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By: Kendall Jones
December 15th, 2017

The opioid crisis in the U.S. has become a public health emergency and it affects people from all walks of life and has invaded all areas of the country. The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration reported that 10,933,000 people 18 or older had misused opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs, within the past year. More than half, 5,658,000, worked full-time jobs and another 1,581,000 were employed part-time.

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By: Jim Foucher
November 28th, 2017

Temperatures are dropping, the holidays are approaching and there might even be a little bit of snow in the forecast. It’s officially the offseason in the construction industry. The construction industry is often one of the hardest-hit when inclement weather hits but this doesn’t mean there isn’t work to do.

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By: Brigid Huber
November 21st, 2017

Making yourself step away from the day-to-day duties of running your construction business is hard to do. Not to mention taking the key members of your management team with you. And what if I said that you also needed to take some of the non-management personnel, members of your office and field staff, away for a half day or so and ask them to attend your winter retreat?

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By: Bill Amster
November 17th, 2017

The holiday season is upon us: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Tax Return Preparation!  All over the land, Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are busy updating their software, familiarizing themselves with the new laws and restocking their liquor cabinets.

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By: Jeremy Knauff
November 14th, 2017

Do you remember the last job you lost to a competitor? I remember mine vividly because, despite my best efforts, I simply could not convince my prospect to choose my company. No matter how much evidence I presented, they remained unswayed.

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By: David Bell
October 27th, 2017

While many people celebrate the push for legalization of marijuana, the reality of marijuana legalization is complicated for employers. Under federal law, marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 drug, which indicates that regulators consider it to have a high potential for abuse, no agreed-upon medical purpose, and insufficient safety standards for use under medical supervision. As a result, even in states where both medical and recreational use of marijuana has been legalized, employers’ legal responsibility to ensure a safe workplace puts all companies in complicated legal positions.

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By: Jim Foucher
October 11th, 2017

When hurricanes or natural disasters hit an area, efforts turn to disaster relief and cleanup and calls go out to companies that specialize in these areas. The Coast Guard is called, rescue missions are deployed, and The American Red Cross dispatches volunteers to begin making sense of the chaos.

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By: Kendall Jones
October 10th, 2017

After a three-month delay, OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard (1926.1153) went into effect on September 23. The delay was so the agency could develop educational and guidance materials regarding the new rules and to provide assistance to companies help them become compliant.

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By: Brigid Huber
October 5th, 2017

When the construction season gets into full swing are you taking time to work on the business? Staying current on billings? If not, it’s time to regroup. Sometimes it’s easy to let things slide when we are busy. Here are some things to keep in mind as you navigate your business through the busy construction season.

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By: Kendall Jones
September 28th, 2017

Lean construction is based on a simple concept: create value for the client and minimize waste. Implementing lean thinking into construction can be difficult because it requires adopting a different mindset and approach to construction from traditional methods.