Employers Beware: Federal Budget Act Dramatically Increases OSHA Fines

Compliance Violation Two Way Street Signs Direction Follow Rules

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act into law. Tucked away into the act was a provision that will have significant repercussions for roofing contractors. This comes on the heels of a dramatic increase under the current administration in the number of OSHA inspections – and, as a result, citations – issued to roofers. [Read more…]

How to Prepare a Roof for Winter

winter roof covered with snowRecent winters have brought record-breaking low temperatures and snowfall amounts in many parts of the United States, and the effects are still being felt as homeowners and businesses deal with ongoing repairs to their roofing systems. With cold weather here once again and the official start of winter approaching on the calendar, now is the time for contractors to prepare roofs. [Read more…]

Recent NRLB Ruling Makes Businesses Liable for Leased/1099 Workers

1099-formChanges may be in the offing for businesses that hire temporary workers after a recent legal ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In mid-September, the NLRB continued its push to expand worker rights and unionization efforts with a decision that demonstrated a dramatic shift in position for the federal agency which oversees the effort of private-sector employees to bring unions into their workplace. [Read more…]

4 Essential Steps to Prepare a Home for Winter Weather

gutter_cleaning_mainimgFall is the perfect time for homeowners to make sure their home is safeguarded from winter’s frosty grip. Small improvements can make a big difference in the overall comfort and efficiency of a home, and people often need the assistance of a professional contractor to complete fall repairs and maintenance. Help them head off expensive repairs when you complete some of these important fall maintenance tasks. [Read more…]

Keep Employees Safe from Heat-Related Illnesses During the Summer Months

Heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke, happen when the body can’t keep itself cool. Normally the body stays cool by sweating and heat is carried away when the sweat evaporates. However, on very hot and humid days, this process is interrupted by the presence of moisture in the air that slows down the evaporation of sweat. Because the body cannot maintain its core temperature, body temperature rises and a person may start to experience the following symptoms. [Read more…]