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8 potential ugly scenarios for companies without employee handbooks

10/14/2019 11:13 AM

Handbook imagesCompanies I work with often ask themselves, "Why should I have an employee handbook?" When I hear this, I know they are looking at the handbook as a potential enemy. "It will confine me in my decisions because if we have one, then we must follow it," they say. Or they say, "We haven't had a problem yet." Another enemy scenario is that they decide to develop a handbook, but then don't follow it or they just stash it away in a drawer ... 

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Business continuity and perpetuation – Get with the plan!

9/11/2019 9:53 AM

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Type-A. Entrepreneurial. Driven. Innovative. Tireless. Sound familiar?

Contractors are planners by nature. Most company principals have worked their entire professional lives to build and grow their firms, yet for many, the idea of perpetuating their business is always years away. In an era of record valuations, it’s easy to make the assumption that a willing buyer will always be there to take the reins. The key to successful ownership transition is simply ...

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3M issues DO NOT USE recall notice for specific fall protection lifeline devices

8/13/2019 1:32 PM
Recall thumbnailRED WING, MN — 3M Fall Protection announces an immediate stop use and product recall of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ edge and Wrap Back Twin-Leg Self Retracting Lifelines. The twin-leg Nano-Lok edge is part of a personal fall protection system and connects two self-retracting lifelines/devices (SRL’s/SRD’s) directly under the dorsal d-ring of a worker’s harness. It is intended to be anchored at foot-level, and is designed for sharp edge applications. The twin-leg Wrap Back Nano-Lok is intended for wrapping around an anchor and incorporates a similar energy absorber. 3M has determined that in the event of a fall and under certain conditions, the energy absorber may not properly deploy ... Read the rest of entry »

SEO tips for contractors

8/12/2019 8:31 AM
SEO image thumbnailWhat in the world is SEO? And, how it can it help a contractor grow the business? We’ll try to answer those questions in this article in non-tech terms, so you’ll better understand these concepts and how they affect your online marketing. Read the rest of entry »

Ten social media tips for contractors

7/29/2019 3:20 PM
Social Media imageMany construction contractors struggle with their social media and understanding which platforms are best, not to mention strategies on content.  In a recent ABC of Wisconsin Marketing & Business Development presentation, Laura Monagle and Michael Bonin of Affirm joined Michele Loppnow from ESI group USA to provide some insight. Here are 10 of their takeaways ... Read the rest of entry »

How to avoid a bad driver's impact on your fleet's auto insurance

7/2/2019 9:57 AM
Despite record low unemployment, you finally hired one – a diamond in the ruff. After a 16-hour shift on-the-road, his only question at the end of the day was, “What’s next?” Things are going so smoothly, but then a call from your insurance agent, “The insurance company is hammering me. That new driver you hired has a DUI. They’re asking you to put him in a non-driving capacity or they're going to reevaluate your insurance program.” Thankfully, for commercial insureds, there are solutions to the problem – prevention and alternative insurance options. Read the rest of entry »

How to avoid common compliance oversights in construction contracts

6/20/2019 11:04 AM
Construction hard hat thumbnailConstruction contracts can contain pages and pages of requirements, with issues ranging from labor and safety practices to minimum liability coverages and more. A contract is primarily designed to protect the property owners that hire your company. Because contracts can be so complex and vary with each project, knowing whether you’re in breach of those contracts is a major challenge. Whether a subcontractor or general contractor, use these tips to help manage it all and remain in compliance. Read the rest of entry »

Targeting the "independent contractor"

5/17/2019 8:08 AM
Drywall photoAdvances in technology have resulted in one in five jobs in America now being some form of non-traditional worker-company relationship, like independent contractor. Independent contractor work is appealing for both the worker and the company. The contractor has the benefit of setting prices, work hours, type of work, and completion schedule. Misclassification occurs when an employer incorrectly defines a worker as an independent contractor rather than as an employee. Oftentimes, misclassification is an honest mistake by an employer, but there is a perception among some elected officials and union officers that employers misclassify their workers to evade the laws that protect employees and ... Read the rest of entry »

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