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June 14, 2016 In This Issue
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Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
Joslin Construction
We're bringing people together to advance the issues important to the commercial construction industry.

June 25 - Safety Committee Meeting
August 4 - Member Mixer
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Join us in preparing for the 2016 APEX Awards Gala as AGC Houston hosts a contest for members to #NameThatGC.

Building photos of past APEX Awards entries will be posted on our Facebook page. All you have to do is tell us who built the project. To participate, just LIKE the AGC Houston Facebook page and comment on our #NameThatGC posts throughout the summer. Click here for contest rules.
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Ray Lambright Excellence In Safety Award - Recognizing An Outstanding Safety Professional
All AGC Houston member companies can nominate a deserving safety professional.
Click here to fill out the nomination form.

Safety Excellence Awards - Recognizing Small And Large Specialty Contractors
All AGC Houston Specialty Contractor or Subcontractor may nominate their companies.
Click here to fill out the nomination form.

All nominations must be received by June 24, 2016.
The Safety Excellence Awards and Ray Lambright Award will be presented at the Midyear Safety Meeting on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Register for the event featuring Astronaut Scott Kelly here.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
7:30 - 9 a.m.

Open to all AGC Houston members interested in Department of Labor - Wage & Hour compliance issues and HR best practices, this specialized group meets to discuss issues facing human resource and training professionals in an open forum.
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Monday, June 20, 2016
Champions Golf Club
11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Registration is closed. Don't forget to join us at the golf club if you are playing or sponsoring.

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July 14, 2016
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria
7 - 9:30 a.m.

Save the date! You won't want to miss a Midyear Safety Meeting that will be out of this world! Hear from Captain Scott Kelly, history-making U.S. astronaut and retired U.S. Navy captain, who set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space by an American astronaut in October 2015.

We will also present the 2016 AGC Houston Safety Excellence Awards and the Ray Lambright Excellence In Safety Award. Nominate a deserving safety professional and specialty contractors for the Safety Excellence Awards today. 

All companies that took part in the Safety Stand-Down May 2-13, 2016 will be recognized!
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September 22, 2016
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria
11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Join your fellow colleagues in the commercial construction industry—including owners, architects, engineers, and service and supply representatives—to discuss technological innovations in case studies as well as the issues related to their adoption and successful implementation.

Featuring a keynote address by Scott Dadich, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED (2012 – Present); Vice President, Editorial Platforms and Design, Condé Nast (2010-2012); Creative Director, WIRED (2006-2010).

Now accepting call for presentations and welcoming attendees, exhibitors and sponsors. Click here for details.
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Wednesday, July 20
AGC Houston
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join Julie Schatz, CompGroup, AGC Program Manager, as she presents an educational program on improving profits while reducing insurance premiums. This free program is open to company owners, HR directors, risk managers and safety directors.
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AGC Houston accepting applications for Leadership AGC Class of 2017

In 2015, AGC Houston launched an immersive development program that helps participants become transformative leaders. To date, close to 30 individuals—earmarked by their companies as up-and-coming leaders—have taken the interactive course. During the eight-month program, participants gain a better understanding of the responsibilities and qualities that leaders need to successfully shape AGC and the Houston commercial construction industry.

AGC Houston is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 session, which begins in September. A limited group of 20 participants will be chosen for the class of 2017.
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In March, AGC Houston launched The Walk-Through, a newsletter dedicated to reporting the latest news on our education and professional development offerings. Read it here.
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Friday, June 24, 2016
AGC Houston
6:30 - 7:15 a.m. - subcomittee meeting
7:15 - 8:30 a.m. - open committee meeting

The Safety Committee meeting is open to all AGC Houston members interested in safety and health matters as well as regulatory matters. Please contact Kim Mason for more details.
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New Members
The following companies recently joined AGC Houston. Please consider contacting them for your business needs.

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Thomas Barber
(713) 222-1470
8690 Lambright Rd. 
Houston, Texas  77075-3121

D. H. Griffin of Texas, Inc.
Willie Smith
(713) 991-4444
8690 Lambright Rd. 
Houston, TX 77075-3121
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Membership Benefits
As a member of AGC, you can always count on Budget to save you money and time whenever you need to travel on the road. You've got your very own offer code here which saves you up to 25%.

For additional information or to make a reservation call (800) 527-0700.
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  • 25% on select FedEx Express international services
  • 20% on select FedEx Ground services
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    As a busy AGC contractor, you should never be forced to choose between employee purchase control and convenience when buying materials for your business.

    The BuilderPro FleetCard by Comdata is a complete purchasing solution that allows your employees to buy only the things they need to get the job done: materials, fuel and maintenance. It delivers purchase control, savings, and convenience in managing your business’ biggest expenses.

    Earn 5% cash rebate on purchases made at big box home improvement retailers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s**: 
    • Save on the purchases you’re already making for your business, at even more locations
    • Use the card at hardware, home improvement and building supply retailers nationwide. Save up to 6¢ per gallon on all fuel purchases*
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    AGC News
    The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that will allow the construction and development industries with a way to respond immediately to overly aggressive assertions by the federal government that the property they want to build contains jurisdic­tional "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS). 

    GC was the only trade association to advance the commercial construction industry’s interest in the outcome of this case and, once again, AGC has succeeded in changing facts on the ground.  This decision will have a material impact on the way that the Section 404 permit program actually functions.
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    Construction employment dipped for the second consecutive month in May, but rising industry pay and plunging unemployment suggest contractors would be hiring more workers if they were available, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned that worker shortages may be reaching the point where they undermine the sector’s growth.
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    Baker Triangle
    BMF Solutions, LLP
    Proline Supply Company
    News You Can Use
    What does it take to succeed in the highly competitive industry? Hear from over 20 respected leaders across multiple sectors including commercial, infrastructure and residential just to name a few - get lessons learned and words of wisdom helping you build your own career path and future leaders today. 

    The report contains a lot of advice and recommendations from 26 construction industry VPs to support construction professionals in their career planning. 

    View insights from AGC Houston members:

    And from AGC Houston CEO/President Jerry Nevlud

    To request a copy of the report and to view an insightful video, click here.
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    Congratulations to James D. Wofford Jr., AIA has been named Executive Director, Facilities Planning and Construction for the University of Houston System and the University of Houston.

    As Executive Director, Wofford looks forward to providing leadership and direction to Facilities Planning & Construction. He will manage the department’s budget and human resources while maintaining direct responsibility and monitoring of the university’s activities pertaining to long range planning and facilities development. This will include the construction of buildings, utilities, site work and renovation/remodeling projects at the University as well as the component campuses.

    Wofford began his career managing corporate projects as part of Houston Lighting and Power Company's Architecture department. Most recently, he was a senior manager for the Jones Lang LaSalle projects group at the ExxonMobil Houston campus. He has managed the design and construction of multiple large scale, worldwide corporate headquarter projects and mission critical projects as part of Hewlett Packard's Global Real Estate Organization, CEPM Mission Critical Group.  
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    Houston foundation repair company pays nearly $100K in back wages, liquidated damages to 30 workers after U.S. Labor Department investigation

    A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found MMM Foundation Repair violated the overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Investigators determined the employer misclassified employees as independent contractors, and paid them flat-day rates without regard to how many hours they worked.

    Violations resulted when these employees worked more than 40 hours in a week and the employer failed to pay them overtime. MMM Foundation Repair also failed to keep time or payroll records for some employees, as required by FLSA.

    The resolution? MMM Foundation Repair paid $49,980 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages, for a total of $99,960 to 30 employees. The company also agreed to keep proper records and comply with all provisions of the FLSA in the future.
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    In 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update the overtime regulations to reflect the original intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to simplify and modernize the rules so they’re easier for workers and businesses to understand and apply. The department has issued a final rule that will put more money in the pockets of middle class workers—or give them more free time.

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. With this new rule, OSHA is applying the insights of behavioral economics to improve workplace safety and prevent injuries and illnesses.

    AGC Houston member Tony Stergio, Andrews Myers, PC writes about the effect these new regulations will have on employees and employers.
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