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SBA and Treasury Begin Effort to Distribute $349 Billion in Emergency Small Business Capital
Following President Trump’s signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need.
NECA Infectious Control Policy (ICP) Template
NECA developed an Infectious Control Policy (ICP) Template for use by NECA members. This template can be customized for each company and is intended to be incorporated into contractors current safety policies as needed. This Infectious Control Policy serves multiple purposes including bloodborne pathogens, HIV, COVID-19, SARS, H1N1, EBOLA, and so forth.
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Safe.Right.Fast: Track the Health, Safety and Availability of Your Workforce
During the COVID-19 outbreak, stay ahead of standard care with this risk management application. Safe.Right.Fast has developed an app that enables your Safety, HR and Executive team to track and manage the health, safety and availability of your workforce. Document the many actions you are taking to keep your workforce safe and strategize long term business plans with this cutting edge tool.
NECA Develops Hazard Risk Assessment Checklist Form
NECA has developed a COVID-19 Hazard Risk Assessment Checklist Form tool for use by NECA members. This form provides the general elements for performing an appropriate COVID-19 related risk assessment and more importantly, documenting it. The form also provides information on hand washing protocols and how to deal with COVID Symptoms. The checklist provides general information and details specific to concerns associated with COVID-19.
Take EICA Survey and Be Entered to Win a $100 Gift Card
Electrical Industry Certifications Association (EICA) has been working towards adding another industry specific certification in 2020 and needs your help. EICA is needing qualified/experienced signal persons and rigger persons to take part in a verification survey that will be used to construct the test blueprint for the rigger/signal person certification. Please visit the link below and take part in the verification survey to help create an industry specific rigger/signal certification.
NECA Overview: Understanding Contract Rights Related to Construction Impacts from the COVID-19 Pandemic
NECA and Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP have prepared this information sheet to help your company better understand its contract rights and obligations as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance is designed to help contractors and their in-house counsel in the process of reviewing provisions addressing delays, force majeure, change order rights and termination
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DOL Issues Additional Guidance for Employers, Employees, FAQs
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on March 24, 2020 issued guidance for employers, guidance for employees, and a set of FAQs on how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201) will affect employers and employees. This guidance will be critical to all employers – especially small- and mid-sized NECA member companies – and in particular to businesses in other industries.
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OMB and CISA Issue New Guidelines Addressing Coronavirus Impacts on Federal Contractors
NECA has advocated before the White House and the Congress to encourage the use of flexible work solutions electrical contractors, where possible. We have also asked that the federal government provide guidance to federal contracting officers regarding equitable adjustments for contractors unable to access the federal facility required to perform their duties.
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Federal Government Announces Plan to Implement Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses
On March 23, the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.
NECA Issues Guidance for Electrical Contractors on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on March 18, 2020. NECA is pleased to present a series of summaries and FAQs for our contractors and chapters to utilize as they address many of the questions and concerns related to the paid sick leave, paid family leave, and other provisions of the Act. NECA is continually working to provide the most timely and accurate information to our chapters and members.
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Federal Income Taxes Postponed from April 15 to July 15
The IRS issued on March 20, 2020 Notice 2020-18. This notice supersedes Notice 2020-17 so that not only are payments for Federal income taxes postponed from April 15th to July 15th but now the filings are automatically postponed as well. The $1 million and $10 million limitations have been removed.
NECA Releases "Safety Talk: What to Do if You Develop COVID-19 Symptoms”
If you are experiencing symptoms of cold, flu or other infectious or contagious illnesses, please follow the guidelines listed in this NECA Safety Talk. Help stop any spread of germs to other individuals.
NECA Releases “Safety Talk: Social Distancing for Protection”
How do you practice social distancing properly? NECA’s Social Distancing Safety Talk addresses best practices for everyday life.
NECA Releases “Safety Talk: COVID-19 Worksite Safety Recommendations”
In an effort to address appropriate control measures and possible containment of exposure on the jobsite, NECA has developed a Safety Talk with recommended procedures that can help protect workers, businesses, customers and most importantly, family and friends. As the current situation continues to develop, NECA encourages all workers to stay in contact with their employer and follow all guidance issued for worker protection.

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Treasury Department Issues Guidance on Taxpayer Relief Due to Coronavirus
The U.S. Treasury Department is providing payment relief to families and businesses in response to the Coronavirus. All eligible taxpayers qualify for a deferral of their tax payment until July 15, 2020 with no penalties or interest. This relief includes estimated quarterly tax payments due April 15.
National Disease Emergency Response Agreement (NDERA)
As a result of ongoing discussions and to address the recently declared National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak, NECA and the IBEW have reached agreement for a national agreement to address the COVID-19 pandemic (or similar diseases) and potential emergency situations created by it. The linked “National Disease Emergency Response Agreement (NDERA)” has been reviewed and approved unanimously by the NECA Executive Committee and was made available for use effective March 16, 2020.
NECA Alert: Phase II of Coronavirus Response Package to be Signed Into Law
After a week of serious negotiations, the Senate passed legislation, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201), also known as Phase II. We are pleased to report that NECA was able to work with Members of Congress to address many of the concerns related to paid sick leave and paid family leave. NECA was able to secure key changes in the legislation to restrict the economic impact of the Coronavirus on many of our contractors.
NECA Education: Take Advantage of FREE Webinars & Online Training
With temporary adjustments to our work schedule and working conditions, this is the perfect time for everyone to undergo personal development with online training.
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NECA Labor Relations Top Ten NECA Contractor Coronavirus Labor and Employment Q&A
NECA has developed some general guidelines and top questions pressing our Chapters and Members.
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NECA Releases “Safety Talk: COVID-19 and Other Communicable Exposures”
Since the announcement of the spread of COVID-19 from its origin overseas, world health organizations and associations have worked to develop guidance material and plans for protecting all public citizens from this virus and ensure proper information is communicated to everyone.
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NECA Fact Sheet Coronavirus (COVID-19)
With the recent emphasis on Novel-Coronavirus, COVID-19, exposures and ongoing employer obligations, NECA has developed the following Fact Sheet to remind employers of the OSHA and Department of Labor Requirements to protect with workers in the workplace from this and other work- place exposures.
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NECA Releases Guidelines for Dealing with Coronavirus COVID-19 on Construction Sites
Closing a construction project on short notice should be treated as an organized integral part of the project.
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OSHA Directive Update
NECA is pleased to report that we have received clarification concerning a reported OSHA directive to make COVID-19 a recordable illness on OSHA 300 logs.
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Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
NECA is monitoring the latest developments with COVID-19 and tracking all updated health information coming from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS SAY LABOR DEPARTMENT RULE RIGHTLY RECOGNIZES UNIQUE ROLE OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN CREATING NEW APPRENTICESHIP MODEL
Bethesda, Md.—The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) applauds today’s final rule by the U.S. Department of Labor for recognizing the construction industry’s longstanding expertise in the creation and execution of apprenticeships. The new rule, which will govern the creation of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs), will ensure the construction industry may not participate in IRAPs.
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OSHA Offering Guidance For Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
OSHA has released new guidance to help prepare businesses in the event of coronavirus/COVID-19 in the workplace. The document provides practical guidance for preventing the spread, safe work practices and appropriate personal protective equipment.
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Announcing the 2020 OSHA Falls Stand Down and Construction Safety Week Activities
NECA Safety Professionals, now is the time to prepare for the upcoming 2020 OSHA Falls Safety Stand Down and Construction Safety Week to be held May 4th through the 8th, 2020. NECA is encouraging you to participate locally with apprenticeship and industry partners by jointly presenting a safety message raising safety awareness to apprentices.
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Statement on Coronavirus from NECA Chief Executive Officer David Long
NECA is staying abreast of the news concerning coronavirus internationally and the impact it will have here in the U.S.
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Registration for the NECA 2020 Midwestern Region Conference is Now Open
Join Us at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO for the NECA 2020 Midwestern Region Conference June 14-18.
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Aschinger Electric Uses LEDs to Create Cutting-Edge Ambiance for St. Louis University Chaifetz Arena
With the pressure to present environments in sporting venues that are on the leading edge, St, Louis University was looking to achieve changes to it's Chaifetz Arena this in a cost effective manner and NECA Member Aschinger Electric was there to help.
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OSHA Form 300A Submissions Due March 2; Submit through ITA Online
The deadline for electronically reporting your OSHA Form 300A data for the 2019 calendar year is March 2, 2020.
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Deadline Approaching: Request Your Free Copy of the MLU by Feb. 19
Member and chapter request order letters for the MLU are due by Feb. 19, 2020.
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ELECTRI International Approves 7 Research Projects; Continuing Focus on Industry Education
ELECTRI International holds annual Council meeting Jan. 22-24; approves 7 research projects for 2020 funding.
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Registration for the NECA 2020 Southern Region Convention is Now Open
Join Us in Banff, Alberta, Canada for the NECA 2020 Southern Region Convention June 26-29, 2020
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Safety Notice Issued for Genie Terex Brand Turntable Rotation Bearing Bolts
Genie has been notified of three instances where the bottom turntable rotation bearing bolts in the machines referenced above have come loose causing the separation of the turntable from the chassis.
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DOL Commemorates 50 Years of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 with "Protecting the American Workforce" Campaign
Yearlong Efforts will Highlight OSHA Past Achievements, Current Efforts and Future Goals
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Installing and Managing Precision Robotics for Advanced Manufacturing
Electrical contractors train and provide safety-focused, highly-skilled electricians who plan, install and operate precision robotics for advanced manufacturing.
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NECA Names Lonnie Cumpton As Director Of Construction Manufacturing And Prefabrication
NECA is pleased to announce the appointment of Lonnie Cumpton to the position of Director, Construction Manufacturing and Prefabrication.
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PayneCrest Installs Advanced Robotics for GM Assembly Plant in Arlington Texas
NECA member contractor PayneCrest recently completed a massive 1.2 million-square-foot body shop expansion and advanced robotics installation for the General Motors Assembly Plant in Arlington, Texas.
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NECA Releases Latest in Safety Guide Series – NECA Guide to Aerial Lifts; Helping Members Stay Compliant with New MEWP Requirements
The latest release in the NECA Safety Guide series, NECA Guide to Aerial Lifts, is specifically designed to assist contractors in understanding and complying with new OSHA and ANSI MEWP equipment and training requirements.
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Miller Electric Featured for Work on Orange Park Medical Center Expansion in Jacksonville
Miller Electric Company and IBEW Local 177 is working on Orange Park Medical Center expansion in Jacksonville, Florida.
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WINFL Leadership Conference: Feb. 17 is Your Last Day to Book Housing!
The detailed agenda for the upcoming Women in NECA and Future Leaders (WINFL) 2020 Leadership Conference is now available – register today and reserve your spot at this can't-miss event!
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NECA Releases Revised Standard for Installing and Maintaining Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)
NECA 413-2019 Standard for Installing and Maintaining Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) (Index# NECA 413-19) is now available for purchase in digital (PDF) or print format in the NECA Store.
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Transforming Construction: Technology Trends for 2020 and Beyond
An emerging group of contractors are working towards training a highly skilled workforce to develop an environment where wastes are nearly eliminated and instead, converted to productivity and profit.
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Register Now: 10th Anniversary NECA Safety Professionals Conference Agenda Now Available
Join NECA and the electrical industry's leading safety experts at the premier safety event, NECA Safety Professionals Conference, May 18-20 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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NECA Announces 2020 National Committee Appointments
NECA announces the association's 2020 executive committee, national standing committee and task force appointments.
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NECA Publishes Revised Recommended Practice for Designing, Installing, Operating and Maintaining Microgrids
NECA releases revised recommended practice for designing, installing, operating and maintaining microgrids, NEIS 417-19.
Get Involved! Join the Standards Review Process
Two NEIS are currently in review and NECA needs your help! Join the standard review process today to provide feedback on motor control center and service entrance grounding and bonding installation standards.
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South Boston Cathedral Unveils Major Renovation
ElectricTV features modern renovations of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross installed by the NECA-IBEW Powering America team.

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