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A Path Forward for Retirement Benefits in the Union Construction Industry .

Contractors and Unions should consider a strategy of adopting the 401k/Annuity and similar Plans as a secondary provider of retirement income for their employees, with a long term outlook of having 401k and similar plans become the primary provider of retirement income or at a minimum an equal part of an individual's retirement income expectation...

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BASF Construction Chemicals - Precision Grout Placement Summary .

The rotating equipment and heavy machinery being installed in industrial environments, including steel manufacturing facilities, are critically aligned with exact tolerances. When in operation, this type of equipment and machinery experiences heavy dynamic and repetitive loading...

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New Indiana Criminal Code Statue Affects Employment Applications .

On May 6, 2013, Governor Pence signed into law a statute that states that it is "unlawful discrimination for any person to suspend, expel, refuse to employ or otherwise discriminate against any person because of a conviction or arrest record expunged or sealed...

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Right to Work in Indiana: A First-Year Report Card .

How has the new RTW law impacted union contractors in the state?....

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Employment Decisions Based On An Employee's Status As A Family Caregiver Can Implicate Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws .

Most employers are aware of federal laws, and state-based counterparts, that prohibit discrimination in employment based on sex, race, disability, age, and other protected categories....

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Compensation Strategies - "Reasonable" Subchapter S Compensation Is a Must .

Many construction contractors operate as Subchapter S corporations. This form of ownership offers a number of tax advantages, but it can also lead to complications, which, if not handled properly, can result in significant tax penalities...

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Regulatory Compliance - Understanding Federal DBE Requirements .

If you're a contractor seeking to work on projects that are funded either wholly or in part by the U.S. Department of Transportation, it is important to understand the department's Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) requirements...

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The Challenge of Accommodating Intermittent FMLA Leave .

The Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. 2601 ("FMLA"), became law during President Bill Clinton's first term as president, on August 5, 1993...

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Employee Leave Under ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation .

Employers must keep apprised of the various laws that may come into play when their employees seek medical leaves of absence from the workplace...

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There is an Organization to Assist with Unfair Contracting Issues .

The III FFC is a labor-management organization established to support, promote, and encourage fair contracting by providing a "level playing field" in the public construction arena for contractors, workers, and taxpayers. To this end, the III FFC monitors certain projects from inception to completion...

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EEOC Issues Guidelines on Criminal Background Checks .

Many of our clients routinely use criminal background checks when hiring new employees. The EEOC has just issued new guidelines which limit this use...

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Multiemployer Disclosure Requirements .

A new FASB Accounting Standards Update requires employers to provide more information about their financial obligations to multi-employer pension plans generally used by employers to provide benefits to union employees...

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EEOC's New Strategic Plan Puts Employers on Warning .

On December 17, 2012, the The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") released its Strategic Enforcement Plan ("SEP") for fiscal years 2012-2016...

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Construction Company Required To Contribute To Funds For All Hours Worked - Not Just Bargaining Unit Work .

On July 23, 2012, the Seventh Circuit, in McCleskey v. DLF Construction, Inc., agreed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana that a construction company, DLF Construction, Inc., ("DLF") was required to contribute to two funds for all work performed by members of the Local 692 of the Cement Masons Union ("Union"), including non-bargaining unit work...

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