All employers are aware of the new climate surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace. #MeToo and other viral movements have led to a more than 12% increase in sexual harassment claims according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and a 22% leap in the amount of money paid out in settlements by employers from $47.5 million in FY17 to $70 million in FY18. This represents a dramatic shift in the way employers must deal with the possibility of a sexual harassment claim. Continue reading “Notice on Anti-Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policies”
Recently, OSHA published an 11 minute video on determining soil types for trenches. With trench work being one of the most hazardous working conditions, we encourage all of our employers to view it!
On September 26th, the North East Roofing Eduacational Foundation held its Fall Golf Outing. The NEREF Trustees would like to thank all those who participated and our sponsors as well as congratulate the following winners.
First Place – 55
Steve Harvey, Chick Gorman, Mike Michael, Shawn Mackie
Second Place – 58
Glenn Szalay, David Klein, Matt Brown, Marty Gorman
Third Place – 59
Tom Gunning, Skip Gentile, Tommy Gunning, Matthew Therrien
Longest Drive Closest to the Pin Air Cannon Winner
JC Marcone Victor Szala Marshall Fox
The NEREF Trustees would like to thank all of our golf outing sponsors
A&M Roofing Services LLC
ABC Supply Company, Inc.
A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply
A.R.M. Roofing Inc,
Atlantic Asphalt & Equipment Co., Inc.
Beacon Sales Company
Boston Roofing Contractors Association
Canopy Roofing Systems
Carlisle SynTec Systems
DP Carney Construction, Inc.
Cazeault Roofing & Solar
Alexander Doyle LLC
Eastern Architectural Reps
FiberTite Roofing Systems
Firestone Building Products
Hurley Construction & Roofing Company, Inc.
J&S Building Exteriors, Inc.
Lincoln Equipment Associates, Inc.
Marshall Roofing & Sheet Metal Company Inc.
North Bridge Building Products
North/East Roofing Contractors Association
O’Lyn Contractors, Inc.
OMG Roofing Products
Peck Brothers LLC
R&S Construction Services Inc.
R.K. Hydro Vac Inc.
Rockwell Roofing, Inc.
John F. Shea Company, Inc.
Silver Roofing, Inc.
Max Sontz Roofing Services, Inc.
SRC Roofing Inc.
Tech Roofing Services Inc.
Uni-Ply Roofing Inc.
Vanguard Organization, Inc.
Natalia Grove of Cotney Construction Law would like to provide the best practices for I-9 compliance to all of NERCA’s members. She has written a guest contribution to provide these to our members. Below is the full article. Continue reading “ICE AGE – BEST PRACTICE TIPS FOR I-9 COMPLIANCE”
Philip Siegel of Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Siegel would like all of NERCA’s members to be aware that the new Massachusetts Non-compete law affects any non-compete signed after October 1, 2018. He has written a guest contribution to inform members of the new law. Continue reading “Massachusetts Enacts New Noncompetition Law”
MSA, a manufacturer of safety products, has implemented a recall of all green MSA V-Gard Protective Caps due to the occurance of cracking without and impact.
In an email to those currently registered as hot works trainers, the NFPA announced that Massachusetts has recently amended their state fire prevention regulations to require anyone performing hot work to have successfully completed the NFPA program.
The NFPA also stated that they would be setting up a database for verifying who has completed the training requirements. Starting on June 18, 2018, the database will be available at www.nfpa.org/hotwork-lookup where users can find the first and last name, city/town and state of residence, certificate number, and successful exam date. The database will not include information on people who have taken the class, but have not passed the exam or earned their certificate.
For those who have already passed the course, no action is required, but for those who haven’t, they will have until July 1, 2018 to comply.
NERCA is a certified hot works training provider with the help of Contractors Risk Management (CRM). We would be happy to offer an additional hot works course if there is sufficient interest. Courses for individual contractors may have fees associated with the use of CRM, however NERCA might also offer courses if there is sufficient interest.
If any of our members require training, please contact the Association office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OSHA inspectors finished 32,396 inspections in FY 17. That’s up 1.4% from 2016 when there were the fewest inspections conducted in 20 years. Both are still well below peak years of the Obama administration, when the agency conducted more than 40,600 inspections in both fiscal 2011 and 2012.
Proper licensure is part of what separates us from a public perception of distrust. Therefore, we have to ensure our licenses are up to date. Massachusetts and Rhode Island are cracking down on unlicensed contractors and soon, many licenses will be expiring. Continue reading “Licensure Continuing Ed Requirements”
According to an analysis by the International Renewables Energy Agency (IRENA), the United States increased green energy jobs by 6% in 2015 to reach 769,000 jobs. While this is a good trend in the US, it represents a small fraction of global renewable energy employment which is at 8.1 million jobs. Continue reading “Energy Report with Bright News for Solar Industry”