Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Construction Recap

August 1, 2013

President Obama Delays Some Health Insurance Requirements

Employer coverage mandate & reporting

As we reported to members in Bulletin 04-13 found in the members-only section at accnj.org, on July 2, the Department of Treasury announced the employer mandate that requires large employers to provide health coverage or pay a penalty under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be delayed for one year. Transition relief from the employer mandate while ACA details continue to be resolved is a welcome outcome. On July 9, the Administration released additional guidance and emphasized the transition relief only extends to the reporting requirements and the employer mandate provisions

Labor Information Online

Ironworkers:  Assignment of bargaining rights

ACCNJ is now party to the collective bargaining agreement with Ironworkers, Local 399, covering Camdem County and vicinity. If you would like to assign your bargaining rights to the ACCNJ for Local 399, please refer to Bulletin 01-13 found in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Ironworkers and Operating Engineers:  Updated wage rates

ACCNJ recently published new wage rates for Operating Engineers Local 825, and Ironworkers Locals 350 and 399. Active members may access those rates in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Carpenters:  Training courses in Infection Control Risk Assessment

In Bulletin 15-13, we sent Active Members information about the Carpenters' training courses that focus on "Best Practices in Healthcare Construction in Occupied Facilities." We encourage our Active Members to join in a program about the training on September 19, 2013. For details, please refer to the bulletin, found in the members-only section at accnj.org.

State Government Activity

ACCNJ recently issued three bulletins detailing State legislative actions:

B-05-13 Governor Signs UI Surcharge Reduction Bill Into Law - This ACCNJ-supported legislative initiative sought to suspend an automatic, 10% surcharge on New Jersey employers' unemployment insurance taxes that was scheduled to take effect July 1, 2013. In late June, both houses of the NJ Legislature approved it; the Governor signed it in July.

B-06-13 Construction-Related Bills Head to Governor for Consideration - Seven bills impacting the construction industry received final passage from the NJ Legislature and await Governor Christie's consideration. These include environmental infrastructure spending, higher education funding, and retainage reduction.

B-07-13 Governor Signs FY2014 State Budget Into Law - The $32.97 billion budget changed little from the Governor's proposed spending plan.

For complete details on these legislative actions, members may access the bulletins in the members-only section at accnj.org. 

NJDOT Construction Plans for FY2014

As we told you in Bulletin 16-13, ACCNJ met with NJ Department of Transportation officials on July 30 to review DOT construction plans for FY2014. We encourage members to read the bulletin and attachments, available in the members-only section at accnj.org, for details on upcoming Capital Plan and Operations & Maintenance projects.

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Resources from our national organization, AGC of America 

In July, AGC of America announced these items of interest to contractors:

  • A 30% discount on ConsensusDOCS subscriptions if purchased by August 15, 2013. For details and the discount code, refer to Bulletin 09-13 in the members-only section at accnj.org.
  • A white paper on managing the risk of subcontractor default was sent to members via Bulletin 10-13, available in the members-only section at accnj.org.
  • The 2014 AGC/Alliant Build America competition is now open for entries. For more information, visit the AGC Awards page at www.agc.org/awards

Federal Transportation Rule-Making

Map-21

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) released its semiannual regulatory agenda in July, providing a status report on a number of pending rules and regulations related to implementation of provisions in MAP-21, among others. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued temporary guidance to states on how to implement these provisions pending the final outcome of the regulatory process, including: categorical exemptions from the environmental review process for projects in highway right-of-way or that do not meet a $5 million threshold; use of construction manager/general contractor and design-build contracting procedures; performance measurements; work zone safety and others. 

DBEs

Of particular interest is the reversal to proposed rule-making regarding the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. In September 2012, DOT attempted alterations, which resulted in extensive comments from AGC of America and this association. Since that time, DOT has informed AGC of America that it has now determined the rule would have significant impacts if adopted. Any possible DBE rule proposal has been shifted to the long-term agenda.

Buy America Requirements for Utility Relocations

In Bulletin 08-13, we distributed information about the Federal Highway Administration's memorandum that broadens the applicability of Buy America provisions to non-federally funded highway projects involving utility relocations. Members may access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org

US Department of Labor Updates

In July, the US DOL released its Semiannual Regulatory Agenda revealing the issues the department expects to address this year. In brief:

  • The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) should soon release various rules and tools to track violations of compensation discrimination laws and affirmative action requirements, actions to which AGC of America has offered substantive changes.
  • The Office of Labor Management Standards projects finalization in November of a rule that could require disclosure of all consultation with labor lawyers, impacting an employer's ability to retain counsel. 

OSHA Briefs

Preventing heat illness. In Bulletin 11-13, we released a number of resources from OSHA to help employers keep their workers safe in the summer heat. Members may access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org

Silica exposure. Look for a notice in the near future of proposed rulemaking on occupational exposure to crystalline silica. ACCNJ is part of a silica alliance in New Jersey; AGC of America is also tracking the proposal, which they feel will be too onerous for employers. We will keep you posted.

Isocyanate exposure. In late June, OSHA announced a new National Emphasis Program to protect workers against occupational exposure to isocyanates, which can cause asthma, irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat, and cancer. Isocyanates are chemicals used in materials such as paints, varnishes, auto body repair and building insulation; in jobs that include spray-on polyurethane manufacturing; in products such as mattresses and car seats; and in protective coatings for truck beds, boats and decks. Construction is one of the industries OSHA is targeting in this initiative.

For more information on these issues and other OSHA safety news, visit www.osha.gov.

ACCNJ Member Highlighted by ENR New York

Red Bank-based Torcon, Inc., was selected by ENR New York as the 2013 Contractor of the Year in the tri-state region for Torcon's demonstration of expertise in successfully completing highly complex technological facilities such as the NSLS II project at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton NY. ENR New York also highlighted Torcon's ability to weather the recession by moving into new markets. Click on the link below to read the magazine's article, published July 8, 2013.

Torcon Named Region's Contractor of the Year

http://newyork.construction.com/new_york_construction_firms/2013/0708-torcon-named-region8217s-contractor-of-the-year.asp

ACCNJ Members Dominate ENR New York's List of 2013 Top Contractors                                                          

More than 25% of the list of 65 regional contractors are ACCNJ members. We congratulate them for their success as we slowly recover from the recession.

  • #1 Turner Construction
  • #2 Skanska USA
  • #4 Lend Lease
  • #5 Tishman Construction
  • #6 Gilbane Building Co.
  • #14 Torcon Inc.
  • #17 Hunt Construction Group
  • #21 Tutor Perini Civil East
  • #22 J. Fletcher Creamer & Son
  • #24 Kiewit Corp.
  • #27 Barr & Barr Inc.
  • #28 CCA Civil Inc.
  • #30 Epic Management Inc.
  • #33 EE Cruz & Co.
  • #35 Henegan Construction Co.
  • #44 March Associates Construction
  • #46 Wm. Blanchard Co.

Sandy Recovery Through Day 277

August 1 marks Day 277 after Superstorm Sandy devastated the state. Here are links to two news stories on the latest in the recovery efforts.

NJ's tally for first wave of federal post-Sandy funds:  13 cents for every dollar promised: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/07/feds_send_more_than_6b_to_nj_f.html

New trial ordered in Shore dune v. view dispute http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20130709_New_trial_ordered_in_Shore_dune_v__view_dispute.html

Industry News of Note

Private Sector Gains, But Not Enough to Offset Prior Losses http://newyork.construction.com/new_york_construction_firms/2013/0708-private-sector-makes-a-comeback.asp

Christie Administration awards $5 million in grants to support highway Safe Corridors and local infrastructure:  Projects funded in 64 municipalities http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2013/071013a.shtm

Read other industry news in Hot Topics 

In July, we posted numerous news items on our website at accnj.org/hot-topics/. Every Friday, members receive an email recapping the Hot Topics posted for the week. Once posted, Hot Topics are available for viewing for a year.

Resume on File

Property Manager

Individual has 15+ years of experience in property and office management in the entertainment and construction industries. Expertise in expansion of brand and physical locations, project administration, staff management, insurance program administration and much more. For a copy of this resume, please call the Association office at 732.225.2265 or email dteall@accnj.org

Advertise Now in NEW JERSEY CONSTRUCTION Magazine

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Contribute to Our Member-Focused Features

In Bulletin 14-13, we invited members to contribute information and photos for publication in the Member News and Giving Back columns in New Jersey Construction. Please refer to the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Upcoming Events

Registration Open for Golf Outing

Members were sent an invitation and registration flyer for ACCNJ's Golf Tournament & Dinner on September 9, 2013, at Fiddler's Elbow Country Club in Bedminster. We encourage you to register now for this popular event. For details, click on ACCNJ Events at accnj.org, and contact the Association office for a registration form at 732.225.2265 or akopin@accnj.org

Registration Open for OSHA 30-Hour Course

We encourage members to register early for the ACCNJ-hosted OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Course scheduled for the first four Tuesdays in October. Find details and the registration form in Bulletin 13-13 in the members-only section at accnj.org

Registration Open for Winter Conference

In Bulletin 02-13, we issued details on the ACCNJ Winter Conference, scheduled for February at the Regent Palms Resort in Turks and Caicos. Members may access the bulletin with registration information in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Calendar of Events

In Bulletin 03-13, we were pleased to announce the lineup of new ACCNJ events for the year. Members may access the bulletin with registration information in the members-only section at accnj.org. 

Labor Day Holiday

Labor Day will be observed on Monday, September 2, 2013. It is a holiday for the general construction trades. Please refer to the Contract Summary in the members-only section at accnj.org for provisions regarding holidays.