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    Security has an underlying defect: passwords and authentication

    Cyberattacks are fueled by the shortcomings of business authentication controls. Bad things happen when access falls apart and credentials land in the wrong hands.

    Matt Kapko • Sept. 20, 2023
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    The country’s business environment is a boon for enterprising construction technology firms, but it leaves little room to grow once a company is up and running, experts say.

    Matthew Thibault • Aug. 23, 2023
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    Manufacturing megaprojects gobble up workers

    From Taylor, Texas, to Licking County, Ohio, multibillion-dollar factory projects are magnifying labor woes and driving up costs.

    Sebastian Obando • Aug. 14, 2023
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    Contractors face uncertainty over new Florida immigration law

    New legislation that requires companies to confirm that employees are allowed to work in the U.S. could result in severe consequences for construction firms.

    Zachary Phillips • Updated May 19, 2023
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    Will AI take your construction job? Only if you want it to.

    Construction pros say given the shortage of workers, the tech will enhance more positions than it replaces, but employment law issues remain.

    Chris Wood • May 15, 2023
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    When school is out, construction is in

    As elementary and high schools plan for a surge of federally funded upgrades over the next few months, many administrators remain concerned about spending deadlines.

    Kara Arundel • May 15, 2023
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    Banking turmoil stirs up new headwinds for construction

    Recent uncertainty among lenders could lead to new challenges for U.S. construction firms as more projects fail to pencil out.

    Sebastian Obando • April 17, 2023
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    4 ways that recent banking failures will impact the multifamily sector

    After the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature, multifamily borrowers could face challenges finding construction debt and loans from smaller lenders.

    Leslie Shaver • April 13, 2023
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    Tech vendor risk raises vetting stakes in wake of SVB crisis

    Deposits are safe, but tech startups may no longer have access to venture debt and the lines of credit that helped fuel innovation.

    Matt Ashare • March 29, 2023
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    Recession watch: Why the next one will be different

    Executives from Skanska, DPR, Suffolk and others see unique characteristics in an economic slowdown this year.

    Sebastian Obando • Jan. 18, 2023
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    Multifamily developers embrace modular building

    The sector is turning to prefabrication to speed up project deliveries, but not for any real cost savings during the construction phase, experts say.

    Sebastian Obando • Nov. 8, 2022
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    5 tips for managing FMLA leave and PTO in the post-COVID-19 landscape

    On its face, the FMLA may appear simple, but COVID-19 continues to add wrinkles to leave administration.

    Ryan Golden • Nov. 3, 2022
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    Rise of the machines? For construction, not yet

    Robots' promises of safety and productivity abound, but issues like impact on jobs, added costs and specialized training have kept many contractors on the sidelines.

    Matthew Thibault • June 7, 2022
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    Punching out: The dire state of worker mental health

    "It's important that employers do not view mental health as a check-the-box exercise when approaching solutions," said an HR expert.

    Carla Bell • June 2, 2022
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    2 years after George Floyd's death: progress yet 'unfulfilled promises' in construction

    "I'm working with people who at least aren't openly racist" anymore, one worker said. Construction pros reflect on what's changed — and hasn't — since 2020.

    Joe Bousquin • May 23, 2022
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    The Stop WOKE Act may put a 'strategic pause' on DEI efforts

    If the controversial legislation goes into effect as written, it will dampen and in some instances end employer efforts to foster growth.

    Katie Clarey • May 19, 2022
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    Why modular has not clicked in commercial construction

    Offsite building techniques should be a boon for the industry, but modular's market share in North America is under 6%. Why?

    Sebastian Obando • March 23, 2022
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    Amazon is slowing its fulfillment center spend. What's next?

    Heightened demand put Amazon's distribution buildout into overdrive. To speed up delivery and limit costs, it will have to invest more.

    Max Garland • March 18, 2022
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    Hoarding, ghost orders and pop-up warehouses: construction's new supply chain playbook

    Material prices have hit a 35-year high. Here's what contractors are doing to survive inflation.

    Joe Bousquin • Feb. 23, 2022
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    4 inflation-coping strategies employed by top US corporations

    Executives in several sectors describe how they aim to shield profits against rising prices.

    Jim Tyson • Feb. 15, 2022
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    7 trends likely to shape HR in 2022

    Nearly two years into the pandemic, the continued relevance of COVID-19 is reshaping the workplace for the long term.

    Emilie Shumway • Jan. 20, 2022
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    Are digital twins the future of urban planning?

    Digital 3D models can help city leaders plan for the future, but their value will depend on the data.

    Adina Solomon • Nov. 3, 2021
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    Amtrak plans major expansion by 2035 if federal infrastructure bill passes

    The plan would connect small towns, reduce inequalities and boost development, housing and jobs in cities — but those ambitions face hurdles.

    Dan Zukowski • Nov. 2, 2021
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    Food, beverage manufacturers hungry for new plant construction

    Major brands like PepsiCo and Nestle plan to translate increasing sales during the COVID-19 pandemic into expansions.

    Megan Poinski • Nov. 2, 2021
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    Construction's career crisis: Keeping workers on site and in the industry

    Climbing out of the labor shortage requires training new leadership, changing jobsite culture and investing in technology and safety, experts say.

    Zachary Phillips • Nov. 1, 2021