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Workforce Notification Requirements - Paid Family and Medical Leave

The Department of Family and Medical Leave has posted the notice required to be provided by employers and covered business entities to their current workforce of PFML benefits, contribution rates, and other provisions as outlined in M.G.L. c. 175M sec. 4 on or before May 31, 2019.

​The notice, which may be provided electronically, must include the opportunity for an employee or self-employed individual to acknowledge receipt or decline to acknowledge receipt of the information. The notice has been posted in six languages. 

DEADLINE EXTENDED - ABC MA Building Our Future Scholarship Applications

Applications Now Due April 26, 2019 We are pleased to announce that applications for ABC MA's new Building Our Future Scholarship are now available. The Building Our Future Scholarship was established by the ABC MA Board of Directors to develop future talent for the construction industry.  The scholarship is open to any student who meets one (or more) of the following criteria: ​ Accepted into or currently enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program in construction Enrolled in a formal construction training program from a licensed provider Registered in a state or federally approved apprenticeship program in the construction industry At the discretion of the Board of Building Our Future Scholarship Fund, students pursuing other fields of post-secondary education related to construction may also be eligible. Applicants should have at least one full year remaining in school subsequent to the scholarship application deadline. Applications for 2019 are due ...

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Change to Massachusetts Elevator Regulations Regarding Canceling Scheduled Inspections & Acceptance Test Re-Inspection Fees

Per the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety and Inspections, Please note the following change to Massachusetts Elevator Regulations regarding canceling scheduled inspections, and change to OPSI Policy regarding fees for acceptance test re-inspections.   Per 524 CMR 1.10 (4) Effective June 1, 2018: Inspections canceled by the owner or contractor within ten days of the scheduled inspection will result in forfeiture of all fees and a requirement to refile for said inspection.    This applies to all types of inspections. If an inspection is canceled within ten days of the scheduled date you will be required to re-submit application and payment in order to have the elevator re-scheduled.   Due to the large number of elevators requiring re-inspections for acceptance tests the department will charge a $400 fee for all acceptance test re-inspections. Effective May 1, 2019 a $400 fee will be required for each re-inspection needed to pass an acceptance test.   Prior to May ...

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Paid Family and Medical Leave Update

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development recently released the second draft regulations for Paid Family and Medical Leave. In May, two additional public hearings will be held in anticipation of final regulations being released prior to the July 1st, 2019 deadline requiring deductions from wages in order to fund quarterly contributions to the Department of Family and Medical Leave.

The Department of Family and Medical Leave has provided an number of resources for employers and workers in anticipation of the regulations becoming effective:






Sean O'Dowd, from ABC Member Company DECCO, Wins National Craft Championship for Pipefitting

  Play Pause   It’s pretty impressive to be named the National Craft Champion for pipefitting, but downright amazing if pipefitting isn’t something you do every day.  “A lot of the other competitors were from the South and worked on jobs like oil refineries where they did pipefitting every day,” said Sean O’Dowd of DECCO, who took home the gold medal on March 28th at ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, CA.  “I do mostly clean piping on things like pharmaceutical projects.  I think I caught the other ...

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Chairman's Message: Meet the Generals 2019

Karl Hudson, 2019 ABC MA Chairman Last month I wrote about the importance of member engagement.  Getting more involved in ABC isn’t something you should do for the organization, but to help your company.  Getting your employees involved in ABC activities and events makes them more engaged and more likely to stay. There’s no better example of member engagement than when our companies work with fellow members.  To encourage that, ABC holds our annual “Meet the Generals” event that brings together ABC general contractors and subcontractors. Meet the Generals is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23rd from 5:00-8:00 pm at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy.  We currently have 13 GCs scheduled to come.  They’re attending because they want to work with other ABC members, and it’s a great way to get on the radar of some of the finest contractors in Massachusetts. Meet the Generals When: Tuesday, April 23 Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm Where ...

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EnviroVantage Receives National Excellence in Construction Award from Associated Builders and Contractors

Wood Island Life Saving Station Project in Kittery Point, Maine Long Beach, California, March 27, 2019—  EnviroVantage’s work on the Wood Island Life Saving Station Project in Kittery Point, Maine has earned a National Excellence in Construction® Eagle Award from Associated Builders and Contractors in the Community/Public Service Category. Representatives from the company received the top honor March 27 during ABC’s 29th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards gala at ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California.   “We are honored to be recognized for our work among the distinguished list of Excellence winners.  The Wood Island Life Saving Station project was the execution of a well thought out strategy by an exceptionally skilled team.  I’m proud of the men and women who work with me”, stated Scott Knightly, EnviroVantage President & CEO.  ​ Careful abatement by EnviroVantage kicked off the long-term histori ...

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ABC Collects Membership Awards at ABC National Convention; DECCO Apprentice Wins Pipefitter Competition

Last week, ABC MA collected several awards at ABC's National Convention in Long Beach, California. ABC MA was recognized for 90% membership retention, year-over-year growth, and achieving its 2019 membership goals.  Membership is the foundation of everything our chapter does - whether its training employees at the Gould Construction Institute, providing members with access to a pipeline of qualified workers through the Merit Apprentice Program (MAP) and, more recently, through our pre-apprenticeship program, or working to promote the interests of our members on Beacon Hill - the more members we have, the more success we will enjoy. If you know of businesses you think are good membership candidates, please contact ABC's Membership Director, Ken Ledwak, at ken@abcma.org or (781) 273-0123. We would also like to congratulate Sean O'Dowd from DECCO for winning the pipefitting gold medal at this year's National Craft Championship competition! Sean competed against the nation's premier open ...

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ABC's Building Mass Careers Hosts Career Roundtable at Woburn Memorial High School

On Friday March 22, ABC MA's Building Mass Careers hosted a construction industry round table at Woburn Memorial High School in Woburn, MA. Over 30 high school juniors and seniors heard from five ABC MA member companies about their crafts within the Construction industry, and their specific company hiring practices.  “It was a great event for our students to be part of” explained, Jessica Callanan, Principal of Woburn High School. “Our students heard first hand from employers about what is needed to be successful in the workplace. The Construction industry is booming, and I think many of the kids who attended will seriously pursue Construction as a career path.” The students heard from a diverse group of presenters who discussed the wide array of opportunities for both men and women in the Construction industry.  “I thought the roundtable discussion was tremendous!" Offered, Joe Camilo, from Tocco Building Systems “The studen ...

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Erland Foundation Raises Awareness for the New England Center for Children at Annual Bowling Fundraiser

Erland employees laced up their bowling shoes at Kings in Burlington to support autism awareness and education at their third annual Strike Out Autism bowling fundraiser. The Erland Foundation’s Strike Out Autism event on February 7 benefited The New England Center for Children® (NECC®), a global leader in autism education, research and technology. Proceeds from this event directly support NECC’s goal to help children with autism acquire the skills they need to maximize their independence. ​More than 120 bowlers and countless volunteers participated in making this event another great success. Attendees included NECC students and staff members, subcontractors, Erland employees, friends and family members. Erland holds this event each year to give back to the Center, where the company built NECC’s 35,000-square-foot John and Diane Kim Autism Institute in 2016. “After interacting with NECC’s students and seeing their needs and the needs of their families ...

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