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NECA NAMES TAUHIRA ALI AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY INNOVATION
NECA NAMES TAUHIRA ALI AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY INNOVATION.
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NECA AND GOCANVAS COLLABORATE TO BRING DIGITAL TOOLS TO ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS
Creating forms and applications to help ECs digitally transform their business
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Department of Defense Issues CMMC Interim Rule
The Department of Defense (DoD) clearly has a new priority: Protect our warfighters and defense industrial base from cyber threats. While this has been a stated goal for a while now, the DoD is putting some teeth to this priority for, arguably, the first time.
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NECA CELEBRATES NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is proud to celebrate the sixth National Apprenticeship Week, held November 8–14, 2020. This U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) celebration gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to highlight their apprenticeship programs and demonstrate the value of these programs to the workforce and U.S. economy.
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ASSP and NECA collaborate on improving worker safety
PARK RIDGE, IL (Oct. 30, 2020) — The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding that brings the organizations together to advance workplace safety and health in the electrical construction industry.
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Flu Wellness Bulletin Announcement
As we continue to take precautions regarding COVID-19, it’s important to also protect ourselves from influenza (flu) virus.
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Message from OSHA for Hurricane Delta
Thank you for your work to assist communities in the path of Hurricane Delta. Conditions in Louisiana and Southeast Texas may become hazardous for workers who will be restoring power, and performing cleanup and recovery operations. OSHA wants you to stay safe while helping others. Responding to emergencies like this during a pandemic makes worker safety even more challenging.
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National Electrical Contractors Association Sees Massive Success with First Virtual Convention
Washington, D.C.—The National Electrical Contractors Association is proud to announce the success of NECA 2020 LIVE, sponsored by Powering Chicago, the association’s first ever virtual convention and trade show. From Oct. 6–8, NECA 2020 LIVE saw 5,104 live participants interact with nearly 100 exhibitors, experience 84 education sessions and product demos from 22 companies, and network virtually with the entire electrical construction industry.
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2020 National Award Winners: William C. Orgill Honored With Robert L. Higgins Association Executive Distinguished Service Award
The National Electrical Contractors Association has named William C. Orgill, Executive Director, Western Region the recipient of the 2020 Robert L. Higgins Association Executive Distinguished Service Award. Orgill was honored on Thursday, October 8, 2020, during NECA 2020 LIVE, the virtual convention and trade show.
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2020 National Award Winners: Donald G. Laffoon Honored With James H. McGraw Award
The National Electrical Contractors Association has named Donald G. Laffoon, Electrical Corporation of America, Raytown, Mo., the recipient of the 2020 James H. McGraw Award. Laffoon was honored on Thursday, October 8, 2020, during NECA 2020 LIVE, the virtual convention and trade show.
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2020 National Award Winners: Jerald L. Rounds Honored With NECA Industry Partner Award
The National Electrical Contractors Association has named Jerald L. Rounds, Ph.D., P.E., Litchfield Park, Ariz., the recipient of the 2020 NECA Industry Partner Award. Rounds was honored on Thursday, October 8, 2020, during NECA 2020 LIVE, the virtual convention and trade show.
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2020 National Award Winners: Joseph H. Bodio Honored With Coggeshall Award
The National Electrical Contractors Association has named Joseph H. Bodio, LAN-TEL Communications, Norwood, Mass., the recipient of the 2020 Coggeshall Award. Bodio was honored on Thursday, October 8, 2020, during NECA 2020 LIVE, the virtual convention and trade show.
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2020 National Award Winners: Mark J. Mazur Honored With Abraham Lincoln Leadership Award
The National Electrical Contractors Association has named Mark J. Mazur, MJM Electric Inc., Tampa, Fla., the recipient of the 2020 Abraham Lincoln Leadership Award. Mazur was honored on Thursday, October 8, 2020, during NECA 2020 LIVE, the virtual convention and trade show.
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2020 National Award Winners: Shane Snyder Honored With Comstock Award
The National Electrical Contractors Association has named Shane Snyder, Cannon & Wendt Electric Company, Phoenix, Arizona, the recipient of the 2020 Comstock Award. Snyder was honored on Thursday, October 8, 2020, during NECA 2020 LIVE, the virtual convention and trade show.
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2020 National Award Winners: Sonja Rheaume Honored With Wendt Award by ELECTRI International
ELECTRI International has named Sonja Rheaume, Christenson Electric Inc., Portland, Ore., the recipient of the 2020 Wendt Award. Rheaume was honored on Thursday, October 8, 2020, during NECA 2020 LIVE, the virtual convention and trade show.
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National Electrical Contractors Association Announces Winners of 2020 Project Excellence Awards
The National Electrical Contractors Association has named 18 projects from around the United States as winners of the prestigious NECA 2020 Project Excellence Awards. Winners were announced on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, as part of NECA 2020 LIVE, the virtual convention and trade show.
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Penn State University Named 2020 NECA Student Chapter of the Year
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) launched the Student Chapter of the Year awards program in 2014 to recognize and reward outstanding NECA Student Chapters. The award was created to recognize and reward those students, faculty and NECA staff working hard year-round to run successful Student Chapters. It recognizes students for their impact on others in their community, and encourages them to continue participating in service that goes beyond themselves, while also promoting the electrical construction industry and growing the workforce.
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2020 NECA Showstopper Winners Announced
The annual Showstopper Showcase at the NECA Convention and Trade Show highlights the newest products and services on the market. Open every day starting at 11:00 am, the Showcase gives attendees a chance to explore the newest products available, while a panel of anonymous, expert judges determine the winners on a variety of factors. The entries, from small manufacturers and large corporations, were diverse and innovative.
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Todd A. Mikec Elected District 2 Vice President of National Electrical Contractors Association
During a meeting of the NECA Board of Governors on Monday, October 5, Todd A. Mikec, CEO, Lighthouse Electric Company, Inc., was elected as NECA District 2 Vice President for a two-year term commencing January 1, 2021.
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Scott Bringmann Elected District 6 Vice President of National Electrical Contractors Association
During a meeting of the NECA Board of Governors on Monday, October 5, Scott Bringmann, Director, Alcan Electrical & Engineering, Inc., was elected as NECA District 6 Vice President for a two-year term commencing January 1, 2021.
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Jody Shea Elected District 10 Vice President of National Electrical Contractors Association
During a meeting of the NECA Board of Governors on Monday, October 5, Jody Shea, CEO, Service Electric Company, and Senior Vice President, QUANTA Services, was elected as NECA District 10 Vice President for a two-year term commencing January 1, 2021.
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David M. Washebek Elected District 4 Vice President of National Electrical Contractors Association
During a meeting of the NECA Board of Governors on Monday, October 5, David M. Washebek, President and CEO, Lemberg Electric Company, was elected as NECA District 4 Vice President for a two-year term commencing January 1, 2021.
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Craig Clark Elected District 8 Vice President of National Electrical Contractors Association
During a meeting of the NECA Board of Governors on Monday, October 5, Craig Clark, CEO & President (Retired), Dynalectric Colorado, An EMCOR Company, was elected as NECA District 8 Vice President for a two-year term commencing January 1, 2021.
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Academy of Electrical Contracting Installs 17 New Fellows During NECA 2020 LIVE
The following individuals were installed into the Academy of Electrical Contracting on Tuesday, October 6, as part of NECA 2020 LIVE, the virtual convention and trade show. These fellows were installed by Academy Chairman David Hardt.
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Iowa State University Wins 2020 Green Energy Challenge
Iowa State University took home first place at the 2020 Green Energy Challenge (GEC). The GEC, sponsored by ELECTRI International and NECA, is an opportunity for NECA Student Chapters to design an energy upgrade for a facility that provides community services to others in their communities.
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Temporary Enforcement Guidance – Tight-Fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) Used During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
This memorandum provides temporary enforcement guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing initial and annual fit-testing requirements of the Respiratory Protection standard, Section 1910.134 of Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
THE NECA GUIDE TO SHOCK AND ARC FLASH RISK ASSESSMENTS (5032-20)
NECA has developed a new safety guide to assist with understanding how to properly conduct Shock and Arc Flash Risk Assessments according to NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
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Enforcement for the Beryllium Standards in Construction and Maritime
On January 9, 2017, OSHA promulgated a final rule adopting standards for occupational exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds in the construction and shipyard industries.
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DOL Proposes Rule to Clarify Employee and Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Today, the Department of Labor issued a new proposed rule addressing the classification of workers as independent contractors.
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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.