IEC National President Testifies Before Congress on Labor Shortage
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
On Sept. 7, 2017, IEC National President Bruce Seilhammer testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access at a hearing titled, "Examining the Small Business Labor Market." Seilhammer informed the subcommittee of the challenges faced by merit shop electrical contractors to find qualified electricians and how government-mandated ratios limit their ability to employ and train the electricians of the future.
Seilhammer …Read more
September 2017 Southeast Region Update
SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
Hello, fellow Southeast Region Members!
We are looking forward to joining you soon at IECCon17, October 25-28, in Phoenix, AZ, celebrating the 60th anniversary of IEC! One of the essential functions of our federated form of association governance will be the assembly and voting on of our Regional Directors in the Southeast (SE) Region of IEC.
The second two-year term for Brian Haines (Mid-south IEC) expires at the end of 2018 while the first two-year term for Kristen …Read more
Permanent Injunction Issued on Overtime Rule
SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
Last week, a federal judge Texas struck down the Obama-era overtime rule. This ruling turns the preliminary injunction he had issued in November of 2016 into a permanent injunction.
The rule increased overtime for non-exempt employees to $913 per week ($47,476 per year) from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) and included automatic updates every three years. In his ruling, the judge found that the salary threshold was so high that it effectively eliminated the duties tests in …Read more
IEC Celebrates 60 Years
For more than 6 decades, IEC has served as the voice of the electrical and systems contracting industry. During that time, we've hit a lot of milestones, and crossed off many of our goals.
IEC has experienced 60 years of...
Training More than 220,000 professionals through our apprenticeship program. Just last year, we had more than 10,000 apprentices enrolled in chapter programs across the country!
Successfully impacting the legislative landscape affecting our industry through …Read more
House Passes Workplace Flexibility Legislation
MAY 12, 2017
On May 2, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, which would permit private employers to provide employees compensatory (comp) time in lieu of overtime for hours worked by non-exempt employees over 40 hours in a work week. If enacted, employers could provide employees comp time at a rate not less than one and one-half hours for each hour of employment for which overtime compensation would otherwise be required. Employees …Read more
OSHA Rescinds Union Walk-around Letter
MAY 12, 2017
On April 25, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) withdrew a February 2013 letter of interpretation (LOI) that permitted union representatives to accompany OSHA inspectors on walk-around inspections at non-union workplaces. Under a long-standing OSHA regulation, employees may authorize a non-employee representative to participate in an OSHA walk-around inspection, and OSHA has historically recognized that a labor union that is the certified representative …Read more
Congress Increases Apprenticeship Funding; Workforce Development Legislation Introduced
MAY 12, 2017
Last week, President Trump signed a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that will keep the government running until September. Within the bill, funding for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) job-training grants remains steady at $2.7 billion, while federal appropriation for apprenticeships increased by $5 million, to $95 million. This may be an indication that Congress took interest in the President’s comments from earlier this year in which he stated the U.S. should …Read more