IECX: January 8, 2021

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The IEC Workforce Development Toolkit is Here!

Ready to start your 2021 apprentice recruitment with a bang? New for 2021, IEC has developed a Workforce Development Toolkit that will give you everything you need to attract the next generation of electrical professionals this year.


The kit includes the following must-have recruitment aides:

  • All new My Electric Career postcard (in two formats)
  • A comprehensive Apprenticeship Brochure
  • A one-page summary of what electricians actually do
  • A list of talking points to use during your presentations to prospects
  • A list of organizations to target for recruitment
  • A quick facts sheet including demographic information on electricians
  • A checklist and sample agenda for presentations

We know that you'll find these items a useful addition to your recruitment efforts and look forward to creating additional items for the toolkit this year!


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IEC Contractor PPP Update and Look Ahead for the Biden Administration

Januart 12, 2021



The Prospects for Upending Labor Law - The PRO Act.

January 18, 2021



2020 IEC Instructors Conference

July 22-24, 2021


IEC Convention & Expo 2021

October 6-9, 2021



IEC Contractor PPP Update and Look Ahead for the Biden Administration

Join IEC and experts from Wipfli on January 12 at 4 p.m. ET to gain insight on the latest guidance on PPP loans and information on the possible areas that the Biden Administration may look to bring to the table in 2021.


The Prospects for Upending Labor Law - The PRO Act

Join IEC and Ogletree Deakins on January 18 at 4 p.m. ET for an outlook on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Learn how the Biden administration and new Congress will potentially debate what is possibly the most radical piece of labor legislation ever to receive consideration in the United States Congress. Learn how many of the policies could be implemented without legislation, through executive action, regulatory rule making, and decisions from the National Labor Relations Board. This webinar will provide the information you need to understand why, now more than ever, it's critical to be an active part of IEC's advocacy efforts to help protect the merit shop electrical contracting industry.




Check Out The Electrical Current

In the latest Electrical Current podcast, Spenser Villwock talks with Larry Ayer, vice president at BizCom Electric in Cincinnati. Larry currently sits as the chair of the Correlating Committee for the NFPA's National Electric Code (NEC). They discuss growing up in the family business, pursuing an engineering degree, and growing in the industry over the years. Larry shares insights on the future of the industry with exciting developing technologies within limited energy, including Power over Ethernet and Pulse Energy Transfer. They also discuss medium voltage applications and the future demands on renewable energy, including powering your home from the battery power of an electric vehicle (EV).


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DOL Releases Final Independent Contractor Rule

This week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule revising the interpretation of classifying a worker as an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The final rule largely reflects what DOL initially proposed back in September by adopting an economic reality test that examines two factors: the nature and degree of

workers' control over their work, and the opportunity for profit or loss based on initiative, investment, or both. It includes three additional factors, but these are considered less important in proving a worker's independent contractor status. The three factors are: the amount of skill required for the work; the degree of permanence of the working relationship between the potential employer and worker; and whether work is part of an "integrated unit of production". IEC issued comments in October in support of the rule, which takes effect March 8.

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TriBuild Systems, Inc. Joins IEC as a Platinum Partner

IEC is pleased to announce that TriBuild Systems, Inc. has become an IEC platinum-level partner in 2021. McCormick Companies, a leading provider of software solutions for the construction industry, acquired TriBuild Construction Management Software in mid-2020. TriBuild's Project Management Software technology gives contractors the ability to standardize, track, and store project management operations to ensure not only project success but also enhanced communication and documentation. TriBuild is deployed completely in the cloud and is an SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solution. Users may easily manage submittals, RFI's, change orders, procurement, time tracking, and billing from one location that can be accessed from the job site, job trailer, or the main corporate office. The combination of McCormick Systems and TriBuild Systems provides a leading estimating system and a highly developed project management solution.



Tap Your Potential in 2021

Apply by January 20 for the IEC Emerging Leaders program, a new professional development experience that will propel your career into the stratosphere. Explore the electrical industry, advocacy, safety, codes and standards, diversity and inclusion, human capital management, industry partnerships, time management, public speaking, and more – all designed to bring out your leadership potential and set you on a course to become a force in the future of the electrical industry. Meet and work with industry leaders to develop the important relationships that will strengthen your future career while enhancing the skills you need to become an effective leader and advance in the industry, regardless of age or current job title. If you have the drive, determination, and desire to better your leadership skills and open doors to future opportunities, the ELP is for you.



Get Branded in 2021

Kick off 2021 with your brand on anything you can imagine! Partner with the IECPrideStore this year as a complete business resource. Apparel, uniforms, safety gear, business supplies, and anything with a logo!


Support Each Other in Times of Need

The IEC Foundation (IECF) believes in supporting each other in all circumstances. The IECF Disaster Relief Fund is dedicated to assisting IEC chapters, chapter staff, instructors, and apprentices who have been affected by a natural disaster, serious accident, or catastrophic life event.


Insights Shines a Spotlight on Excellence

The November/December issue of Insights, IEC's hallmark publication, focuses on the excellence of our 2020 National Award winners. Explore the electrical construction projects that led the industry in innovation and determination, and discover the chapters and individuals who went above and beyond to achieve greatness in 2020. Visit Insights Online to read expert-driven articles, explore past editions, share content, and learn more about our world-class authors.


Change a Life in 2021

Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better. Do you have a desire to make an impact on the life and career of a future leader in the electrical industry? IEC has the perfect opportunity through the new IEC Emerging Leaders program, launching in early 2021. Mentors should be established IEC business leaders with a minimum of eight years of industry experience, connections, and relationships. Experience leading others and developing diverse teams is important, as is active engagement with IEC at an advanced level, and demonstrated community service experience. Why not give back to IEC and the electrical industry in 2021 through this inspiring program?

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Member Spotlight


Through 90 years of business, the key to Triangle Electric Company's longevity has been each generation's adherence to Cecil Honea's (the company's founder) motto: COURTESY, QUALITY, SERVICE. Today, Triangle Electric's services include Commercial Electrical, Residential Electrical, Light Industrial, Agricultural, and Service Calls.


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