Labor Law Clamp Down Coming for Construction

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Increasing scrutiny for labor law violations in construction could signal a leveling of competitive advantage for those following the rules. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

Construction firms that regularly skirt labor law to gain unfair competitive advantages by misclassifying workers and hiring people who aren’t legally allowed to work in the U.S., are going to face closer scrutiny this year, according to a report published in the National Law Review.

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Be An Employer of Choice and Beat the Craft Worker Shortage

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Craft worker shortages include welders, carpenters and iron workers. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

Top construction personnel executives recently said being an ‘employer of choice’ was the most effective way to recruit and retain trade workers, according to FMI’s “Craft Labor Recruiting and Retention 2015 Survey Report.”  But what exactly does employer of choice mean, and how do you get there?

Surprisingly it doesn’t mean your company has to get listed by a prominent magazine, or that you have to encourage your workforce to send in nominations to somebody. It’s really more about understanding the hallmarks of an employer of choice, and then nurturing those in your company.

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The Story Behind Story Telling for Construction

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Story telling takes center stage in company marketing plans. For construction there’s much to consider. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

The age of content marketing is in full swing and it increasingly relies on stories. Good stories. But, good story telling is not something that businesses selling to other businesses do well. That’s partly because marketing is often too closely tied to the story telling process.

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What to Look for in a Construction DaaS Vendor

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Implementing DaaS with the wrong vendor could leave your users unhappy and waiting. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

Construction DaaS offers the chance to get out from under desktop costs and management, but it takes the right vendor.

The desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) vendor market is set to become even more crowded, as suggested by the Computerworld Forecast Study 2015. That means more choices for construction companies wanting to dump the costs of self hosted desktops and move further away from having to manage technology. But it’s definitely not time to throw caution to the winds.

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Mobile Apps Explosion Offers New Game for Construction

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The mobile app explosion coming in 2015 will bring more and better options for small and medium sized businesses operating in vertical industries like construction. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

Small and medium sized businesses are spending more on mobile devices and the infrastructure to support them, as reported in ITBusinessEdge. Spending on mobile apps tops the list of mobile budget items, and 60 percent of surveyed SMBs said mobile was critical for their businesses. In return for their investments they’re realizing savings and operational efficiencies that used to only be available to the big guys.

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Top 3 AEC Industry Business Challenges for 2015

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Companies in the AEC industry face challenges in 2015, and beyond, that will require putting some thoughtful strategies in place. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

Companies in the AEC industry will find the answers to their biggest 2015 challenges will have to come from within. Their tests will lie in responding to volatile markets, handling the talent crunch, and mitigating growing enterprise and project level risks, according to Kent Goetjen, PwC Engineering and Construction (E&C) leader.

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Ruling Raises Miller Act Payment Bond Questions

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You might feel like you’re being thrown to the sharks if you’re caught up in a Miller Act payment bond dispute in Illinois. But the case there reminds how important it is to seek counsel when considering any government contract. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

By Todd Bryant

A recent Illinois Supreme Court decision on a Miller Act payment bond claim by a subcontractor has stirred discussion. The court’s ruling concerns construction claims against project bonds made on public works by subcontractors, and whether separate payment and performance bonds are needed. Continue reading Ruling Raises Miller Act Payment Bond Questions

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