Construction employment jumped by the largest monthly amount in nearly seven years in January, bringing industry employment to the highest level since July 2009, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). At the current rate of growth, it would not take long before many firms begin having difficulty finding enough skilled workers to meet demand, noted AGC officials.
Recent issues of Wind Energy SmartBriefs include items of interest to SC&RA members concerning offshore wind farms:
The Wisconsin state Assembly unanimously passed legislation on Feb. 11 that would increase spending on highway projects in 2014 by $43 million, according to an Associated Press article. Funding would come from an $83 million surplus in the transportation fund. If the measure passes the Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker (R), projects, including maintenance, road resurfacing, pavement replacement and bridge rehabilitation would begin in Brown, Calumet, Door, Douglas, Langlade, Lincoln, Monroe, Outagamie, Sauk, Taylor and Walworth counties.
On Feb. 13, the Maryland State Highway Administration announced new upgrades to its 511 travel information service, including a “Commercial Vehicle Operator” section designed for professional drivers. Truckers can now customize 511 accounts specifically for commercial trips that can include multiple stops along a delivery route. The enhanced 511 system provides a one-stop shop with information about route restrictions, Truck Weigh and Inspection Stations and winter storm emergency truck parking.
Looking for a few good men or women for your company? Consider making the most of the SC&R Foundation’s new partnership with HirePatriots.com. Since 2005, this website has connected over a half million veterans with employers through a one-day job board and job postings.
Attendees at the “Get the Message, Not the Ticket” educational session may gain knowledge that could save them far more than the cost of the entire SC&RA Specialized Transportation Symposium, March 19-21, Omni Houston, Houston, Texas. A blue-ribbon panel that includes Sgt. Tom Fuller, NY State Police & President of Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA); Bryce Baker, Illinois Truck Enforcement Association;
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a proposed rule on Feb. 7 to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. The proposal would also extend to the same date the existing phase-in requirement that employers ensure that their operators are qualified to operate the equipment.
On Feb. 10, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations concerning employer shared responsibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most notably, the regulations would give medium-sized employers (50-99 employees) an extra year, until 2016, before they must offer health care to the full-time workers or risk facing a penalty.