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From monthly archives: February 2015

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Personal Protective Equipment-Head Protection by Beau Briggs

  If you think the OSHA regulations only require affected employees to wear hardhats on large- scale construction sites, think again. The standards require affected employees to wear an approved hardhat ANYWHERE they are exposed to falling objects, as well as when a worker is exposed to contact with an electrical current. Here is an overview of some of the different types of jobs and hazards that could require the use of hardhats:  Working in areas where materials are handled or transported overhead that may fall, such as: working beneath a co-worker who is handling tools or materials on a ladder;  working beneath or near a scaffold or overhead platform where materials or  tools are being used; working in areas where others are performing tasks on a roof, elevated floor, or other overhead area; working beneath conveyors; working near ... Read the rest of entry »

Alan Kriegler - 2014 Instructor of the Year

A new Excellence In Construction Award for the Cornhusker ABC Chapter is the Craft Instructor of the Year Award.  It will be presented to an instructor who possesses outstanding creativity, a positive attitude, and the ability to transfer knowledge through good communications skills and innovative teaching to promote lifelong learning to our future workforce. The recipient of this award best embodies the merit shop ideals through superior effort and talent.  We would like to congratulation Lincoln Electrical Instructor, Alan Kriegler, Sentry Electric who will receive this award at our Excellence In Construction Awards Ceremony on February 19 at The Cornhusker Hotel, Lincoln, NE.  Congratulations Alan!

David Chapin - 2014 Leadership Award

  This award is being presented to a Cornhusker Chapter member that has excelled in several leadership categories.  The winner of this prestigious award has helped the Cornhusker Chapter make superior achievements toward becoming an organization of high trust, high collaboration and effective communication to deliver the ABC value to our members.   Our winner has excelled in Safety & Health programs and has helped increase the awareness of political awareness for our chapter.  He has been a leading force in the construction industry for workplace development and training and he has helped our chapter demonstrate superior achievements in delivering and communicating member value.  We are proud to announce the 2014 Excellence in Leadership Award will be presented to David Chapin, Willmar Electric Services at our Excellence In Construction Awards Ceremony on February 19 at The ... Read the rest of entry »

Update-Bills of Interest in the NE Legislature...

    Of particular interest was the hearing on LB 255 (Morfeld) which would provide state income tax credits for only construction apprenticeships. Beginning  in 2016, a tax credit of up to two thousand dollars or fifty percent of the total wages paid to such apprentice during the taxable year, whichever is less, shall be applied as a nonrefundable credit the for wages paid by the taxpayer to apprentices against the employer’s income tax imposed by the State of Nebraska.  It is limited to apprenticeships accredited by the US Bureau of Apprenticeship, plus it requires that the apprenticeship program be jointly administered by labor and management trustees.  It was referred to Revenue Committee.   At the State Chamber’s bill review, the Taxation Council along with the Labor Relations Council agreed with the concept but not the requirement to be “jointly adminis ... Read the rest of entry »

Free Contractors Webinars

Health Care Reform Update – Learn How The Law Will Impact Your Company in 2015 and Beyond
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
1:00 p.m. (CT)
To register click here
LEEDv4: What Contractors Need to Know
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
1:00 p.m. (CT)
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Hire & Retain Top Talent: Strategies to Build Your Best Team
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
1:00 p.m. (CT)
To register click here
How to Eliminate Chaos and Inefficiency in Your Service Business
Wednesday, April 22, 105
1:00 p.m. (CT)
To register click here
For a complete list of webinars scheduled for the rest of the year click here.

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U.S. DOL Rules Update by Bill Harding

  On November 21, the U.S. DOL issued its Fall 2014 semi-annual regulatory agenda.  Many construction industry contractors may not be regular readers of this document, but the November 21 issue is an exception.  In that issue, U.S. DOL announced that the new notice of proposed rulemaking for the white collar exemptions to overtime pay requirements under the FLSA which had been expected in November, 2014 will now be issued in February, 2015.  In March, 2014, President Obama ordered U.S. DOL to revamp the regulations for the white collar exemptions in order to make more workers eligible for overtime.  Obama noted then that the salary requirement threshold is only $23,660.00/year.  As a consequence, most commentators are expecting the salary threshold to be increased substantially and perhaps even doubled.  On another note, the November 21 document also announced that the pe ... Read the rest of entry »

Excellence In Construction Celebration

Join us for the 19th Annual Excellence In Construction Awards Banquet and Celebration on February 19 at The Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.  Local magician and comedian Gayle Becwar will entertain and serve as Master of Ceremonies of our annual premier event.
Don’t miss this fun event and the opportunity to connect with your fellow ABC members.
To register click here.

February Networking Luncheons


Connect with other ABC members by attending the Omaha Networking Luncheon at Anthony’s Restaurant on February 18 and the Lincoln Networking Luncheon at Beacon Hills Restaurant on February 24, 2015.
The February luncheon program will feature the new ABC Cornhusker Website – We’ve Gone LIVE!
Jerry Pigsley of Harding & Shultz P.C., L.L.O. will present the  Lunch and Learn Topic “The Executive Exemption to Overtime “.
To register for the Omaha Luncheon click here.
To register for the Lincoln Luncheon click here.

E-News: February 16, 2015 Issue

February Networking Luncheons (2/16/2015)

Excellence In Construction Celebration (2/16/2015)

Congress Votes to Repeal NLRB Ambush Election Rule..."The Rest of The Story"  (2/16/2015)

Update - Bills of Interest In the NE Legislature (2/16/2015)

Dave Chapin - 2014 Leadership Award (2/16/2015)

Alan Kriegler - 2014 Instructor of the Year (2/16/2015)

U.S. DOL Rules Update by Bill Harding (2/16/2015)

Personal Protective Equipment - Head Protection by Beau Briggs (2/16/2015)

Free Contractors Webinars (2/16/2015)

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