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OSHA Fines to Jump 78% Effective Aug. 1
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OSHA Fines to Jump 78% Effective Aug. 1

Change in penalties implements 2015 law that adjusts current penalties for inflation More

Strong Ties with Subcontractors Are Increasingly Likely to Get You in Trouble with the Feds
Tight Lies: Regular Worker or Independent Contractor?
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Tight Lies: Regular Worker or Independent Contractor?

Two federal agencies and 14 states have stepped up efforts this year to find and... More

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Jobless Claims Decline to 4-Month Low
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Length of Unemployment Continues to Break Records
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U.S. Jobs Up 117,000; July Unemployment 9.1 Percent
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Private Payrolls Up 114,000 in July, Planned Layoffs Jump
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Construction Spending and Employment Numbers Send Mixed Signals

The disparity may stem from the difference between what industry metrics are saying and what builders see down the road. More

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Weatherization Programs Get a Slow Start

Builder groups in Indiana and Minnesota offer two different models for success for states with lagging efforts. More

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Union Battles Temp Agency

The "Temporary Workers Deserve a Permanent Voice at Work" campaign waged by the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, since April 2000 has led to a host of legal battles in several states for Labor Ready, the country's largest employer of temporary workers in the construction trades. The Washington Department of Labor and Industries (LI) ordered the company to pay $734,000 for underpaid premiums, interest, and late penalties for the years 1998 and 1999. Questions over Labor Ready's wage and hour policies also loom. More

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