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Contractor dispute resolution with WisDOT

4/24/2018 9:29 AM
There have been three significant changes to Wisconsin public contracting law over the past couple of years: the state prevailing wage is gone, all units of Wisconsin government are banned from requiring project labor agreements, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation aims to compile federal dollars and the accompanying red tape into fewer projects ...  Read the rest of entry »

Falls are still major safety issue in construction

4/23/2018 3:16 PM
After adding more than 30,000 jobs in January alone, the construction industry shows no signs of slowing down. With more workers comes more responsibility for safety. Falls from heights are still the leading cause of death in the private construction industry and lack of proper fall protection is the most frequently cited violation by OSHA ... Read the rest of entry »

12 steps for contractors to build brand on LinkedIn

4/20/2018 10:29 AM
How confident are you in your LinkedIn profile? Would you encourage prospects to look at your profile to learn more about you? Follow these 12 steps to begin building your brand on LinkedIn and gain confidence that prospects have the opportunity to see the value that you bring to a project ... Read the rest of entry »

New dynamics for construction economic forecasting

4/6/2018 4:21 PM
“This is not your father’s economy.” That’s the message you will hear from Dennis K. Winters, chief economist with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Winters presented the latest economic numbers at the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin’s SuperCon and emphasized how we are in the second-longest sustained growth period we’ve ever experienced. Read the rest of entry »

The hard truths about soft skills

3/13/2018 7:56 AM
The construction industry relies on the strength of its workers -- not the physical strength -- but strength of character.  Employers need engaged employees who put in an honest day’s effort every day. 

ABC of Wisconsin’s online training partner, Penn Foster, recently conducted a survey of employers in the hospitality, retail, and restaurant industries.  Although, the survey did not cover construction, the results are universal, regardless of the industry. Read the rest of entry »

Worker's Compensation - It's all the same!

3/7/2018 8:09 AM
As agents that specialize in Worker's Comp and risk management, our biggest wish would be to get $1 for every time we heard a prospect say, "Worker's Comp, it's all the same, right?" In their defense, it's what they have been told by almost everyone in our profession. So, why would they think any different? Let us say it clearly, "Worker's Comp is NOT all the same!"  Read the rest of entry »

Foxconn announcement expected soon

2/27/2018 3:52 PM
"It could be as early as tomorrow, or it could be three weeks from now, but It's coming." This is the message from Matt Maroney, Director of Strategic Economic Development, with the Wisconsin Department of Administration regarding the official announcement of the Foxconn project commencing in southeast Wisconsin.
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Sink or swim -- a better choice

2/20/2018 2:37 PM
When I was a kid, my grandfather told me when he was a little boy, his father took a rowboat with my grandfather in it to the middle a of lake. Once there, he threw my grandfather overboard and pointed to the shore, telling him that he would meet, if he learned to swim. This practice was fairly common, and it brings to mind the phrase, “Sink or Swim.” I always felt fortunate I had swimming lessons in a swimming pool with a swimming instructor ...
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Tax reform provisions for contractors

2/1/2018 4:18 PM
John Folsom portraitThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017 and it offers substantial changes in the U.S. tax law for both businesses and individuals.  Provisions for C-Corporations are generally permanent in nature, whereas provisions for individuals, estates, and pass-through entities (e.g. partnerships and S-Corporations) typically “sunset” after 2025. There are several changes to the tax law that will be of particular interest to the construction industry.  Read the rest of entry »

Silica dust standard likely here to stay

1/8/2018 10:39 AM
Since the new Respirable Silica Dust standard went into effect on September 23, 2017, an industry coalition (including ABC National) had already been developed with the intent to challenge OSHA and the new standard. Their efforts were focused on several topics – challenging that OSHA lacked enough evidence to prove that that there was a significant risk of silica disease at 50 μg/m3, and that the standard was technologically and economically infeasible. On Friday ...
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