Benefits & Services
Enjoy multiple Member Benefits
BEST offers a wide array of benefits ranging from retirement plans and health insurance to complex workers compensation programs and state of the art digital imaging services. Our twenty-four hour construction activity reporting service is the best and least expensive service of its type in New York State.
Expand the benefits and see what we can do for your company.
401(k) Retirement Plan
The STBA, in cooperation with Transamerica, has created a multiple-employer 401(k) Retirement Plan that costs the employer only $350.00 per year. The plan has 34 investment choices, includes lifestyle funds, and participant account information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Owners and highly-compensated employees may elect to use the plan’s “Safe Harbor Option”, which allows owners and highly compensated individuals to save up to $18,500 a year without going through typical 401(k) discrimination testing. The employer has the option of whether or not they want to make matching contributions at all. Profit sharing and Davis-Bacon contributions are allowed.
This plan will help you to establish a valuable benefit to help you retain employees. This is a great benefit to our members and we urge you to look into it, whether or not you currently have a retirement plan in place. We have had member save as much as $5,500.00 a year by utilizing our plan. Form 990 preparation and audit fees are included in the above figure.
24/7 Online Plan Room
Our widely-used Plan Room is one of the largest construction reporting services in New York State. Our members have the ability to review plans and specifications online dealing for commercial, industrial, institutional projects as well as heavy and highway projects, state and federal projects and multiple family residential units in New York and Pennsylvania. Our reporting service handles over 8,000 sets of plans each year.
The Online Plan Room allows you to search for bidding opportunities by geography, construction type, CSI code, and keywords. It also carries other pertinent bidding information such as bonding requirements, bidder’s lists, where to purchase plans, and much more. It allows you to download drawings and specs, print them in-house or you can place an online order from the Association which can be picked up, mailed, or sent by the overnight carrier of your choice.
If you are currently using another construction reporting service call us for a free two-week trial. We are confident our reporting is better, easier to use, and more timely than our competitors. For information call either office and we will arrange a free trial and demonstration. We also maintain a library of hard copy plans and specs for those jobs that are local in nature.
Access to Workers Comp Group #469
Workers Compensation Safety Group #469 is managed by Lovell Safety Group. Lovell’s Workers Compensation Construction Industry Safety Group #469 has tripled in size in the past 5 years. It has also paid 25% dividends each of the past 15 years, in addition to the advance 25% discount on workers compensation premiums. This worker’s compensation program and safety group continues to offer construction industry employers significant savings on their workers compensation premiums.
To learn more about this workers compensation program or to find out how you can join Safety Group #469, please contact either office.
Our offices are equipped with Canon high speed small format scanners and HP large format scanners and HP PageWide printers. We are capable of printing, scanning, and archiving any document up to forty inches in width, in full color or black & white. We can also digitally archive prints, pictures, maps, and owner’s manuals for commercial buildings. Our printers are capable of printing on plain bond paper, polypropylene, and Tyvek. Call our offices for pricing.
Last year we trained over five hundred people in one or more OSHA topics. Between the two offices, we hold about forty safety training classes a year. The classes range from OSHA topics like the OSHA 30-hour the OSHA 10-hour, fall protection, silica awareness, forklift licensing, flagging & traffic control, rigging, crane signaling and many more. Watch the Events tab, and your mail, for upcoming classes.
We often hold educational seminars to keep members up to date with new regulations affecting the industry such as insurance laws, New York State Family Leave and health insurance benefits.
We work with as many as four law firms to be sure members are compliant with current rules and regulations. New York State has recently mandated that every employer have all their employees trained in Sexual Harassment by January 1st of 2019 and once a year thereafter. BEST has already distributed a standardized company sexual harassment policy to all its members for adoption and is currently working on a standardized training program which it will run several times a year going forward.
BEST serves as an industry advocate when needed. Our most recent project is trying to get New York State to recognize their unrealistic Minority & Women Business Enterprise utilization standards down to a fair and equitable level. BEST has teamed up with twenty nine other New York Associations whom have all donated $5,000 each and have hired a prominent Albany-based law firm to bring suit in an attempt get the utilization levels to a more realistic level.