ASA President’s Letter—September
Dear ASA Members,
It seems like we’re talking as much about human resources issues these days as we do about contracts, payment, change orders, and other construction topics we’re more used to hearing about. Yet, with all the proposed—and final—regulatory changes, uncertainty with the ACA “repeal and replace” talk, and the mounting challenge our industry is facing with the shortage of skilled labor, it’s no wonder we’re spending so much time on human resources issues these days.
For example, recent ASA webinars—now available as FASA videos-on-demand—have focused on “Self-Funded Healthcare for Subcontractors;” “The Devil’s Triangle: Understanding the Overlap Between the FMLA, ADA, and Workers’ Compensation Laws;” “School of Risk Control Excellence: Employment Practices Liability;” “OSHA Silica Rule—Applications for Subcontractors;” “OSHA Transgender Bathroom Requirements;” “OSHA Illness/Injury Data Collection Requirements;” “The DOL Overtime Rule;” “The DOL’s Proposed Wage & Hour Regulations;” “The War for Talent Drives Construction Pay Higher: Pay Trends in the Construction Industry;” and “Employment Law Changes and How They Affect Screening and Hiring Practices.” I could keep going!
And, we still have one more webinar on an HR issue coming up on Nov. 14: “Employment Law Mistakes Most Commonly Made by Subcontractors.” Furthermore, the September 2017 edition of The Contractor’s Compass, which will be hitting your inboxes soon, will take an in-depth look at “Workforce & Professional Development” issues. In the magazine, you’ll find a dozen articles ranging from professional development and employee training to criminal aspects of acting unethically and unforeseeable employee misconduct defense to an OSHA citation. Finally, I want to remind you that, under an arrangement with ASA, SESCO Management Consultants provides a free hotline to ASA members to discuss day-to-day employment issues, such as policy development, employee challenges such as disciplinary actions, terminations, or workers’ compensation issues, compliance to federal and state employment regulations, and many other management and HR matters. For details, log-in under “LogIn/Access Member Resources” and click on Human Resources.
As president of my company, I understand how federal regulations impact my business, and as your ASA president, I understand how important it is for ASA to provide these education offerings, so you have the opportunity to learn about these issues and adapt and comply by their deadlines. ASA puts forth an enormous effort in the regulatory advocacy realm, as well, fighting for your rights and representing your interests, not just on the obvious contract, change orders, and payment transparency issues you’ve come to expect, but also on the human resources issues that are critical to your business.
2017-18 ASA President