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IEC Launches PEF Sponsorship Program

IEC is a launching a new program that will allow members and chapters the opportunity to support IEC’s advocacy efforts by becoming PEF Patriots, sponsors of IEC’s Political Education Fund.

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IEC Comments on Proposed Rule to Increase Estate Tax on Family Businesses

On November 2, 2016 IEC issued comments on the U.S. Treasury Department’s proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code that, if finalized, would dramatically alter traditional valuation methodologies for estate and gift tax purposes...

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DOL Releases Paid Sick Leave Requirements for Federal Contractors

On September 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final rule setting forth the details that implements President Obama signed Executive Order 13706, which requires federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to their employees. The rule applies to contracts issued on or after January 1, 2017, and that fall under these categories...

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Federal Court Halts ‘Blacklisting’ Rule

On October 24, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction temporarily halting the regulations implementing President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.

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House Passes Bill to Delay Overtime Rule; Senate Legislation Introduced

Prior to leaving to campaign for the November elections, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would delay by six months the effective date of the Department of Labor's new Overtime Rule...

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What Does a Trump Administration and Republican Congress Mean for IEC?

The 2016 election for President of the United States and Congress was no doubt a historic event and it’s clear that a Republican White House and Congress means a more favorable political climate for policies that affect IEC...

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Predict & Prevent

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Flipping the College Decision-Making Paradigm

It’s quite shocking when you think about it. Ask any university graduate to describe how they approached three significant life choices: their major, their college, and their career. Ask them to recall, in order, which they chose first, second, and third. They’ll probably tell you that the first thing they chose was the college they wanted to attend. Perhaps they picked a parent’s alma mater or one based upon location.

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The IIOT and Me: How Connectivity Is Transforming the Electrical Contractor Role

The rapid pace of technological change isn’t news to electrical contractors – who can’t go far without encountering such buzzwords as “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) and “digital transformation” – yet its full effect on the industry can be difficult to grasp.

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Lead a 'Best in Class' Construction Biz

Stan is the owner of CompassContractors, specializing in electrical work on office building projects. They primarily work for general contractors as a subcontractor. Stan struggles finding enough time to get everything done and keeping multiple commitments to demanding customers. He finds himself juggling his time between working on bids, estimating, ordering materials, scheduling 25 field workers, making sure the right equipment is on job sites when needed, constant phone calls with foremen asking for advice, and daily job site visits to meet with his foremen and project superintendents. To make matters worse, customers demand he cut prices to win work, cash-flow is tight, his bookkeeper doesn’t get him job cost reports until months after projects are finished, he works over 65 hours per week, and he isn’t making much more money than he pays his top foreman.

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