A Sustainable Workforce Starts With You

Well ahead of the next regular session of the Texas Legislature, starting in January, the issue of whether cities can require private employers to provide paid sick leave is shaping up as a potentially major debate for lawmakers in 2019.
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July 11, 2018
Even though data on construction spending shows volatility, the trend is "solidly up" in the United States. That's one of the major takeaways from numbers released by the Commerce Department this week, which you can see here.
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July 03, 2018
Construction companies across Colorado are looking to hire as many as 30,000 to keep up with demand. In Denver specifically, projects are getting underway worth as much as $4 billion.
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June 27, 2018
Another governor is taking action against worker misclassification, this time in Colorado. Just a couple weeks ago we told you that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy created a task force to tackle what's been described as a "half billion dollar problem" in that state. 
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June 20, 2018
A whopping nine out of ten contractors in the United States now say they are concerned about the ongoing labor shortage, per the Q2 2018 United States Gypsum + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index. On top of that, 47% of contractors said they expect their ability to find adequate labor will become even worse during the rest of the year.
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June 14, 2018
"With some audits suggesting that misclassification deprives New Jersey of over $500 million in tax revenue every year," the governor of that state is directing a task force to crack down on the problem that's been described as a "cancer" in construction and other industries.
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June 04, 2018
The tight labor market in this industry has caused construction wages to rise much faster than the steady wage growth for all workers over the last year.
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May 30, 2018
Community Family Centers in Houston's historic East End is taking a major step forward in offering construction training so people in the neighborhood may earn nationally recognized certifications in construction.
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May 24, 2018
The Houston City Council on Wednesday passed a new set of requirements for companies seeking tax abatements – requirements that include specific federally certified safety training for construction workers and providing affordable housing. The tax abatement guidelines also require companies seeking tax breaks for development to choose one from a list of eight “community benefits.”
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May 17, 2018
One of the most high-profile Republicans in the United States, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, this week took issue with the GOP attorney general of his own state’s effort to end protections for certain young undocumented immigrants.
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May 09, 2018