Be cautious about terminating contracts for convenience | Small businesses take wait-and-see approach to tax law | Tough times can be the right time to take risks
February 14, 2018
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Be cautious about terminating contracts for convenience
In Shelter Products v. Steelwood Construction, the prime contractor was forced to make a full payment to a subcontractor after terminating the subcontractor's contract for convenience, despite claiming that it spent $61,668 correcting the subcontractor's defective work. The Oregon appeals court held that a termination for convenience doesn't allow the prime contractor to "proceed against the subcontractor as if it had terminated the agreement for cause."
Roads & Bridges online (2/2) 
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Small businesses take wait-and-see approach to tax law
Some small businesses are waiting for more information as they consider whether to offer raises to employees, and others aren't factoring it into their calculations. "What they're doing is sticking to the normal reasons for giving raises, like giving merit raises," says Rob Basso of Advantage Payroll Services.
The Associated Press (2/7) 
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Tough times can be the right time to take risks
Limited resources or tough times are obvious disadvantages but also present an opportunity to try new and innovative things that can lead to lasting growth, writes Steve McKee. "Pain has a way of focusing their minds on seeking transformative solutions," he writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (2/7) 
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Regulations to Watch
OSHA partners with CJAP in Ill. to reduce construction injuries
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will work with the Southern Illinois Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program toward the prevention of electrical, fall-related and other common construction injuries. "This alliance will allow us to share best practices, educate employers and employees, and ensure that safety is a priority on the job," said Aaron Priddy of OSHA.
Electrical Construction & Maintenance magazine (2/7) 
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Safety Updates & Procedures
Eye safety is about people as much as equipment
An eye-safety plan should include consideration of how people feel wearing particular eye products and what training they'll need for using the equipment, writes Wanda Sanchez-Miller of Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions. "Not only is ill-fitting eyewear uncomfortable and distracting, it also can fall out of place upon impact, allowing objects to reach the eyes," she writes.
Occupational Health & Safety (2/2018) 
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Training & Retaining Crews
Wash. school district introduces pre-apprenticeship program
Wash. school district introduces pre-apprenticeship program
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A Washington state school district is finding success with its new Skilled-Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program. Through the program, students learn about plumbing, electric installation, construction, iron work and other skilled trades and have the opportunity to earn professional certificates.
The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) (2/8) 
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