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DOL Awards $10.5M in Workplace Safety and Health Training Grants to 80 Nonprofit Organizations to Help High-Risk Workers, Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has awarded $10.5 million in one-year federal safety and health training grants to 80 nonprofit organizations across the nation for education and training programs to help high-risk workers and their employers recognize serious workplace hazards, implement injury prevention measures and understand their rights and responsibilities.

Rooftop Solar is Creating 10 New Jobs Per Megawatt

The number of solar-related jobs in the United States grew from about 25,000 in 2007 to 175,000 in 2014, according to estimates by the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Solar Foundation. And for every megawatt of new photovoltaic capacity installed, or about 120 houses worth, a solar-industry rule of thumb is 10 jobs are created, though that's more likely to be seven or eight locally because the panels aren't manufactured on-site. Nationally, the solar industry is growing 30 to 40 percent a year.

Feds say Rate Hike is on Track for this Year

Janet Yellen, head of the Federal Reserve, said an interest-rate increase is still expected this year. She cited a stable inflation rate and strong US economy as reasons to support the hike. This would be the first time the Fed raised rates in nearly a decade.

Get Tax Help with Social Media

Whether you use social media to blog, share photos or socialize, you can also use it to connect with the IRS. You can check on your tax refund, learn the latest tax news, or get helpful Tax Tips on how to do your taxes. Here are some of the ways you can use IRS social media to get tax help:

Twitter. IRS tweets include tax-related tips, news for tax professionals and more. Follow the IRS @IRSnews, @IRStaxpros and @IRSenEspanol. Follow the Taxpayer Advocate Service @YourVoiceAtIRS.

IRS2Go. IRS2Go is a free app where you can check your refund status, get tax news or follow the IRS on Twitter. Subscribe to get helpful IRS Tax tips via email. You can download the app free from the Google Play Store for Android devices, or from the Apple App Store for Apple devices. IRS2Go is available in both English and Spanish.

YouTube. IRS YouTube Channels offer short videos on a variety of tax topics. You can view them in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.

Tumblr. The IRS Tumblr blog gives you the latest tax news. You can access Tumblr from your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Facebook. IRS Facebook pages post useful information for taxpayers and tax return preparers. You can also connect with the Taxpayer Advocate Service.

Podcasts. Short IRS podcasts provide useful tips on many tax topics. Listen to these audio files from the Multimedia Center page on

Protecting your privacy is a top priority at the IRS. The IRS uses social media tools to share public information.
We do not use social media to answer personal tax or account questions. You should never post your Social Security number or any other confidential information on social media sites.


North/East Roofing Contractor Association
90th Annual Convention and Trade Show

March 30 - 31, 2016
Fox Tower
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mashantucket, Connecticut

For information on exhibiting please contact
Patsy Sweeney –

Attention: Affordable Care Act REMINDER

ATTENTION: All companies that have 50 or more employees are required to track and report the type of health care coverage you offer your employees. This is required under the Affordable Care Act and informed by the IRS. The required forms were just released this month. Employers also have to notify employees on the details and particulars of the plan, such as minimum value, affordable coverage.

A Positive Note

On a more positive note, U.S. demand for roofing is projected to rise 3.9% annually to 252 million squares in 2019, valued at $21.4 billion, according to a new Freedonia Group study.

A Friendly Reminder

OSHA’s new Confined Space Standard to increase protection for construction workers working in confined spaces, went into effect Aug. 3rd. Confined spaces are defined as work areas that (1) are large enough for an employee to enter, (2) have limited means of entry or exit, and (3) are not designed for continuous occupancy. OSHA’s new rule requires employers to determine what kinds of spaces their workers are in, what hazards could be there, how those hazards should be made safe, what training workers should receive, and how to rescue those workers if anything goes wrong. For complete rule visit

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) just released their national fatality results for 2014. Construction fatalities rose 6 percent, from 828 in 2013 to 874 in 2014 which is unfortunately the highest it’s been since 2008. We urge members to have all the proper safety equipment, plans and protocols in place as OSHA has announced that they will continue to target high risk professions like roofing and general construction.

• Last month, the US Court of Appeals held a Maine roofing contractor in contempt for failing to pay $405K in Penalties. The Employer had 11 jobsite inspections and 11 violations and simply refused to pay.

• OSHA recently fined a RI roofing contractor $72,000 for a willful scaffold violation.




Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Unveils New Tax Plan

Criticized by Republican presidential rivals as having a loose grip on policy, billionaire Donald Trump laid out a tax plan this week that he said will increase the burden on hedge fund managers, cut rates for corporations and the middle class, and eliminate payments for more of the poor. It would eliminate the alternative minimum tax, the so- called marriage penalty, the estate tax, and the carried interest deduction while keeping the mortgage interest deduction, he said. Single people earning less than $25,000 per year or married people earning less than $50,000 per year would pay no income tax. Trump called for lowering the tax rate on all businesses to 15 percent. The highest individual rate under his plan would be 25 percent vs. the current top rate of 39.6 percent. Trump also said he would increase taxes on Chinese imports if the country continues to devalue its currency, and would tax products made by companies that moved operations overseas to take advantage of lower rates. He also added that he no longer wants to raise the retirement age to 70, and would not cut Social Security benefits.

Donald Trump has been the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination for the past three months, but his lead in national polls has tightened since the second Republican president debate, when he was the target of criticism from several rivals on stage, and was silent for long stretches as the discussion veered into policy issues. Republican voters, meanwhile, have said they trust Trump on his tax and economic policy.



First Place – 59
Don Carlson
Eric Carlson
Rich MackenzieDennis Bellamy

Second Place - 59
  • Stephen Umosella
  • Rich Kline
  • Tom Doherty
Third Place - 60
  • Daryl Maronic
  • Dave Beiber
  • Kurt Kaschura
  • David Lucchesi
Longest Drive
  • Eric Carlson
Closest to the Pin
  • Jay Strother
Hole in One – Hole #15
  • Jennings Mansfield


Columbus Day

 Columbus Day will be celebrated on
Monday, October 12, 2015

NERCA wishes you all a
happy and safe holiday weekend!



  • ABC Supply Company, Inc.
  • Beacon Sales Company
  • Canopy Roofing Systems
  • Carlisle SynTec Systems
  • CertainTeed Corporation
  • DP Carney Construction Inc.
  • Dataforma, Inc.
  • G&E Roofing Company, Inc.
  • Grace Construction Products
  • Hunter Panels
  • Hurley Construction & Roofing Company, Inc.
  • J&S Building Exteriors
  • KPR Inc.
  • Lincoln Equipment Associates, Inc.
  • Marshall Roofing & Sheet Metal Company, Inc.
  • Nord Bitumi
  • North/East Roofing Contractors Association
  • OMG Roofing Products
  • Peck Brothers Roofing
  • Pieros Construction Company, Inc.
  • Quality Roofing Supply, Inc.
  • R&S Construction Services
  • Saco Roofing
  • John F. Shea Company, Inc.
  • Sika Sarnifil Inc.
  • SMR Inc.
  • Max Sontz Roofing Services
  • SRC Roofing Inc.
  • Titan Roofing Inc.
  • United Asphalt Company

Politics in Brief

The United States is waiting for the government to pass a continuing resolution to keep our government funded. The government will face a shutdown unless lawmakers can come up with a deal or pass an emergency short-term measure before October 1. With regards to the construction industry, legislation has gone unchanged as advocates continue to seek modifications to:

  •  • Immigration Reform
  •  • Tax Reform
  •  • Energy Efficiency Legislation
  •  • Regulatory Reform
  •  • Transportation Bill

On September 1st, Quinnipiac University reported in a poll that 71% of Americans are dissatisfied with with where our nation is headed, which is currently translating to the current popularity of Donald Trump. Here are some important government regulation changes that other sectors of our government didn’t take the summer off and have been hard at work looking out for small businesses best interest:

NLRB – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has effectively redefined the definition of what constitutes "joint employer" liability under the National Labor Relations Act, ruling that companies can be held responsible for labor violations committed by their contractors. The NLRB ruling is a huge departure from previous decisions that stated companies were only responsible for employees who were under their direct control. The intent is to go after the growing number of temporary workers and independent contractors who do not receive the same protections as full-time employees but we don’t know how the ruling will affect the contractor to subcontractor relationship. It appears likely this decision will be appealed to the federal courts, but the prospects for having it overturned are uncertain.

Department of Labor's (DOL) – came out with a proposed rule that would require employers to pay all workers who earn $50,440 per year TIME-AND-ONE-HALF for hours worked after 40 hours. The current threshold is $23,660 per year. There is currently a “duties” test to determine if employees are exempt from OT. (Managerial/Supervisory positions)

Presidential Executive Order - requiring federal contractors to offer their employees up to seven days of paid sick leave per year, including paid leave allowing for family care. It will take effect on contracts awarded in 2017.





At the White House, a stunned President expressed hope for bipartisan progress as turmoil among Republicans ended US Representative John A. Boehner’s speakership. On Capitol Hill, the conservatives who had again decked one of their leaders, rallied to name the terms for the next person to wield the speaker’s gavel. And on Wall Street, fear set in at the prospect of another showdown over the government’s ability to pay its debt, support its export businesses, and simply keep its doors open. Boehner’s surprise announcement, that he will step down from the US House of Representatives speakership and leave the House on Oct. 30 has thrown Washington into deep uncertainty. His resignation is likely to herald an even more combative stretch in the nation’s capital, encouraging conservatives to challenge Obama on looming decisions regarding spending, debt, and taxes. Regardless, Obama has promised to “reach out immediately” to the next speaker to begin working on the nation’s problems.


Almost every week lately there has been interesting news from Maine regarding Gov. Paul LePage and his bull-headed leadership. The latest is his announcement that he'll make no new appointments to any boards or commission vacancies because he can't work with the Legislature. He's going to wait until January to let things "cool down." This means beginning very soon, some boards without enough members for a quorum, won't be issuing licenses, deciding disputes or making other necessary decisions. As far as legislation, LePage says he's going to take issues important to him, such as welfare reform and tax relief, to the people in the form of “citizen initiatives.” He apparently has no more faith in the Legislature, including his own party. And the Maine people cheer? No, they are sort of numb now digesting the latest antics out of Augusta. They will be the losers as the Executive Branch of government becomes even more ineffective, and the Legislature has to keep finding workarounds to conduct business.


NERCA joined 12 other business organizations last week in urging the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to support bipartisan legislation that would allow states to opt out of a federal health reform requirement to expand the small-group health insurance market to companies with 51 to 100 workers. A vote could come as early as October 1st. In other news, many MA business groups, asked Beacon Hill legislators to clarify portions of the state's new earned sick-time law. The groups are urging the technical-corrections bill is necessary to avoid unnecessary litigation due to a lack of clarity in the underlying law. And The Massachusetts Department of Revenue will implement a new, state-of-the-art tax filing system for business on November 30.





After a needless three-month wait, New Hampshire finally has the budget it needs. The Budget the Legislature and Gov. Hassan compromised on fully funds the state’s top priorities, including vital social services, increased state support for charter schools, lifts the cap on education funding to local school districts, and provided an increase to the Community College System sufficient to freeze tuition for the next two years. Another key priority was addressing the growing substance abuse epidemic plaguing the state. NH not only increased funding for alcohol and drug treatment programs by 75 percent, but finally assured that money will come from a new dedicated fund set up for that purpose. Legislators and Gov. Hassan also passed tax relief for NH businesses, phasing in a series of modest rate reductions over the next five years in order to restore the state’s economic competitiveness. The modest, phased-in business tax cuts now in place will result in NH’s employers bearing lower business taxes than neighboring Massachusetts. NH also took big steps to lower workers compensation costs, bring down electric rates for residential and commercial customers, and address rising health insurance premiums.


There was just an interesting challenge to a PLA requirement on certain city projects that included tax abatements, but the contractor has to sign the PLA first before city approves the project. The courts ruled in favor of the city.


Appellate Court of the NY Supreme Court overturned another case of a construction worker who fell off a building while tagging a crane and allowed claims against the contractor, property owner and developer under the antiquated “Scaffold law”. The old Labor law spreads the liability to everyone. In other news, the City of NY has over $3million sitting in its coffers of unclaimed prevailing wages.


Last month, the Pittsburgh City Council passed an amended bill requiring virtually all employers within the city to provide paid sick leave. Pittsburgh is the second Pennsylvania city to approve a paid sick leave measure this year, and the 20th major city to mandate that the majority of its employers provide paid sick leave to employees. The city’s ordinance applies to all full-time and part-time employees and any employer that is situated or does business in Pittsburgh, and employs one or more persons in exchange for any form of compensation. The ordinance excludes independent contractors, state and federal employees, any member of a construction union covered by a collective bargaining agreement, and seasonal employees who are notified in writing when they are hired that they will work no more than 16 weeks during the calendar year. The ordinance will not take effect until 90 days after the city publishes regulations and model notices. Current employees will begin to accrue sick time on the effective date. Employees hired after the effective date will begin to accrue paid sick time beginning on their first day of work, but new employees must wait until they have been employed for 90 days before they may use paid sick leave. For more information please contact the Association.


Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Vermont Department of Labor have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding intended to protect employees' rights by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses. Under the agreement, both agencies may share information and coordinate law enforcement. There is similar programs in CT,MA, NH, RI and NY.