Workforce Development to Play Integral Role in the Future of Arizona Construction

Bo CalbertBy Bo Calbert 
President
McCarthy Building Companies
Southwest Division

Nationally, 86 percent of construction firms reported having a difficult time finding qualified workers to fill vacant positions, according to a recent Association of General Contractors (AGC) survey. This survey follows an AGC report earlier this year that predicts a shortage of 2.5 million construction workers. The lack of workers is having a negative impact on the industry and impeding the economic recovery, particularly in Arizona.

“This problem is even more staggering in states like Arizona where construction is a major economic engine and fuels numerous other industries,” said Justin Kelton, executive vice Continue reading

Employees Sick Again? 5 Tips to Manage Seasonal Illnesses

DeniseBlommelBy Denise M. Blommel
Attorney

Despite the best weather in the nation, many Arizonans are suffering from allergies, colds and influenza. Human Resource professionals are fielding calls from supervisors about the many employees who are calling in sick and complaining about being short-handed.

On the other hand, even more employees are coming to work hacking and sneezing in order to work more hours to make ends meet. And the government will be mandating seven paid days of sick leave for employees of federal contractors beginning in 2017.

What’s an employer to do? Here are some tips: Continue reading

Prop 123, JTED funding collaboration top Chamber’s 2016 priorities

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By Todd Sanders
President & CEO
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

The arrival of 2016 is accompanied by new priorities, refreshed goals and an optimistic outlook on all that can and will be accomplished in the upcoming year. As small business owners spend a little time this month changing the 5 in “2015” to a 6 on checks for employees and vendors, I look forward to the vital work we get to do this year on behalf of our Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce members and the business community. I want to share a few of our top priorities for the year. Continue reading