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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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Viewpoint's Take 15 Webinar Series

*Hosted by ABC’s Strategic Partner Viewpoint*

Date: Every Friday Register Now
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Length: 15 Minutes
Speakers:    Viewpoint Product Experts
WEBINAR DESCRIPTION


The Take 15 series is a weekly, brief webinar led by Viewpoint, an ABC Strategic Partner, where product experts highlight challenges contractors face and how Viewpoint’s comprehensive suite of software solutions can help solve those challenges.

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A Sneak Peek into the 2020 STEP Application

Date: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:   

Amy Faris, ABC National
Steve Wiltshire, ABC National


Webinar Description

ABC Members Only

Get a sneak peek into the 2020 STEP Safety Management System application and see what's new before the application goes live!

This Webinar is Designed to

  • - Give you a look into the 2020 STEP application
  • - Introduce a new Key Component
  • - Show the new online platform
  • - Explain STEP as a safety management system
Who Should Attend
  • - Members
  • - Chapter Staff
  • - Chapter Presidents
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What Does the New DOL Final Overtime Rule Mean for Construction Industry Employers?

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 Minutes
Speakers:    Maury Baskin and Tammy McCutchen of Littler Mendelson P.C.,
Washington D.C.


Webinar Description

 

ABC Members Only

 

On Sept. 27, the DOL issued a final rule on overtime, “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees,” which updates and revises the “white-collar” overtime exemption regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The final rule goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

During this webinar, Maury Baskin and Tammy McCutchen will discuss the key provisions of the final overtime rule and how employers can prepare now to comply with the Jan. 1, 2020, effective date.

Learn about the following:

  • The new minimum salary level for exemption
  • The 10% rule
  • The highly compensated level
  • No automatic updates or changes to the duties test
  • Complying with the new rule


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WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • Owners
  • HR Managers
  • Chapter Executives
  • ABC Attorneys
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Completing Payment Applications and Change Orders

*Hosted by the American Institute of Architects*

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Mike Bomba, Esq., Director and Counsel, AIA Contract Documents
Ben Segal, Manager, Document Information, AIA Contract Documents Content

 

Webinar Description

Construction has experienced some of the slowest productivity growth of any part of the Payment applications, change orders and continuation sheets are vital documents to manage a design and construction project successfully. And, they are among the most downloaded AIA forms. View a live tutorial on completing these forms within the AIA Contract Documents online service. Understand the critical aspects of these forms and how to complete them correctly and efficiently.

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Understanding the General Conditions of a Construction Contract

*Hosted by the American Institute of Architects*

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:   

Mike Koger, AIA, Esq, Senior Manager and Counsel, AIA Contract Documents


Webinar Description

ABC Members Only

AIA document A201, the General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, defines the roles, responsibilities, and working relationships among project team members. Join AIA for a detailed analysis of the A201 to discover essential information that you should understand before beginning any project.

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Renting vs. Buying Your Employee Benefits

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 Register Now
Time: 1 p.m. EDT
Length: 30 minutes
Speakers:   

Nat Peniston, Vice President, The Contractors Plan


Webinar Description

ABC Members Only

Providing self-funded health benefits to an hourly and geographically dispersed workforce requires a unique approach that integrates enrollment, ongoing eligibility management, premium collection and compliance. Self-funding has many positives, such as reducing costs and increasing plan flexibility, but it is not a solution for all contractors. If you have more than 25 employees and expect to offer benefits moving forward. consider buying your health insurance vs. renting it. While not appropriate for all employers, level-funded plans may be of help in reducing costs, especially from lower taxes and insurance company profits, flexible reporting and building a claims reserve that can be used to enhance future benefits and lower premiums.

This Webinar is Designed to

  • - Convey key facts about partially self-funded medical plans.
  • - Understand how and when self-funded can work in construction. Is this a fit for my company?
  • - Integrating other benefits (retirement, dental, etc.) into a cohesive array.
  • - The benefits of leveraging a common enrollment/benefits administration platform.
  • - Provide the steps to take in order to move from fully insured to self-funded.
Who Should Attend
  • - Business owners
  • - HR professionals
  • - Agents and brokers who cater to contractors
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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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