CURT Skilled Workforce Summit Sept. 11

The Construction Users Roundtable will be holding their Fall Skilled Workforce Summit Sept. 11 in Naples, Fla. Learn more and register on CURT’s website. CURT is hosting the Skilled Workforce Summit to address the direct and indirect impact of the workforce shortage on the construction industry and talk about how the industry can prepare. The…

OSHA and NIOSH issue hazard alert to warn of dangers of 1-bromopropane exposure

OSHA and NIOSH issued a hazard alert to encourage employers that use 1-bromopropane to take OSHA and NIOSH have issued a hazard alert to urge employers that use 1-bromopropane to take appropriate steps to protect workers from exposure. Exposure to 1-BP has been associated with damage to the nervous system among workers, and it has…

White House releases executive order on improving chemical facility safety and security

Today, the President signed an Executive Order to improve the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to workers and communities. Incidents such as the devastating explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas in April are tragic reminders that the handling and storage of chemicals present serious risks…

TRENT COTNEY PRESENTS SEMINAR TO THE TRI-COUNTY ROOFER’S ASSOCIATION

Trent Cotney of Trent Cotney, P.A. presented a seminar entitled “Collecting Payment on Construction Projects” to the Tri-County Roofer’s Association on August 27, 2013 in Lakeland, Florida.  Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law, Trent focuses his practice on every aspect of construction law, including litigation and arbitration, OSHA defense, lien law, bond…

NRCA issues statement regarding tax reform

President Obama recently reaffirmed his support for tax reform that reduces tax rates for corporations only. To achieve these lower corporate rates, the president’s plan would broaden the tax base, eliminating many tax credits and deductions that large and small businesses use to reduce their tax liability. The proposal would create a larger disparity between…

OSHA releases new fall prevention training guide with “tool box talks”

A new OSHA Fall Prevention Training Guide with “tool box talks” is now available at www.osha.gov/stopfalls/trainingresources.html to educate workers on how to stay safe while working on roofs, scaffolding and ladders. A fall prevention safety stand-down is set for August 6 at workplaces all across the Southeastern states, where OSHA will partner with trade, business and civic groups from…

NRCA issues Action Alert

Members of the House of Representatives currently are working on several targeted immigration reform bills that will be considered this fall. House committees already have approved bills to beef up border security, improve workplace verification programs and update temporary visa programs for high-tech and agricultural workers. NRCA supports establishing a temporary visa program that protects…

OSHA announces changes to recordkeeping rule for federal agencies

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that will require all federal agencies to submit their OSHA-required injury and illness data to the Bureau of Labor Statistics every year. This data will allow OSHA to analyze the injuries and illnesses that occur among the more than 2 million federal agency…

Manufacturing increases in July

U.S. manufacturing increased in July and the manufacturing sector expanded for the second consecutive month, according to a report from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). ISM’s manufacturing index rose from 50.9 in June to 55.4 in July. A reading above 50 indicates growth, and a reading below 50 indicates a contraction. Thirteen of the…

Previous H-2B Wage Calculations Nixed in Light of Interim Rule, DHS to Issue I-9 Proposal

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced in its July 3 regulatory agenda that it will be indefinitely suspending previous wage calculation methods for H-2B temporary worker visas – which have been blocked both in federal courts and on Capitol Hill – and moving forward with its “emergency” interim final rule issued in April in conjunction…

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