Evolving the Trade Partner Relationship
By Michael Blakemore, Construction Executive
Construction’s current evolution sees the introduction of futuristic technologies, such as drones and augmented reality, that are radically shaping the way projects are built and delivered to clients. And yet, in other ways, the industry is stuck in the stone age. One such dinosaur is the...
4 Ways to Manage Your Small Business Employees
Written by Lanre Onibalusi, Business 2 Community
Small business is booming thanks to government programs, supply and demand, and modern workers seeking flexibility in response to a rigid 40-hour workweek. As a small business owner, you’ll work closely with your employees and therefore will need to create strong relationships and...
How the Overtime Rule Affects Employee Benefit Plans
By Stephen Miller, SHRM
Employers complying with the Department of Labor's final rule raising the salary threshold for time-and-a-half overtime pay to $35,568, up from $23,660, should consider the effect the new requirements may have on their employee benefit plans.
Some employers have different benefit tiers for...
Industry Execs Target Construction Materials Sector on Labor Abuses
Atricle by Engineering News-Record's Editor-at-Large for Management, Business and Workforce, Debra K. Rubin
Contending that forced labor and "modern-day slavery" remain a lingering problem in global manufacture of construction materials despite international bans, a Connecticut advocacy group is funding...
Small World: A Threat to the Construction Labor Market in Washington, D.C., Could be Felt by a Northeast Ohio Firm
Scott Suttell, Managing Editor at Crain's Cleveland Business
A Trump administration decision that stands to roil the market for construction workers in Washington, D.C., also will be felt by a Northeast Ohio firm, according to this article from The New York Times.From the piece:A few minutes before going to work...
401(k): "Sail" Through the Confusion
BudgetEase blog by Cheryl Coyle
Providing a retirement program for your employees is an important benefit to attract and retain employees. We have found that simple 401(k) plans initiated by small organizations are easily funded and compound annually to provide valued employees a nest egg at retirement. What feels like...
Making Strategic Investments In Employee Development Is Crucial For Success
By William Craig, Contributor, Forbes.com
The pressures of everyday business weigh on shoulders of all professionals, and leaders feel like they can’t afford to invest in their employees as much as they’d like — it’s just not realistic. When employers take this viewpoint, they fail their employees and...
Union Workers and Day Laborers Join Forces in Push for Prevailing Wage
By Denis Slattery, New York Daily News
An unlikely coalition of activists, union workers and day laborers joined forces Wednesday to call on New York lawmakers to grant raises to construction workers on publicly subsidized projects.
Hundreds of construction workers, decked out in orange and yellow, filled the state Capitol Building...
How to Handle Hard Conversations on the Jobsite
By Mark Anderson, Construction Business Owner
The essence of project management is reducing risk, optimizing project outcomes and meeting client expectations. As such, clients turn to professional project management and cost consultancy to help them achieve exactly that.
Whether cost consultants, external project managers or...
How to Effectively Manage an Underperforming Subcontractors
By Kim Slowey, Construction Dive
When a subcontractor doesn't perform according to the terms of its contract, it can often can turn a general contractor's or owner's experience of a great project from dream to nightmare.
In the execution of many construction projects, subs provide the bulk of the labor and materials...