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ABC Election Briefing Series, powered by Free Enterprise Alliance

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Join us for the ABC Election Briefing Series, powered by the Free Enterprise Alliance, as we provide insights on the nation's political landscape.

This series will feature political experts who will provide updates on the political environment, highlight key races, dive into regional focus areas, and much more.

The ABC Election Briefing Series is free of charge and reserved for ABC members only.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Melanie Pfeiffenberger for more information at pfeiffenberger@abc.org or (202) 595-1813.

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Coronavirus Relief for Construction Business

As the federal government continues to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 health and economic crisis, ABC has advocated for and supported critical policies enacted by the U.S. Congress. ABC also urges Congress to consider necessary modifications to current programs and additional relief to ensure our nation’s construction industry remains strong and ready to lead the economic comeback once the crisis is over.

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FranklinCovey's 7 Habits Coach

Members can also sign up for FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits Coach 10-episode webcast series designed to help navigate real problems in challenging times. The series will be delivered daily for 10 days to help you:

  • • Focus on what you can influence when there is a lot out of your control.
  • • Get the skills to prioritize in the midst of overwhelming outside sources.
  • • Apply timeless principles to preserve relationships with family, friends and colleagues in times of stress.
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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.

- Friday, September 25: Tracking Subcontractor and Materials Cost with Real-Time Reporting 
- Friday, October 2: Save Time with Simplified Vendor Payments
- Friday, October 9: Gain Control with Better Data and Analytics
- Friday, October 16: Steamlining Construction Recruiting and Onboarding
- Friday, October 23: Integratign Workflows to Unlock Productivity
- Friday, October 30: Faster Billing with Collaborative Progress Billing Workflows

 

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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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Taking a Stand to Raise Awareness and Deploy Suicide Prevention Strategies in Construction

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Mike Bennett, Cianbro; Cal Beyer, CSDZ, A Holmes Murphy Company; Paul Surgenor PhD, National Council of Behavioral Health
Moderator:    Greg Sizemore, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

A panel of industry, safety and mental health experts will discuss proactive strategies your organization can take to address suicide prevention on your projects, including signs and symptoms and available resources your company and your employees can access to ensure a mentally healthy work environment.

MEET THE PRESENTERS

Mike Bennett is vice president at Cianbro, a 100% employee-owned, self-performing general contractor that provides diverse construction services in 41 states. An AQC and STEP Diamond participant, Bennett and the Cianbro team strive every day to send their team members home in better condition than when they arrive on the jobsite. He previously served as chair of ABC’s National Workforce Development Committee and currently chairs ABC’s National Safety Committee. He has been a member of the ABC Maine Chapter’s Board of Directors since 2000 and was chairman in 2008 and 2018.  He is also the chair of the Board of Trustees for NCCER.

Cal Beyer serves as the vice president of workforce risk and worker wellbeing at CSDZ, a Holmes Murphy company. He has more than 30 years of experience in construction safety, health, wellness, insurance and risk management and was instrumental in the launch of the construction industry suicide prevention movement in 2014 and formation of Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Beyer was an inaugural member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and served as co-chair of the Workplace Task Force from 2015–2017 and on the Executive Committee since 2016.  He was also named a Top 25 Newsmaker for 2016 by Engineering News-Record for his work on suicide prevention.

Paul Surgenor PhD, is a psychologist with 15 years of expertise in behavioral health research and program development. He has been a professor at leading universities in Ireland, including Technological University of Dublin, Dublin City University, University of Limerick and University College Dublin, and has published multiple reports and peer-reviewed papers in education, behavioral health and suicide prevention. Dr. Surgenor has established behavioral health education and training programs for public and private sector clients in Ireland and the United States, as well as developed online and face-to-face, evidence-based programs that integrate international best practices with needs analysis from specific communities. He has enabled teams to integrate behavioral changes into strategic and actions plans to ensure effective and long-term impact.

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New Updates on the PRO Act and its Negative Impact on Merit Shop Contractors

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Moderator:    Ben Brubeck, ABC National
Presenters:    Maury Baskin, Littler Mendelson P.C.; Jimmy Greene, ABC Michigan; Brett McMahon, Miller & Long Co.; Kristen Swearingen, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
ABC Members Only

Will passage of the ABC-opposed PRO Act put you out of business? Get the latest insights from ABC leaders and experts about the impact of negative legislation targeting employers and threatening employee freedom, privacy and choice in the workplace.

MEET OUR PRESENTERS
Maury Baskin serves as ABC’s general counsel and is a shareholder in the Washington, D.C., office of Littler Mendelson P.C., where he chairs Littler’s Construction practice group and co-chairs Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute. He is one of the chief legal advocates for the rights of employers on labor issues throughout the country, representing ABC and its member firms at every level of government, up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ben Brubeck is the vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs for ABC. In this role, he works with his team work to shape policy on local, state and federal issues important to the construction industry, and represents ABC before lawmakers, the media, construction industry executives and stakeholders. His expertise across a portfolio of issues include labor and employment, workforce development, infrastructure, federal contractor regulations, small businesses and public works procurement.

Jimmy E. Greene, the president of Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan, spearheads government affairs efforts on behalf of the state chapters and membership. Prior to this role, he served as president and chief executive officer of the ABC Greater Michigan Chapter and the Greater Michigan Construction Academy, which has educated more than 300 builders and contractors in 36 counties. As the founder and past president of the Michigan Black Republican Party and the Rockefeller Republican Center for Public Policy, Greene is politically engaged at the local, state and federal level, as well as an active community volunteer.

Brett McMahon is the chairman, CEO and co-owner of Miller & Long Co., Inc., headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and Miller & Long DC, Inc., located in Washington, D.C. Both companies specialize in pouring cast-in-place concrete for multi-level office buildings, parking garages and mixed-use developments. Together the companies employ more than 1,500 people on volume exceeding $280 million annuals. McMahon has 25 years’ experience in the construction industry.

Kristen Swearingen serves as vice president of legislative and political affairs at ABC National. She leads the association's lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill and coalition efforts in the business community. Prior to joining ABC, Swearingen served as a staffer in the office of former Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.).

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Latest Updates on DOL’s COVID-19 Paid Leave and Other Hot Topics

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 Register Now
Time: 1 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Maury Baskin, Littler Mendelson P.C.

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
ABC Members Only

On Aug. 3, an Obama-appointed federal judge in New York nullified key sections of the U.S. Department of Labor’s rules governing paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Following the court decision, on Sept. 11, the DOL revised its guidance that restricted paid leave during layoffs and furloughs, required employer consent to paid intermittent leave and required employees to provide documentation before taking leave. ABC General Counsel Maury Baskin will discuss how the revised FFCRA guidance impacts construction contractors and chapters.

In addition to discussing recent FFCRA updates, learn the latest on new and proposed federal rules dealing with independent contractors, joint employers, diversity training requirements for government contractors, the potential impact of the Supreme Court nominee and other election campaign issues affecting ABC members.

MEET OUR PRESENTER

Maury Baskin serves as ABC’s general counsel and is a shareholder in the Washington, D.C., office of Littler Mendelson P.C., where he chairs Littler’s Construction Practice Group and co-chairs Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute. He is one of the chief legal advocates for the rights of employers on labor issues throughout the country, representing ABC and its member firms at every level of government, up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The Conversation Continues: Developing a Company Culture that Embraces Diversity and Innovation

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Steve Huizinga, Allied Mechanical; Sasha Reed, Procore
Moderator:    Matt Abeles and Tia Perry, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

Join us for the second webinar focused on the importance of developing a company culture that values diversity and innovation and why embracing technology is essential to recruiting the workforce of the future. Learn how the intersection of culture, diversity and innovation can help you mentor your company’s next generation of leaders and how it will lead to better safety performance, operational efficiency and job satisfaction.

MEET THE PRESENTERS

Steve Huizinga, President, Allied Mechanical
Steve Huizinga is the third-generation owner of Allied Mechanical Services. He worked his way up the ranks to his current position as president during 25 years with the company. Along the way, he gained crucial experience in the roles of piping/plumbing apprentice, journeyman, foreman and estimator.

Sasha Reed, Director of Industry Advancement, Procore
At Procore, Sasha Reed drives social impact that connects nonprofit builders, schools, associations and local organizations with technology and training resources to build for charity and advance the industry. With 18 years of experience in construction and technology, she hosts roundtables, panel discussions and podcasts, creating platforms to spark meaningful conversations across the globe.

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