MAPA newsletter

November ENEWS 2019

Topics Include:

MAPA Committee Meetings at the Annual Asphalt Conference

Join us for our upcoming committee meetings. Note: You do not need to attend/register for the conference to attend the Committee meetings.
Committee

Asphalt Technology Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 4⋅2:30 – 4:00pm
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Arbor Lakes Room
7025 Northland Dr N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428, USA

Environmental Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 4⋅  4:15 – 5:30pm
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Arbor Lakes Room
7025 Northland Dr N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428, USA

2020 MAPA Directory Advertising

Register FOR THE MN ASPHALT CONFERENCE 2019

DECEMBER 4-5
MARRIOTT NORTHWEST, BROOKLYN PARK

Register and join us for a day filled with educational sessions, breakouts, hospitality rooms, an awards luncheon and the Hall of Fame Awards Dinner. 

LODGING INFORMATION

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North
Minneapolis MN 55428

Register to Attend View Agenda


CALL FOR LIVE & SILENT AUCTION ITEMS FOR THE CONFERENCE

Colleen Fladaboe

In conjunction with the upcoming MN Asphalt Conference, MAPA hosts two auctions and we need your help with donating auction items to support the scholarship program!

The Silent Auction will be open for bidding from the awards lunch at 12pm until the Hall of Fame dinner. The Live Auction will be hosted by the renowned Colleen Fladaboe from Fladeboe Auctions.

If you are interested in donating, please contact Grace Gothers at graceg@ewald.com with information on the item you are donating (item, description, value, donor, etc.). Auction donations can be delivered directly to the conference on Thursday, December 5 or to the MAPA office (1000 Westgate Drive Suite 252 St. Paul, MN 55114).

Looking for auction ideas? Find more here!

As a reminder, all proceeds go to the promotion of the asphalt industry! Thanks in advance for your donation.

Silent & Live Auction Form


Join us for a new season of MAPA Associate Member Trainings


Braun

Geo-tech Risk Assessment – Braun

Tuesday, December 17, Noon - 2 pm
Braun Intertec Corporation
11001 Hampshire Avenue S
Bloomington, Minnesota  55438
MANAGING YOUR RISK BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER YOUR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
Braun Intertec invites you to join us for a presentation and lab tour. Dan Wegman will present on managing risk on your construction project with emphasis on late season paving and changed conditions encountered on asphalt pavement construction projects. The lab tour will focus on the many capabilities Braun Intertec offers to assist Agencies and Contractors in all of their project needs. 
  • Know how your company can be protected by understanding the geotechnical risks associated with your work.
  • Gain familiarity with teh actions that can be taken to mitigate risks
  • Guidance on how to handle situations where conditions change during construction
RSVP to Laura Melcher (lmelcher@braunintertec.com.)

Chemical Warm Mix, Cold weather paving – Ingevity

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 (Time TBD)
Ewald Conference Center
1000 Westgate Drive
St. Paul, Minnesota  55114
EVOTHERM - CHEMICAL WARM MIX, COLD WEATHER PAVING
Ingevity works with the asphalt industry to discover new ways our additives and new technologies can help solve problems. Different entities have different needs: government agencies need higher performing, lower cost roads; contractors need easy-to-use, high performing mixes; refiners need a reliable, safe supply for their customers.
RSVP to Craig Reynolds (craig.reynolds@ingevity.com.)

IC/PMTP Special Provision Update

MnDOT

MnDOT has made some modifications to the IC and PMTP special provision. Linked below is a summary of the changes. MAPA provided comments to MnDOT on the changes and the responses are also linked below.

Special Provision Modifications

Updated Specification

MnDOT responses to contractor comments


IC & PMTP Classes Required for 2020 Projects

Linked below is the registration information for the following classes:

Please note that MnDOT expired everyone that has taken this required training in the past due to the significant changes that have occurred within the latest version of the Veta software.  Individuals that will be creating the IC and PMTP submittals are required to take this training.

Contact Rebecca Embacher (rebecca.embacher@state.mn.us) with any questions. 


Wage Theft Law – Are you Compliant?

The new law has 3 main requirements: notification of any wage changes, including bonuses, written and signed wage notices for new employees, and new record-keeping requirements. Some violations can carry CRIMINAL penalties.
Increased enforcement of state wage and hour laws and criminal penalties for employers that commit wage theft are also included in the new law.

Employee notice

As of July 1, employers must provide each employee with a written notice at the start of their employment and keep a signed copy of the notice on file.
The notice must contain required information about an employee's employment status and terms of employment.
The notice must also include a statement, in multiple languages, that informs employees they may request the notice be provided to them in another language. (DLI will be providing the translations of this statement on the employee notice example in the near future.)
Employers may use the example notice or create their own.

New earnings statement requirements

Earnings statements (or paystubs) are important payroll records for employers and employees that document information about wages paid, hours worked, deductions made and benefits accrued by an employee. Existing state law requires earning statements be provided to employees in writing or by electronic means at the end of each pay period and specific information be included on the earnings statement.
The new law requires the following additional information be included on the earnings statements provided to employees each pay period:
  • Employee's rate or rates of pay and basis thereof, including whether the employee is paid by the hour, shift, day, week, salary, piece, commission or other method.
  • Allowances claimed for permitted meals and lodging.
  • Employer's telephone contact.
  • Physical address of employer's main office or principal place of business and a mailing address, if different.
A complete list of existing and new earnings statement requirements is outlined in Guidance for employers on Minnesota's new Wage Theft Law.

New record-keeping requirements

Under existing law, employers are required to keep various records for three years. It is in the employer's interest to maintain complete and accurate records that can be used to demonstrate an employer's compliance with state wage and hour laws.
The new law requires the following additional records be kept by an employer:
  • Each employee's hours worked each day and each workweek, including, for all employees paid at piece rate, the number of pieces completed at each piece rate.
  • A list of personnel policies with brief descriptions of each policy that were provided to each employee, including the date the policies were given to the employee.
  • A copy of the new notice that is required to be provided to and signed by each employee at the start of employment and a copy of any written changes to the notice that were provided to each employee.
The records must either be kept at the place where employees are working or kept in a manner that allows the employer to comply with the commissioner's demand within 72 hours.
If records maintained by the employer do not provide sufficient information to determine the exact amount of back wages due, the commissioner may make a determination of wages due based on available evidence.
A complete list of existing and new record-keeping requirements is outlined in Guidance for employers on Minnesota's new Wage Theft Law.

Expanded enforcement authority, increased violation penalties

The new Wage Theft Law expands the Department of Labor and Industry's and Attorney General's enforcement authority and increases penalties for employers when wage theft occurs.
The statutes related to the crime of "wage theft" and criminal sanctions for committing "wage theft" become effective Aug. 1, 2019.

Additional information available

DLI's Wage Theft Legislation 2019 and Summaries webpage has complete information about the Wage Theft Law, including the following.
  • Employee notice example
  • Guidance for employees on Minnesota's new Wage Theft Law
  • Guidance for employers on Minnesota's new Wage Theft Law
  • Legal language of the law changes
  • Q&A about new Wage Theft Law
  • Summary of Minnesota's new Wage Theft Law

Take Advantage of Your State Asphalt Pavement Association

Contractors should rely on their local chapters for guidance, industry advancement

– ForConstructionPros.com, Jessica Lombardo

MCEA

The asphalt industry is not an easy place to work. There is financial uncertainty, labor issues and regulatory changes that impact how you do business every day. The good news is contractors have help.

Your local State Asphalt Pavement Association (SAPA) represents the interests of asphalt pavement producers and paving companies at the state and local level across the United States. They bring that information back to you and break it down so that it’s relevant to you and your business.

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Just Released! The Women of Asphalt "Where We Belong" – Part 2 of our 6 part series

Women in Leadership Roles within the FHWA and State DOTs

Women of Asphalt
This is the second episode of our series on women in leadership roles within state DOTs and the FHWA. Amy Miller speaks with Leslie Richards, the current Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Richards details her experience running for office, balancing the logistics of being a working mother, and how diversity allows for the most effective solutions to increase your bottom line.

Listen to the podcast


A How-to Guide for Recruiting Women to Construction Careers

– ForConstructionPros.com, Jessica Lombardo

MCEA

The share of women working in construction trades in 2018 was the highest in twenty years, but women remain strongly underrepresented in the trades: fewer than one in twenty (3.4%) of construction trades workers in 2018 were women.

Female careers in the construction industry have remained shockingly low for decades, due in large part to the discrimination that blocks women from entering and staying in the field. Sexual harassment and hostility, lack of mentors and stereotyped assumptions about women’s capabilities all contribute to the problem.

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