed by an ABC member company is eligible to be nominated for the Young Professional of the Year award. *the YP of the Year Award is not limited to members of the ABC National YP program What Are the Guidelines?  *  Nominations can be made by employers, ABC chapter staff and peers  *  Self-nominations are prohibited  *  Nominees must be under 40 as of Dec. 31, 2015  *  The nominee's employer must sign-off on the nomination if nominated by someone outside of the nominee's company  *  All nominations must be submitted by Sept. 4, 2015  *  Once nominated, each nominee must co ... Read the rest of entry »

Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 40 States in May

The non-seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rate for the country and 40 states declined in May, while the rate for one state (South Carolina) remained unchanged from April. Today's report provides further evidence that construction and the broader U.S. economy appear to have rebounded from the unusually brutal winter. On an annual basis, construction unemployment rates for 44 of the 50 states fell in May 2015 compared to May 2014. The construction unemployment rate for two states—North Dakota and Utah—were unchanged.    The release of today's state-level construction unemployment estimates follows the June 5 Bureau of Labor Statistics report stating construction jobs increased by 17,000 in May following the addition of 35,000 jobs in April (both are seasonally adjusted figures). As of May, year-to-date seasonally adjusted construction jobs were up by 112,000, while the industry added 290,000 jobs from May 2014 to May 2015 on a non-seasonally adjusted basis.   In additi ... Read the rest of entry »

You Asked For It - Math Classes for Employees

Demand for construction math classes has been heard, and ABC is proud to now offer Introduction to Construction Math and Applied Construction Math courses.    Introduction to Construction Math reviews basic math skills, related to construction trades and demonstrates to whom they apply within the trades.  The curriculum covers multiple systems of measurement, decimals, fractions and basic geometry.  This is an eight-week class that meets on Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. and begins October 15 at both the Lincoln and Omaha Training Centers.   Applied Construction Math features a story that students can relate to math skills they never thought they could grant.  Its innovative style motivates students to follow the lessons by associating math with events they may encounter in their real lives.  More than 10 chapters teach basic math skills including division, decimals an percentages, reading measurements, calculating area and volume, pressure, slopes and square inches, f ... Read the rest of entry »

Sporting Clays - October 1, 2015

Ready, aim, fire!
Cornhusker Chapter members will get their chance to test their shooting skills October 1 at ABC 2015 Sporting Clay Shoot at Oak Creek Sporting Club near Brainard, NE.  The event features 15 shooting stations scattered throughout the sporting club grounds, providing various shooting scenarios designed to simulate the types of shots experienced in hunting situations. 
Participants will also enjoy dinner after the day’s competition where prizes will be awarded based on top scores and other considerations. 
Watch your mail for registration information and sponsorship opportunities or click here to sign your team up today. 

ABC Apprentice and Craft Training Classes begin week of September 7, 2015

Apprentice and craft training classes will begin the week of September 7 in both Lincoln and Omaha.  Be sure to get your apprentices signed up for classes by August 7 so books can be ordered. 

For more information for Omaha classes please contact Theresa at 402-344-4258.  For more information for Lincoln classes please contact Deb at 402-477-4451.

ABC Yard Cleanup

Please join us as we continue to “spruce up” our location at 830 Westgate Blvd., Lincoln.
Help us trim tree branches, overgrown junipers and other various yard clean-up.  Please feel free to bring chain saws, ladders, wheelbarrows, gloves, safety glasses, rakes, shovels, weed whackers, pruners etc.
For more information please contact Anne, Karen or Deb at 402-477-4451.  Please email us at [email protected] if you can help!

Meet & Greet New ABC President

ABC invites you to a reception for our new President and CEO, Anne Klute.  Millard Lumber, Inc. has generously offered to host the Omaha event to give you an opportunity to introduce yourself to Anne, as well as enjoy a relaxing evening with other ABC members on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at the Millard Lumber Omaha office at 12600 I Street.
Please RSVP to Theresa at 402-344-4258 or email her at [email protected]
We will be hosting a similar event at the Lincoln Office at 830 Westgate Blvd., on Wednesday, August 19 from 5 – 7 p.m.  Join us for brats, burgers and conversation and help us welcome Anne to ABC.  While you’re here also check out our updated Lincoln office.
Please RSVP to Deb at 402-477-4451 or email her at [email protected]

E-News: July 31, 2015

Meet & Greet - New ABC President (7/31/2015)

ABC Yard Cleanup (7/31/2015)

ABC Apprentice and Craft Training Classes begin week of September 7, 2015 (7/31/2015)

Sporting Clays (7/31/2015)

You asked for it - Math Classes are being offered (7/31/2015)

Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 40 states in May (7/31/2015)

ABC Young Professional Of The Year Nomination (7/31/2015)

Independent Contractor UPDATE by Jerry Pigsley (7/31/2015)

FREE Contractor Webinars (7/31/2015)


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Nebraska/South Dakota
Associated Builders & Contractors
State Office/Lincoln Training Center
830 Westgate Blvd.
Lincoln, NE  68528
Associated Builders & Contractors
Omaha Training Center
10640 Burt Circle
Omaha, NE  68114