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The Scalable Workforce

Growth during a recession isn't usually a top priority for contractors - it is survival. When the recession abated in 2009, contractors were eager to invest in their business through organic growth or by expansion into new geographies, but they were cautious about adding employees to their payroll. Enterprising contractors used specialty staffing firms to allow for low-risk expansion as a way to deal with the peaks and valleys in construction cycles.

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A Good Employment Policy Requires More Than Just Hiring

Business owners frequently ask, "What can I do to avoid a wrongful termination charge by an employee?" The easy answer: "Don't hire the wrong person for the job." The reality is, every business owner will face the unpleasant task of having to terminate an employee for one reason or another.

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Personnel Files: Are They a Legal Time Bomb?

An employee's personnel file should give an accurate and complete history of his/her employment with your organization. In case of a lawsuit, a judge and jury will expect documentation to back up your actions. Some documentation is required by law and could have very costly consequences in both time and money if they are not followed. For other records, you have a lot of leeway on exactly what you should file and how long you should keep it. This article will provide a basic guideline for personnel files. Always check that your state follows these basic federal guidelines.

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How To Get Paid Faster!

The construction business used to be easier. All you had do was design, bid, build and bill. Submitting bids that were clear complete, and competitive would get you more jobs. Doing high quality work, according to the plans and on-time, kept customers happy. And when you submitted bills in a timely manner, you always got paid. But what happened?

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Control Issues

Home automation, once the realm of gadget geeks and well-heeled customers, is gaining ground as costs come down and the technology becomes easier to use.

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House to Vote on Bill to Limit Further NLRB Actions Without Quorum

On January 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that two appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made by President Obama without Senate confirmation in January of 2012 were unconstitutional. The Court’s ruling raises questions to the validity of decisions or rules made by the NLRB over the past year that would require a quorum, creating great uncertainty for employers and employees struggling to stay in compliance with labor law.

On March 13, Congressman David Roe (R-TN) introduced H.R.1120, the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act, to prohibit the NLRB from taking actions which require a quorum on the Board until this controversy is resolved by Senate confirmation of the appointees, a Supreme Court ruling, or the expiration of the terms of the three recess appointees with the adjournment of the 113th Congress.

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What Happens When the Government Knocks on Your Door?

I nodded to the few people I knew in the room and took a seat quickly, hoping not to draw any attention - just wanting to observe and support a member through a challenging situation. Challenging is an understatement. The situation was an administrative hearing in the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry building with the Bureau of Labor Law Compliance making allegations of wrong-doing under the state prevailing wage laws.

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Free Agency

If you have read previous "From the Editor's Desk" columns, then you know I love using sports analogies. As a former collegiate athlete and overall sports enthusiast, I truly believe that the lessons and values garnered from participating in sports can positively impact a person's professional career.

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Learning Through Networking

Rubbing elbows, schmoozing, meet and greet: no matter what you call it, nothing can describe the power of networking. IEC Members who attend local and national events can speak to this - in fact, networking is usually cited as the greatest benefit of not just attending events, but becoming a member of IEC.

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Kohler Generators Joins IEC National as a Silver Industry Partner

The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) is pleased to welcome Kohler Generators as a Silver level National Industry Partner. Kohler Generators manufactures and markets complete backup power solutions for myriad markets including residential, light commercial and industrial.

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