Top Labor and Employment Issues Facing Today’s Metal Construction Industry at METALCON 2017


Top Labor and Employment Issues Facing Today’s Metal Construction Industry at METALCON 2017

NEWTON, Mass. — Featured speaker and Labor Attorney, John Cruickshank of Alaniz Schraeder Linker Farris Mayes LLP, will explore current labor and employment policy issues confronting the metal construction industry, and the overall construction industry, at METALCON on Oct. 18 and 19, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.        

With a whole host of labor and employment issues facing the industry, Cruickshank says the biggest headache for management today is handling the increase in disabled and injured workers seeking accommodation and light-duty.  “More and more employees are showing up to work with medical conditions, which affect their ability to perform their jobs,” he said.  “Some conditions, such as many forms of cancer, qualify as disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act; other conditions, such as many sports injuries, do not.  We have to determine which employees to accommodate and how, and if we accommodate, do we offer light duty or different positions?” 

“No employer wants to be in the position of having to create jobs, but if we offer employees light-duty work, we have to consider both their safety and the safety of others, as well as our obligation to then offer similar light-duty accommodations to others,” said Cruickshank.  “And then, add the further complexity of employees on workmen’s comp wanting to come back early into light-duty positions; it can create a lot of problems.” 

In addition, Cruickshank will cover essential labor practices for your business including having the proper employment complaint, reporting and investigatory procedures, and ensuring all office staff is fully covered.  “Without a written and effective complaint procedure, you risk losing important affirmative defenses in any lawsuit,” he said. 

Other essentials include proper document retention — knowing how long to hold on to documents and when to get rid of them. “Understand when you are no longer required to keep something and then think about whether you should,” said Cruickshank, which all depends on the type of record and the state you are operating in. 

Furthermore, he will present approaches to better employment discipline and how to use discipline more effectively.  “We don’t want to fire people,” he said.  “We want to focus on education and deterrence, rather than enforcement and termination.  Firing and then having to hire and train a replacement person is a loss for everyone.  Employees need to be well informed and coached on key policies.”

Regarding immigration reform, Cruickshank believes that while DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) gets all the headlines, it is the steps towards mandatory electronic employment verification and reductions in all forms of immigration that will have the greatest impact on contractors.  “Expect a shortage of labor, which will drive pressure on wages and retention, as well as new methods of innovation and automation; however, automation brings its own unique set of hiring challenges,” he said.

Cruickshank will also discuss important state-specific issues, including changes to the minimum wage and new paid sick leave requirements, which affect certain contractors.  “The Federal Government is not increasing the minimum wage, but the states are doing it for them,” he said.  “You need to know where your state is going on minimum wage and adjust your budget accordingly.” 

Finally, there will be plenty of time for questions and answers on all of the topics presented, along with any other labor and employment concerns of those in the metal construction industry. 

To learn more, visit www.metalcon.com.

Published at Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000


Trent Cotney P.A. Construction Law Group Offers Hurricane Support Legal Help Line


Trent Cotney P.A. Construction Law Group Offers Hurricane Support Legal Help Line

TAMPA. Fla. — Trent Cotney P.A. Construction Law Group, a leading national law firm for construction, specialty trades and OSHA law, is offering a free, legal help line to help contractors in hurricane stricken areas with legal questions or needs. Contractors can call 1-866-303-5868 for legal advice concerning hurricane restoration efforts.

“We are receiving a number of calls daily asking how to handle warranties, claims and legal situations created from the recent storms,” said Trent Cotney, president of the firm.  “Our law firm started in Florida and our offices survived Irma as it hit Tampa.  It is time for all of us to help each other.  We know there are a lot of questions that contractors have concerning legal issues after the storms.  Warranties and claims are on the top of the list along with normal safety and legal concerns.  We want to help.”

Trent Cotney construction law firm is made up over 15 lawyers who specialize in construction law, safety, employment, immigration and building code expertise.  The firm has been an integral part of the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractor Associations on state and local levels. “On a volunteer basis, we have provided general counsel for the roofing contractor and HVAC associations of Florida for many years. The contractors of Florida have the highest integrity and will be the ones to get our state functioning again,” continued Cotney. “I want to be sure that our construction industry has the legal support they need so they can do their jobs for the citizens of Florida and Texas.”

Licensed contractors (where applicable) from hurricane affected areas can immediately call 866-303-5868 help line for advice and additional information regarding the free consultation.

For more information, visit www.trentcotney.com.

Published at Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000


Soprema to Host Building Envelope Clinic in New York


Soprema to Host Building Envelope Clinic in New York

Soprema Inc. will be hosting a regional Building Envelope Clinic in New York on Oct. 10, 2017, for architects, consultants and contractors looking to further their knowledge, network and earn continuing education units. The clinic will be held at AIA New York, located at 536 LaGuardia Pl., New York, NY 10012.

The Building Envelope Clinic will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and prize raffle.

“We’re proud to be offering these clinics regionally to help support our consultants, contractors and architects,” said Sara Jonas of Soprema. “These courses continue to bring education to the forefront for our current partners, as well as those new to Soprema, while helping them to achieve credits to keep their accreditations.”

Courses offered during the Building Envelope Clinic include:

  • SBS-Modified Bitumen Technology –AIA/RCI Accredited
  • Wall Systems & Design – AIA/RCI Accredited
  • Below Grade Waterproofing Systems & Design – AIA/RCI Accredited
  • Vegetated Roofing Systems – AIA/RCI Accredited
  • PMMA/PMA Liquid Applied Membranes
  • For more information and to RSVP, click here.

    Published at Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:00:29 +0000


    Congrats to Martin Stout on Winning the G.A.P Roofing Underlayment Quiz


    Congrats to Martin Stout on Winning the G.A.P Roofing Underlayment Quiz

    Martin knew that nearly 90 percent of the roofs in the U.S. have felt underlayment.

    By Karen Edwards, RCS Editor.

    Whenever we have someone win a prize through a contest on RoofersCoffeeShop.com we like to reach out to the winner and get to know them a little better. We were thrilled that the first winner randomly drawn from all of the correct responses to the G.A.P. Roofing Quiz was one of our RCS Influencers, Martin Stout.

    Martin is the President of Go Roof Tune Up, Inc., a California-based company that provides residential repair and reroofing in seven western U.S. states. Here is the question and the answer that he provided:

    Question: Out of the 133,600,000 roofs in the U.S. how many have felt underlayment?

    Answer: 124,335,964…nearly 90% of all the residential roofs in the US!  Saturated Organic Felt is still working after nearly 100 years, even though newer, non-breathable synthetics are trying to take over.  Felt has worked for years and still works today!  Additionally, some of the toughest roofing standards in the U.S., California Building codes, Miami-Dade codes and even the latest Western Roofing Contractors Association recent studies still proves that two layers of felt are the preferred roofing underlayment!

    We asked Martin how he knew that answer and his sense of humor was on point as he said, “I counted them.” We’re sure that Google probably played a role in forming that answer too!

    You can tell just by reading his answer that he is a fan of felt underlayment. When asked about them he replied, “I think it is a great underlayment. Everyone is trying to come up with this new, crazy synthetic stuff but I don’t see in the foreseeable future that they will ever be able to replace felt.”

    Martin has been a part of the RCS community for many years and says he thinks that it is a great resource. “I don’t do a lot of talking on there but I like to read things and see what other people are doing. It’s a great resource for networking, it’s entertaining, it’s helpful to me in running my business and Vickie [the Boss] is just really sweet.”

    Learn more about G.A.P. Roofing and felt underlayments.

    Published at Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:43:09 +0000


    SHOWA 4561 Glove


    SHOWA 4561 Glove

    SHOWA unveiled its newest innovation, the SHOWA 4561 glove, at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Indianapolis, Ind. Sept. 25 – 27.
     
    The new SHOWA® 4561 is made in the USA and boasts cut-resistant 15 gauge Kevlar® construction. This allows the glove to be lightweight and stronger than other offerings. The 4561 is the only one of its kind which holds an ANSI A4 Cut Level, other gloves on the market only reach ANSI A3. The A4 rating means that the 4561 will stand up to higher cut forces. 

    Aside from the new ANSI A4 ranking, the SHOWA® 4561 utilizes SHOWA’s patented Zorb-IT® grip technology, which allows users to maintain a stronger grip in oily and wet conditions without sacrificing safety. The top of the glove showcases a new informational design that indicates the glove size, the Zorb-IT® technology, genuine Kevlar® logo, and the glove’s certifications. To maximize dexterity, the SHOWA® 4561 is creatively engineered with next generation seamless fit technology which allows for perfect comfort along the fingers and palm.

    For more information, visit 4561.showagroup.com

    Published at Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000


    Kemper System Features Cost-Effective ‘Cool Roof’ Solutions


    Kemper System Features Cost-Effective ‘Cool Roof’ Solutions

    Kemper System America Inc. now offers two cost-effective ‘cool roof’ solutions for prolonging the life of metal, BUR, modified bitumen and aged single-ply roof systems.

    Roof Guardian RG-170 is an elastomer-based coating system ideal for extending the life of many types of roofing assemblies. Formulated using a 100 percent acrylic polymer base for enhanced adhesion and durability, the coating features a high Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) rating of 109 and is Class A fire rated. Roof Guardian RG-180 is a fiber-reinforced elastomeric coating with an acrylic polymer base, ideal for metal, concrete, single ply, modified bitumen, and granular cap sheets. It offers an SRI rating of 108.

    “Kemper System has been at the vanguard of liquid-applied roof waterproofing solutions for decades. These two new white Roof Guardian coating systems offer a quick and cost-effective approach for transforming many kinds of existing low-slope roofs into a cool roof that can help building owners cut cooling costs,” says Jim Arnold, Director of Product Development for Kemper System.

    Part of the company’s Roof Guardian Technologies line, the roof coatings can be quickly applied with a commercial-grade sprayer or roller. The highly reflective bright white finish lowers the surface temperature of the substrate to reduce thermal transfer into the structure. This high solar reflectance helps lower indoor temperatures to reduce building cooling requirements.

    Formulated to resist cracking and peeling, both products provide excellent waterproofing and long-term mildew resistance. Both solutions are Energy Star and Cool Roof rated.

    “For more than 60 years, Kemper System has been a global industry leader in cold liquid- applied, reinforced roofing and waterproofing, having invented the technology and holding the first patents,” says Arnold. “Today the company offers a full range of building envelope solutions to protect against weather, preserve the integrity of surfaces, and enhance the comfort and value of buildings.”

    This portfolio encompasses Wall Guardian fibered acrylic air barrier, Roof Guardian Technologies elastomer-based roof coatings, and HeatBloc-ULTRA radiant heat barrier. Other high-value brands include COLEAN traffic coating systems, and the company flagship for exterior and interior waterproofing, Kemperol reinforced membrane systems.

    LEARN MORE

    Visit: Kempersystem.net
    Call: (800) 541-5455
    Email: inquiry@kempersystem.net

    Published at Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:00:26 +0000


    Kemper System Features Cost-Effective ‘Cool Roof’ Solutions


    Kemper System Features Cost-Effective ‘Cool Roof’ Solutions

    Kemper System America Inc. now offers two cost-effective ‘cool roof’ solutions for prolonging the life of metal, BUR, modified bitumen and aged single-ply roof systems.

    Roof Guardian RG-170 is an elastomer-based coating system ideal for extending the life of many types of roofing assemblies. Formulated using a 100 percent acrylic polymer base for enhanced adhesion and durability, the coating features a high Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) rating of 109 and is Class A fire rated. Roof Guardian RG-180 is a fiber-reinforced elastomeric coating with an acrylic polymer base, ideal for metal, concrete, single ply, modified bitumen, and granular cap sheets. It offers an SRI rating of 108.

    “Kemper System has been at the vanguard of liquid-applied roof waterproofing solutions for decades. These two new white Roof Guardian coating systems offer a quick and cost-effective approach for transforming many kinds of existing low-slope roofs into a cool roof that can help building owners cut cooling costs,” says Jim Arnold, Director of Product Development for Kemper System.

    Part of the company’s Roof Guardian Technologies line, the roof coatings can be quickly applied with a commercial-grade sprayer or roller. The highly reflective bright white finish lowers the surface temperature of the substrate to reduce thermal transfer into the structure. This high solar reflectance helps lower indoor temperatures to reduce building cooling requirements.

    Formulated to resist cracking and peeling, both products provide excellent waterproofing and long-term mildew resistance. Both solutions are Energy Star and Cool Roof rated.

    “For more than 60 years, Kemper System has been a global industry leader in cold liquid- applied, reinforced roofing and waterproofing, having invented the technology and holding the first patents,” says Arnold. “Today the company offers a full range of building envelope solutions to protect against weather, preserve the integrity of surfaces, and enhance the comfort and value of buildings.”

    This portfolio encompasses Wall Guardian fibered acrylic air barrier, Roof Guardian Technologies elastomer-based roof coatings, and HeatBloc-ULTRA radiant heat barrier. Other high-value brands include COLEAN traffic coating systems, and the company flagship for exterior and interior waterproofing, Kemperol reinforced membrane systems.

    LEARN MORE

    Visit: Kempersystem.net
    Call: (800) 541-5455
    Email: inquiry@kempersystem.net

    Published at Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:00:26 +0000


    The Right Hand Tool for the Right Job


    The Right Hand Tool for the Right Job

    Technology and automation is great but sometime so is a good, old-fashioned hand tool.

    By Heidi J. Ellsworth.

    We all know how important having the proper tools is to complete a quality job quickly.  In today’s world, too often we are looking at technology to provide the needed tools.  But it is important to remember that it is a balance between the world of technology and old-world craftsmanship.

    In roofing, it is still about the craft.  We are an industry of men and women who take immense pride in a job well done.  Standing back and looking at a new roof, well, it is a thing of beauty.  At the Coffee Shop, we are incredibly proud of our roofers and the industry that makes beautiful new roofs possible.

    We also enjoy sharing some of the more interesting parts of this industry.  One such company that we would like to spotlight is Wil-Mar Products.  It was founded by a roofing contractor, W. R. “Bill” Merrin in 1990.  He saw a need in the industry to seal the vent pipe to a roof flashing and eliminate mastic and taping. His first product, The Pipe Collar, was invented and patented.

    Today Wil-Mar Products is led by Bill’s wife, Marianne Sumter and they have been a loyal advertiser with RCS for years.  We would like to highlight another invention from Wil-Mar, The Roofers’ Saw, that was co-designed by Bill and Michael Steele.

    This saw is used for removing broken shakes, shingles and slate. It cuts off the fasteners quickly without damage to adjacent material.  It is the perfect tool to keep in your tool belt to cut nails and staples fast with a pull stroke and it is self-feeding.  With this beauty in your tool belt you can increase productivity on repairs and re-roofing, saving you and your crew time and money.

    The hand saw consists of a 25″ wood handle and a 27″ removable and replaceable saw blade.  It is a simple tool that makes the job easier.  Isn’t that what it is all about.  At the Coffee Shop, we love bringing you these cool tools.  Thank you Wil-Mar Products!

    Order your Roofer’s Saw today.

    About Wil-Mar Products, Inc.
    Wil-Mar Products, Inc. was established from a desire to offer sustainable products and roof solutions to meet the needs and demands of the roofing industry.  Wil-Mar Products, Inc. has over 25 years’ experience, providing products which enable the roofing contractor to provide quality roofs for new or re-roofed, residential and commercial buildings.  Dedicated to providing the utmost customer service for its customers, the company is committed to providing personalized service and quality products. For more information, visit www.wilmarproducts.com.

    Published at Fri, 29 Sep 2017 02:00:15 +0000