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New Overtime Rule Raises Salary Cutoff to $35,568

11/13/2019 1:16 PM

Kate Shieldt thumbnailEffective January 1, 2020, a final rule from the US Department of Labor (DOL) amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations implementing the minimum wage and overtime exemptions for executive employeesadministrative employeesprofessional employeescomputer employees and outside salespersons as ...

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Jobs Ambassador: Building Wisconsin jobs requires reimagining higher ed

11/12/2019 7:00 AM

There is still a skills gap. The need for skilled construction trades workers, in particular, has created an eight-month backlog in construction projects in our part of the country. The continued demand of the longest economic expansion in American history and the undersupply of trained construction workers has led to a sustained skills gap. Solving for that gap would speed up projects, create project cost savings, still allow workers to command family sustaining wages, and do it without the crippling student loan debt often accumulated by their peers. Plus, Wisconsin construction trades jobs will never be outsourced overseas. 

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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 »

It's getting really hot out there

6/26/2019 4:09 PM
It’s getting really hot out there, with high temperatures in the upper 80s and a chance of storms in this week's forecast. Here are three messages from OSHA’s National Office about hot work environments, courtesy of Leslie Ptak, a compliance assistance specialist for OSHA's Madison office. Read the rest of entry »

Why Succession Planning is Essential for Your Business

5/1/2019 10:16 AM
Succession thumbnailIn my father's case, he ran a very successful hair replacement business for over 34 years. Dad was the lifeblood of the business. Although he had four other stylists, the business and reputation was clearly built on him. Heck, his name was the business's name. My father tried many times to entice me and my sisters to join the business, but we did not share his passion for the business that he did. So, my father continued on, building the business without our involvement until the worst day of my life, when I found out he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  In passing, my father left us with quite a mess to manage. We had a business with long-standing employees but no one to manage the day-to-day operations. Needless to say, it was a trying time for my family ...
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Essay contest held to promote construction

4/8/2019 9:38 AM
Acuity contest imageDid someone mentor or guide you in your career in construction? Acuity Insurance wants to know.  Acuity Insurance is holding an essay contest on the topic to promote construction. The inaugural Construction Appreciation Essay Contest will be held from April 17 to July 7. The contest, which focuses on mentors shaping individual careers, will help celebrate Construction Appreciation Week starting September 15.  ... Read the rest of entry »

Managed IT Services - A mid-market business' strategic advantage

3/19/2019 3:56 PM
Information Security photoMany small firms have turned to managed IT service providers to solve their technology issues and provide needed maturity in their technology planning. Large organizations typically have large IT staffs that are dedicated to their technology issues with expensive tools that support their processes. What can a mid-sized organization do when budget constraints limit access to necessary tools and staff to help grow the business? Read the rest of entry »

Celebrating Women in Construction Week

3/7/2019 10:06 AM
The number of women in the U.S. construction industry is on the rise. From apprentices to craft professionals, estimators and executives, women are represented in all facets of the construction workforce. And the opportunities to both join and grow within the booming construction industry are numerous, especially with a workforce shortage impacting the sector across the United States ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s most read blog posts of 2018

1/9/2019 3:31 PM
Posts on the Wisconsin Contractor Blog were read more than 48,500 times in 2018, according to a review of website statistics by ABC of Wisconsin. Throughout the year, ABC of Wisconsin uses the blog to present feature stories, analysis, advice and general information of interest to the construction industry.. Here’s a recap of our 10 most popular blogs in 2018. Read the rest of entry »

Budget priority sessions offer opportunity for ABC members

12/10/2018 9:21 AM
Wisconsin SealABC members may want to use the Governor-elect's budget priority sessions this month to share issues important to them, specifically, how 1:1 apprenticeship ratios, the elimination of prevailing wage and PLA neutrality have expanded training and/or opened up more work to more contractors in the state ...   Read the rest of entry »
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