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Second Court Finds NLRB Appointees, Subsequent Board Actions Unconstitutional

On Thursday, a second appeals court joined the D.C. Circuit in ruling that President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) violated the Recess Appointments Clause of the Constitution. In its 2-1 decision on NLRB v. New Vista Nursing & Rehabilitation, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that the presidential recess appointment power is limited to breaks between sessions of Congress – not when the Senate is meeting in a pro form session as it was at the time President Obama appointed three members to the Board in January of 2012.

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Senate Committee Votes to Advance Perez Nomination for DOL Secretary

In an expectedly party-line vote of 12-10, the Senate Committee on Health, Labor, Education and Pensions (HELP) endorsed Thomas Perez for the position of Secretary of Labor, vacated by Hilda Solis in January of this year. The vote brings the White House nominee one step closer to approval for the cabinet position, with the full Senate set to vote on Mr. Perez in the coming weeks.

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IEC Goes to Capitol Hill

May 6-8, IEC members congregated in Washington D.C., for the annual IEC National Legislative Conference.

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Lighting a Path to LEDs

As someone steeped in the world of residential and commercial lighting, Christopher Thompson, principal of Studio Lux, Seattle and Los Angeles, recognizes that lighting accounts for roughly 12 percent of U.S. electricity consumption. So he routinely specifies LEDs to lighten the load. They are a whopping 85 percent more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs and are expected to last 20-some years. Yet the conversion has been bumpy, to say the least. With technology advancements continuing apace, "You have to do a deep dive to understand where [LED technology] has come from and where it's headed," he says.

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Online Transactions

The World is becoming increasingly digitized everyday and it is increasing efficiency and broadening our information intake. I am one of the biggest supporters of online information sharing through interactive websites and social media. Communication that used to be one-way has now evolved to an open dialog thanks to the emergence of online interaction.

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How do You Define Leadership?

Looking forward and thinking of how we define leadership, the first thing that comes to mind is the role I assume when running a business. Yet, leadership is used in every facet of our lives; we use our leadership skills in a family setting and other personal or professional organizations in which we belong. In every case, there are rules, policies, and/or bylaws that we have to follow, and how we handle these rules in our daily lives demonstrates our leadership style. Do we use these rules to dictate what is expected of someone, or do we use them as more of a guide to follow? From my experience, the latter option has always led to greater success and a better overall leadership experience.

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Eaton Collaborates with IEC to Promote Electrical Safety and Study Industry Awareness of Electrical Counterfeiting

Eaton today announced it is collaborating with Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) to promote electrical safety and raise awareness of the dangers of counterfeit electrical products.

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Senate Unveils Immigration Reform Bill

On Wednesday, the bipartisan so-called “Gang of Eight” of U.S. Senators unveiled their immigration overhaul package, a product of months of closed-door negotiations with business groups and big labor. The bill is intended to address the status of millions of illegal immigrants currently living in the country, provide new enforcement measures, and restructure our nation’s guest worker program. The proposal has received a lukewarm reception at best, with some business groups concerned about the bill’s ability to meet their workforce needs.

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Code Q&A

Over the course of my career, I have been asked several code-related questions by both apprentices and other experienced contractors. Here I answer some of the most popular questions.

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IEC Reacts to New NLRB Nominations

Yesterday, President Barack Obama nominated two Republicans and renominated an existing Democrat member to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The nominations come as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to vote on legislation this week that would prohibit the Board from taking major actions or issuing decisions until it has a legally operating, Senate-confirmed quorum of members.

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