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Aug 11, 2017

  1. On June 15th, President Trump issued an executive order which called for the establishment of a Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. The goal of the task force will be “to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient.” On July 25, the Dpartment of Labor released a public notice soliciting names that should be placed in nomination for the Task Force.

    NECA’s Look Ahead:

    This week, NECA President David Hardt submitted the name of NECA’s Chief Executive Officer, John M. Grau in nomination to serve on the Task Force. As this process continues to develop, NECA will advocate for the acceptance of Mr. Grau onto the Task Force so that the viewpoint of one of the strongest and most advanced apprenticeship models in the country is heard.

  2. The U.S. Department of Transportation has set a deadline of Dec 18 for motor carriers to comply with a mandate to install and use electronic logging devices on trucks to record drivers’ hours of service. Agency in charge of carrying out this rule, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA), issued the requirement for all motor carriers required to maintain Records of Duty Status for Hours of Service compliance. NECA has supported exempting all electrical construction industry contractors who employ truck drivers from this burdensome rule. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, recently introduced NECA-supported legislation, H.R. 3282, the ELD Extension Act, which would delay the mandate for two years.

    NECA’s Look Ahead:

    It is widely hoped that this delay, if granted, will give contractors and drivers the necessary time to make the case with FMCSA that this requirement is unnecessary for construction. Contact your representative and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 3282 and delay this mandate.

  3. Registration is open for “The Rapidly Changing Landscape of Federal Regulations” pre-convention workshop! Learn how federal regulations are impacting your business at this session before the NECA Convention. Not only is the federal government the single largest customer for construction projects in the United States, it is also the epicenter of ever-changing regulations that directly impact the construction industry.

    NECA’s Look Ahead:

    This session promises to include a timely, informative and robust discussion intended to help electrical contractors navigate the complexities of ever-changing federal regulations and of working on federal government projects. Topics include sick leave, buy American, federal change order regulations and new standards on respirable silica. Separate registration required and a registration fee of $175.

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