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

  AGC Holds Successful HR Professionals Forum, Releases Recording of Immigration Session
A record number of human resource (HR) managers and administrators who work for AGC-member contractors across the county attended AGC’s seventh annual Human Resource Professionals Forum June 4-6 in Fort Worth, TX.  The conference offered participants a rare opportunity to network with and learn from other HR professionals in the construction industry.

The program kicked off on June 4 with a pre-conference Construction HR 101 session, where AGC HR Network Steering Committee Chairman Linda Hunter of Bowen Engineering, Steering Committee Member Bob Leadbetter of Vecellio Group, and Staff Associate Denise Gold helped to answer questions posed by individuals who are new to the construction industry or the HR profession.

The following day and a half featured lively roundtable sessions, where participants shared best practices on a variety of topics, such as employee accountability and responsibility, multigenerational environments, employee satisfaction surveys and HR communication tools, what makes an award-winning place to work, improving corporate culture, the HR manager's role as a corporate leader and strategic partner, working with non-English speaking employees, leadership development, and performance appraisals.

The program also included formal presentations by industry and subject experts on HR hot topics.  Compensation experts Jeff Robinson of PAS, which was also a conference sponsor, and Rick Sharpnack of Sharp Capital Consulting provided a presentation on compensation plan design.  Bill Offut of National HireVetsFirst, Craig Capano of Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Greg Page of AG Page Associates served on a panel offering tips on recruiting military veterans and new graduates, and using executive recruiters.  Immigration attorney Rick Gump spoke about immigration law compliance, explaining immigration status and visa categories, current enforcement issues, risk assessment and avoidance, best compliance practices, no-match letters, the E-Verify and IMAGE programs, and more.  A recording of Gump’s address is available for purchase and immediate download in MP3 format from AGC’s online bookstore.  Click here for more information or to purchase.

AGC members can learn about HR best practices and news throughout the year without leaving their desks by joining the HR Network and HR Practices e-Forum, and by visiting AGC’s online Labor & HR Topical Resources page. [ return to top ]