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Hurricane Sally
Today as Hurricane Sally moves through our communities, conditions will remain hazardous for workers who will be restoring power and performing cleanup and recovery operations. OSHA wants you to stay safe while helping others. Resources are available to help keep workers safe after hurricanes and floods. OSHA’s toll-free number (800-321-6742) is available 24 hours a day.
NECA Disaster Relief Fund: Contribute Now
In 2005, the NECA Disaster Relief Fund was established following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, as a tool so electrical contractors and NECA Chapters can help others in their industry recently impacted by natural disasters. Now, we are asking for your assistance to help your fellow contractors recently impacted by Hurricane Laura, and by fires on the West Coast.
An Open Dialog on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Webinar
More than just buzz words, diversity, equity and inclusion are the path forward for the success of the electrical construction industry. In this webinar, we will talk about NECA’s progression on these efforts and will discuss the importance of each element, where we are now and where we need to go. This session will also help participants unpack unconscious bias and understand blind spots. We encourage all NECA members to be part of the transformation to ensure our industry can be welcoming and inclusive to all. Join our panelists Maureen O’Brien, Alex Willis and Ronald Bailey in this dialogue, moderated by Jef Fagan.
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NECA Names Steve Chesley as Executive Director of the Eastern Region
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) announced it has named Steve Chesley as Executive Director, Eastern Region, effective September 15.
Official Notice: NECA District Vice Presidents Nominated
In accordance with Section 10.4 (b) of the National Bylaws, the following people have been nominated for District Vice President for two-year terms commencing January 1, 2021.
Worker Safety and Health Resources for Hurricane and Flood Cleanup and Recovery
For questions and assistance with this resource list and the linked documents,please contact Christopher Lawver, DTSEM/OEMP, at (202) 693-1985.
NECA General Council on IRS COVID-19 Payroll Tax Deferral Guidance
Early last month, President Trump signed an executive order directing the secretary of the treasury to allow employers to defer the withholding, deposit and payment of a certain portion of social security taxes in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The IRS has issued guidance implementing the president’s order.
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NECA Names Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey, USMC (Ret.), As Vice President of Industry Development
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Retired Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey, USMC, as Vice President of Industry Development. Bailey will be working on creating executive training programs, expanding the scope of workforce development, implementing diversity strategies, creating partnerships with institutions of higher learning, and leading the charge on recruitment programs that bring new, skilled workers into the industry.
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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Revised Rule Concerning OSHA Access to Employee Medical Records
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised the Rules of Agency Practice and Procedure Concerning Occupational Safety and Health Administration Access to Employee Medical Records. The rule describes internal procedures that OSHA personnel must follow when obtaining and using personally-identifiable employee medical information.
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NECA's On-Demand COVID-19 Job Site Safety Training Available Now
Designed for all individuals on a construction site, NECA’s COVID-19 Construction Site Safety Training program was developed to help individuals better prepare themselves to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. This course incorporates Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and OSHA requirements and regulations.
NECA General Counsel on Virginia’s First Statewide Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19
Effective the week of July 27, 2020, the ETS covers every employer in the Commonwealth and includes mandatory requirements for all jobsites. The Commonwealth of Virginia is the first in the nation to implement an emergency temporary standard (“ETS”) to address the COVID-19 pandemic. While the ETS is only applicable in Virginia, it should serve as a good template for the rest of the country.
NECA Announces Details, Pricing Structure for NECA 2020 LIVE
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) today announced details including the pricing structure for NECA 2020 LIVE, the virtual Convention & Trade Show which will take place Oct. 6–8.
PPP Loans: Updates on Loan Forgiveness Rules and Procedures Webinar Q&A
NECA has collected numerous materials from a variety of sources to provide our contractors, chapters, and many partners with the most comprehensive information available.
Canceled OSHA ET&D 10-hour and 20-hour Train-the-Trainer Classes August 24th-28th in The Woodlands, TX
Following extensive conversations, and after careful consideration by members of the Electrical Transmission & Distribution Partnership, the decision has been made to cancel the upcoming Fall 2020 OSHA ET&D 10hr. & 20hr. Train-the-Trainer classes that were scheduled to take place in The Woodlands, TX from August 24th-28th, 2020.
NECA Legal Alert
As the country and our NECA contractors get back to work in stops and starts (or continue along as essential), there are a number of novel issues that need to be addressed by employers. A few areas of concern are the sick leave and testing issues associated with the pandemic.
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New DOL tool for determining FFCRA eligibility
Do the requirements and benefits provided for in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) apply to you? This tool will quickly walk you through a handful of options to determine your eligibility as an employee for paid sick leave or paid expanded family and medical leave, or your obligations as an employer to provide paid sick leave or paid expanded family and medical leave.
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U.S. Department of Labor Reminds Employers of Important Protections for Working Safely in Summer Heat
Throughout much of the U.S., high temperatures and humidity in the summer season can create hot and hazardous working conditions, both outdoors and indoors. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds employers of their duty to protect employees from the risks and dangers of heat exposure.
NECA 2020 National Award Winners and New Academy Fellows
NECA has named the following esteemed group of leaders in the electrical construction industry as 2020 national award recipients. They will be honored during the NECA 2020 Live for their outstanding contributions.
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Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program – Revisions to the Third and Sixth Interim Final Rules
On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted on its website an interim final rule relating to the implementation of sections 1102 and 1106 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act) (published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2020).
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SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020
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NECA Announces Plans for 2020 Convention and Trade Show
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) today announced the 2020 Convention and Trade Show will take place entirely online October 5–7, featuring brand-new virtual experiences. McCormick Place in Chicago, the planned site for the 2020 Convention, informed NECA that it does not have approval at this time to hold the event, and the association is adjusting accordingly.
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Main Street Lending Program
The Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program (Program) to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Program will operate through three facilities: the Main Street New Loan Facility (MSNLF), the Main Street Priority Loan Facility (MSPLF), and the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (MSELF).
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U.S. Department of Labor Statement on D.C. Circuit Court Ruling
Solicitor of Labor Kate O’Scannlain and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Loren Sweatt issued the following statement regarding today’s D.C. Circuit Court ruling in In re: “American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, No. 20-1158:”
U.S. Department of Labor Schedules Advisory Committee On Construction Safety and Health Meeting
The meeting will include an update on key OSHA initiatives from Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. The ACCSH will consider and make recommendations for updating the Powered Industrial Trucks standards and the Hazard Communication Standard.
NEW ANALYSIS FINDS COMPOSITE PLANS WOULD HAVE FARED BETTER DURING THE CORONAVIRUS THAN TRADITIONAL MULTI-EMPLOYER RETIREMENT PLANS
A new study released today finds that composite retirement plans would have fared better during the coronavirus pandemic and related market declines than traditional defined-benefit multi-employer plans, allowing participants to receive higher benefits and attracting more employer participants. The study makes it clear that employees and employers stand to benefit once Congress authorizes the use of composite plans.
NECA Observes National Safety Month Along with the National Safety Council
June is National Safety Month observed annually by the National Safety Council. NSC is the nation’s leading nonprofit safety advocate, National Safety Month focuses on saving lives and preventing injuries, from the workplace to anyplace.
U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA Issues Guidance to Help Construction Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a webpage with coronavirus-related guidance for construction employers and workers. The guidance includes recommended actions to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.
NECA Announces 2020 Recipients for the NECA Recognition of Safety Achievement Programs for Safety Excellence and Zero Injury
NECA’s Recognition of Safety Achievement program is an elite safety recognition focused on recognizing thriving companies that excel in multiple areas of their safety and health programs. Member companies that consistently have OSHA recordable injury and fatality rates at levels lower than the industry standard, and implement internal company safety practices above and beyond basic compliance will receive the recognition.
Updated Workplace COVID-19 Resources
Included is a list of general COVID-19 resources grouped by an agency and additional industry-specific COVID-19 resources grouped by industry. It is intended as a resource and is not comprehensive.
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McDonald Electrical Powers Boston Healthcare for the Homeless COVID-19 Temporary Medical Facilities in Boston and Cambridge
In response to Greater Boston’s critical healthcare needs during the coronavirus pandemic, McDonald Electrical Corp. (MEC), based in Hingham, MA, working in tandem with general contractor, Suffolk Construction, provided fast turnaround electrical installations required in the set-up of temporary medical isolation tent facilities for Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) in Boston and Cambridge.
CMCC Notice
While in the past contractors were personally responsible for certifying the strength of their cybersecurity protocols that would hold sensitive information associated with DOD projects, the new regulations instituted by the CMMC will require third-party certification (authorized by the CMMC Accreditation Body) of a contractor’s compliance.
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New credits fund employers for Coronavirus-related paid leave
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides tax credits to reimburse employers for the costs of providing paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave to employees unable to work because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These credits are refundable. That means if the amount of the credit exceeds the amount of tax owed, the remainder is refunded to the business or organization.
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Stop Use Alert: DBI-SALA Delta & Exofit XP Arc Flash Harnesses
As part of 3M Fall Protections continued commitment to producing high-quality safety and personal protective equipment, they conduct periodic testing of products. Recent testing of specific DBI-SALA® Delta™ & Exofit XP™ Arc Flash harnesses have returned negative test results on some units.
NECA Summarizes the OSHA Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019
OSHA certifies COVID-19 is a recordable illness in all industries if the standard criteria are present1, but the agency now formally acknowledges “in many instances it remains difficult to determine whether a COVID-19 illness is work-related, especially when an employee has experienced potential exposure both in and out of the workplace.”
NECA Supports the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) “Re-open, Renew and Revitalize” Campaign
NECA recognizes and supports TCC’s recent grassroots campaign. The campaign conveys that reopening, renewing and revitalizing the economy starts with passage of a robust, multi-year transportation bill that creates jobs and keeps goods and services moving to their destinations - now and for decades to come.
ELECTRI International Releases COVID-19 Construction Productivity Report
ELECTRI International released Pandemics and Construction Productivity: Quantifying the Impact, a critical report on the impact of COVID-19 on cost and schedule in the construction industry. The report evaluates activity from January 6, 2020, to May 8, 2020, tracking pandemic mitigation activity, benchmarking productivity and assessing the impact on businesses and projects.
NECA Supports Joint Statement Urging SBA Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness
Today, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the S Corporation Association (S-CORP) and four other small business advocates issued a statement in response to the lack of clear and consistent guidance from the Department of the Treasury’s and Small Business Administration’s (SBA) on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
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OSHA's “Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster is now available in 13 languages.
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NECA Endorses MCAA Change Order Publication
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has given its full endorsement to the 2020 edition of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s (MCAA) publication Change Orders, Productivity, Overtime—A Primer for the Construction Industry.
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U.S. Department of Treasury Grants NECA-Supported Extension of PPP Safe Harbor Deadline
The Treasury Department issued additional guidance (#43 on FAQ) on the Paycheck Protection Program. The Treasury department postponed the Safe Harbor repayment deadline to May 14, 2020, as requested by NECA.
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U.S. Department of Labor Offers New Video and Poster On Proper Workplace Use of Respirators
The U.S. Department of Labor announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new video and poster for employers and workers on how to properly wear and remove a respirator. The video and poster – in English and Spanish – demonstrate and describe seven steps every worker should follow when putting on and taking off a respirator.
Live Online BIM Software Training Now Available
NECA is excited to announce live, instructor-led online training on Revit and Navisworks software solutions! Throughout the month of May, NECA will be offering online classes on the most popular BIM solutions developed especially for electrical contractors, for our members at a substantial discount. Normally hundreds of dollars each, our partner Sanveo, is offering these half and full day courses for just $39.00 each!
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One Week Left to Get 50% off State CEUs
With approvals from 33 states, these on-demand code classes are available for 50% off for a limited time. Register by May 3rd to take advantage of this special offer.
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Reminder: One Week Left to Get 50% off State CEUs
With approvals from 33 states, these on-demand code classes are available for 50% off for a limited time. Register by April 26th to take advantage of this special offer.
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Discretion in Enforcement when Considering an Employer's Good Faith Efforts During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
In light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, OSHA understands that some employers may face difficulties complying with OSHA standards due to the ongoing health emergency. Business closures and other restrictions and limitations may also preclude employee participation in training even when trainers are available. In other situations, access to medical testing facilities may be limited or suspended.
NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION CEO DAVID LONG ISSUES STATEMENT ON FORMATION OF GREAT AMERICAN ECONOMIC REVIVAL INDUSTRY GROUPS
The Chief Executive Officer of the National Electrical Contractors Association, David Long, issued a statement on being named to the Great American Economic Revival Industry Group for Construction/Labor/Workforce.
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U.S. Department of Labor Announces OSHA Interim Enforcement Response Plan to Protect Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic. The response plan provides instructions and guidance to OSHA Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) for handling coronavirus-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports.
GSA Issues Order to Accept E-Signatures for Surety Bonds During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The U.S. General Services Administration has issued an order to accept e-signatures for surety bonds to allow infrastructure projects to move forward.
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Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Donates to Fight COVID-19
The Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter, NECA has donated to 20 health care facilities, systems, or foundations throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
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NECA Launches NEW Educational Advancement Program With Institutions of Higher Learning
NECA is excited to announce the launch of the NECA Educational Advancement Resource Network (EARN), an initiative designed to facilitate relationships and learning between individuals in electrical construction firms and institutions of higher education.