Empire State Chapter and New York Construction Alliance Announce Merger
Open shop industry now speaks with one voice: ABC absorbs NYCA
Yesterday, the Empire State Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the New York Construction Alliance (NYCA) announced that the organizations have completed a major move that will resonate throughout New York State’s entire construction industry, by completing a merger that brings together its two most powerful open shop organizations. This move will have long-lasting effects for the industry as these two organizations have been leaders in the race to improve jobsite safety for all.
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NYS Legislative Session Ends with 1,000 Bills Passed
Session concludes with marathon, three-day "final day" for Assembly
The New York State legislative session ended on Saturday when the Assembly finally finished just before noon.
It was a very busy final "day" as more than 1,000 bills were passed by both houses, and an additional 600+ bills were passed by either the Senate or Assembly.
As it takes time to properly sift through all of these bills to best understand the impact on our membership and the general business environment in New York State, the Empire State Chapter’s Government Affairs team will release a full legislative recap in next week’s merit messenger that highlights all the important bills that might impact you as an ABC member. The team will also be conducting an informational webinar to cover the top issues that will impact you and your business.
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Employee Retention Tax Credit Reinstatement Act
Last week, ABC joined a letter urging Congress to do everything in its power to pass the Employee Retention Tax Credit Reinstatement Act and fulfill its promise to American small businesses and nonprofits. The ERTCRA would restore the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) through the end of the 2021. Congress initially created the ERTC as part of the CARES Act to encourage businesses and nonprofits to keep employees on the payroll. This program was expanded through 2021 in subsequent legislation. Unfortunately, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) cut the last quarter of the program short, making wages paid after September 30, 2021, ineligible for the credit.
ABC has also launched an Action Alert in support of the ERTCRA, and urges members to contact their U.S. Senators and Representatives and urge them to include this bill in the federal spending package.
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Workplace Impairment: Substance Abuse, Stress, and Fatigue
We all know the dangers of substance abuse on the job, but did you know addiction is an issue in every U.S. workforce, with one in 12 workers dealing with an untreated substance use disorder?
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Did you know that mental distress, stress, and fatigue are also impairing? People often make light of how little sleep they get on a regular basis; an over-worked, over-tired condition has become the norm for many. But a good night's sleep is not just a novelty, it's a necessity. The effects of fatigue are far-reaching and can have an adverse impact on all areas of our lives.
Work often requires us to override those natural sleep patterns. More than 43% of workers are sleep-deprived, and those most at risk work the night shift, long shifts or irregular shifts.
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Injuries & Worksite Accidents Cost Your Company Money
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