While human trafficking doesn’t seem like an issue that would impact most contractors, more than half of the labor trafficking industry occurs in the construction, manufacturing and mining industries, according to a Forbes article.
As we move from one phase of life to the next, our priorities naturally shift. It stands to reason then that our careers are shaped by the transitions we make in our lives. For example, the lifestyle and career goals of a 25-year-old are going to be very different from those of a 55-year-old.
Construction has never moved at the same technological pace as other industries. The nature of the business is that conditions change from job to job, and even construction of “cookie-cutter” restaurants and hotels present different geographic, regulatory and labor challenges. Therefore, it’s no surprise that when a tool or system works—outdated though it may be—there’s hesitation when it comes to changing it on the mere promise of a better deal. As the old saying goes, if it’s not broken, why fix it?
On Nov. 22, 2016, the Eastern District Court of Texas issued an injunction blocking the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Overtime Rules, which were set to go into effect Dec. 1, 2016.
There are two types of project managers: those who have completed courses to become certified project managers and everybody else. While not everyone can attend official project management training, everyone can benefit from a field guide for the “accidental project manager.”
Filling the Construction Skilled Trades Gap Educating High School Students and Parents Is Key to Attracting New Talent
In today’s world, technology is everywhere. Children are mastering digital devices at ever-earlier ages. While technology is critical to many jobs, certain robust industries also require a skilled trade. Unfortunately, these industries are struggling to find the skilled workforce to fill these well-paying positions. The construction industry faces a projected job shortage of more than 90 percent, according to a recent report published by the Conference Board, a 501 non-profit research organization.
Construction projects are inherently labor intensive. From the start of a project to the end, there are architects, engineers, foreman, safety crew and, of course, construction workers.
Five Guidelines for an Effective Wellness Plan Tips for Construction Companies to Keep Employees Healthy and Productive
While construction owners and suppliers face many strategic decisions to lead a growing business, one to keep top of mind is the health and wellness of their people. The construction industry demands a skilled workforce with high mental and physical engagement. Making an investment in a wellness plan for employees can contribute to good health on and off the job, increase productivity and reduce common jobsite errors that may lead to injury.
Recruiting and Retaining Top Construction Industry Talent Leverage a Strong Portfolio, Company Culture and Advancement Opportunities to Build Your Best Team
There is no question that it is more difficult for construction and related industry firms to attract the number of candidates needed to fill today’s positions and to build managers for the future. For companies in remote or less developed regions, such as much of Northern New England, this challenge can be compounded by the lure of higher earning potential in bigger cities.
When a worker is exposed to airborne hazards on the job, adverse health effects may return home with them. Respiratory protection is more than just an onsite precaution. It’s a preventative step workers and employers must take to protect and preserve a person’s health today. On jobsites where airborne hazards such as dust, fumes, mists or vapors are or may be present, a worker’s respiratory health must be considered.
Tips for Reviewing Independent Contractor Agreements Ensure Classification Compliance as DOL Focuses on Construction Industry
Just as the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed major changes to the nation’s overtime rules in 2015 (taking effect Dec. 1, 2016), the DOL also doubled down on its “misclassification initiative.” By collaborating with several states through work-sharing agreements, the initiative is designed to promote information sharing and coordinated enforcement efforts against independent contractor misclassification.
In recent years, the Department of Labor (DOL) has taken the position that due to a “particularly competitive” environment, pay practice violations are rampant throughout the construction industry. Previously, the DOL mostly cited issues related to “off-the-clock” work, travel time and poor recordkeeping.