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‘I should just do it myself’

7/25/2018 11:06 AM
Most ABC of Wisconsin contractors are turning to apprenticeship to fill the skills gap at the entry-level, but what is available at the supervisory level? Employers have been promoting their best journeymen to supervisory-level positions. Often, this is a good solution because it recognizes loyal employees and allows them to move up. There can be a problem with this approach, however. A talented skilled trades person does not necessarily make a good supervisor. Enter ABC of Wisconsin’s Construction U Management Education programs. Over the past three years, your association has been developing high-quality, proven programs to address the educational needs of construction supervisory and management teams.  Read the rest of entry »

What two legislative wins for apprenticeship means for Wisconsin contractors

5/22/2018 2:56 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin scored two decisive legislative victories this spring, as Gov. Scott Walker signed two bills into law that will help address the skilled labor gap. The ABC-backed measures reduce the state’s journeymen-to-apprentice ratios to 1-to-1 for all construction trades and allows qualified high school students to enter into adult apprenticeship programs during their senior year. Read the rest of entry »

OSHA Launches Electronic Portal for Injury and Illness Records

10/5/2017 9:47 AM
On Aug. 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched the Injury Tracking Application, which is the web-based form employers can use to submit their injury and illness data. The launch comes right after OSHA closed the comment period on delaying the electronic reporting portion of the final rule
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OSHA's Silica Standard & the Multi-employer jobsite

9/18/2017 10:02 AM
With OSHA’s New Silica Standard going into effect on September 23, 2017, many employers are in the fourth quarter scramble to get their affairs in order and compliant. However, on multi-employer jobsites, construction companies seem to have more questions than answers ...
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Bill would give businesses freedom to hire more apprentices

9/7/2017 1:15 PM
“Today’s apprentices will construct the roads and bridges that move our citizens, they will bend the metal and steel that shape our cities, and they will pioneer the new technology that drives our commerce,” said President Donald Trump in a June speech. 

A new bill in Wisconsin, introduced by State Senator Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, and Representative Rob Hutton, R-Brookfield, could allow businesses to hire more apprentices by reducing legal burdens on them ... 
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Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) is helping small businesses

8/18/2017 8:08 AM
The 21st Century Cures Act allows small employers to offer tax-free health benefits to their employees through a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA). Under the new law, your business can reimburse employees for out-of-pocket health costs and insurance premiums and take those payouts as business deductions ...
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ABC of Wisconsin Apprenticeship turns 30!

8/3/2017 4:07 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin Apprenticeship is marking 30 years of service to the construction industry today. That's longer than most apprentices have been alive. If you were around during that time, you may recall the many obstacles and challenges ABC members faced getting the program started.
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Are you prepared for a Cyber 9/11?

7/28/2017 7:36 AM
This week, Lloyd’s of London released a report that stated “a major, global cyber attack could trigger an average of $53 billion of economic losses, a figure on par with a catastrophic natural disaster such as Superstorm Sandy in 2012.” So far in 2017, the "WannaCry" and "Petya/NotPetya" attacks affected hundreds of thousands ...
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Brennan sees strong economic development outlook

3/22/2017 8:16 AM
Add Michael W. Brennan to the list of economists with a positive outlook on the economy. Brennan, who is the executive director of the UW-Madison James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, spoke at Insight Publication's InDevelopment event yesterday in Oshkosh.  “I have tremendous optimism ... 
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ABC of Wisconsin Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

11/18/2016 12:40 PM
November 14-20, 2016 is National Apprenticeship Week. All week, ABC of Wisconsin has been highlighting apprentices and instructors from our program. Everyone has their own story, but they all agree that a career in construction is extremely rewarding.
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