Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Construction Recap

August 1, 2014

ACCNJ Hosts New Jersey Construction Forecast Part II

On July 28, more than 75 individuals attended Part II of the New Jersey Construction Forecast, presented by Jeffrey Otteau of Otteau Valuation Group at the National Conference Center in East Windsor. This review of the economy five years after the recession shows recovery has been slow across the country, and New Jersey has been slower than most states to recover in many areas, including construction spending. Some bright spots are visible -- multifamily housing and warehouse construction continue to be in demand. Look for a Fact Sheet on the presentation, coming soon via email. In the meantime you can access a copy of the PowerPoint presentation in the members-only section at accnj.org under July 2014 bulletins.

ACA Program Brings Members to ACCNJ

On July 23, ACCNJ members attended a special program on the Affordable Care Act. The presentation by Jack Widman, Mark Levengood and Jen Abrams of ACCNJ member Susanin Widman & Brennan, PC, was specifically tailored to address the complex issues faced by union construction firms in complying with ACA mandates. We recently distributed a copy of the PowerPoint from the program along with the Employer Mandate Checklist, available in the members-only section at accnj.org under July 2014 bulletins. We will continue to keep members updated on changes and deadlines as needed.

New Jersey Construction Magazine Opportunities

The Fall 2014 issue of New Jersey Construction, ACCNJ's bi-annual magazine, will be published in November. As always, we look forward to highlighting news from our members and, of course, we appreciate your advertising support. Look for more information in August on how to contribute Member News and Giving Back activities and take advantage of advertising opportunities.

Important State Activity

Construction-Related Bills Head to Governor

As we told you in Bulletin 58-14, three bills received final passage from the NJ Legislature prior to summer recess, and were sent to Governor Christie for his consideration. S-1011/A-1907 reinstates the moratorium on the imposition of statewide non-residential development fees until January 2015. S-1048/A1794 limits when bidders can be required to submit a financial statement in order to bid on a local public contract or a county college contract. S-307/A-2268 establishes a State Transportation Infrastructure Bank and Energy Bank within the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust. For more information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Governor Signs FY2015 State Budget Into Law

On June 30, Governor Christie signed into law a $32.5 billion FY2015 state budget after line-item vetoing several components of the spending plan, which had been developed by the Democrat-controlled legislature. For details on the line-item vetos and highlights of the budget, access Bulletin 58-14 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Federal News of Note

Late-Breaking News - Congresses Passes Highway Fund Extension

As you will have heard, Congress passed a Highway Trust Fund extension late in the evening of July 31. The legislation was sent to President Obama's desk in time before the US DOT began cutting payments to states as federal highway accounts ran out of money. Without Congressional action, various projects in the midst of the busy construction season would have been affected, and nearly 700,000 jobs put at risk across the country. For details, access Bulletin 63-14 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

New FASB Revenue Recognition Standard

In May, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), released the new standard on revenue recognition. We recently sent members an in-depth, informative article written by ACCNJ member WithumSmith+Brown, PC, that details what the new standard means for your business. For a copy of the article, visit the members-only section at accnj.org and scroll down to July 2014 Bulletins.

AGC of America Resources

New Jersey Construction's Economic Impact

As we announced in Bulletin 62-14, AGC of America updated the state fact sheets that indicate the impact construction activity has on the state and national economy. The bulletin included the latest updates from 2012 and 2013, along with the fact sheet from 2010 that included 2008 and 2009 data. For more information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Stormwater App for Contractors

In July, AGC of America released the Stormwater Inspection Reports for Contractors app, an electronic documentation tool that allows contractors to prepare stormwater inspection and corrective action reports on their iPads. The app is based on the EPA's template and form and features step-by-step jobsite documentation, detailed instructions, date- and time-stamped photo documentation, electronic signature capture and PDF reports that can be sent via email for archiving. Visit the app store on iTunes and search "Stormwater" for a free trial.

Safety Matters

OSHA's 2014 Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness

Bulletin 60-14 included a list of resources on the OSHA website designed to raise awareness of and prevent illness and death caused by working in hot, humid weather. The resources are all part of OSHA's 2014 "Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness." For more information, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Silica Rule Deadline for Comments Pushed Back

Briefs on OSHA's proposed silica rule, originally due July 18, can now be submitted until August 18. 

OSHA Issues Directive on Cable-Hoisting Systems for Tower Work

In July, OSHA issued a directive detailing how and when construction companies should use cable-hoisting systems to lift workers up and down communication towers. Titled "Inspection Procedures for Accessing Communication Towers by Hoist," the directive replaces a 2002 directive on new construction. In 2013, 13 tower workers were killed in cable-hoist accidents while working on towers.

Upcoming Events

ACCNJ PAC Fishing Trip - August 12

ACCNJ is hosting its fishing trip on Tuesday, August 12, beginning with breakfast at 7 am, followed by departure at 7:30 on The Paramount out of Bogan's Basin, Brielle. If you have not yet registered for the event, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. As a reminder, if you prefer not to contribute to a Political Action Committee, you may indicate that on the registration form and make your check payable to ACCNJ. For details and the registration form, access the flyer in the members-only section at accnj.org under June 2014 Bulletins.

Golf Tournament and Dinner - September 15

Register now for the ACCNJ Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner on September 15 at Fiddler's Elbow Country Club in Bedminster. The event begins with lunch at 11:30 and shotgun start at 12:30, followed by dinner and prizes. PAC sponsorships are available. We encourage members to register early for this popular event. For the registration form, access the flyer in the members-only section at accnj.org under June 2014 Bulletins.

2015 ACCNJ Winter Conference - January 19-23, 2015

Plan to travel to the all-inclusive Paradisus Palma Real Resort in the Dominican Republic for the next ACCNJ Winter Conference in January. Registration and additional details were distributed in Bulletin 61-14, available in the members-only section at accnj.org.