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Act Now! Comments Urging DOL to Rescind Persuader Rule Due Today

Today is the deadline to submit comments to urge the Department of Labor (DOL) to completely rescind the Persuader Rule...

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Thomas & Betts Hosts NEC Seminar for Local Contractors, Electrical Inspectors

On May 9–10, 2017, Thomas & Betts hosted two seminars at its Memphis headquarters detailing changes in the 2011 and 2014 editions of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®).

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Offering My Thanks and Congratulations

As we come into spring, it’s nice to see all that the season has to offer. It’s a time of ending the cold and darkness, and starting to enjoy the longer, warmer days as summer approaches. It might feel the same for our apprentices as they finish up their classes and are able to take a deep breath and concentrate on just working for a few months, without the added pressure of homework and exams. Tis the season for our apprentice graduations. I have started my visits to various chapters as the schedule allows. What an amazing and gratifying way to spend time with our future leaders of the industry. We have a lot to be thankful for and proud of. There is a huge amount of time and effort that goes into our apprenticeship program across the country.

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How to Integrate Apprentices Successfully

The beauty of every young newcomer to any kind of trade or work is that he or she will not be bringing a
lot “baggage” with them on “what the right way of doing something” is. This, in itself, can violate the structure
and stability of a company’s processes. On the other hand, there is a lot of learning and training to be
done, and if the teaching and guidance is not done correctly it can reduce the productivity of the whole
team. Costly delays can occur by one newcomer not knowing the processes or lacking the necessary
skills to do the job.

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The Single-Line Diagram and Safety

The single-line diagram to the electrical professional is comparable to what a map is to a person driving across the country. If this was “back in the day,” I’d say that before I go on a journey somewhere in the car I grab my Atlas and appropriate maps. Today, I use my smartphone and my “Maps” app.

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Innovative Cable for Daylight Harvesting

Daylight harvesting reduces energy consumption by using daylight in place of, or to augment, electric lighting to light a space. Lighting control systems are used to dim or switch electric lighting in response to changing daylight availability; when daylight penetrates into spaces, the amount of electric lighting needed is reduced. Now, new technology has come onto the market with control for up to three dimming zones, combining electric lighting and control circuits within a single interlocked armor. The new MC Luminary MultiZone™ cable is the first product specifically designed to meet California’s strict daylight harvesting requirements, which are rapidly being adopted by jurisdictions around the United States.

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Recruiting, Hiring, and Keeping Your Key Employees

The shortage of skilled labor is a topic everyone should be concerned with. Many of the baby boomers are
getting ready to retire and there seems to be a void of skilled individuals ready to take their place.

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OSHA Proposes Delay of Electronic Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed delaying the compliance date of the electronic recordkeeping and reporting portion of the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017...

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Senate HELP Committee Holds NLRB Confirmation Hearings

On July 13, 2017, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a confirmation hearing for President Trump’s two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)...

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DOL Issues Notice to Rescind Persuader Rule

On June 12, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to rescind the Obama administration’s persuader rule...

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