AIBD members meet in Colorado!
AIBD Colorado Society held their Fall Conference last Friday in Colorado Springs, a day after helping their local Habitat for Humanity affiliate as a part of their 2014 Fall Volunteer Day. “What a blast! Great learning experience! Scaffolding, scraping, priming, teamwork, and getting educated about Medical Service Dogs who round up and protect their humans up to an hour before the superintendent begins to experience a seizure. Amazing day!!! =)” Bonnie Kern wrote on the AIBD Facebook page.
Friday’s presentations included one by Morning Star Elevator and one by Paul Kohlman Photography. In addition, Keven Holdridge, AIBD’s Internal Vice President, presented to the Colorado Society remotely. Isn’t technology grand?!
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SoftPlan 3D rendering two-day class.
September 23 – 26 – Classes meet from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CST
SoftPlan’s 3D class is one of their most popular. You’ll learn how to create beautiful, professional looking 3D renderings – a skill you’ll be able to use to entice clients and set your business apart from the competition. You’ll learn how to assign textures, add realistic 3D symbols, create a site plan, create an attractive kitchen rendering, and much more, all from the convenience of your own office. You’ll also be able to ask the instructor questions and interact with the class. See a full itinerary and visit their website for more class offerings.
Classes fill up fast, register today.
Reclaimed pine and glass manufacturing tours
Friday, September 26 Tour of Cardinal Glass Company at 3 p.m. 1300 SW 44th Avenue, Ocala
AIBD Florida advisory Board Meeting at 6 p.m. Panera Bread®, SW 211th Circle, Ocala
Saturday, September 27 General Membership Meeting at 8:30 a.m. Goodwin Heart Pine, 106 SW 109th Place, Micanopy
Tours & Classes — 4 CEUs Available!
- Cardinal Glass Company Tour (One CEU) — Appreciate the research and development that Cardinal Glass invests into beautiful and durable residential glass for windows and doors.
- Renovation Code Class (Two CEUs) — Jeff is back! Top trainer from the Contractor’s Institute to teach AIBD members about the triggers of renovation codes. Whatever you were afraid to ask, you now can!
- Goodwin Heart Pine Facility Tour (One CEU) — Experience the richest, most beautiful…
CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
To all those using independent contractors: The Department of Labor (DOL) is no longer looking to just strengthen its own enforcement of employee classification rules, it’s now strengthening states’ enforcement efforts as well.
That means expect even more audits of employer relationships with independent contractors. The DOL just announced that it’s providing a total of $10.2 million in funding to 19 states to enhance misclassification auditing programs and other initiatives aimed at cutting down on classification mistakes — both unintentional and willful.
This marks the first time the DOL has awarded state grants dedicated to this effort. The grants were made possible by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. Should employers be worried about this grant funding? You betcha.
The feds generally don’t like to give this kind of money away unless they feel it’ll produce a significant return on investment. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as well as the states, aren’t happy about the tax revenue they lose when employers improperly classify employee as independent contractors, and you can bet they expect to see a lot of that money find its way into their hands…
To read the full article, CLICK HERE.
More events ahead.
- September 26 – AIBD Florida, Cardinal Glass Company, Ocala, FL
- September 27 – AIBD Florida, Goodwin Heart Pine, Micanopy, FL
- October 16 – WALL BRACING V: Building Wood Framed Structures for High Wind Resistance.
- October 18 – AIBD OK Quarterly General Membership Meeting, Ada, OK
Looking into 2015…
- March 6-8, 2015 – AIBD North Carolina/South Carolina Annual Conference, North Myrtle Beach, SC
- March 25-27, 2015 – AIBD California Annual Conference, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
August 3 – 6, 2015 – AIBD National Convention and Interactive Conference on Residential Design, Providence, RI