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Competition and Compliance on Infrastructure Projects

Date: Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speaker(s):   

Nathaniel Peniston, vice president, The Contractors Plan; Adam Bonsky, CEO and president, ABC Insurance Trust

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

The $1.2 trillion, bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has been signed into law. How will you prepare and position your company to win and manage this new volume of work? Competition for prevailing wage jobs is fierce. One of the most significant challenges for open shop government contractors is ensuring compliance with numerous rules and regulations while ensuring profitability. Whether competing on projects subject to the Davis-Bacon Act or local prevailing wage ordinances, contractors must be well-informed and have a team of experts to help them adhere to the complex rules and regulations at the state and federal level.

This webinar will define fringe benefits, how you can simplify the processes of meeting the prevailing wage requirements and how can you offer your employees a more rich and stable benefits experience. The discussion will cover how contractors can build a prevailing wage-compliant benefits strategy that helps attract and retain key employees. We will also discuss what actions you can take to be in the best position to comply with regulations and survive an audit.

SPEAKER INFO

Adam Bonsky, CEO and president, ABC Insurance Trust
Bonsky has more than 28 years of experience in employee benefits and human resources. He’s held executive leadership roles at KeyBank, Transamerica, CNA, Union Bank and Fringe Benefit Group. During his time at Fringe Benefit Group, Bonsky gained experience in building employee benefits programs uniquely designed to meet the needs of contractors performing work on Davis-Bacon and prevailing wage projects. Bonsky was also instrumental in building the longstanding partnership between ABC and Fringe Benefit Group.

Nathaniel Peniston, Vice President, The Contractors Plan
Peniston works with partners such as ABC to identify areas of collaboration and drive customer success. An expert in the administration and compliance challenges of hourly employees with prevailing wage and fringe benefit obligations, Peniston has published a number of articles and a book on the subject.

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Chapter Young Professionals Program Best Practices

Date: Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speaker(s):   

Lance Arvel, EXCEL; Shane Fagan, A.J. Kirkwood & Associates, Inc.; Jeremy Lynch, Resource Options, Inc.; Juliane Medd, Consigli; Martha Patterson, ABC – Metro Washington; Andrew Perzi, Blue Bear Waste Services, LLC; Lindsey Russ, ABC – Pelican

Moderator:   

Jake Reedy, ABC

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
ABC Members Only

Join us for a discussion with chapter staff and members representing the Connecticut, Metro Washington, Pelican, Rocky Mountain and Southern California chapters about chapter successes and challenges running their Young Professional programs. Learn how you can better engage your YP members and strengthen your existing programs.

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Coronavirus Relief for Construction Business

As the federal government has provided more than $6 trillion in relief funding to address the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, ABC advocated for and supported critical bipartisan policies enacted by the U.S. Congress. However, ABC also expressed concerns regarding the most recent $1.9 trillion legislation passed under budget reconciliation and signed into law without bipartisan support.

ABC now urges Congress and the administration to focus on critical policies that will ensure our nation’s construction industry remains strong and ready to lead the economic comeback.

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DOL Inspector General Releases Report on Davis-Bacon Wage Audit

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General released an audit examining the DOL’s Wage and House Divisions survey process for collecting and determining the prevailing wage rate in four types of construction projects. According to the report, the OIG found that, as of September 2018, 3% of WHD’s 134,738 unique published rates, roughly 4,400, had not been updated in 21 to 40 years. Additionally, of seven sampled surveys that analyzed 124 wage rates, the OIG found 48% of the rates were not determined from data about a single construction worker within the 31 counties that the published rates represented. Finally, the report found union wages prevailed for 48% of the wage determinations, despite the fact that just 12.8% of the U.S. private construction workforce is unionized.

 

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The Heritage Foundation: Labor Department Can Create Jobs by Calculating Davis–Bacon Rates More Accurately

According to a report issued by the Heritage Foundation, the United States Department of Labor   uses unscientific and flawed methods to estimate the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage rates. The report found, amongst other findings, that current surveys do not use statistically representative samples have tiny sample sizes and combine data from economically unrelated counties or set local wages using statewide data. Furthermore, nearly half of the surveys are over a decade old and don’t account for economic changes over the last ten year. The report concludes by suggesting the DOL should switch to Bureau of Labor Statistics data to get a more accurate reading of wage data.

 

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Overview of New Hotel Engine and Travelers Haven Programs

Date: Thursday, July 1, 2018 Watch Now
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Eastern)
Length: 30 Minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Drew McGeein

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
This webinar provides an overview of the new Hotel Engine/Travelers Haven discount programs.  In addition to an overview, a demo of the online platform features for each program is reviewed.
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George Mason University: Prevailing Wage Legislation and the Continuing Significance of Race

A study released in June 2018 by the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School found that prevailing wage laws discriminate against minority construction workers who have been traditionally underrepresented in labor unions. By examining the Davis-Bacon Act and the original intent of the law to exclude African-American construction workers from working on federal projects, to looking at the continuing effects of prevailing wage laws and the lack of minority participation in labor unions, the authors conclude  that prevailing wage legislation has been a disaster for minority construction workers.

 

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Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence Finds Flawed and Outdated Prevailing Wage Calculation Process

A study released by the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence found that the
prevailing wage determination process utilized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry leads to inaccurate wage rates on construction projects. A disproportionate 75 percent of prevailing wages reflected union rates in the period analyzed in the study, even though just 32 percent of private construction workers in Minnesota belong to a union. The authors also discovered that 72 percent of all prevailing wage rates were set using old rates, imported rates or a combination of both.  

 

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Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion: Update on Final Report and Other Significant Apprenticeship Issues

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Watch Now
Time: 2 p.m. (ET) / 1 p.m. (CT) / 12 p.m. (MT) / 11 a.m. (PT)
Length: 60 Minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: Michael D. Bellaman, President and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
  Greg Sizemore, ABC Vice President of HSE and Workforce Development  

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
On Oct. 6, 2017, Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), was appointed by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, created by President Trump’s Executive Order 13801 June 15, 2017.

ABC served on two of the four task force subcommittees—those charged with attracting business to apprenticeship and expanding access, equity and career awareness. The subcommittees offered numerous recommendations, which were detailed in the final apprenticeship report issued on May 10. Read the rest of entry »
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