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    Are your subs covered?

    A COI does not promise actual insurance coverage, so contractors must be thorough in confirming that they are protected. Here are five things to look for.

    Melanie C. Kalmanson • Sept. 14, 2023
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    The time is now to protect your firm from ransomware attacks

    Contractors are prime targets for hacks, but there are important steps businessowners can take to protect themselves, writes one cyber expert.

    Stel Valavanis • Sept. 13, 2023
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    How lean construction helps clients and improves contractors’ profits

    Beyond better collaboration and time savings on projects, gains show up in builders’ bottom lines, writes a Rochester, New York, construction executive.

    Ken Osmun • Aug. 23, 2023
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    How to comply with E-Verify

    As Florida joins other states using the online system, contractors should get familiar with the process, so they don’t open themselves up to liability or citations.

    Kim Coan • Aug. 17, 2023
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    AI holds promise for contractors that understand the risks

    From go/no go decisions to proposal development, firms are already using the technology in surprising ways.

    Richard Friedman • Aug. 16, 2023
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    How to support the mental health of an injured employee

    Taking certain steps can help workers heal faster, according to Jennifer Cogbill, vice president at third-party claims firm Gallagher Bassett.

    Jennifer Cogbill • Aug. 10, 2023
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    How to embrace tech to help manufacturing clients attract, retain workers

    JE Dunn's design management director describes a range of innovations that make it easier for customers to staff their plants.

    Drew Overmiller • July 19, 2023
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    The infrastructure act was historic. Now, we need workers to get the job done.

    To make the most of public works dollars, the construction industry should support foreign-born and diverse applicants entering the workforce, says New York Building Congress CEO Carlo Scissura.

    Carlo Scissura • July 18, 2023
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    5 factors that can make your construction risk register obsolete

    Contractors should recalibrate risk to account for today’s challenges in order to mitigate disputes and potential litigation.

    James Gallagher • July 11, 2023
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    How Skanska addresses ‘total worker health’

    The contractor’s U.S. health and safety director emphasizes the need to include mental wellness in overall safety.

    Joaquin Diaz • July 6, 2023
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    Midyear check-in: How’s your construction firm doing?

    At the halfway point of 2023, UBS financial advisor Jason Lowy says that construction leaders should assess their year-end goals.

    Jason Lowy • June 29, 2023
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    What condo owners, developers can learn from the Surfside collapse

    Overdue repairs on multifamily buildings are a recipe for disaster, writes construction risk management expert Don Neff.

    Don Neff • June 28, 2023
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    5 steps to keep change orders from becoming disputes

    Divergence from the original plans on construction projects is unavoidable. But that doesn’t have to lead to a dispute.

    Spencer Krebs • June 21, 2023
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    New hurricane-focused codes on the horizon for Florida

    Contractors in the Sunshine State can expect much stronger building and land use regulations in the wake of Hurricane Ian, according to a construction expert. 

    Don Neff • April 24, 2023
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    Good jobs are coming. Let’s make sure women don’t miss out.

    With the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, construction is uniquely poised to improve diversity in its workforce, according to two experts on women’s equity in employment.

    Emily Andrews and Lauren Sugerman • April 3, 2023
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    What The New York Times got wrong about construction

    What is holding the industry back from broader tech adoption and more collaboration?

    Reid Senescu • March 22, 2023
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    Will banking woes drag down commercial real estate?

    Given the current economic climate, the dominant outlook is that things might get worse, but there is a silver lining, writes proptech executive David Bitton.

    David Bitton • March 21, 2023
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    Jobsite safety has slipped since the pandemic, construction CEOs say

    Contractors need to up their safety training practices to avoid “dire consequences,” writes consultant Jay Greenspan.

    Jay Greenspan • March 15, 2023
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    Sharing data is the intelligent thing to do in construction

    Removing silos around project information will be critical for AI’s evolution on jobsites.

    Jason Dunnam • March 1, 2023
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    Construction is among the industries most at risk for ACA penalties

    Some contractors have received notices of fines in the millions of dollars for failing to meet Affordable Care Act requirements.

    Joanna Kim-Brunetti • Jan. 24, 2023
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    How to build an inclusive construction pipeline in 2023

    DPR’s diversity lead maps out a game plan for more equity on jobsites.

    Stacee Barkley • Jan. 17, 2023
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    3 steps to improve highway work zone safety

    There is no task more important than planning and setting up safe, compliant highway work zones staffed by certified protectors.

    Mark Ludewig • Dec. 22, 2022
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    As initial waivers end, builders will feel the impact of Buy America law

    The regulations will impact all federally funded infrastructure projects in the United States, not just those that receive IIJA money.

    Josh Mahan • Dec. 7, 2022
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    How private employers can recruit and retain veterans

    Many businesses now recognize the skills service members bring to the workforce, writes Wendy Buckingham, associate attorney at Littler.

    Wendy Buckingham • Nov. 10, 2022
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    ‘It’s time for my pronouns to be included’

    Small steps like using inclusive language help women feel more welcome on jobsites, says the CEO of a trade school development firm.

    Mary Kelly • Oct. 18, 2022