The cost per employee for unexpected time off is at an annual average of $789, which is nearly a 30% increase since 2000. To recoup costs, some employers are reducing sick days. But some labor experts say employers should take into account employee morale when making changes.
The YouthBuild program helps young adults with academics, counseling, job development and hands-on construction training. Despite recent government funding cutbacks, organizers say they will push on in the hopes of creating more success stories.
Maine's construction boom is present in residential, commercial and infrastructure work. The state's construction activity is attributed to low interest rates, the ongoing expansion of the Maine Turnpike and large commercial projects.
The Construction Specifications Institute is asking the industry to consider two proposals. One moves around some of the commercial construction specifications content. The other proposal reworks the current format and creates nine new categories.
California's San Mateo Bridge will reopen next week with a new westbound span to help reduce rush-hour traffic congestion. The 4.7-mile span was completed ahead of schedule and under budget; a new, three-lane eastbound span will be completed in February.