November 27th, 2019
Volume 21, No. 48
M.A. Surety is a surety agency and consultancy for the commercial construction industry located in Mooresville, North Carolina. Founder and President, Martha-Ann Marley, is a North Carolina native and graduate of N.C. State University. She began her career with a national insurance company as a commercial bond underwriter and has since held various management and executive level positions in the industry.
During SUBExcel, Marley will also be presenting an educational session entitled, "Downstream Trend of Risk Transfer". This seminar will explore implications of the downstream risk transfer trend and how the Subcontractor can mitigate these risks through Principles, Process and People.
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From the Houston Chronicle
Karla Cedillo walked into Thursday’s She Builds Houston construction conference expecting to hear mostly from men, a reasonable assumption given that men are about 90 percent of the industry’s workforce.
Instead, Cedillo, a senior at Aldine Senior High School, found dozens of women employed by some of the city’s leading construction companies, who implored her and about 1,000 other girls to consider careers in the fast-growing and well-paying industry. Donning a yellow vest and sticker-dotted hard hat, Cedillo learned about opportunities in the industry from female professionals before grabbing a DeWalt screw gun and getting tips on hanging drywall.
“That was a moment, a time in my life, when I thought girls can do anything,” said Cedillo, who aspires to become an architect or interior designer. “They have inspired me to actually follow my dreams, to do what I want to do, that the sky is the limit.”
As the construction industry seeks to replace an aging workforce and diversify its mostly male ranks, dozens of local employers met with Aldine ISD middle and high school girls at the region’s first She Builds Houston conference, aiming to inspire the next generation of construction employees.
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We want to hear from you! Tell us how you are working to engage young people and new employees in the trades. Are you working with programs like Helmets to Hardhats? Does your company have a partnership with a local community college, university or apprenticeship program?? How do you connect with your local community?
The American Subcontractors Association is currently working to gather all of your amazing ideas to be able to share with other ASA chapters around the country. Let us know how you reach out to young, new talent, as well as your best practices in each initiative.
Have something exciting to share? Email us your ideas at email@example.com. We can't wait to hear from you!
Responsiveness to an employee’s complaint about workplace concerns not only enables the employer to gather the best information, it also provides the employer with the opportunity to resolve internal problems before they become widespread. Given every complaint could turn into litigation, a well-planned and documented investigation can be an employer’s best defense. While each situation is unique, the following is a checklist of steps an employer should take as soon as a complaint is received: obtain a written statement; ensure confidentiality, non-retaliation, and explain next steps; gather tangible evidence; timing; interview witnesses; interview the accused; make a decision; investigation closure; and written investigation summary.
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ASA underwrites the legal costs of filing "friend-of-the-court" briefs to inform the Court regarding the broader impact of relevant cases throughout the country. We have won dozens of these cases since 1997, vindicating subcontractor rights today and into the future!
Each year, courts across the country hand down hundreds of decisions on federal and state laws, as well as court-made or "case"law, that apply to subcontractors' businesses. Many of the decisions impacting subcontractors interpret the contract provisions of subcontract agreements—provisions like pay-if-paid, hold harmless, duty-to-defend, and no-damages-for-delay. Some of these decisions are precedent-setting and carry significance for subcontractors across state lines.
ASA's Subcontractors Legal Defense Fund supports ASA's critical legal activities in precedent-setting cases to protect the interests of all subcontractors. ASA taps the SLDF to fund amicus curiae, or friend-of-the-court," briefs in appellate-level cases that would have a significant impact on subcontractor rights.
January 7th, 2020
Payment Clauses: What to Watch For and How to Negotiate Them
by James Yand and Brian Esler
ASA is the united voice dedicated to improving the business environment in the construction industry, representing subcontractors before all branches (executive, legislative, judicial) and levels (federal, state, local) of government, to organizations representing other parts of the construction industry, to the news media, and others.
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