July 24, 2008 / Issue No. 1-08
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Minimum Wage Increases on July 24
Staff Salaries Up 4.3% This Year
Early Collective Bargaining Yields Average First-Year Increase of 4.9% This Year
AGC Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Requiring Federal Contractors to Use E-Verify
DHS Updates I-9 Form
New Federal Law Prohibits Genetic Information Discrimination
DOL Offers New Compliance Assistance Tool on Recordkeeping, Reporting & Notices
Professional Development
Registration Now Open for AGC Training & Development Conference
AGC Holds Successful HR Professionals Forum, Releases Recording of Immigration Session

  Registration Now Open for AGC Training & Development Conference
AGC of America is excited to host the 2nd Annual Training and Development Conference October 14-16, 2008, at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis, MO.  We welcome and encourage general and specialty contractor staff, AGC chapter staff, and other professionals involved in workforce and professional development, education, and training to attend this event.  The program provides current information that applies to members of all aspects of construction.  It offers two plenary sessions and ten breakout workshops with field professionals to educate and inform on topics pertinent to the construction industry.

This year’s conference focuses on the opportunities and tools that exist to adapt to change and grow your education and professional development programs. As anticipation mounts for an uncertain construction economy, most companies realize that training and developing their people is vital to attract and retain top performers.

The first plenary session, Construction Industry Trends Demand Innovative Training Solutions, will be presented by Roger Montague of FMI Corporation.  This session will spotlight the top training trends for the construction industry for the upcoming year and how leading firms are addressing them with new training solutions.  Five categories of focus include Environmental Stewardship, Technology, Diversity and Cultural Competence, Managing Generational Differences, and Leadership/Management/Business Skills Development.

AGC is also very excited to announce this year’s plenary session, Negotiating to Enhance Performance with a Multi-generational Workforce, presented by Bruce Tulgan of Rainmaker Thinking.  This session is aimed at helping managers find solutions to get more work and better performance from their employees, while giving them more flexibility in the work environment so they can achieve balance.  Tulgan calls for flexibility and accountability to go hand in hand to give employees what they want and in turn receive better, faster and smarter work.  The session will also examine factors associated with the younger generation workers in Generations X and Y, bringing out the best in your employees, and the success of managers willing to unite with employees in transactional management to drive up performance!

New to this year’s conference, exhibitors have been invited to showcase products and services. We invite all attendees to visit the table-top displays and see first hand the tools and services needed to train today and tomorrow.  Also new additions are the Train-the-Trainer Sessions that will be held on October 16.  These sessions are to help trainers sharpen skills and professional development as well as for subject matter experts looking to transition into the role of a trainer. The three sections that will be offered to highlight areas of  interest are, Leading From the Front of The Room, Making the Transition from SME to Instructor:  Getting to Know the Role of the Instructor, and Classroom Management: Accommodating Adult Learners.

Hotel Rooms must be reserved by September 19, 2008.  Contact:
   Millennium Hotel St. Louis
   200 S 4th St., St. Louis, MO 63102
   Phone: (314) 241-9500
   Fax: (314) 516-8149

Registration Fees:
   Until October 1, 2008:
      -AGC Member and Chapter Staff $495 
      -Non-Member $645 
   After October 1, 2008: 
      -AGC Member and Chapter Staff $645
      -Non-Member $795

Visit www.agc.org/trainingconference for more information or to register.  Questions?  E-mail education@agc.org. [ return to top ]