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  • Mon, September 30, 2019 1:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The overall demographics of the nation’s workforce continues to age, with the number of workers aged 55 and over increasing, while at the same time the number of workers under the age of 25 is decreasing, according to the 2018 Current Population Survey. A recently released report by the National Association of Home Builders confirms that this trend is more acutely affecting the construction industry due to the fact its workforce is older than those in other industries. Workers under the age of 25 represent only 9% of the construction workforce in 2018, whereas workers age 55 and over increased from 17% in 2011 to a staggering 22% only seven years later in 2018.

    With this aging workforce, member firms must keep in mind the application of: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), as well as requirements imposed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), [in addition to any similar state law].

    The ADEA prohibits discrimination in the workplace of employees who are aged 40 or older; while The ADA prohibits discrimination in the workplace against qualified employees who have a physical or mental impairment. The ADA also require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to allow disabled employees to perform the essential functions of their job. Reasonable accommodations under the ADA may include reducing or having flexible hours or restructuring workload and job duties. Such accommodations can help encourage skilled and talented age-protected employees to remain with their employer longer.

  • Wed, September 25, 2019 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NAC Safety White Paper No. 48, “NAC Recognizes Known Contractors Achieving One Million Workhours with Zero OSHA Recordable Injuries” was recently released showing the firms reaching this impressive milestone according to OSHA records.  (See, Safety White Paper No. 48).

  • Wed, March 06, 2019 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “Safe + Sound,” OSHA's year-round campaign to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program, includes both employers and workers.  Employers are encouraged to participate in quarterly events to develop effective safety and health programs in their workplaces. Participants can learn about best practices during webinars and put them into action during the 30-day challenges. These events also focus on management leadership, worker involvement, as well as finding and fixing hazards. CIRT member firms can share their safety successes during Safe + Sound Week (August 12-18, 2019).  If interested, sign up on the Safe + Sound website.

  • Tue, January 01, 2019 12:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The goal of Build Your Future (BYF) is to change the perceptions that parents, teachers, counselors, and other influencers have about careers in construction with the ultimate goal being to recruit more young people into the community/industry. To accomplish this, BYF seeks to use non-traditional but proven media methods to push out and spread messages: social media and YouTube; geo-targeting; and behavior targeting.  Check out www.byf.org

    As interest is generated by  Build Your Future (from a robust social media campaign/videos, etc.), a website is needed -- www.discovery.byf.org -- to drive people to it that contains the key concepts the BYF is trying to instill about construction careers. The website was designed specifically for parents, teachers, counselors and others to provide information on careers in construction in a way that resonates with them.

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