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April / 2016
New "Persuader" Rule will Impact ABC Member Companies

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released its long-anticipated final rule that will drastically redefine "persuader" activity under Section 203 of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. The final rule will greatly limit the ability of employers, particularly small businesses, to obtain advice from labor relations experts, and in turn deprive employees of their right to obtain balanced information about union representation.
The final "persuader" rule is scheduled to take effect on April 25, 2016 and applies to arrangements, agreements and payments made on or after July 1, 2016. It is likely to be challenged in Congress and the courts.

Join ABC General Counsel Maury Baskin as he discusses the changes under the final rule and its impact on ABC member companies and chapters, as well as the immediate steps they may need to take in order to comply: 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016         
2:00 p.m. (ET)
75 minutes
Speakers:  Maury Baskin, Littler Mendelson P.C., ABC National General Counsel

Click Here to Register


The NEW Look of ABC NH/VT Chapter Communication
Education   Events   Awards/Surveys
Your Weekly Snapshop, coming every Monday will deliver all the important dates for education, events, and other things in a concise format for one stop shopping. Everything you need to know to start your week! 

Be Recognized for Company Safety Performance – Deadline May 27, 2016

All contractor and supplier members are encouraged to participate in the 2016 ABC NH/VT Annual Safety Awards program. Submit your entry to receive recognition for your efforts to provide a safe work place! Share the recognition with your employees and promote pride and increased morale for a job well done! The Safety Awards Program is also a great opportunity to receive recognition to support enhanced prequalification by owners. In fact, increasingly the data submitted on the awards application is being required by owners.

Annual Construction Industry Safety Awards are presented for the ‘best’, ‘most improved’ and ‘most creative’ safety programs among the “large” and “small” member firms that submit entries.  Applications are easy to complete and the potential rewards are great. The deadline for entries is May 27th, the Awards will be presented at ABC’s Annual Education & Employee Recognition Awards Event / Pig Roast on Thursday, June 16, 2016. For more information please contact the chapter office.

Safety Training and Evaluation Process - STEP

The Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) program is a self-evaluation process, developed and written by contractors, for contractors. There is no charge for this service (unless you are applying for STEP Diamond or Platinum), and your responses are strictly confidential. Why participate? 


  • Organized approach for analyzing and developing safety and loss prevention programs
  • The Key Component system forms a 20-point guide to starting, updating or auditing a company-wide safety program
  • Incorporates lagging indicator safety performance data with leading indicator use and self-assessment requirements to give a full, wide ranging report on the entire nature of a company's Safety Program
  • Designed to benefit both large and small contractors alike
  • Recognition for ABC members at both National and Chapter level, with various recognition events held throughout the year
  • STEP Diamond and Platinum recipients eligible for ABC National Safety Excellence Award and Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) - CISE award
  • STEP data shows STEP participants beat BLS national averages in all lagging indicator performance metrics, leading to participant benefits in the pre-bid/bid process and when negotiating insurance rates.

STEP Applications are accepted throughout the year.  Detailed instructions regarding STEP qualification criteria can be reviewed by clicking here.

REMINDER:  Recognize Outstanding Projects and the Heroes That Make Them Happen ... 2016 Excellence in Construction Awards

All member contractors have now received the invitation for entry to Associated Builders & Contractors’ 2016 EXCELLENCE IN CONSTRUCTION AWARDS (EIC) program.  Be recognized, promote your capabilities and get noticed by prospective customers. The 2016 Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016.

Projects to be entered must have been completed between 1/1/14 and 1/1/16.           The deadline for entries is July 1, 2016.  So, its time:

  1. Select a “champion” to be responsible for coordinating the entry production and instigating support from project team members and  
  2. As soon as possible review the criteria, select your project(s) and plan entry production activities.

Please feel free to contact the chapter office to schedule a meeting to assist your planning and preparation of an entry, including questions on entry rules, requirements tips for submitting an entry and examples of award winning submissions and the required project narratives.

Northern Region - Celebrate Spring
Thursday, April 14  -  5 PM
Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery 
North Woodstock NH

Welcome in the Spring season with ABC NH/VT at the Woodstock Brewery!  Join us for a great evening of networking and business development.

TOPIC:  Workforce Development
ABC National Economist to Provide Forecast for Region's Commercial / Industrial Construction Activity at May 24th "ECONOMIC SUMMIT"

Tuesday, May 24  -  8:30 AM
Grappone Conference Center 
Concord NH NH

ABC National Economist, Anirban Basu will provide a forecast nationally as well as specific to our area, and provide information on factors that impact the construction industry economy. Also, Carmen Lorentz, the NH Director of Economic Development, will provide an overview, awareness and importance of the state strategic plan for economic growth and efforts to create a sustained economic development program. Mark your calendar and plan to attend this valuable event to receive information on the forecast for our region’s commercial / industrial construction activity and opportunities for your company to support sustained economic growth in our region.

20th Annual ABC "Swing Into Spring" Golf Tournament
ABC's ONLY Golf Tournament This Year

Friday, May 13 - 8 AM
Breakfast Hill Golf Club
Greenland NH    

NEW - AirCannon Golf
sponsored by your ABC Young Professionals Group (YPG)                                        

Click Here for Event Details
Seacoast Sunset Harbor Cruise
Thursday, August 11  -  6PM
Isle of Shoals Steamship Company's
M/V Thomas Laighton
Portsmouth NH

NEW - Pre-Reception Aboard the Thomas Laighton  w/ Live Music - sponsored by YPG

Upcoming Education Opportunities
April 13 and 20
7:30 am - 1:00 pm
Concord, NH 
Jay Fitzpatrick, Worksafe New England

April 7 and 8
Intro to Construction Drawings
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Concord, NH
Dan Stover

April 14, 21, 28   
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Concord NH
Jay Fitzpatrick, Worksafe New England

Continuing Education Units for electricians now available :
Click here for more information or to sign up for a class today: Electrical CEU

Wed April 14  -  Learn about the DOL's Final "Persuader" Rule                            
                            ABC MEMBER ONLY WEBINAR

Archived Webcasts can be found  here .