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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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The construction industry's need for electronic data liability coverage

7/25/2017 4:23 PM
Most construction related businesses understand the need for General Liability or Worker’s Compensation insurance and have a basic working knowledge those coverages. However, many business owners may not look closely at some of the exclusions or special nuances of those insurance policies ...
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When there's a labor shortage, you must eliminate, delegate or automate

7/14/2017 7:45 AM
Many contractors that work in commercial construction are not only struggling to find skilled labor, but also higher level leaders such as Project Managers. When the hiring pool is dry there are some things that you can implement in your day to day practices to get more productivity out of the people that you already have ...
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Future construction managers shorten learning curve with giant erector set

7/11/2017 8:54 AM
How do you educate 30 inexperienced college kids to a point where they will become good construction project managers? You provide them a real-world construction site with skid steers, cranes and excavators. This is what the Building Construction Management and Building Construction Safety Management
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Fighting fatigue is important for workers

6/29/2017 10:00 AM
Hard work involves high-risk activities. To work safely, workers must be physically and mentally alert. This means that fatigue is an enormous risk. Employers and employees have a responsibility to manage fatigue in the workplace ...
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Legitimate report or fake news?

6/22/2017 1:19 PM
This week, the Wisconsin news media was quick to inform us about a prevailing wage report released by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) that claims taxpayers will not save a dime, but instead pay millions of dollars ($336 million annually) in additional taxes if lawmakers repeal prevailing wage ... 
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Take the Heat Illness Quiz

6/16/2017 7:59 AM
It's that time of year when construction management teams need to remind those working in the heat to stay hydrated. The Madison OSHA Office says it is getting calls and emails from employees complaining about the warmer weather.  For the first time, OSHA Madison has developed a Heat Illness Quiz ...
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