In This Issue:
  • ABC Virtually Celebrates 2020 STEP Participants
  • Dannible & McKee Virtual Construction Conference
  • Questions Remain After New York DOL Releases Proposed Regulations Interpreting the New York Paid Sick 
  • ABC Signs onto Business Coalition Letter to Curb Increases in Insurance Premiums & Taxes
  • ICYMI-COVID-19 FAQ
  • CTCNYS Spring 2021 Apprenticeship Classes Registration Open
  • Empire Chapter Resources
ABC Virtually Celebrates 2020 STEP Participants
The ABC Empire State Chapter hosted a virtual celebration for our 43 member companies that participate in our STEP program. For those unfamiliar with STEP, it stands for Safety Training Evaluation Process and helps companies create a world-class safety program.  The data we gather through this program clearly shows participating Empire State Chapter members are more than 400% better than the Bureau of Labor Statistics benchmarks for Total Reportable Incident Rates (TRIR) and Days Away Restricted Time (DART). That’s a commitment to safety!
 
Help us applaud our members for their commitment to safety excellence!
Diamond Level
C.O. Falter Construction Corp.
CIANBRO
Eastern Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Gilbane Building Company
Milherst Construction, Inc.
Visone Construction, Inc.
Wu & Associates, Inc.
Platinum Level
E.W. Tompkins Company, Inc.
J&K Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc.
James A. Edgar Company, Inc.
Nations Roof
Northland Associates, Inc.
Radec Electric Corporation
RSI Roofing, Inc.
Gold Level
Admar Supply Company, Inc.
Century Heating & Air Conditioning
Crisafulli Bros Plbg. & Htg. Contractors
DiMarco Constructors, LLC
Facility Solutions Group, Inc.
F.G. Rayburn Mason Contractors, Inc.
Frank J. Ryan & Sons, Inc.
Gypsum Systems Interiors, Ltd.
Island Elevator
KBE Building Corporation
Racanelli Construction
Schimenti Construction Company
Structural Associates, Inc.
Silver Level
AmBuild
Carver Construction, Inc.
E.S. Systems, Inc.
Gypsum Systems, LLC
J & J Sheet Metal Works, LLC
Northern Tier Contracting Inc.
Power & Construction Group, Inc.
R.B. Robinson Contracting, Inc.
The Buffalo Iron Corp.
Bronze Level
Chesterfield Associates, Inc.
Demco New York Corp.
M.L. Caccamise Electric Corp
Upstate Roofing & Painting, Inc.
Van Hook Service Co., Inc.
Villager Construction
Web Construction Corp
Dannible & McKee Virtual Construction Conference
ABC Empire Chapter Member Dannible & McKee is hosting a virtual construction conference on December 15, 2020 from 8:30 AM-12:00 PM. This complimentary conference is specifically designed to provide valuable insight and best practices to help businesses in the construction industry succeed.

Featured Presentations include:

Construction Outlook 2021: What’s on the Horizon
Brian Sampson, President of ABC, Empire State Chapter
Now that the elections, for the most part, are over, what does the future hold for the construction industry? What are the pending legislative and regulatory issues that will positively or negatively impact construction? How will the uncertainty with COVID-19 impact private investment and contracts? Will Congress and the White House finally settle on an infrastructure plan to boost job growth? Join us as we wander through these and other topics as they relate to 2021 and beyond.

Accounting and Finance Update
Kenneth C. Gardiner, Dannible & McKee
Benjamin A. Sumner, Dannible & McKee
In this 30-minute session, we will provide a brief overview of recent accounting pronouncements and other changes affecting financial reporting and accounting for the Paycheck Protection Program.

Prevailing Wage Supplements: The Do’s and Don’ts
Tom Santa Barbara, AIF, CPFA, DirectAdvisors
In this presentation we will discuss the steps you can take to strike the balance between employer competitiveness and employee satisfaction, while remaining compliant. We will also discuss the new fringe supplement transparency rules and how to utilize annualization to your benefit.

Planning for Tax Increases
Joseph Hardick, Dannible & McKee
With the election behind us we can plan for what taxes may look like for 2021, and it is not good. We are looking at a rollback of all the tax reductions from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. We will be discussing possible ways to reduce the impact, including recognition of taxable income in 2020, as well as the impact of the SECURE and the CARES Acts.
New York State Department of Labor released proposed regulations further interpreting the New York Paid Sick Leave Law
On December 2, 2020, the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) released proposed regulations further interpreting the New York Paid Sick Leave Law (NY PSL). ABC Empire State Chapter Member Goldberg Segalla put together some key takeaways.

Key Takeaways:
  • The NYS DOL has released proposed final regulations interpreting NY PSL
  • They defined terms and clarify questions around documentation requests, accruals, and other issues
  • The proposed regulations still leave many questions unanswered, giving employers small window in which to contact the state for further clarification

Actions for Employers:
We urge employers to contact the DOL with their comments and concerns relating to the proposed regulations so that the final version of the regulations clearly answer NY PSL’s remaining ambiguities.
ABC Signs onto Business Coalition Letter to Curb Increases in Insurance Premiums & Taxes
The ABC Empire State Chapter along with 42 other business advocacy groups signed onto a letter written to New York State Commissioner of Labor Roberta Reardon regarding efforts to curb increases in unemployment insurance premiums and taxes. In order for businesses to recover from the state-mandated shut downs, they cannot be over burdened with insurance premium and tax increases. To read the full letter, click the button below:
COVID-19 FAQ
A Roadmap to Navigating the COVID-19 Virus
The Empire State Chapter is dedicated to answering your important COVID-19 related questions. We have created the following FAQ page to help do so. As always, please call your Membership Director if you need any assistance.
Construction Training Centers of New York State Spring 2021 Semester Registration

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT DUE BY: December 30th, 2020
Buffalo
Construction Training Center
2363 Broadway
Sloan, NY 14212

Carpentry 1 Classes Start: 1/11/21

Carpentry 2B Classes Start: 1/11/21

Carpentry 4B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Laborer 2B-Institute Classes Start: 1/15/21

Electrical 2B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Electrical 3B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Electrical 4B Classes Start: 1/11/21

Electrical 5B Classes Start: 1/12/21



Rochester
Construction Training Center
2672 West Ridge Road
Greece, NY 14626
(Located behind the AT&T Store)

Laborer 2B Classes Start: 1/11/21

Electrical 2B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Electrical 3B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Electrical 4B Classes Start: 1/11/21

Electrical 5B Classes Start: 1/12/21



Albany
Construction Training Center
878 Old Albany Shaker Rd.,
Latham, NY 12110

Laborer 2B-Institute Classes Start: 1/11/21

Operator 2 -Institute Classes Start: 2/8/21

Carpentry 4B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Insulating 2A Classes Start: 1/11/21

Plumbing/Pipefitting 2B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Plumbing/Pipefitting 4B Classes Start: 1/11/21

Long Island
Construction Training Center
1 Comac Loop, #4,
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

Carpentry 4B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Dockbuilder 3A Classes Start: 1/11/21

Iron Worker 2A Classes Start: 1/11/21

Laborer 2B Classes Start: 1/11/21

Operator 1 Classes Start: 1/12/21

Plumbing 2A Classes Start: 1/11/21

Roofing 1 Classes Start: 1/12/21

Sheet Metal 4B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Electrical 2B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Electrical 3B Classes Start: 1/12/21

Electrical 4B Classes Start: 1/11/21

Electrical 5B Classes Start: 1/12/21




ABC Empire Chapter has partnered with myComply for accurate data and tracking of individuals training records. They are conducting a Webinar on January 6, 2021 on using all 3 systems (myComply, StructionSite, and Procore) in tandem allow contractors to gather vital site information, real-time data, and improves transparency for various stakeholders involved with a project. Learn how to leverage all 3 solutions most effectively to gather the data you require to make informed decisions in your day-to-day.
ABC Empire Chapter Resources