|24th Annual ASM Golf Tournament
golfers joined ASM on July 15th for our 24th Annual Golf
Tournament. The weather was great at the beautiful International Golf
Course in Bolton. The event provides critical support for
ASM’s scholarship awards and our Association programs and services. Special
thanks to all of our terrific sponsors, especially our major sponsors:
Insurance – sponsor of our player gift
Cannistraro & Coughlin Electrical Contractors
– sponsors of our barbeque lunch
& Sams P.C. – sponsor of our reception
Insurance – sponsor of our dinner
Insurance - sponsors of our golf balls
Click here to
view our complete Major sponsor list and here for complete hole sponsor list.
Click here to
view our Golf Tournament Photo Album.
also thank our Golf Committee and volunteers who made the day so successful.
The Committee was co-chaired by Jeff Marr of
the Marr Companies and Chris Buell of Wright Architectural Millwork. Committee
members included Jonathan Duggan of DeSanctis Insurance; Mike McNulty of the
Pear Group, and Patrick O’Toole of American Plumbing & Heating.
Pictured above, ASM CEO Mike McDonagh and Golf
Committee Co-Chairs Jeff Marr Jr. and Chris Buell
Our terrific volunteers helped with check-in, sold
$4,000 in raffle tickets, and kept an eye on our special prize golf holes.
Thank you to MaryKate Bloomer, M.L. McDonald, Laura Robbins, Viking Controls,
Debbie Laythe, ENE Systems, Jessica Nikmar, Salem Glass, Tamara Berry, Coghlin
Finally, special thanks to ASM’s own Cathy Woodbury,
Membership/Marketing Coordinator & Peggy Duffy-Shea, Associate Director of
Programs and Membership.
|Upcoming ASM Events
Watch your email
for upcoming programs and events being scheduled for the fall.
Save the date:
Biennial Gala- Granite Links Golf Course - November 7
|$10,000 in Scholarships Awarded
ASM awarded and recognized the 2019 Scholarships
recipients at the Annual Golf Tournament. Congratulations to our five
recipients for their hard work and dedication. Each student has achieved
academic excellence while showing a commitment to community service and
Francessca Berkza, Eastern Insurance
Marley Gonsalves, Harry Grodsky & Co.
Zachary Mayer, Wayne J. Griffin Electric
Emily Sawyer, Harry Grodsky & Co. (not in photo)
Madelyn Thrasher, Wayne J. Griffin Electric
|Accessing The ASM Hotline
an employer, you face a myriad of issues including employee leave,
discrimination, wage and hour rules, hiring and termination.
As a construction business, you face a host of issues through the life
of a project, including bidding, contract terms, payment and more. When
issues arise, it’s often hard to know what to do. There is an easy way to get quick answers to your questions – ASM’s Hotline –FREE to ASM Members.
How do I access the Hotline?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will forward your question
to the appropriate attorney who will respond by phone or email.
Who are the attorneys?
Construction questions are referred to JohnM. Curran, Esq. at the law firm of Corwin & Corwin LLP, which has served as legal counsel to ASM for more than 65 years.
questions are referred to David B. Wilson, Esq. and Catherine E.
Reuben,Esq., at the law firm of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, LLP.
Insurance questions are referred to David M. O’Connor, Esq. at the law firm of O’Connor & Associates, LLC.
What if I already have my own lawyer? You can still call the Hotline. It is a privilege of membership in ASM.
What kind of help can I expect?
The attorney will typically spend 5-15 minutes addressing questions
that can be answered easily based on years of experience in their areas
of practice. You will receive information to help you determine whether
to handle the issue yourself or to seek professional help to pursue
legal action. The Hotline is limited in scope and does not include
research or document preparation.
To pursue legal action, do I have to use the Hotline attorney? No.
You are free to use your own attorney or you may retain a hotline
attorney. The choice is up to you and it is a private matter between you
and the attorney.
On July 7th the Joint Committee on
Labor and Workforce Development held a public hearing on a number of bills
including ASM’s Indemnity legislation, House Bill 1624. ASM Director Jeff Marr
of the Marr Companies and CEO Mike McDonagh Testified at the hearing giving the
Committee an overview of why this bill is needed to protect subcontractors.
Jeff and Mike explained how
construction contracts routinely require subcontractors to “indemnify” general
contractors and assume total liability for injuries or damages on a project,
even when not at fault. Such “risk shifting” hurts subcontractors
because it forces subcontractors to buy
more insurance to cover the added risk and increases construction costs.
If there is a claim
against a subcontractor’s policy, it damages their safety record and results in
higher premiums, making it harder to get insurance for future projects. One
large claim can close a business.
It’s bad for workers, too,
because it allows general contractors to get lax on safety, knowing they won’t
be responsible if someone gets hurt. According to OSHA requirements, GC’s have
the non-delegable responsibility for safety on a job site..
Massachusetts already has a law on the books (M.G.L.
c.149, §29C) that was supposed to prevent such unfair “risk shifting,” but it
has been gutted by a series of court decisions over the past 25 years. Courts
have defined “caused by” so loosely that subcontractors can now be held 100%
responsible for accidents where they were only 1% at fault. To
make matters worse, the subcontractor can be forced to insure the general contractor, too, in case indemnification doesn’t
H. 1624 corrects this unfair situation by
making just a few small changes to the current law: The bill clarifies that
subcontractors can’t be required to indemnify OR insure general contractors for
anything more than what was caused by their own negligence. In other words, they pay only their fair
share or “proportional liability.”
Subcontractors also can’t be required to provide insurance that covers
more than covered by indemnification – thus preventing the use of insurance as
ASM will continue to meet with Legislators and push for this bill to help
|Update From The Department Of Family And Medical Leave Quarterly Employer Contributions Based On Date Of Wages Paid
marks the beginning of the first quarter of payroll and wage withholdings.
These withholdings, and in some cases employer payments, will be remitted to
the Department of Revenue 30 days following the conclusion of each calendar
quarter. This timeframe is the same as the schedule for making Unemployment
By January 31, 2020, employers must complete quarterly filings
and submit contributions through MassTaxConnect for the previous calendar
quarter (October - December). Previously, the interpretation was
that contributions would be due for services performed by an employee on or
after October 1.
As a result of the comments received from the employer and business community,
the DFML has reevaluated this interpretation. We have now determined that
withholdings will be based on the date that wages are paid (commonly referred
to as ‘employee pay check date’) irrespective of the date the employee
performed those services. For example, if an employee receives a paycheck
on or after October 1, 2019 where some of those wages were for services
performed prior to October 1, 2019, then all of the wages in the paycheck will
be subject to contributions.
Please refer to the website for more detailed information on this change in
|OSHA Fatal Occupational Injuries In Region 1
There were thirty-two OSHA covered workplace fatalities in
Region 1 through the third quarter of FY19, three more than the same period of
FY18. Struck By fatalities account for more than half of the FY19 fatalities in
Region 1 with eighteen fatalities. Half of the Struck By fatalities involved
employees being hit by heavy equipment or machinery.
|The City of Bostonís Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) announce the new Boston Residents Jobs Policy Portal.
employed on projects monitored for the Boston Residents Jobs Policy (BRJP) have
been required to submit worker data for their respective workforces for decades
now. The method by which this
information was submitted has been via mail, fax or an Excel file attached to
an email. At this time these procedures
are in the process of being replaced by a web based platform in Salesforce currently
being built out and tested by the City.
Testing, training and implementation of this new system will require a
collaborative effort by all interested parties including City agencies,
construction management firms and subcontractors in particular.
City of Boston recently announced training sessions: View PDF
join us for the launch of our new payroll and compliance reporting system
Salesforce. The Office of Economic Development and the Boston Planning and
Development Agency will now be using the same system to monitor compliance for
all construction projects under the Boston Residents Jobs Policy. This
meeting is ideal for any person/persons responsible for entering weekly payroll
for your workers.
select 1 (one) date to register for from the options below:
August 27th 10 am - 1 pm
September 10th 10am - 1 pm
September 24th 10 am - 1 pm
will be provided
at 12 Drydock Ave will be validated
you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Sheryce
Hearns 617-635-3449. Thank you!!
|ASM Welcomes New Member
JDog Junk Removal & Hauling
JDog Junk Removal & Hauling offers junk
removal and hauling services for residential and commercial customers. Our
local business operators are Veterans and Military family members. They ensure
that our services are delivered the Military way – with Respect, Integrity, and
|Griffin Electric Completes Electrical Installation At Citizens Bank Project
ASM member Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. (Griffin Electric), a leading area
electrical subcontractor, has completed electrical installation work at the new
Citizens Bank campus in Johnston, RI.
Two four-story office buildings, in addition to a contact center,
amenities building and connector building, as well as a four-story parking
garage, make up the new 420,000-sf campus.
Open workspaces with modern features were constructed to promote employee
collaboration and communication while amenities including an onsite bank
branch, technology bar, Cigna wellness center, and indoor and outdoor fitness
areas with sports fields, courts and trails will benefit both Citizens team
members and area residents.
Throughout construction of the 123-acre campus, sustainability remained
a top-priority, with the preservation of over 60 acres of wetlands and natural
habitats, in addition to the construction of a rain garden to collect rainwater
and distribute it back to the wetlands.
The maximization of natural light within the five buildings and
energy-efficient LED lighting utilized throughout illustrate the bank’s
commitment to the environment.
Responsible for wiring four of the five buildings, in addition to the
parking garage, the Griffin Electric team was responsible for the installation
of temporary power, power distribution and lighting. Systems for UPS, technology conduit, life
safety, heat trace and emergency generators were also setup by Griffin, in addition
to the fire alarm system for the entire campus.
Griffin planned and coordinated its onsite electrical work through BIM
Cushman & Wakefield of Boston served as the owner’s project manager,
with Dimeo Construction Company of Providence as the construction manager. Boston-based firms Elkus Manfredi and Bard,
Rao + Athanas were the project architect and electrical engineer, respectively.
Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc.
the electrical contracting business since 1978, Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc.
proudly celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018. Headquartered in Holliston, MA, the company
also has regional offices in Pelham, AL, Duluth, GA, Charlotte, NC and
Raleigh-Durham, NC. ENR (Engineering News-Record)
ranked Griffin Electric 24th in its 2018 listing of the top 50
national electrical contractors and 1st in New England. The company
employs nearly 1400 individuals.
|Gleeson Powers receives 2019 ABAA Award
Gleeson Powers Inc. is the proud recipient of the 2019
ABAA Quality Assurance Program Excellence Award. The Air Barrier Association of
America and (ABAA) awards the Quality Assurance Program Excellence Award to
Accredited Contractors who have successfully completed a minimum of 5 site
audits which they have been assessed no more than 30 total demerit points.
Gleeson Powers recently performed air & vapor barrier services at the
following ABAA Accredited projects: 400 Rivers Edge (Columbia Construction), 81
Wyman St (Columbia Construction), Golden Brook Elementary School (The
MacMillin Company) and Moderna Clinical Manufacturing Expansion (Wise
Picture: Left to right: Aideen Doneski, Executive Vice President; Dana
Arsenault, President; Eric Baillargeon, Superintendent; Matt Cole, Project
Manager, all of Gleeson Powers Inc.
|Chandler Architectural Products, Inc. is NACC Certified
Chandler Architectural Products, Inc. is pleased to
announce as of April 8th, our company has been certified by the NACC
(North American Contractor Certification for Architectural Glass and Metals)!
Chandler is proud to join only 22 other architectural glass and metal
contractors across the country who have proven their consistency, quality,
and safety excellence in this field.
The NACC program for Architectural Glass and Metal
Contractors (AG&M) has been designed by architects, AG&M
contractors, and construction industry professionals to create a baseline of
industry standards for business practices, administration processes, quality,
safety, and glazing processes. Once the initial certification is complete,
companies undergo an annual audit and review of their
procedures, allowing them to focus on process improvements which will
lead to a better organization and ensure product quality for their clients.
“After learning more about the certification process from
NACC members at a Las Vegas Finishing Trades event, I knew this would be a good
step for the company to formalize many of the things we do. The preparation for
the certification forced us to think through our processes and procedures from
beginning to end which led to the creation of our new Standard Operating
Procedures (SOPs). The preparation also prompted us to come together as a team
– office employees, project managers, and field employees – which allowed us to
learn how our procedures affect everyone involved and how we can work more
effectively together. The NACC certification process forced us to look at our
company from a different perspective, and less than three months after the
process was complete I have already seen vast improvements in the efficiency of
|Chris Sheppard, Senior Vice President, Eastern Insurance Group, Featured on Joe Kelly, Mass Construction Consultants, Inc. Podcast
Chris Sheppard, Senior Vice President, Eastern Insurance Group, Featured on
Joe Kelly, Mass Construction Consultants, Inc. Podcast
Listen to the Podcast here.
|Mike McDonagh, ASM CEO recently featured on High Profile Magazine Podcast
Mike McDonagh, ASM CEO recently featured
on High Profile Magazine Podcast
Listen to the Podcast here.
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