COVID-19 AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Update

As you undoubtedly know, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (FFCRA) was enacted in April 2020. The FFCRA required that companies with fewer than 500 employees, as well as certain governmental employers, provide their eligible employees with emergency paid sick leave and paid expanded family and medical leave to accommodate COVID-19 issues. The FFRCA expired […]

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OSHA Increases Workplace Safety Penalties

If your business has ever received a citation from OSHA, you know how costly a safety violation can be. But those penalties just got pricier. On January 13, the Department of Labor announced that OSHA would increase maximum civil monetary penalties based on 2021 cost-of-living adjustments. Going into effect for citations issued on January 15, […]

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Can Your Customer Require Your Workers to Be Vaccinated?

As health providers continue to roll out the COVID-19 vaccination, you may encounter a customer—such as a developer or building owner—who states that all your workers must be vaccinated or they will not be allowed on the worksite. Can a customer make such a demand? Yes and no. With an Existing Contract If your project […]

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How OSHA May Change Under a Biden Administration

During his campaign for presidency, Joe Biden made it clear that making changes to the American workplace was among his main priorities. As he takes office on January 20, 2021, you should prepare for managing your workforce under new regulations. Appointing More OSHA Inspectors Around ten years ago, more than 1,000 OSHA inspectors were in […]

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What Contractors Should Know About Florida’s New I-9 Law

By Benjamin Briggs & Elliot Haney If you own a company in Florida, be sure you know the details of a new law that went into effect on January 1, 2021. You and your HR professionals are likely familiar with the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification required for hiring and onboarding new employees. You may […]

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Keeping Labor Department Citations Out of the News

In recent years, various branches of the Labor Department have been in the habit of distributing negative news releases about businesses that have received citations. If your company has ever been the subject of such “public shaming,” you know how damaging that press coverage can be.   You may stand accused of unsafe employee environments, discriminatory practices, or violation of overtime regulations. And before you can defend your situation, OSHA or a […]

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3 Strategies for Managing the New Minimum Wage

On Election Day 2020, Florida voters passed Amendment 2, which raises the minimum wage in our state. What does that mean for construction and your crew?  Quite simply, it means you will need to plan ahead. If you employ entry-level workers, you will need to take steps to increase their hourly rate in the months and […]

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Protections That a COVID-19 Liability Shield Can Provide

Operating a company, school, or other business interest during the COVID-19 pandemic can be risky. Leaders must make a special effort to follow all precautions to keep their employees and clients safe. Not only do administrators want to keep their community healthy, but they also need to avoid any lawsuits filed by workers or patrons affected by the […]

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What Contractors Should Know About the Miller Act

If you are a government contractor or supplier, you have likely heard of the Miller Act. You may have had to post a bond for a government project, or you may know someone who has filed a Miller Act claim to receive payment. But you may not know all the details of this U.S. law.  What Is the Miller Act?  The Miller […]

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Changes to Women-Owned Small Business Certification

Throughout the United States, businesswomen benefit from Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) certification. This certification allows qualified small businesses to participate in the WOSB Federal Contracting Program, which the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) oversees. This program strives to give women-owned businesses the resources they need to succeed. In fact, the U.S. government aims to award at least 5 percent […]

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