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The Inland Pacific ABC Weekly Merit Shop News Watch is published every Tuesday, bringing you the latest information not only on ABC Plan Center projects, but other important and timely information to give your company the competitive edge!

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Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 38 States Year-Over-Year, ABC Says

November not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates were down in 38 states and the nation on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The rates for two states, Kansas and Texas, were unchanged from November 2015. The national NSA construction unemployment rate of 5.7 percent was down 0.5 percent from a year ago and unchanged from October, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Cathy McMorris Rodgers continues her work for the people of Eastern Washington

Dear
ABC Member:

Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts on pending
legislation in the 114th Congress. While this Congress has come
to a close, I’m honored to have been re-elected to serve as your Representative
in the 115th Congress. 

Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 33 States Year-Over-Year

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 29—October not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rates were down in 33 states and the nation on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The national NSA construction unemployment rate of 5.7 percent was down 0.5 percent from a year ago, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Overtime Rule Goes Into Effect Dec. 1

On May 18, the DOL released the final overtime rule, which will change federal exemptions to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for administrative, executive and professional employees, the so-called "white collar" worker classifications that have long been exempt from time-and-one-half pay for working more than 40 hours per week. The DOL's final rule will affect both public and private work by all employers that are covered under the FLSA. Specifically, the rule doubles the current minimum standard salary level for exemption from $23,660 to $47,476 annually. It also increases the highly compensated employees (HCE) to an annual compensation of $134,000. DOL made no changes to the standard duties test.

Congratulations Talia Brestar - Vice President of NAWIC

Please join the IPC-ABC Staff in congratulating Talia Brestar, Membership Coordinator, for being elected to serve as the 2015-2016 Vice President of the Spokane Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). 

How the ABC Retro Program Compares to Other Construction Retro Programs?

First, we work with your company to develop safety programs and policies that prevent accidents and keep your employees safe.  However; when the unfortunate accident does happen, we work immediately and tirelessly to manage the claim, ensure that your injured worker receives appropriate care, and that we get them back to work as quickly as possible.   What makes ABC’s professional claims management services different is we are located in Spokane/Eastern Washington . 

2014 ABC Wall of Fame Contest Results are in!

Each year ABC members have the opportunity to participate in IPC-ABC Wall of Fame contest.  Members who recruit a new member into the ABC association throughout the year get their name and company name displayed for the entire 2015 year in the ABC Office for everyone to see.  

Please welcome our NEWEST ABC Member!

Inland Empire Drywall Supply is a building supplier that specializes in building products for the residential and commercial drywall contractor.  Their mission is to provide superior service to the drywall construction professional, while supplying materials at a competitive price.

ABC will be presenting “Workers’ Comp Insurance ….It is a Controllable Expense! “ in Northern Idaho

This seminar will be presented in three separate parts. Greg Rodriguez, Vice President of Member and Safety Services will cover safety in the workplace and accident prevention.  When accidents occur in the work place, work stops!  When work stops, it costs productivity and money.  If the accident results in an injury, now we have an injury claim that directly impacts the cost of Workers’ Comp Insurance Rates.   By avoiding accidents and injuries in the workplace, companies save money!

Mayor Condon’s Actions on Apprenticeship Ordinance Disappointing – Editorial Comment by ABC President Kate McCaslin

After the Spokane City Council passed a new apprenticeship quota ordinance several weeks ago by a vote of 5 to 2, the coalition opposing the ordinance, (led by ABC and AGC), was hopeful that Mayor Condon would veto the ordinance.  While his veto most certainly would have been over-ridden by the extremely liberal City Council majority, his veto message could have reinforced the fact that this burdensome new regulation would do nothing for training and apprenticeship, but would most certainly have raised the cost of construction for City taxpayers.

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