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Employees

  • 3 Reasons Contractors Don't Share Financial Info With Employees

    Few contractors do, but Shawn McCadden advocates for more transparency if (a big "if") your company has its books in order.

     
  • Framing Company Faces $228K in Fines

    A Florida framer faces $228,690 in proposed penalties for failing to provide fall protection, according to federal regulators.

     
  • JLC July Letters

    Roofing with asphalt shingles, bias against vocational education, working with caulk guns.

     
  • Risk goes up the more a job differs from a typical project. To calculate disaster potential, multiply the first three columns, then divide by the last two in succession.

    Four Common Delusions Among Contractors (Subscriber content)

    Contractors are often their own worst enemies. Here are four ways they make it harder for their businesses to succeed.

     
  • Contractors - Will your use of Subcontractors land you in Jail too?

    A contractor can get into serious trouble if he or she is not following the rules of law. Recently, a contractor was found guilty of fraud for failing to report their payroll to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.

     
  • Is Painting Like Leftovers in the Fridge?

    Blogger Scott Burt opines about the some of the challenges facing painters and all contractors in today's changing market.

     
  • A $1.8M Tear Down

    A $1.8 million waterfront house built on the wrong lot must be removed

     
  • What I Like: Clear Estimates Software

    Two remodelers have gained productivity and won new jobs thanks to software with built-in templates and data for 12,000 parts

     
  • House Move: Saving a Luxury Home From Beach Erosion

    When a compromised island setting requires moving not one, but four, massive structures, the logistical challenges are daunting and the process is nothing short of impressive.

     
  • Nothing but Net (Subscriber content)

    Judging a company's profitability based on gross profit can be misleading. Your bottom line numbers are a better indicator of performance. Here's why.

     
  • Settling With All the Right Parties

    If you have to settle out of court, be sure you cover all your bases.

     
  • What Happens When You Ignore Construction Defects?

    Contractors who discover construction defects or mistakes in their work face two challenges: ignore them and risk liability, or fix the problems and risk destroying evidence.

     
  • Heat Kills

    After a long winter, summer's finally here ... and it could be brutal.

     
  • Clients from Hell

    Adam Shaf says a dispute with his former clients stems from them "not paying us for work, not because of poor workmanship."

     
  • Masonry Through-Wall Flashing at Windows (Subscriber content)

    Enclosing an open second-story deck above a kitchen with through-wall flashing poses some unique challenges.

     
  • Paid in Full?

    What to do when the scope of work changes and the customer disputes your claim for full payment.

     
  • This list applies to new construction or a structural remodeling job. Your Job Start Package should be customized to the type of work your company does.

    How to Conduct a Job Start Review (Subscriber content)

    If you work with employees or subs, you need to be clear about what, exactly, the project entails and when it's expected to be completed. Everyone needs to understand. This job start package lays it all out.

     
  • JLC May Letters

    Tips for soldering a lap seam; the usefulness of the GRK lap harness; and the future of vocational training.

     
  • Communities Mandate the Removal of Wood Roofing

    In an effort to curb the risk of wildfire destroying homes, more and more western communities push for the removal of existing wood roofing.

     
  • Save the Trades

    Ottawa, Illinois high-school students shine in national spotlight for protesting the cut of building trades training.

     
 
 
 
 
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