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NOTICE: Division of Apprentice Standards Closed to Public Through April 3

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the DAS offices will be closed to public and will not be accepting documents in person or by mail through April 3rd.

Read the full notice here

Governor Baker Issues Stay-at-Home Order to Non-Essential Services

Today Governor Baker has imposed a stay at home order and closed in-person locations of non-essential business. Construction is not halted under the Governor’s order because construction is included in the list of essential services that are allowed to continue. Under the category of “Other Community-Based Essential Functions and Government Operations,” on pages 7,8, the list includes “construction workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction).

At his press conference announcing the order, when governor was asked about construction, and stated that it is considered essential, he also said that social distancing and handwashing guidelines must be followed on sites.

The Governor’s Order and the full list of Essential Services can be found here.

The state website has additional information and resources available as well.

Mayor Walsh Halts Boston Construction Projects due to Coronavirus

From The Boston Globe on 3/16/2020By Martin Finucane, Travis Andersen, and Tim LoganBoston Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Monday ordered a halt to construction projects in the city amid concerns about worker safety during the coronavirus pandemic.Even as many other businesses around Boston have closed or ordered employees to work from home to try to stop the spread of the virus, large construction sites downtown were fully up and running Monday morning.The busy construction sites and the multiple cranes soaring above the city’s skyline have been an emblem of the city’s bustling economy, which is now being dealt a body blow by the coronavirus outbreak.Walsh said the shutdown was effective Tuesday. He said companies should maintain the crews necessary to make sure their sites are “safe and secure.” The sites need to be secure by Monday, March 23. He said skeleton crews could stay on to make sure the sites are safe.“The coronavirus is one of the greatest public health challenges our city has ever faced,” he said.“The ...

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March Chairman's Message

As the construction industry grows, it becomes more complex and nuanced. While construction is the tie that binds all of ABC together, members have a vast array of talents and interests. ABC committees provide an outlet for those members to grow in their areas of interests while simultaneously contributing to our chapter.For years, the greatest challenge for our organization and the construction industry as a whole has been finding qualified talent to meet the demands of a growing industry. One of the ways ABC develops programs to address this need is through our Human Resources Committee, where HR professionals and other personnel decision makers exchange ideas about both attracting employees to construction and retaining those workers.And we don’t just focus on the present. A vibrant Future Leaders Council engages member company employees who are under 40 to both strengthen the organization and create a pipeline of young talent for member companies.In a state like Massachusetts, ensuring that open shop ...

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COVID-19: Unemployment Resources

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) and the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA), in coordination with the US Department of Labor (USDOL), are taking a series of actions to assist workers and employers.For current unemployment claims:All requirements regarding attending seminars at the MassHire career centers have been suspended.Missing deadlines due to effects of COVID-19 will be considered good cause, and lateness will be excused.All appeal hearings will be held by telephone only.The Department of Labor issued guidance to the states instructing state agencies to apply existing law flexibly. Under the DOL guidance, DUA may now pay unemployment benefits if a worker is quarantined due to an order by a civil authority or medical professional or leaves employment due to reasonable risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member and does not intend to or is not allowed to return to work. The worker need not provide medical documentation and need only be available fo ...

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Kenney and Sams: Coronavirus 2020 What All Employers Should Know

By: Michelle De Oliveira, Esq. The apparent spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is generating concerns in the workplace and employers have questions, understandably so. As of March 11, 2020, the CDC has reported 938 cases of COVID-19 in 39 states nationwide, along with 29 deaths.[1] This article is designed to assist employers when navigating issues related to COVID-19, including among other things: confidentiality and privacy concerns, health-related inquiries, leave-related issues, wage and hour issues, travel restrictions and guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Interim Guidance For Businesses And Employers From The CDC In an effort to contain COVID-19 and address the risks associated with the spread of the virus, the CDC published an Interim Guidance for Business and Employers. [2] Through its Interim guidance, the CDC provides employers with the following information and tools to address, plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19: Recommended Strategies for Em ...

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Coronavirus Announcements

With the growing concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the Commonwealth, ABC Massachusetts has made the decision to postpone all programs and events through April 30. This will include the Meet the Generals and Annual Building Our Future Scholarship Hockey Challenge. As we move through this evolving crisis we will continue to evaluate future programs and events as well. In conjunction with ABC National, we are looking to provide additional on-line content. Watch for additional information on this. Additionally, ABC staff will primarily be working remotely and will be available during regular business hours. We will be re-valuating this status on a weekly basis. We will do our best to continue to meet member needs. During this time, since the office will not be regularly staffed, we ask members to reach us via email or phone rather than in-person at the ABC office. All ABC/GCI staff have remote access to their email, and we recommend this as the most efficient means of communication. Voicemail ...

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New Member Spotlight: United Alliance Services

According to Rich Sarnie, “safety isn’t a cost; it’s an investment.” That approach – that the right safety investments provide excellent ROI – is the foundation of Sarnie’s work as COO of United Alliance Services, a full-service occupational safety and health firm that does 70 percent of its business with the construction industry. Rich’s background and skills set United Alliance apart. In addition to 35 years in the safety industry, he is a professional engineer, holds an MBA, is a board-certified safety professional and is also a licensed in insurance advisory. This expertise makes United Alliance a trusted advisor to its clients. It offers risk management assessments, can review a company’s safety and health program based on what the company has in writing, or can conduct more detailed on-site audits. In fact, United Alliance can eliminate safety and health from clients’ to-do lists by serving as a “plug and play,” handling all clien ...

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New Member Spotlight: Evolve Resource Management

Many of us strive for careers in which we do well by doing good. It’s not easy to accomplish, but John Wood and Shawn Slattery, the CEO and president, respectively, of ABC member company Evolve Resource Management, seem to have achieved that goal. Evolve goes to large companies, identifies their recycling challenges and finds an end-use for the materials. This process began when John and Shawn were approached by National Grid. As the company was transitioning to more environmentally conscious LED lights, it was searching to a solution to the problem of what to do with their old streetlights. The pair saw a business opportunity and started Evolve. The company sold the usable parts of the old streetlights to be processed and transformed into new products, with the rest sold as commodities. Evolve has also been focusing on ocean clean-up initiatives. Thanks to its cutting-edge plastic recycling technology, the company will be recycling ocean plastic by mid-summer, and has created both products that can ...

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New Member Spotlight: DBI Waste Systems

Improving clients’ bottom line by helping them do the right thing – that’s the mission of DBI Waste Systems, a full-service solid waste and recycling company. DBI helps construction, industrial and government clients in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire maximize recycling and comply with state Department of Environmental Protection rules. It also maximizes efficiency and saves clients money by separating waste streams and providing contractors with roll-offs for each type of waste, and by finding markets for selling the waste. DBI is a family business founded by the uncles of the company’s current president, Bob Prezioso, in 1960. DBI utilizes the latest technologies that are transforming the recycling industry. But in many ways, it’s their status as a 60-year-old family business that sets the company apart. “We focus on helping our clients recycle by providing services tailored to each one’s unique needs,” Prezioso says. When a client calls, they ...

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