A worry free, time saving, compliant payroll

The Davis-Bacon Act mandates that contractors who receive at least $2000 from the government must file weekly payroll reports. There is a total of 31 compliance issues in the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. The prevailing wage must also be adhered to for all trades and apprentices.

What can contractors easily do to have a compliant payroll... without errors? Compliant Client by eMars is the answer.

eMars aThis system requires no installation or maintenance. It provides immediate, concurrent, real time visibility of all payroll records of the sub, prime, plus - the owner agency. All screens are printable. Every submitted payroll is audited, on line and in real time, against the wage determination and all 31 causes that are in support of Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

The results of comparisons to the provisions set forth in the act are immediately reported, allowing corrections to be made promptly. A typical payroll is prepared in less than eight minutes.

The following are questions about eMars and the Compliant Client system answered by Woody Chamberlain, President of eMars and Ed Sambuchi, Director of Customer Service:

Why would a construction company use Compliant Client by eMars?
Ease of use backed by the best support in the industry are two strong reasons. eMars designed this system with considerable input from the Department of Labor, agencies and contractors. We are viewed as the most usable and user friendly system available.

Our clients, all 48,000+, have not had any random Department of Labor audits for the past three years.

What happens when construction companies don’t adhere to the compliance issues of the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931?
They can be fined, debarred, or be put in jail.

Are there other construction companies relying on Compliant Client during this current pandemic? Can Compliant Client help a construction company during this current pandemic?
Many construction companies are relying on Compliant Client by eMars. We have done many Covid projects because of our ability to quickly set up a project and report in a timely manner.

How long is the learning curve associated with using the Compliant Client system?
Thirty minutes. Competitors take three to four times as long.

Tell me about ‘customer service’ as it relates to eMars/Compliant Client and your customers.
eMars provides the best support in the industry. We basically manage the subcontractors for the prime with respect to the payroll report. If a user needs help, we will reply with a phone call or email in 15 minutes.

Does Compliant Client identify critical errors in a construction company’s payroll?
Absolutely. The notice is on line in real time - similar to spell check.

How many compliance issues are there in the Davis-Bacon Act?
There are 31 compliance issues. So, if your company has 400 employees, there are 12,400 opportunities to be out of compliance.

Does Compliant Client use less paper than other systems?
eMars bCompliant Client is paperless. The only time paper is required is if an auditor insists on paper. eMars has trained over 200 auditors who do not require any paper since they have access to the electronic records.

Is Compliant Client another program that you add to your computer system?
The only requirements are a computer and access to the internet. There is no need to disrupt existing systems with the addition of another program.

What does eMars /Compliant Client do to preserve the privacy and sanctity of the information it stores?
In addition to a firewall, eMars encrypts all the sensitive data in the data base, commonly referred to as ‘at rest data’. No other competitor provides this double layer of encryption. eMars also preserves data for seven years, while competitors only store information for three years.

Compared to manual input of information, is there a significant saving of time and money?
This saving can range from 20 to 90 per cent.

Is there a limit of subcontractors that can be added under a main contractor?
There is no limit to the amount of subcontractors that can be added under a main contractor.

Is there a limit to the amount of employees that can be input into the system?
No. In fact, we easily handle over 5000 employees on a single payroll; competitors can only manage a few hundred.

Is there an audit trail with your system?
Yes. Nothing is ever eliminated from the system. In fact, if an error is detected, the error 25will be preserved along with the correction. A complete audit trail is always available.

Has eMars/Compliant Client ever been hacked?
No - we’ve never been hacked. eMars conducts third party penetration tests on a regular basis to insure integrity of the system.

Has the Compliant Client system supported large projects?
eMars/Compliant Client has many large projects including the largest Davis-Bacon project in the USA for the last five years - the nuclear power plant in Georgia.

Are there pricing options?
Yes. eMars provides a monthly option, a firm fixed fee for one or a basket of projects, an annual or multi - year contract option with ability to negotiate an acceptable fee.

For more information, contact Woody Chamberlain at: 480-595-0466 or by email at: Woody.chamberlain@wh347.com
Please visit: emarsinc.com

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Powerful Bonds — Both Professional and Personal

Highly experienced and well-connected, Contractors & Developers Bonding is the largest independently-owned, surety-only brokerage company in the western United States

Although Contractors & Developers Bonding (C&D) is fully licensed in multiple lines of insurance, the company operates exclusively as a surety-bond-only brokerage for construction contractors and developers in the public and private sector. It is this specialization that distinguishes the business from competitors and provides C&D’s team of professionals with a platform to become some of the most skilled and knowledgeable surety brokers in the U.S.CDB a

At the head of the business is Founder and President Philip E. Vega, a former Assistant Manager at Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. with decades of experience in underwriting. Having established C&D in 2001, Vega has spent the last 19 years assembling one of the industry’s strongest teams, so that in 2020 the company’s workforce has a combined total of more than 100 years’ underwriting and brokerage expertise.

Benefitting from such an accomplished and well-informed team, C&D has grown organically over the years. Always open to new opportunities, the company has acquired numerous books of business, and expanded its footprint across the Southwestern United States as well as into international territories such as Canada, South Korea, and Germany. Strong client relationships have been a key part of the firm’s success and this has been especially true in recent years when the firm’s network has grown larger and more diverse. Vega suggests that the secret behind good client relations lies largely in the first “C” in the concept called ‘The Three C’s of Suretyship.’

“The Three C’s - character, capital, and capacity - are vital to the foundation of every relationship we make at C&D,” Vega says. “Character is particularly important, but it is the most difficult part to underwrite or understand because it’s only when somebody gets put in a corner by a difficult job or litigation that their character really shows.

“We do a lot of research to make sure that we only take on contractors/developers with ‘best-in-class’ character. We are very selective about with whom we involve ourselves, and though personal info, resumes, financial info, tax reports, and prior history are all useful, the trust factor is imperative.”

The personal touch Vega alludes to is evident at all levels of the organization, evidenced by the fact that C&D customers who call the firm will only ever communicate with a decision-maker directly involved in their transaction. Unlike many of C&D’s larger industry peers, the company does not employ Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) for the purpose of answering phone calls, and instead, Vega, or one of his direct colleagues, is contactable at all times.

“People can call me 24/7,” Vega declares. “Even if I’m on vacation, I’ve got my cellphone and my laptop, or if clients call me on a Sunday night, they will get hold of me or my son, Kevin, as well as Myrna Smith who runs the Pismo Beach office. If there is a job to be done or a bond to be secured or a discussion to be had, our clients will talk to the same person from point A to point Z, their own personal contact who deals directly with the surety companies, as opposed to a CDB bservice person or CSR.”

Along with a careful focus on relationships, C&D’s broad service offering, consisting of contract bonds, developer bonds, commercial bonds, and license and permit bonds, has helped the company continue to perform well in 2020 – a year of upheaval for many. Existing customers with healthy backlogs, as well as deserted schools and highways, have kept construction work flowing and, overall, the firm finds itself in a strong position for the year ahead.

“I’d like to see the business continue to grow,” Vega asserts. “I am probably the most aggressive marketing person in the company, so I will continue to put our name out there and we will remain active in industry groups like the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors (AGC), Engineering Contractors Association (ECA) and the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA).

“C&D will be 20 next year, and I’ve said from the start that our job as a broker is to protect our clients as best as we can. If we can do that, we will protect the sureties, and if we protect the sureties, we protect ourselves. Our clients are constantly evolving, as we are, and the evolution of their knowledge, and how they grow their business, really dictates how we grow with them, or how we can help guide them through various decision-making processes. “We have one account that has been a customer since the day I got into the surety brokerage business. At the time, we were providing bonds for $10 million when that company’s backlog was $50 million or $60 million. Today, its backlog is $600 million, and we just issued bonds for $110 million. That’s what it means to grow your company with your clients and that is why it is vital that we stay dedicated, that we stay informed of legislation, and that we remain open to new ideas, because this business is most successful when we treat it as an ongoing learning process.”

Contractors & Developers Bonding
www.cndbonding.com
Services: Surety bond brokerage

Water FX

Water FX and Large Scale Props keep a close eye on detail during every project. 

 By Knighthouse Editorial Staff

Water FX produces stainless steel aquatic vessels of all sorts – from swimming pools and spas to steam rooms, experience showers, custom fountains, water walls, water park attractions, splash pad play areas, dancing interactive water features and more. Water FX also has a 3-D sculpture division called Large Scale Props. We spoke with Robert Waroway, the director of operations for Large Scale Props.

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ShackelfordShackelford Construction makes safety and relationships its top priorities.

By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

When talking about his business, Jay Shackelford often repeats and stresses certain key words: relationships and safety. As head of Shackelford Construction – a multi-state civil construction company based out of Mississippi – Shackelford has built a successful family business with repeat clients and an exceptional safety rating.  

RussoRusso grows throughout the South thanks to its expertise.

By Staci Davidson, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

Russo Corporation remains highly valued among the contractors and project owners with which it works for numerous reasons, but one of the company’s characteristics sticks out above all. Vice President and Co-Owner Harris Wilson explains Russo’s quality reputation is the result of the company’s willingness to take on challenges – challenges unlike anything other firms will approach. 

Lion ElectricCustomer satisfaction is the circuit to success for Lion Electric.

By Mark Lawton, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

There is quite a lot of competition for electrical contractors in New York City and New Jersey. Lion Electric differs from the competition by the emphasis it places on customer satisfaction. “We believe that doing the right thing is always the right thing, a by-any-means-necessary approach,” President Dave Zeki says. “We want to make sure people are satisfied and that’s the measuring stick we use to gauge our success.”

InEightImproved processes and technology lead to successful projects.

By Jake Macholtz

Ask any construction professional for their definition of “project success” and you’ll get an array of different – and sometimes conflicting – answers. So, what does successful project delivery really mean? And, how can you achieve it?

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InCord

InCord’s Walk-On Netting helps contractors safely work at high points.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

These days, builders are more concerned than ever with keeping their sites accident-free. “Twenty-five years ago, when somebody was putting up a skyscraper, safety was typically the last concern on the job,” Brian Hillery recalls. “Nowadays, it’s the first thing that gets bid.”

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HagenHagen Business Systems helps construction employees learn faster.

By Carol Hagen

Construction has seen a technology explosion and it is expected to continue at a furious pace. Software updates, new applications and emerging solutions are cropping up to solve complex problems and deliver better outcomes. How do you and your employees keep up? You aren’t – and a huge chunk of the reason is time.

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