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New Energy Star rules impact door and window sellers
AWDI via Building-Products.com
New Energy Star rules require companies selling windows and doors to make sure their customers have access to exacting installation instructions. New changes with Energy Star mean new concerns for dealers and distributors of residential windows, doors and skylights, particularly those that offer installation services or referrals.
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9 tax scams every small business should beware
AllBusiness Expert
It's coming up on tax time, and for small business owners, that means time to watch out for tax scams. Con artists have small business owners in their sights this year. Fortunately, the IRS is letting entrepreneurs know about some common tax tricks that could trip you up. Watch out for what the IRS says are this year's big tax scams.
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Don't let negative reviews break you
By Jessica Taylor
Whether you're a small or large company, you live or die by your reputation. Most of reputation management is focused on pushing down negative search results — in particular, negative reviews. Responding to your negative reviews may attempt to bridge the gap between how a company perceives itself and how others view it. But does your company successfully follow through with this? If you haven't began this process, you could be put in a negative spotlight.
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OSHA reminders: Post your 2014 Form 300A, and be aware of new rules
HR.BLR.com
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires all covered employers to keep routine records of employee injuries and illnesses. Those records include the OSHA Form 300 "Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses," the OSHA Form 301 "Injuries and Illnesses Incident Report," and the annual OSHA Form 300A "Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses." However, certain employers are partially exempt from the record-keeping requirement, which means they don't need to keep injury and illness records unless they're asked to do so in writing by OSHA, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or a state agency operating under the authority of either federal agency.
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Construction and employment increased in 43 states and DC during 2014
Associated General Contractors of America via Glass Magazine
Construction firms added jobs in 43 states and the District of Columbia between January 2014 and January 2015, while construction employment increased in 31 between December and January, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America.
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OSHA proposes revisions to eye and face protection standards
For Construction Pros
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a proposed revision to its Eye and Face Protection Standards that updates personal protective equipment requirements in the agency's general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring, marine terminals and construction standards.
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Strengthen relationships through technology
By Nate Budde
The construction industry is based on relationships. While the same can be said for many industries, the unique nature of construction projects puts these relationships into stark focus. The construction payment structure is complex, and the extensive network of parties on every construction project means there are inevitable payment delays. Building stronger relationships, and playing fair, can result in less payment trouble and more clarity.
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