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From the monthly archives: February 2019

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New Paid Family and Medical Leave Regulations: Make Your Voice Heard

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) recently released draft regulations for the new Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program, laying out how it proposes to implement the law, which begins phasing in this July and will be fully effective in 2021. This new benefit program was established last year as part of the so-called Grand Bargain between advocacy groups and the business community. The newly established Department of Family and Medical Leave (the “Department”) will oversee the administration of PFML.   EOLWD is currently accepting comments on these draft regulations. This is an important opportunity for ABC and our member firms to be heard on any concerns or issues with the draft. PFML will impact almost every Massachusetts business, therefore we encourage all members to review the regulations and share your concerns with ABC Director of Public Affairs, Rob McGovern at Rob@abmca.org or (781) 273 – 0123 so we can use our collective voi ...

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NEI General Contracting Wraps Up Holmes Beverly

NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, recently announced the completion of Holmes Beverly, a transit-oriented mixed-use development located adjacent to the Beverly Depot commuter rail station in the heart of downtown Beverly, Mass. Located at 112 Rantoul Street and developed by Barnat Development, the 67,000 SF six-story new construction includes 67 residential rental units plus commercial space. Holmes Beverly was completed almost two years to the day that Barnat Development was designated the developer of the site by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA).    ​Offering a new type of rental product for the North Shore, Holmes Beverly has five floors of residential rental units, including 51 market-rate and 16 workforce housing units.   The apartments range from studios to two-bedroom apartments offering views of both downtown and the waterfront. Located next to the Beverly Depot commuter rail station ...

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Reporting Injury and Illness Summary for 2018

March 2, 2019, is the deadline for employers to electronically report OSHA Form 300A data, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during calendar year 2018. Not all establishments are covered by this requirement. Visit OSHA's Injury Tracking Application webpage for information about which establishments are covered by this requirement and to submit data.

ABC Provides Comments to Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians, and Sprinklerfitters Bureau

Last week, the Bureau of Pipefitters, Refrigeration Technicians and Sprinklerfitters hosted a listening session to solicit comments from members of the public on the current regulations. ABC provided comments on a number of issues including creating a separate welding license, reducing the 18-year age requirement for refrigeration apprentices, applicable credit for educational and on-the-job training hours required to become a journeyman, and eliminating prohibitive apprentice ratios. 

For a copy of the comments, please click here. 

Safety Notice - Crosby Shackles Recall

The Crosby Group has recalled a number of shackles after determining that some may have a condition that reduces the ultimate load of the shackle. Crosby asserts that use of these shackles is within the rated working load limit, however use in excess of the rated working load limit may result in property damage, severe injury, or death, depending on the type of application. 

The full list of products recalled and additional information can be found here. 

ABC's Legal Roundtable - March 12th: Negotiating Contracts To Avoid Legal Intensive Care

ABC MA's Legal Roundtable Tuesday, March 12th 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM   ABC MA Office 100 Unicorn Park Drive, Suite 1 Woburn, MA 01801 Register Today ​Construction contracts are filled with traps and pitfalls for even the most seasoned negotiator. Join attorneys Chris Kenney and Mike Sams, of the law firm Kenney & Sams, P.C., for our next Legal Roundtable as they represent opposing parties in a simulated subcontract negotiation.   With their extensive experience negotiating and litigating construction contracts, Chris and Mike will present key issues every contractor should be aware of during contract negotiations and provide an attorney's point-of-view of the contract negotiation decision-making process.   Learn how to:   ·     Negotiate Construction Contracts ·     Get Paid ·     Allocate your Risk ·     Include Key Insurance Coverage Provisions · ...

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ABC's Human Resources Committee to Meet March 20th

Join ABC's Human Resource Committee on Wednesday, March 20th from 8:30 am to 10:00 am at ABC's Office located in Woburn, MA.  Dianne Durkin will join the HR Committee to present "Coaching: The Secret to Employee Success."  What: ​ABC's Human Resource Committee Meeting When: Wednesday, March 20th from 8:30 am to 10:00 am Where: ABC's Office, 100 Unicorn Park Drive, Suite 100, Woburn, MA Contact Diana Hasan to attend or for more information atDHasan@CEFloyd.com. Dianne Durkin has over 25 years of experience in finance, sales, international marketing, and training & development. She has held Vice President of Marketing and Presidential positions with companies like Gulf Oil, Digital Equipment Corp, Corporate Branding Partnership and ASTEA International. Dianne’s combination of executive management and entrepreneurial skills has proven very beneficial in helping major corporations and small enterprises achieve maximum results.    A graduate of Rivier College, Ms. D ...

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W.T. Kenney Co. Celebrates 80th Anniversary

At W.T. Kenney Co., it’s always been about family, whether it’s the type we’re born into or those who become family along the way. This year, the fourth-generation painting contractor celebrates its 80th anniversary.  Walter Thomas Kenney started the company in 1939, selling paint door-to-door in Arlington.  During the 1940s or 50s, he realized it would be more lucrative if his company also did the painting instead of just selling the paint. Walter eventually handed the business over to his sons Wally, Allan and Ted, who for years ran the company together out of the same room. Today it’s Tim Kenney, Walter’s grandson, who serves as president and runs the company along with his nephew, Senior Vice President Brian Jurgens, who represents the fourth generation of family ownership. But blood relatives aren’t the only ones to be celebrated as W.T. Kenney marks its 80th.  The company has about 40 employees, about a quarter of whom are in the off ...

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Call For S.T.E.P. Award Applications

The Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) award applications are now available! Applications are Due by March 10th! Established in 1989, the Safety Training Evaluation Process serves as a benchmarking and improvement tool for achieving world-class safety performance in construction. Members measure their safety processes and policies on the 20 Key Components through a detailed questionnaire and learn to implement or enhance safety programs. Fill out your application today! S.T.E.P. Application If you have any questions, please contact:   Allison Jackson Training & Marketing Coordinator Gould Construction Institute, The Training Affiliate of ABC MA allison@gwgci.org  781-270-9990 x1112 What is S.T.E.P. Established in 1989 by the ABC National Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee, the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) program was developed and written by contractors, for contractors.  There is no charge ...

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Kaplan Construction Announces Completion of Revolution Hotel

​BOSTON – February 13, 2019 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today it has completed renovations for the Revolution Hotel, converting a former hostel into an urban boutique hotel located at 40 Berkeley Street in Boston. Built within the existing walls of one of America’s first YWCAs, Kaplan renovated guest rooms, bathrooms, and common areas, throughout the seven-story, 77,000 SF building. ​ Located in Boston’s chic South End within walking distance to the Back Bay, the Revolution Hotel is the first Boston addition to The Mount Vernon Company’s collection of independent lifestyle hotels and showcases the city’s revolutionary past. This 163-room hotel delivers an affordable alternative for value-minded travelers seeking affordable access to Boston’s many attractions and experiences. “We are striving to provide affor ...

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