Following the fundamentals of employee retention

On a nationwide basis, construction businesses face a great challenge in hiring and retaining skilled workers. This means that, if a contractor currently has good people on board, he or she needs to keep them. This article reviews some employee retention fundamentals, including competitive compensation and regular feedback. Following the fundamentals of employee retention The… Read more »

A Fresh Look At The 20% “Pass-Through” Deduction

The new 20% “pass-through” deduction can be a valuable tax break for construction businesses organized as sole proprietorships or pass-through entities. But the deduction comes with complex limits and restrictions. This article takes a fresh look at the tax break in light of proposed regulations. A sidebar warns of antiabuse rules that could trip up… Read more »

How manufacturers can prevent cyberattacks

Malicious hackers target all types of businesses. But manufacturers that rely on automation, robotics and connected networks are especially vulnerable to cyberattacks. Here’s what you can do to protect your manufacturing business. Know your risks It’s only natural that manufacturers fear data breaches — and unfortunately hackers often can use that fear to cripple organizations… Read more »

Your Contractor’s License: Don’t Leave Home Without It

The notion of starting work on a project without a license may seem unthinkable. But many contractors have run afoul of licensing issues. This article explains how it can happen, including a summary of an actual court case related to construction licensing. Snider v. Dickinson Elks Building, LLC, 907 N.W.2d 397 (ND 2018) The notion… Read more »

Don’t Put Off Creating A Well-Crafted Buy-Sell Agreement

The thought of creating a buy-sell agreement may strike a certain amount of trepidation into the hearts of some contractors. But putting off the creation of a well-crafted buy-sell can put a construction company at risk if unexpected circumstances arise. This article explains the purpose, as well as some of the ins and outs, of… Read more »

National Manufacturing Outlook Survey

With 2019 just a few months away, we are offering you the opportunity to participate in our annual YHB-LEA Global National Manufacturing Outlook Survey. This project is part of our efforts to serve you as a true strategic business advisor. Your participation will help us help you. This survey is being conducted in association with leading… Read more »

Business interruption insurance can help mitigate disaster

A natural disaster could stop any construction company in its tracks or even put it out of business. For this reason, it’s a good idea for contractors to at least consider business interruption insurance. This article discusses how the coverage works and suggests some good questions to ask when shopping for a policy. Business interruption… Read more »

Should C Corporations be Revisited?

With the recent changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and C Corporations seeing significant benefits, many have begun to circle back on their entity status. Why were tax rates reduced for C corporations under the new law? To put it simply, they wanted to incentivize the ‘big boys’ who chose to operate overseas… Read more »