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Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
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AGC Houston contractor members must have participated in the National AGC Safety Awards Program for three consecutive years in order to be eligible for an award. This means a member must have participated in the program for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 in order to be eligible to receive an award in 2018.

Visit https://agchouston.org/AGCH/Safety/Awards/National-AGC-Safety-Awards/AGCH/Safety/Awards/National_AGC_Safety_Awards.aspx to view the full article online.

 
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The AGC Texas Building Branch has instituted a new online submittal process for the awards.  

General Contractors and Specialty Contractors can submit projects in 30 categories.

No entry fees! 

Winning projects will be recognized at the AGC TBB Annual Convention, June 6-9, 2018 at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA.

Visit https://agchouston.org/AGCH/News/Articles/TBB_Outstanding_Construction_Awards.aspx to view the full article online.

 



AGC Houston and the Texas Building Branch encourages members to register for primary elections and get to the ballot boxes to cast your vote. Over the coming weeks, AGC TBB will provide information on Statewide, Senate, and House races, along with the elections that are most significant to our industry. 




These are the elections that make a difference in Texas - The vast majority of state races are decided in March, not in November!




Primary Voting Deadlines


Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 - Last Day to Register to Vote

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 - First Day of Early Voting

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 - Mail-in Ballot applications must be received 

Friday, March 2, 2018 - Last Day of Early Voting

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - ELECTION DAY 



Visit http://harrisvotes.com/ to view the full article online.


Each year, leading economists look into their "crystal balls" in an attempt to foresee what the New Year holds for the construction industry. For 2018, this proved a tougher task given key uncertainties clouding the outlook at year end, including the incomplete 2018 federal spending package and as yet enacted tax reform legislation (just passed at time of publication). Add in storm and wildfire recovery boosting construction demand, costs and labor woes (further compounded by immigration reform), then throw in the pending mid-term elections, and the future is cloudier still.





That said, economists gave their best shot, and here is a Q&A covering their outlook for the overall U.S. economy and general construction as we neared the close of 2017.

Visit https://www.forconstructionpros.com/business/article/20985203/special-report-construction-industry-2018-spending-forecast to view the full article online.

The AGC-supported CICA Center is a free online resource on environmental compliance and sustainability that is open to the entire U.S. construction industry.  The Center is an online clearinghouse of resources on the top rules you will need to keep track of during your construction projects.

Visit http://www.cicacenter.org/ to view the full article online.

Republicans’ brief control of the National Labor Relations Board ended with the expiration of Chairman Philip Miscimarra’s term on Dec. 16, 2017.  In anticipation of the change, the Board issued several employer-friendly decisions with significant impact.  The most high-profile among them is a ruling in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors that overturns the controversial, AGC-opposed joint-employer standard established in Browning-Ferris Industries.

Visit https://www.agc.org/news/2018/01/10/december-brought-significant-changes-nlrb-positions-and-composition-including-agc to view the full article online.

American Door Products
Baker Triangle
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February 7, 2018   2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Forest Club
Rising Star educational program, geared for up-and-coming leaders



The upcoming program will address document control on construction projects, which is critical to success and risk mitigation.

A panel of industry professionals will discuss the importance of efficient and effective document management for successful construction projects.




To register, click here.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/hca-nwl/pdf/RisingStarSeminar_Houston_2-18.pdf to view the full article online.

Proline Supply Company
Membership Benefits
  

Our dedicated specialist has years of experience handling complicated power needs for the construction industry.

Reliant will request your temporary meter from the TDSP and can manage the transition from temporary to permanent power.



  • Reliant will ensure that your meters are installed in the right place, at the right time, to help meet your construction timelines − all at a special AGC price.


 Call: 1.855.350.8656 or visit reliant.com/agc for more information.

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/hca-nwl/articles/index-v2.asp?aid=485343&issueID=57404 to view the full article online.

AGC of America’s online training collaboration with ClickSafety.com includes a comprehensive library of courses, many available in both English and Spanish, covering a variety of construction safety and general industry topics.

Visit https://www.clicksafety.com/agc/ to view the full article online.

 
News you can Use

Register Today!

U.S. Department Of Labor Houston Employer Forum

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Houston Community College Southeast, Learning HUB, 6815 Rustic, Houston, TX 77087.




Don’t miss this free opportunity to get compliance assistance information and training from the agencies that enforce 

federal labor laws. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first- served basis. Up to two people per organization may attend.



Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-department-of-labor-dol-2018-educational-and-outreach-forum-tickets-42515658479 to view the full article online.

Tony Stergio, Andrews Myers, PC, highlights key employment law updates regarding the Obamacare Employer Mandate, I-9s Inspections and OSHA Inspections.





Obamacare Employer Mandate.

The recent tax cut legislation under the Trump Administration eliminates Obamacare’s individual mandate for health insurance, the provision that taxed individuals who elect not to purchase health insurance.  





I-9s Inspections Are Back.

The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement ("ICE") Agency is expanding its inspections of employers’ Form I-9s in the Houston area.  





OSHA Inspections Down Nationally, But Maybe Not Locally.

You may have seen reports from NBC and other national media outlets that OSHA inspections are expected to decrease nationally due to the Agency’s loss of 4% of its inspectors.  



Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/hca-nwl/articles/index-v2.asp?aid=485555&issueID=57404 to view the full article online.


Construction Career Collaborative (C3), a 501c3 in Houston today announced the launch of the Craft Training Endorsement Program that awards commercial construction companies with one of three endorsement levels for targeted commercial construction skilled craft training programs. 

"The construction industry must deliver strong craft training programs connected to career paths in order to create a sustainable workforce built on well trained and safe craft professionals," said Jim Stevenson, President of McCarthy Building and Chairman of the Board at C3.



Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/hca-nwl/articles/index-v2.asp?aid=485356&issueID=57404 to view the full article online.

On December 22, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Columbia  rejected challenges to OSHA's 2016 silica rule made by industry groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A spokesperson for the U.S. Chamber said the chamber still is reviewing the decision, "but we continue to believe that OSHA lacks substantial evidence to support its rule." In 2016, OSHA published a final rule regulating workplace exposure to silica, Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica (29 CFR 1910, 1915 and 1926). Read the full article here.



Read "D.C. Circuit Rejects All Industry Challenges to OSHA’s New Silica Standards" here.

  



AGC Houston Silica Task force members spent more than a year clarifying the hard questions that aren't specifically addressed in the silica standard for construction. View more information and resources here.



Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/hca-nwl/articles/index-v2.asp?aid=485357&issueID=57404 to view the full article online.




Looking to enhance your workforce?

NextOp is hosting a luncheon on February 8, 2018 to showcase how companies can get connected with prescreened, qualified veterans who are looking to enter the workforce in construction.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/hca-nwl/pdf/AGC_IT_W4L_Luncheon_2018_Flyer_(CP).pdf to view the full article online.

 
On January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reissued 17 previously withdrawn opinion letters addressing a wide range of topics under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). 15 of the 17 letters were originally signed off on during the final days of the Bush administration, but were withdrawn by the Obama administration "for further consideration by the Wage and Hour Division" on March 2, 2009, and stated that it would "provide a further response in the near future," but never did. 

Visit https://www.agc.org/news/2018/01/11/dol-reissues-17-wage-and-hour-opinion-letters to view the full article online.

Factories in flat-packs and homes built in factories — modular construction will build new momentum in 2018. However, the industry is battling with significant skills shortages and must manage increasing globalization.

Visit https://www.forconstructionpros.com/business/article/20988270/modular-construction-will-build-new-momentum-in-2018 to view the full article online.

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