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October 31st Deadline for Mandatory Safety Training is Approaching FAST!

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Time is flying by and the October 31st deadline for completing mandatory safety training for continued participation in the AGC-SIF Workers’ Compensation program is here.  Two hours of safety training must be completed as soon as possible.  To ensure our members meet this critical deadline, Builders Exchange of Kentucky is offering three ways to participate in safety training.

First, we are offering several courses at our Louisville office located at 2300 Meadow Drive, 40218.  On October 15th, we are offering a CPR/First Aid/Bloodborne Pathogen training class for $85.00 per person.  The training will be held from 8:00a.m. – 1:30p.m.

On October 20th & 21st, we will be offering an OSHA 10-hour course for $180.00 per person.  On the 20th, the class will be held from 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. and on the 21st, we will finish up the class from 8:00a.m. – noon.

On October 23rd, we will be offering two free classes that will be provided by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet for Builders Exchange members only.  The first class will be “Illness and Injury Reporting & Recordkeeping” and will be held from 8:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.  The second class offered on the 23rd will be “An Overview of the Kentucky OSHA Program.”  That class will begin at 1:30p.m. and end at 4:30p.m.

Lastly, for the “in person” classes, on November 5th, we will host a “last call” class for those who haven’t completed their safety training by the October 31st deadline.  This course will include several general safety-related topics and will be held from 8:00 – 10:00a.m.  The cost of this class is $30.00 per person and will be acceptable even though technically the deadline has passed.

As space is limited, please register as soon as possible by emailing me at, or faxing me your name, company name, phone number, and what class you will be attending to 502-459-9803.

Second, if you prefer an online option, please go to and you can review the free training options.  Just check the length of time of each course to make sure you participate in two total hours of training.   Once you have watched the videos, please send me an email with the name of the courses and the date you watched them or send me a copy of the certificates of completion.  I will submit your training to the Fund once I receive confirmation you have completed the training.

Third, if you have already participated in a total of two hours of safety training this year, please send me the following information: title of the course, participant’s name, date of training, and the trainer’s name.  If you have a certificate of completion, please fax it to me at 502-459-9803.

If you have received this letter and know you have completed your training for this year, please let me know as soon as possible via email or phone at 502-459-9800.

Best regards,

Mary Ellen Higgins
Director, Educational Service

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Free Lexington Population Center Training – August 25-28

Kentucky-labor-cabinetAttend free Population Center Training from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet in Lexington at the Clarion Hotel from August 25th through August 28th.

Click here to register online. A full list of classes can be found below.


Overview of the Kentucky OSH Program 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
This course discusses the obligation to provide a safe and healthy workplace, free from recognized hazards. Topics of discussion include the operations of the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program, including enforcement and voluntary compliance services, and safety and health topics currently being considered for future standards and policies.

Respiratory Protection 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This course covers the basic requirements of Respiratory Protection as covered under 29 CFR 1910.134. This course will discuss the various types of respiratory equipment available; the limitations and capabilities of the various types of equipment; and the elements of an acceptable respiratory protection program.


Hazard Communication – GHS 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
This course covers the basic requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1200 and the revised provision of the standard as they relate to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Attendees will learn about the revised standard, which will include chemical hazard classification, written program requirements, container labeling and other forms of warning, safety data sheets, and associated phase-in dates for the new requirements under GHS.

Bloodborne Pathogens 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This course explains the measures that must be implemented to protect employees from the hazards of occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials containing bloodborne pathogens, such as hepatitis B virus, and human immunodeficiency virus. Topics of discussion include applicable definitions, infection control, engineering and work practice controls, including universal precautions, personal protective equipment, housekeeping; medical evaluations, warning signs and labels, and training of employees.


Powered Industrial Trucks 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
This course covers the basic requirements of 1910.178. Attendees will learn about the basic aspects of powered industrial trucks (primarily fork lifts), operator training requirements, safe truck operations (including traveling & safety belts), equipment modifications, and associated hazards. This course will not provide operator certification under 1910.178(L).

Crane Standard for Construction 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This course addresses major changes which took effect on Nov. 8, 2010. The class provides a basic overview of 1926, Subpart CC, including mobile cranes, tower cranes and certifications requirements for crane operators. Topics also include requirements for riggers, electrical hazards, and crane inspections.


Injury and Illness Recordkeeping 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This course is for those persons responsible for maintaining the revised injury and illness records. The forms 300, 301, 300A will be covered. The regulations and guidelines for recordkeeping will be discussed, as well as the compliance directive the Kentucky OSH compliance officer will use to evaluate your records. A recordkeeping example workshop will be part of the course, time permitting. (CEUs available for this class from OSHA OTI)

Fire Protection 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This course covers 1910, Subpart E: Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans, and Fire Prevention Plans and Subpart F: Fire Protection. Participants will learn how to develop and implement effective Emergency Action and Fire Prevention Plans, as well as maintain exit routes. Additionally, classification of fires, fire extinguishment methods, fire detection systems, and employee alarm systems will be addressed.

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Group Health Insurance Program Seminar – June 11, 2014

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Learn about the discounted Anthem group health insurance plans that are available to Builders Exchange of Kentucky member firms. This is a very unique program that offers large group pricing to small group employers.

Please register now for the 30 minute Builders Exchange Group Health Insurance Program webinar which will be held on June 11, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT.

Builders Exchange LogoIf you have questions or difficulty registering, please contact Leesa Hayes at (502) 339-7980 or After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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President Obama signs Executive Order to increase minimum wage for federal contractors and to expand eligibility for overtime pay

By: Joseph L. Hardesty

Stites & Harbison PLLC – Builders Exchange Allied Member

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President Obama has issued two Executive Orders that will have the effect of increasing workers’ wages and which will affect business owners throughout the country. On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order requiring Federal contractors to pay their employees at least $10.10 an hour. Then, on March 13, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing the Secretary of Labor to review overtime rules in order to expand the number of workers who would be eligible for overtime pay.

The Executive Order regarding minimum wages for employees of Federal contractors, directs the Secretary of Labor to issue new regulations increasing the minimum wage for these workers to $10.10 per hour.

The Executive Order states that the minimum wages will only apply to the following type federal service contracts:

• Procurement contracts for services or construction;
• Contracts or contract-like instruments for services covered by the Service Contract Act;
• Contracts or contract-like instruments for concessions including any concessions contract excluded by Department of Regulations at 29 CFR 4.133(b); and
• Contracts or contract-like instruments entered into with the Federal government in connection with Federal property or lands and related to offering services for federal employees, their dependents, or the general public.

The Executive Order requires the new minimum wage to be paid by “Federal contractors and subcontractors” and states that the obligation to pay the new minimum wage will be imposed by requiring all federal contracts to contain a clause that requires a certification as a condition of payment that workers have been paid the new minimum wage. The contractor will be required to include a similar clause in lower tier subcontracts. These clauses should be developed by the FAR Council within 60 days after the Labor Department issues its regulations. These provisions of the Executive Order suggest that the regulations will apply to contractors and all of the lower tier subcontractors. It is not clear whether the new minimum wage requirement would apply to all employees of federal contractors, or only those employees who perform work on the qualifying government contract but the Executive Order seems to suggest that it would only apply to employees who perform work on the federal contract. This will not be clear until the Department of Labor issues its regulations. The Executive Order does not change the wages required by the Davis-Bacon Act or the Service Contract Act. The Executive Order will not take effect will not take effect until the Labor Secretary issues the new regulations on before October 14, 2014 and will only apply to contracts executed after January 1, 2015.

The Executive Order expanding overtime pay directs the Labor Secretary to revise the federal rules on overtime pay in order to make more workers eligible for overtime pay. The revisions would change the overtime exceptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow more workers to be eligible for overtime pay. Currently, an employee who is paid a salary basis of not less than $455 per week and who performs exempt duties is not eligible for overtime pay. The proposed regulations would likely increase the weekly pay for exempt employees from $455 per week to a higher amount thus making more workers eligible for overtime pay. The new regulations would probably not come issued until the fall of 2014 and would likely not take effect until next year. The last time these rules were changed was in April 2004, under the Bush Administration, when the salary floor for exempt status was raised from $155 per week to $455 per week.

Neither Executive Order has been implemented by Federal regulation. However, employers and those who do business with the Federal government should be aware of these prospective changes for business planning and budgeting.

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