Contractors welcome judge’s blocking of Obama overtime rule

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division rule doubling the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) salary threshold for employees exempt from overtime pay—and automatically raising the bar on three-year intervals—will not take hold on a December 1 target, owing to a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas preliminary injunction order.

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Agencies peg October target for federal contractor ‘blacklisting’ rule

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor, Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

To ensure federal contractors better comply with laws that protect their workers’ safety, wages and civil rights, the Labor Department and Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council have issued final regulations and guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, a contentious measure top construction officials dub the “blacklisting rule.”

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FiveCubits measures up as newest Command Alkon division

Source: Command Alkon Inc., Birmingham, Ala.

Command Alkon has acquired Rosemont, Ill.-based FiveCubits, a [software as a service] SaaS-based fleet management and mobile computing solutions provider for ready mixed and bulk materials producers, trucking and hauling companies, and contractors.

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Cemex anchors TCA convention demonstration

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s annual convention, presented by Meadow Burke September 29–October 1 in San Jose, Calif., will feature educational opportunities for contractors, engineers, architects, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, educators and developers from across the globe, plus an outdoor demonstration from Bradley Concrete, Cemex and Hub Construction Specialties.

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Graniterock adds carbon footprint savings calculator to iPhone app

Graniterock Construction Calculators Version 4.2 app

The Construction Calculators Version 4.2 app enables architects and contractors to gauge carbon dioxide emissions reduction when using supplementary cementitious materials to offset portland cement in concrete mix designs. The just-released update builds on one of the industry’s first mobile device-geared software products, launched in 2011, for estimating a project’s ready mixed and aggregate requirements.

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Building Sciences chief addresses ACI Sustainability Forum, fall convention

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

Under the theme “Spanning the Globe,” nearly 2,000 engineers, architects, contractors, educators, manufacturers, and material representatives from around the world will convene October 26-30 at the Washington (D.C.) Hilton Hotel to collaborate on concrete codes, specifications and standards—amid other ACI fall convention activities.

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Bricklayers Union, flooring groups recognize Concrete Contractors’ slab quality guideline

Bricklayers Union, flooring groups recognize Concrete Contractors’ slab quality guideline

The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, International Masonry Institute, and Tile Contractors Association of America have endorsed the American Society for Concrete Contractors Position Statement on Floor Flatness Tolerances, joining supporters Flooring Contractors Association and National Wood Flooring Association.

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Targeting fall prevention, OSHA opens June with national stand-down

Sources: Occupational Safety & Health Administration; CP staff

As announced earlier this year, OSHA has designated June 2-6 for a national construction site stand-down—contractors and crews pausing workdays to review ladder, scaffolding and roofing work safety—aiming to raise awareness about hazards accounting for the highest number of deaths in the industry.

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Union, flooring groups recognize Concrete Contractors’ slab quality guideline

Sources: American Society for Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis; CP staff

The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, International Masonry Institute, and Tile Contractors Association of America have endorsed the ASCC Position Statement on Floor Flatness Tolerances, joining supporters Flooring Contractors Association and National Wood Flooring Association.

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ACI rebuilds concrete.org with an eye to functionality, graphics, mobile devices

The new www.concrete.org was developed by website information architecture experts at The Understanding Group of Ann Arbor, Mich. Web page design and brand identity were upgraded in conjunction with Q Ltd., also of Ann Arbor.

American Concrete Institute has completely overhauled and redesigned its website, www.concrete.org. Based on feedback from members and customers, the site features more intuitive navigation than its predecessor, new tools and “Topics in Concrete” sections, plus capability to translate content through a built-in translator. The site will maintain existing committee functionality with an easier-to use interface, and automatically reformat to display on mobile, tablet, and desktop devices.

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