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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator and Contractor Confidence Index Waver in July

    Posted in Construction Economic Update, Construction Backlog Indicator, Construction Confidence Index, Construction Economics, News Release 2022 WASHINGTON, August 9—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell 0.2 months in July and stands at 8.7 months, according to an ABC member survey conducted July 20 to Aug. 3. The reading is up 0.2 months from July 2021. While backlog is 0.3 months lower than the May 2022 peak, it remains higher than at any point between March 2020 and March 2022. Backlog rose sharply in the south, which continues to be the highest of any region. Notably, backlog decreased by 1.2 months for contractors with less than $30 million in annual revenue.   ABC’s Construction Confidence Index readings for sales, profit margins and staffing levels declined in July. The indices for sales and staffing remain above the threshold of 50, indicating expectations of growth ...

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ABC Hosts Webinar with State Officials on Pipefitter, Refrigeration Tech Licensing and Apprenticeship Requirements

    On August 11, ABC hosted an informational webinar with officials from the Division of Occupational Licensure and the Division of Apprentice Standards to review licensing and apprentice requirements for pipefitters and refrigeration technicians.    The two agencies recently issued new guidelines on the process for licensing.  The path to obtaining a journeyperson’s license for pipefitters and refrigeration technicians is more complicated than for other licensed trades in Massachusetts.  Apprentices must both be registered with the Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS) and licensed with the Division of Occupational Licensure (DOL)…meaning they must have two state cards from the two different agencies.    There has been confusion and misunderstanding over this two-tiered process. In some cases, apprentices and contractors did not realize they were not in compliance with requirements of both state agencies until they went to apply to exa ...

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Employers: The Time Is Ripe For Employment-Related Management Trainings

By: Michelle De Oliveira, Esq.             Employment law is constantly changing as courts issue groundbreaking decisions and new statutes are enacted at both the state and federal level. For this reason, the importance of regularly conducting employment-related risk management trainings for a company’s management team has become critically important. Examples include: The Massachusetts Wage Act & The Costly Consequences For Violations             The recent Massachusetts Wage Act decision in Reuter v. City of Methuen will have the following significant implication for employers moving forward: an employer that terminates an employee and does not pay the employee in full for all wages earned through the employee’s termination date on the actual termination date may be liable for three times the employee’s unpaid wages, plus attorney’s fees and costs. Better yet, ...

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ABC: Construction Unemployment Under 2% in 10 States

  The not seasonally adjusted national construction unemployment rate plunged 3.8% in June 2022 from June 2021, down from 7.5% to 3.7%. Meanwhile, all 50 states had lower unemployment rates over the same period, according to a state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Ten states had an estimated construction unemployment rate under 2%; the highest unemployment rate was 6.5% in New Mexico.     In June, national NSA payroll construction employment was 301,000 higher than a year ago and was 46,000 higher than its pre-pandemic peak. Residential construction employment has fully recovered while nonresidential construction employment remains below its pre-pandemic peak. June SA residential payroll construction employment was 112,000 above its pre-pandemic peak while nonresidential payroll construction employment was 66,000 below its pre-pandemic peak.     The national NSA c ...

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Employees Have A Statutory Right To Rebut Information Placed In Their Personnel Records And Cannot Be Terminated Or Retaliated Against For Exercising Their Right

  By: Laura M. Raisty, Esq. & Julianne C. Fitzpatrick The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) ruled in Meehan v. Medical Information Technology, Inc., 488 Mass. 730 (2021) that an employee cannot be discharged for submitting a written rebuttal to information placed in their personnel file. The Personnel Records Statute (M.G.L. c. 149, § 52C) The Massachusetts personnel records statute, M.G.L. c. 149, § 52C, requires an employer to “notify an employee within 10 days of the employer placing in the employee’s personnel record any information to the extent that the information is, has been used or may be used, to negatively affect the employee's qualification for employment, promotion, transfer, additional compensation or the possibility that the employee will be subject to disciplinary action.”  The Statute goes on to provide that if an employee disagrees with any information in their personnel record, and the employee and employer fa ...

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Biden’s Federal Construction PLA Mandate Rulemaking Imminent

  Wednesday, July 27, 2022 11:22 AM |   ABC News, GA-Davis-Bacon, GA-PLAs-Federal     The Biden administration’s controversial rule requiring anti-competitive and costly government-mandated project labor agreements on federal construction projects of $35 million or more is one step closer to being published in the Federal Register for public comments.   On July 22, the White House Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs concluded its review of the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council’s FAR Case 2022-003, Use of Project Labor Agreements For Federal Construction Projects. The rulemaking will eventually implement President Biden’s Feb. 4, 2022, Executive Order 14063, which requires controversial PLAs on federal contracts of $35 million or more.   ABC blasted the Biden administration’s pro-PLA EO, calling it anti-competitive for small ...

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Lifelong Learner: Meet ABC's 2022 Craft Professional of the Year, Adam Haywood

  (Via ABC National)   Adam Haywood, electrical foreman and safety officer at Tewksbury, Massachusetts–based Premier Power LLC, was introduced to construction at an early age. His father worked for the phone company, and Haywood would accompany him on odd jobs, learning to love working with his hands. But his true affinity for the electrical field wouldn’t come until high school, when Haywood enrolled in technical school.  “Electrical was a big unknown,” Haywood says. “I didn’t know how it worked and it intrigued me. So, I decided that was a path I wanted to follow.”  Like many young people, he took a small detour before settling on his true calling. “I actually went there wanting to do culinary,” Haywood says. “But after going through that for a week, I decided I wanted no part of that at all. I liked cooking with my mom and my grandma, but I didn’t like doing it as a living and on a large scale.” ...

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