About one in 10 Wisconsin construction workers are improperly classified as independent contractors or paid in cash, abuses that deprive the state of about $40 million worth of tax revenue every year.Read More »
State lawmakers moved on Tuesday to advance a bill that would provide businesses with nearly blanket protection against COVID-19-related lawsuits and prevent employers from being able to require that their employees obtain a vaccination against the virus.Read More »
A draft bill being circulated in the state Legislature would shield Wisconsin employers from lawsuits if their workers catch COVID-19 on the job.Read More »
Even as the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services remains under pressure to speed its processing of commercial-building plans, it has removed from its website a public calendar showing the extent of its review backlog.Read More »
The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has withdrawn a proposed rule that would have prevented contractors from inspecting fire and smoke dampeners unless they were first certified in response to misgivings that a legislative panel would most likely have struck the proposal down.Read More »
Report contends Davis-Bacon stymies competition, costs taxpayers; but authors acknowledge shortcomings
Three years since Wisconsin lawmakers repealed prevailing wage on state and local jobs in Wisconsin, critics of the policy are still debating if the state is better off without it.
Tagged with: Andrew Disch Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Davis-Bacon Act John Schulze North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters prevailing wages Wisconsin Institute for Law and LibertyRead More »
State officials are taking steps meant to ease an acute backlog in requested reviews of commercial-construction plans after delays were a common subject of complaint this past building season.
Tagged with: Andre Jacque Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin Chris Kapenga Dawn Crim John Schulze plan reviews Roger Roth Steve Klessig Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional ServicesRead More »
Recent legislation that prevents contractors from owing sales and use taxes on materials needed for nonprofit and UW projects has eliminated a long-standing point of frustration for many companies.Read More »
Nearly 20% of jobs in the United States are now some form of non-traditional worker-company relationship, like independent contractor. Independent contractor work is appealing for both the worker and the company. The contractor has the benefit of setting prices, work hours, type of work and completion schedule. It also has the freedom and flexibility to staff to meet their needs and reduce training time and costs.Read More »