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Anti-Poaching and Wage-Fixing Agreements: Drawing the Line Between Competitive and Criminal

Posted in Business Management, Labor/Workforce

Originally published in Build Houston magazine. In October 2016, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued guidance identifying poaching agreements and wage-fixing agreements as primary antitrust enforcement targets.  In April 2018, DOJ brought the Department’s first enforcement case over illegal anti-competitive employment related agreements. In a market where skilled labor is… Continue Reading

Fighting the Four Horsemen of the Workforce Apocalypse

Posted in Labor/Workforce

Co-author: Michael Kelsheimer Published in TEXO InFocus Magazine Since at least 2008, Flood, Fire, Famine and Pestilence have ravaged the construction workforce across America. In the downturn, many workers left the industry never to return. Others left the U.S. and have not returned.  Couple that with construction growth, a resistance to training workers who may… Continue Reading

Is Your Construction Business Prepared and Protected for ICE Undocumented Worker Audits?

Posted in Labor/Workforce

Co-author: Michael Kelsheimer Published on ForConstructionPros.com Understand and navigate the government’s amplified focus on undocumented workers to protect your business from escalating fines, jail time, delay damages and back-charges Whatever your political views, undocumented workers and the businesses that knowingly or unknowingly employ them have been under the microscope since President Trump took office in… Continue Reading

Protecting Yourself in a Volatile Labor Market

Posted in Labor/Workforce

  Co-authors: JP Vogel and Tim Fandrey Published in Build Houston Magazine Texas is a hot-bed for construction. In 2016, according to the Virtual Builders Exchange, Texas was second only to New York in construction expenditures, spending $44.4 billion. And there is no sign that the proliferation of construction is slowing down.  New housing starts… Continue Reading