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Congratulations to This Year's Excellence in Construction and Safety Award Winners!

ABC members and their project teams gathered on May 4th to celebrate the ABC Excellence in Construction & Safety Awards at the Renton Pavilion Event Center. Spirits were higABC members and their project teams gathered on May 4th to celebrate the ABC Excellence in Construction & Safety Awards at the Renton Pavilion Event Center. Spirits were high as each team went up on stage to receive their award. Rafn Company's AMLI Wallingford Apartments project was selected as the Eagle of Excellence winner. Congratulations to all the project teams, as well as the STEP Award and Safety Alliance participants. Thanks to HUB International Northwest for being our presenting sponsor! 
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Laying the Groundwork for a Strong Safety Culture

Follow-up is critical.  Scheduled performance evaluations, which review critical safety topics give employees an opportunity for feedback and allows you to engage them in their daily tasks.  This open communication may lead to questions or suggestions on how to improve the safety aspects of their work environment.  It also gives them ownership in their own safety, which in turn continues to solidify your safety culture.  We recommend one-on-one reviews after 30 days, 6 months and then annually thereafter.  
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ABC Report: Safety Best Practices Can Make Construction Companies 770% Safer

ABC recently released its 2017 Safety Performance Report to further the construction industry’s understanding of how to make job sites safer through its Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP). 
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Hiring Practices are Key to Healthy Workforce

One of the key elements of a strong safety culture is understanding how proper staffing and hiring practices can affect your risk to
potential worker’s compensation claims. Staffing is arguably the most important function of management.  Who you hire and how you train will dictate
the health and growth of your company.
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How the Changing Health Care Environment is Shifting the Focus on You

While the current administration continues to work through their collective plan for tweaking the Affordable Care Act, the consistent theme from those in charge revolves around the idea of personal savings accounts for health care expenses. 
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Podcast: Construction Liens 101

Jason Wandler with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP explains how to protect your rights, how to record and enforce a lien as well as protecting yourself (as an owner or GC) from a lien.
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Podcast: Certificate of Insurance 101

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Podcast: Key Contract Clauses That Every Contractor Should Know

Amanda Grindle with Saybr Contractors and Jason Wandler with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP talk about key contract clauses to be aware of as a general or subcontractor working on a project.
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Obamacare: Repeal, Replace, or Repair?

The Trump administration and the Republican controlled congress have been behind closed doors for weeks now trying to figure out how to live up to their campaign promises of scrapping the Affordable Care Act. Like so many things in the healthcare system, the multiple layers of regulations and intertwined financial components of the Affordable Care Act make tackling the 1,000 plus page law a daunting task. 
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Taking Ownership of Your Company's Healthcare is Now More Important Than Ever

We all know the famous saying: “the only thing constant is change.” Now that we are settling into 2017, it seems change is all around us. This certainly holds true in the health insurance and healthcare world. 

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