Management Methods Bulletins

Accounting and Finance

Credit Policy Criteria
Cash Flow
Tips to Help Contractors Manage Through an Economic Downturn
Service Markups vs. Construction Markups
Guide to Financial Statements
Other Direct Job Costs and Indirect Job Costs

Change Orders

How to Identify and Manage Change Orders
How to Organize and Submit a Claim
Time Impact Analysis – Measuring Project Delay

Please refer to Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime for these bulletins.

Contracts

Understanding and Managing Risks Associated with Consequential DamagesNEW
Managing Retainage – A Critical Component of Effective Cash Flow – NEW
Contract Terms and Conditions
Understanding Manufacturers’ Warranties
Managing Killer Contract Clauses
Fixed Price Construction Contracts, Material Price Volatility and Contract Cost Adjustment Clauses
Enforceability of Contractual Fines/Penalties for Subcontractor Safety Violations

Corporate Planning

Doing Business with a Customer in BankruptcyNEW
Things and Must Do’s to Protect/Secure Your Company’s Data
 – NEW
Getting Started on Making a Technology InvestmentNEW
Corporate Structure: Using Outside Advisors/Directors
The Management Audit: Peer Group Guidelines
Mechanical Contractor’s Guide to Crisis Management
Disaster Recovery: Getting Your Business Back in Operation After a Disaster
Fraud Prevention

Education and Training

Business Writing for Success

Estimating

See WebLEM

Fabricating

Factors to Consider in Establishing, Operating and Maintaining a Fabrication Shop

Human Resources

How to Find, Hire, and Manage Student Interns
Avoiding Potential Liability from Employees’ Use of Company Vehicles
Employee Reviews

See also:

Guide to Human Resources Policies
Guide to Marketing Your Business

Insurance/Bonding

Insurance Punch List
Insurance for Catastrophes
Subrogation Can Spell Trouble
What are the Pros and Cons of OCIPs and CCIPs?
Subguard/Subcontractor Default Insurance
Builder’s Risk and Installation Floater Insurance

Job Management

Why Contractors Should Do LEAN – NEW
Team Management in Construction

Scheduling
Pre-Job Conferences
Effects of Job Schedule Delays on Construction Costs
Working With Owners
Jobsite Coordination
Project Forecasting
Controlling Project Costs Caused by Third-Party Commissioning Agents
Temporary Usage of HVAC Equipment
Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
Minimizing the Risk of Poor Site Conditions
Design-Assist Project Delivery
Turnover Meetings: Estimating/Sales to Project Management

Joint Ventures

Joint Ventures
Failure of One Corporate Member of a Joint Venture to Qualify as a Foreign Corporation May Penalize All Venturers

Labor Relations

Labor Relations
United Association National Labor Agreement Summary and Comparison

Legal

Protecting Lien Rights
Purchases and Sales of Goods Under the Uniform Commercial Code
Summary of State Regulations and Taxes Affecting Contractors
Truth in Lending – Consult with local counsel
Funding Liability Under Multi-Employer Pension Plans  – Consult with local counsel
Records Retention
Employers’ Liability when Contributing to Union Testimonial Dinners
Compliance with Antitrust Laws
Tax Requirements Applicable to Travel Reimbursements, Advances and Subsistence Allowances
Federal Prompt Payment Act
Contract Clauses
Liability of a Prime Contractor for Interference with a Subcontractor
Multi-Employer Defined Contribution Plans – Are You Liable for Another
Contractor’s Delinquency?

Legislation

Business and Politics – NEW

Management Innovation

Five S’s: The Road to Improvement
Managing Office Operations with PaperVault
ServiceEye
Articulating Weld Boom
PIPES (PROCESS INFORMATION PORTAL ENABLING SUCCESS)
CNC Pipe Fabricator

Marketing

Listening to Our Customers
Creating a Readable Corporate Newsletter

See also:

Guide to Marketing Your Business

Overtime

How Much Does Overtime Really Cost?
Shift Work Costs and its Effects on Productivity

Please refer to Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime for these bulletins.

Productivity

Maintaining Control of Labor Productivity
Factors Affecting Labor Productivity, including “How to Use the MCAA Labor Factors”
How to Apply the Measured Mile Method of Productivity Analysis
How to Estimate the Effects of Cumulative Impacts

Please refer to Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime for these bulletins.

Purchasing

Purchasing for Profit
Purchase vs. Lease Considerations
FOB Terms
Why Mechanical Contractors Should Be Paid for Materials Stored On and Off the Jobsite

Safety

Company Safety Programs
Emergency Procedures
Safety and Productivity: Does Improving One Increase the Other?
Proactive Safety Approach

See also:

MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources

Subcontracts

Suggested Subcontract Form
Indemnification Clauses
Comparison of Industry Standard Form Agreements Between GCs and Subcontractors

Taxes

How To Set Up Tax-Wise Corporate Minutes
Employee Stock Ownership Plans
Preparing for a Sales Tax Audit
Estate Tax Planning and Succession

Technology

PDF Editing Utilization for the Mechanical Contractor – NEW
Bluetooth for Tool Management
 – NEW
Bring Your Own Device – Is It Right for Your Company?NEW
Laser Scanning
Electronic Tablet Use in Construction
BIM: What Is It and Is It Right for My Company?
Robotic Total Station

See also:

MCAA Technology Resources

Tools and Equipment

Contractor’s Equipment: A Guide to Better Security
Temporary Usage of HVAC Equipment

See also:

Tool and Equipment Rental Guide