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1. Building services a bright opportunity for entrepreneurs in 2015

BSCAI SmartBrief | Dec 31, 2014

The building services industry, which includes cleaning, pest control and landscaping, was named as one of the top 10 best industries to enter in 2015, according to Sageworks, a financial information company. Forbes (12/21)

2. Pa. school board to hire contractors for custodial work

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Custodial and other services for the Oil City school district in Pennsylvania will be outsourced after a Monday vote. The move is expected to save the district $420,000 annually. WICU-TV/WSEE-TV (Erie, Pa.) (01/20)

3. Coverall, franchisees agree to settle legal dispute

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jan 08, 2015 (subscription required) (01/05)

4. The role of cleaning in preventing infections

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jan 15, 2015

Health care facilities are especially aware of the threat of infections and the importance of proper cleaning practices. "Proper cleaning of surfaces, and proper laundering of blankets, towels, and sheets is very important," says Bert Gumeringer of Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. Building Operating Management magazine (01/2015)

5. What a cleaner taught a CEO about empathy

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

More than 40 years ago, a janitor at a psychiatric facility took the time to tell CPA Australia CEO Alex Malley how much his mother loved him and his family. This powerful moment has stuck with Malley, who uses the lessons learned as a framework for leading his employees. LinkedIn (01/20)

6. Fired janitor sues company, alleging discrimination

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jan 08, 2015

Philadelphia Daily News (12/31)

7. Facility managers share disaster-response tips

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jan 08, 2015

Facility managers must be ready when disaster strikes by preparing a response plan, staying calm and contacting the appropriate authorities as soon as possible, writes Naomi Millan. "Emergency planning of any kind is never a wasted exercise," says Michael Gerstenlauer, director of the St. John Providence Health System. Building Operating Management magazine (01/2015)

8. A look at this year's new OSHA regulations

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jan 08, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is implementing new reporting rules in 2015. Under the new rules, the company has eight hours to report a work-related death and 24 hours to report work-related amputations or hospitalizations. This article outlines the information that must be included in the report and also delineates some exclusions to the rule. Insurance Journal (12/31)

9. Togo native's janitorial company supports employees' education

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Togo native Frank Dogbe worked his way from a janitor to owning SOS Building Services in Minneapolis. Dogbe encourages his immigrant employees to do the same by supporting their efforts to learn English and get an education. KARE-TV (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (01/18)

10. Employers using "employee payment plans" might face heavy fines

BSCAI SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Companies that offer plans to encourage workers to purchase their own health coverage face penalties of up to $36,500 a year for each employee who uses such plans, Tony Nitti writes. The IRS might show leniency in enforcing the penalties this year, as the U.S. Labor Department was slow to release guidance, Nitti writes. Forbes (01/18)

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