An increasing amount of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity is occurring in workplaces and will likely intensify, so roofing companies should take steps to minimize risks, writes labor attorney Richard Alaniz. Companies may consider conducting a self-audit of Form I-9 employment eligibility documents to reduce common and correctable errors before an ICE audit occurs.
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook Anchorage, Alaska, just over a week ago did significant damage, but Alaskan civil engineers are proud to say it was not the disaster it could have been. Learn why the state was better prepared than others.
The US Transportation Department is awarding about $1.5 billion in Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD, grants, which were formerly known as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grants. The government is providing the maximum amount of $25 million each to nine projects, including rehabilitation work on New York City's Brooklyn Bridge.
Michelle Boykin of Rackley Roofing discusses the benefits of being an RT3 member and shares how Rackley Roofing was already able to be more innovative in their business based on what they have learned so far. Watch video
Homeowners along the routes of two gas pipelines in Pennsylvania were notified of subcontractors' intent to file mechanics' liens against their properties after a bankrupt contractor's failure to pay them. The company building the pipeline said the contractor had a payment bond, and it is working to notify unpaid subcontractors of the presence of the bond and how to file claims.
A proposed revision to an Obama-era rule would limit the scope of what is defined as a "water of the United States" to a navigable waterway or a body of water that flows into one. The Associated General Contractors of America praised the proposal, asserting it would add clarity to federal and state permitting processes.
A Skanska-AECOM Hunt joint venture has been replaced by Mortenson as the general contractor on the $850 million Seattle Center Arena. "Skanska-Hunt helped launch us, but I felt this project needed a dedicated single source team, and we have mutually agreed upon a change," Ken Johnsen, senior construction executive at Oak View Group, says.
Northbound lanes on Interstate 5 are closed temporarily to allow crews to prepare for continued work on the $2.17 billion Mid-Coast Trolley Blue Line Extension in San Diego. Construction is expected to wrap up in 2021.
Economic momentum from tax cuts may slow next year, BNP Paribas economists say, but "we have not yet passed peak earnings growth," according to Schroders economist Keith Wade. Investors are becoming increasingly wary of risk, and the US-China trade war continues to bring uncertainty to the market, but it's unlikely the US will fall into a recession in the near future.
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