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Ready for the Regulators? Training Your Managers and Employees

With increased enforcement by a myriad of state and federal agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), do your managers and employees have the know- how to ensure your company’s compliance with workplace rules and regulations? What follows are some short scenarios to illustrate some of the issues that arise in the workplace, as well as a short primer on some of the training you should provide to your workforce. Providing training will ensure the company is better prepared to defend employment-based charges or claims and have a well-trained, smarter and, in the end, more productive workforce.

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Professionals in the Electrical Contracting Industry

Is an electrician a professional? That question has been swirling around for the past few months as we challenge the thinking of the Departments of Education and Labor. For the past few years, one of the initiatives in high schools is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). STEM programs feed students into fields of study that are considered professional. Many of these programs are college programs. I believe that an electrician is a professional and a professional occupation.

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High School Apprentices Learn Success With IEC San Antonio

IEC San Antonio partners with a local high school for the MacArthur Electrical Apprenticeship Program. The chapter is privileged to work with the school and its electrical program. The relationship began over 12 years ago and it continues to grow and thrive today.

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IEC Announces Winners of Apprentice Short Story Contest

IEC is proud to announce the winners of the Seventh Annual IEC Apprentice Short Story Contest. The first place winner is Ryan Tedford of Encore Electric, a fourth-year apprentice at IEC Rocky Mountain.

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The Value of Training in Good Times and Bad

The construction industry is beginning to see the light of day. Companies are no longer struggling with layoffs and are beginning to hire again. The anxiety of paying the bills is being replaced with thoughts of growth and expansion - or at least getting companies that survived back to what they once were.

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Mobilizing Electrical Contractors to Help Build a Sustainable Future

Electrical contractors today face a dynamic landscape with new technologies and digital solutions, evolving codes and standards, an aging workforce, environmental concerns, and rapidly changing customer requirements.

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Faulty Workmanship: Is Your Business Properly Protected?

Faulty workmanship is a risk that specialty contractors, such as electrical, face each time they take on a project. Problems can come from a variety of factors and often take years to arise. For this reason, electrical contractors need insurance coverages built for their unique exposures.

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Putting Social Media to Work for Your Company

Social media is a new arrival to the world of marketing, but one that has grown so much that it cannot be ignored. How does social media fit with your company’s marketing strategy? Social media should complement your website, marketing materials, and overall brand. Which sites should your company be using in social media? As with all marketing, the answers will be different for each business.

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Presenting Opportunities

At a very young age our education system begins prepping students for their future careers. Early education provides basic skills and knowledge while also framing a child’s future. As students reach high school, they begin selecting their own classes that are geared to their interests and strengths.

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Welcome Home

I continue to be impressed by the growth of the Independent Electrical Contractors’ (IEC) Apprentice Training Program. The nearly 40 percent increase in apprentice enrollment numbers over the past year is evidence that people are recognizing the need for highly trained professionals in the electrical industry. In my local chapter, IEC Texas Gulf Coast, there are more than 700 apprentices currently enrolled; all of whom are employed with a member company.

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