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  • SCHOOL CLOSED 1/17/18

    Our offices and school will be closed on Wednesday 1/17/18 due to inclement weather.

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  • SCHOOL CLOSED 1/16/18

    Our offices and school will be closed 1/16/18 due to inclement weather. 

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  • IEC on Texas Business Radio

    Gilbert Soliz, IEC's Director of Education was a guest speaker on a recent segment of Texas Business Radio. Soliz discusses the importance of education available through trade associations.

    Check out the video here.

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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