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What You Should Know About Construction Piece work, Rates and the FLSA

Posted by Barbara B. Jun 30, 2014 7:27:00 AM on

Piece work - Not So Simple

With construction piece work, you need to consider many pros and cons between using hourly labor rates and piece work rates in the construction industry. Employers need to look at the benefits and drawbacks while ensuring that the choice they make still falls within the rules of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Employers must understand all aspects of piece work and minimum wage laws to remain in compliance and retain employees. Workers who find that they are not being paid properly are likely to find alternate employment or file suit against the employer.

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Construction Site Staffing: Handling Absences and Same-Day Hires

Posted by Barbara B. Jun 7, 2014 10:40:35 AM on

As a construction site manager or crew leader, you have multiple jobs to perform. You have to ensure that the project is done correctly, on budget and on time. Weather delays are not in your control. However, construction employee absences are costly when it comes to getting the job done and this is in your control.

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Topics: Construction

The 8 Biggest Construction Materials Management Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

Posted by Barbara B. May 13, 2014 6:00:00 AM on

As a construction manager, you are responsible for all of the project details including maintaining the materials inventory. Construction materials tracking must be done correctly to avoid overruns in material costs and job delays. There are several areas where mistakes in materials management can be made; once you understand the problems, you can take effective actions.

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Topics: construction management, materials management, materials tracking

"From My Cold Dead Hands!": Foremen and Their Construction Log Books

Posted by Barbara B. May 6, 2014 7:00:00 AM on

Foreman logs or supervisor diaries and foreman log books are guarded more than a little black book. These supervisor logs hold every note you make over the course of a work day. Your recorded employee attendance, material shortages, safety hazards and multiple lists of things that must be done to get the job completed. They can also be used to track checklists from daily huddles. The problem is your notes grow by the day and carrying an encyclopedia around just makes your job harder.

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Topics: Construction logs

The Top Five Construction Safety Pitfalls to Avoid

Posted by Barbara B. May 1, 2014 7:00:00 AM on

Safely operating equipment in the construction industry is critical. Accidents and injuries cause lost job time, increase insurance costs and can bring fines from OSHA. While all safety areas are important, several issues present the majority of problems. Understanding the major construction safety pitfalls and knowing how to avoid them will help keep your crew safe.

Entering and exiting machinery

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Topics: Construction Safety

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