November 27th, 2019 
Volume 21, No. 48


Happy Thanksgiving From All of Us at the
American Subcontractors Association


Introducing SUBExcel
2020 Keynote Speaker,
Martha-Ann Marley


During SUBExcel, ASA's annual national convention, we are proud to announce that Martha-Ann Marley of M.A. Surety will be our Keynote Speaker during the Opening Session of the event.  Her presentation, "Economic Update", will focus on the economic forecast and how to profitably maneuver through the next cycle.

M.A. Surety is a surety agency and consultancy for the commercial construction industry located in Mooresville, North Carolina. Founder and President, Martha-Ann Marley, is a North Carolina native and graduate of N.C. State University. She began her career with a national insurance company as a commercial bond underwriter and has since held various management and executive level positions in the industry.

During SUBExcel, Marley will also be presenting an educational session entitled, "Downstream Trend of Risk Transfer".  This seminar will explore implications of the downstream risk transfer trend and how the Subcontractor can mitigate these risks through Principles, Process and People.

Register for SUBExcel today to this and all of the other educational opportunities!

Upcoming Webinar: DOL Issues New Salary Threshold Requirements, Effective January 2020

December 10th, 2019
12pm Eastern

Join us for our upcoming complimentary webinar, "DOL Issues New Salary Threshold Requirements, Effective January 2020", hosted by Bill Ford of SESCO Management Consultants.  Working with SESCO on an HR Consultation is just one of the many benefits of your ASA Membership.  To learn more about all of the benefits of being an ASA Member, click here.

SESCO Management Consultants, ASA's retained human resource and employment law specialist for memebers will provide DOL - Wage and Hour update in light of the newly issued salary threshold requirements which will become effective January 1, 2020.  SESCO will discuss the new annual and weekly salary requirements to include for the first time ever an opportunity to offset the guaranteed salary utilizing up to 10% of an incentivized, non discretionary bonus plan.  SESCO will discuss the basic "white-collar" exemptions, provide recommendations on preparing for the new salary threshold requirements as well as a summary of the top six (6) Department of Labor - Wage and Hour violations and how to avoid significant financial liability.  
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Registration for SUBExcel 2020

is Now Open!

March 4-7, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV


SUBExcel is American Subcontractors Association's annual meeting, the perfect place for you to join YOUR association working hard for the needs of construction subcontractors, specialty trade contractors and suppliers. Perks of attending SUBExcel include:

  • Get proven business tips from acclaimed speakers that will transform your company and your bottom line to succeed in today’s construction markets.
  • Learn about the latest productivity-enhancing products and services provided by ASA exhibitors.
  • Enjoy the luxury hotel accommodations.
  • Enjoy special events, including the ASA President’s Welcome Reception and the Final Reception & Banquet.
  • Take a deeper look at your industry, your chapter, and your association and be part of mapping our industry’s path forward in ASA’s task force, committee and council meetings.
  • And much more!

Today's economy is changing at an ever-increasing pace, and business owners need to be prepared for both the successes and the obstacles of the future.  Making sure your business is financially sound is crucial in today's competitive market, and ASA wants to help you be as strong as you can be for the years ahead. 

Hotel rooms are still available, but they are going fast!  BOOK NOW!

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Take a moment and register for SUBExcel and take advantage of Early Bird Pricing!
Register Today for SUBExcel 2020!

She Builds Houston Encourages Young Women to Join Male-Dominated Industry

From the Houston Chronicle

Karla Cedillo walked into Thursday’s She Builds Houston construction conference expecting to hear mostly from men, a reasonable assumption given that men are about 90 percent of the industry’s workforce.

Instead, Cedillo, a senior at Aldine Senior High School, found dozens of women employed by some of the city’s leading construction companies, who implored her and about 1,000 other girls to consider careers in the fast-growing and well-paying industry. Donning a yellow vest and sticker-dotted hard hat, Cedillo learned about opportunities in the industry from female professionals before grabbing a DeWalt screw gun and getting tips on hanging drywall.

“That was a moment, a time in my life, when I thought girls can do anything,” said Cedillo, who aspires to become an architect or interior designer. “They have inspired me to actually follow my dreams, to do what I want to do, that the sky is the limit.”

As the construction industry seeks to replace an aging workforce and diversify its mostly male ranks, dozens of local employers met with Aldine ISD middle and high school girls at the region’s first She Builds Houston conference, aiming to inspire the next generation of construction employees.

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Are You Working To Engage Young People in the Trades?  Tell ASA About It!

We want to hear from you!  Tell us how you are working to engage young people and new employees in the trades.  Are you working with programs like Helmets to Hardhats?  Does your company have a partnership with a local community college, university or apprenticeship program??  How do you connect with your local community?

The American Subcontractors Association is currently working to gather all of your amazing ideas to be able to share with other ASA chapters around the country.  Let us know how you reach out to young, new talent, as well as your best practices in each initiative.

Have something exciting to share?  Email us your ideas at  We can't wait to hear from you!

A Checklist for Conducting
Workplace Investigations

Responsiveness to an employee’s complaint about workplace concerns not only enables the employer to gather the best information, it also provides the employer with the opportunity to resolve internal problems before they become widespread. Given every complaint could turn into litigation, a well-planned and documented investigation can be an employer’s best defense. While each situation is unique, the following is a checklist of steps an employer should take as soon as a complaint is received: obtain a written statement; ensure confidentiality, non-retaliation, and explain next steps; gather tangible evidence; timing; interview witnesses; interview the accused; make a decision; investigation closure; and written investigation summary.

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This article is brought to you by SESCO Management Consultants, ASA's Human Resources partner.  Learn more about SESCO and all of the other member benefits by clicking here.




Help Defend Our Future by Supporting the Subcontractors Legal Defense Fund

ASA underwrites the legal costs of filing "friend-of-the-court" briefs to inform the Court regarding the broader impact of relevant cases throughout the country. We have won dozens of these cases since 1997, vindicating subcontractor rights today and into the future!

Each year, courts across the country hand down hundreds of decisions on federal and state laws, as well as court-made or "case"law, that apply to subcontractors' businesses. Many of the decisions impacting subcontractors interpret the contract provisions of subcontract agreements—provisions like pay-if-paid, hold harmless, duty-to-defend, and no-damages-for-delay. Some of these decisions are precedent-setting and carry significance for subcontractors across state lines.

ASA's Subcontractors Legal Defense Fund supports ASA's critical legal activities in precedent-setting cases to protect the interests of all subcontractors. ASA taps the SLDF to fund amicus curiae, or  friend-of-the-court," briefs in appellate-level cases that would have a significant impact on subcontractor rights.

Support the SLDF Today!


Upcoming Events

December 10th, 2019

DOL Issues New Salary Threshold Requirements,
Effective January 2020

by Bill Ford, SESCO Management Consultants

January 7th, 2020

Payment Clauses: What to Watch For and How to Negotiate Them
by James Yand and Brian Esler


RAKEN Streamlines Field Workflows for Construction Industry
ASA Silver sponsor Raken provides mobile-first technology to streamline field workflows for the construction industry. Raken’s digital toolbox saves superintendents time by allowing them to capture daily reports, time cards, tasks and photos directly from the field with an easy-to-use mobile app.

Users leverage Raken on a daily basis, which aggregates their data into branded reports, real-time dashboards and data insights that improve the flow of information from the field it to the office. Additionally, daily reports from various subcontractors are automatically compiled into a Super Daily, providing general contractors with a single, standardized record of the day’s events.

Raken’s field reporting helps construction companies reduce risk, manage budgets, and improve their bottom line. Turner, Webcor, Sundt, John W. Danforth, Broadway Mechanical, Cupertino Electric, and thousands of the world’s top general contracting and subcontracting firms use Raken for their field reporting needs.

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