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ABC Named 18 New AQC Members in 2018

The AQC program recognizes and honors construction firms that document their commitment to excellence in five key areas of corporate responsibility: quality, safety, employee benefits, training and community relations. A company that meets these criteria and has earned Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Gold, Platinum or Diamond status, is formally designated an “Accredited Quality Contractor.” Read the rest of entry »

President Trump Signs Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill

On Dec. 22, 2018, at the end of the 115th Congress, President Trump signed The FIRST STEP Act, a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that aims to reduce recidivism rates by improving educational opportunities for federal inmates and implementing modest sentencing reforms. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Elects 2019 National Chair, Executive Committee

The ABC Board of Directors elected Tony Rader, telecom vice president for National Roofing Partners, to serve as the 2019 national chair during the association’s annual Leadership Institute in Las Vegas. Ray Zamora, president of AnchorBuilt Inc., was elected chair-elect, and Steve Klessig, vice president of architecture and engineering, Keller Inc., was elected secretary.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC Supports DOL Proposals on ARPs and HRAs

On Dec. 21, ABC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration in support of its proposed rule to allow small and mid-sized businesses to band together and offer 401(k) plans to their employees through association retirement plans. Read the rest of entry »

Court Partially Upholds 2015 NLRB Joint Employer Standard

On Dec. 28, 2018, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries v. National Labor Relations Board case, which greatly expanded joint employer liability under the National Labor Relations Act. The divided court upheld portions of the Obama-era standard for determining “joint employer” status and remanded the case back to the NLRB for further consideration. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Strategic Partner JLG Industries Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation

JLG Industries Inc., an ABC strategic partner and a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, kicked off its year-long 50th anniversary celebration on Jan. 9, marking a half-century since its founder spearheaded the access industry with the introduction of the world’s first boom lift. Read the rest of entry »

Resources for Contractors Affected by the Federal Government Shutdown

The federal government continues to operate under a partial shutdown affecting nine federal departments and a total of about 800,000 federal workers who have been furloughed or are working without pay. Several agencies and programs that serve the construction industry are not affected, including the Departments of Labor, Defense, Education, Energy and Veterans Affairs construction projects. Read the rest of entry »

Contractors Lose Confidence in Q3 but Remain Upbeat

While construction industry leaders remained confident in the third quarter of 2018, optimism slipped relative to the second quarter, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index released by ABC. Approximately three in four construction firms expect that sales will continue to rise over the next six months and closer to one in 10 expect sales to decline over the next two quarters. Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Sinks Below Record Highs in Q3 2018

ABC reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator contracted to 9.04 months during the third quarter of 2018, down 8.4 percent from the second quarter and 4.3 percent lower than the same time last year. “Construction backlog reached its highest level ever during the second quarter,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. Read the rest of entry »

Price of Construction Materials Declines in November; ABC Predicts Moderate Increases in Early 2019

Construction materials prices fell 1.8 percent in November, according to ABC's analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Despite the monthly decline, materials prices are still 5.3 percent higher than they were on a year-over-year basis. Read the rest of entry »
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