Our 2022 National Recovery Week in April has already saved workers’ lives by creating awareness around the treatment options available to them for substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health issues.
 
We are pleased to release our Recovery Week Resource Book to continue to help those who struggle with SUD.

This is an excellent resource as an education tool on the jobsite and in the workplace. We encourage you to use and share the broadcasts both as a reference point as well as for toolbox talks and other firm activities where this information may be useful.
The development, located at 585 Third Street in Kendall Square, will feature 16 stories of advanced and efficient lab office space. Expected to achieve LEED Gold designation, the project will incorporate sustainability features as well as community benefits.
A team of developers recently laid out its vision for the first phase of the transformation of the former Edison power plant in South Boston. Here's what's planned for the project's first phase.
Greystar Real Estate Partners marked the start of vertical construction on 15-story life sciences building in Somerville’s Assembly Square.
Brickbottom Primed for Wave of Development
 
Removal of Boston’s elevated Central Artery transformed downtown Boston, raising property values and development demand. Developers hope the same thing can happen when Somerville’s elevated McGrath Highway comes down.

Employee Retention Credit: COVID-19 Relief Opportunity is Still Available
 
Small businesses still have a potential COVID-19 relief opportunity available in the form of the Employee Retention Credit (ERC).

Metals Haven’t Crashed This Hard Since the Great Recession
 
Industrial metals are on track for the worst quarter since the 2008 financial crisis as prices are pummeled by recession worries.

New Book Reveals Success of Trade Schools in Massachusetts
 
A new book, focused on all disadvantaged children, reveals the remarkable success that vocational-technical schools in Massachusetts have had in strengthening job skills and book learning.

CarePacks Golf Outing
 
On August 1, 2022, help support a great cause by registering a foursome, sponsoring, or donating to the CarePacks Golf Tournament. CarePacks sends care packages to members of the armed services that are deployed overseas and relies entirely on donations and volunteers.
 
Please email jtempesta@btea.com for more information and to register or donate.
 
Read more about CarePacks in our Member Spotlight.
CarePacks Helping Thousands of Deployed Service Members
An Interview with CarePacks Co-Founder, Rick Donohue

Cofounded by Harrington Bros.’ former Vice President, Rick Donohue over 18 years ago, CarePacks is an all-volunteer organization supported by BTEA Northeast and many others. Donohue is a BTEA Northeast and SMACNA Boston member. Each year, thousands of care packages for U.S. soldiers serving worldwide are created, funded and sent by CarePacks, Inc. in Weymouth, MA. In fact, CarePacks, Inc. has shipped over 30,000 care packs to soldiers since 2004!

MA Appeals Court: Contractor's Pay Applications Deemed Approved for Owner's Failure to Comply with Prompt Pay Law
 
The Massachusetts Appeals Court has interpreted for the first time the Massachusetts Prompt Payment Act in a June 7 written opinion. 
 
Boston Planning and Development Agency with a pending vacancy on its board of directors.
 
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu will get a chance to put her stamp on the Boston Planning and Development Agency with a pending vacancy on its board of directors.

House passes Strengthening Subcontracting for Small Business Act
 
On June 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Strengthening Subcontracting for Small Businesses Act of 2022” bill. If enacted, it should encourage large businesses to subcontract more work to small businesses and to achieve their small business subcontracting goals.

Building Code Changes Emerging for Summer Debate

The Department of Energy Resources late last week filed draft language for the state building code changes that it hopes will encourage builders to shift away from fossil fuel heating in favor of electrification.

DOL Announces Plan to Issue New Independent Contractor Final Rule
 
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced its intention to issue a new final rule regarding the employee-vs.-independent contractor analysis under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

What’s In and What’s Out of the Upcoming Labor Rule Agenda
 
The US Labor Department is likely to have a busy fall, with plans to release a highly anticipated proposed update to overtime regulations and finalize changes to prevailing wage rules before the end of the year.
 
The overtime proposal will be issued in October and the final rule to update how the DOL calculates prevailing wages under the Davis-Bacon Act will be out by December, according to the Biden administration’s latest regulatory agenda released last week.

When Are Workers Off the Clock for Compensation Claims?
 
HVAC contractors are looking for ways to improve employee morale and foster company culture, and some of those carry the risk of bringing a worker’s compensation claim. However, there are ways to mitigate that risk while retaining the benefits.

Cambridge Moves Forward on Net Zero Emissions Mandate
 
Members of the City Council are considering giving property owners more flexibility in how they reach net zero by 2035.

$50M up for Grabs in Offshore Wind Port Projects Competition
 
Gov. Charlie Baker announced this week that $50 million is available to disburse through the state’s Offshore Wind Investment Fund. Developers can compete for the funds for projects to revamp Massachusetts ports and help jumpstart the offshore wind industry.

Tax Tips: Optimize your deductions and maximize your return.

If you’re running a family business, here are some tax-related tips you need to know to optimize your deductions and maximize your return.


ABOUT BTEA NORTHEAST
The Building Trades Employers’ Association Northeast is the leading voice for the union building trades contractor throughout the New England region. The BTEA encompasses seven different area trade associations that employ tradespeople from several different local building trades unions. 
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