IEC Member Newsletter February 14, 2020
2020 Board of Directors Installed
Pictured L-R: Terry Browning, Coty Owens, Buddy Langer, Paul Lowke, David Babcock, Robert Walker, Brian Jordan, Brandon Walker and Steve Humphrey, Jr.
2020 IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Officers and Directors Sworn In

Thanks to Terry Browning, past chapter president, who administered the oath of office to the 2020 board of directors during the January 21, 2020 board meeting. 2020 officers include:

President: David Babcock, Gifford Electric, Inc.
First Vice President: Robert Walker, Acme Electric Company
Second Vice President: Ron Canion, R & L Electric, Inc.
Secretary-Treasurer: Alex Nantz, A. B. Electric Company

Anthony Horn, Horn Electric
Steve Humphrey, Jr., Humphrey & Associates, Inc.
Brian Jordan, HEC Electrical Contractors
Buddy Langer, Cable Electric, Inc.
Paul Lowke, Parrish-Hare Electrical Supply
Coty Owens, Coty Owens Electric Service, LLC
Wes Shahan, Fox Electric, LTD.
Brandon Walker, Echo Electrical Services, Inc.

We appreciate these dedicated association members for their leadership and dedication to IEC. Thank you all!
Tell Congress to Oppose Card Check and Protect the
Secret Ballot!
Congressional Democrats are proposing disastrous legislation that would completely eliminate the secret ballot in union elections as well as completely overhaul our country's labor laws at the expense of employers and employees. The bill, which is called the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R.2474/S.1306), could be voted on as early as next week and is a virtual 'wish list' of organized labor. This extreme far left proposal would:
  • Eliminate the Secret Ballot in union elections by implementing 'Card Check';
  • Infringe on employee right to privacy;
  • Eliminate state Right-to-Work protections;
  • Limit small business right to legal counsel; and
  • Codify the Obama-era Joint Employer Standard.

Apprenticeship Program
Applications to the apprenticeship program will be accepted April 7, 2020 through July 30, 2020 for fall classes. Click the link below for details.
Education Director Hired
IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter Welcomes New Education Director Jay Thomas

The Independent Electrical Contractors Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter would like to welcome our new Education Director, Jay Thomas.

As education director he will be responsible for development, production, promotion, and monitoring all electrical training for contractors and their employees outside of the apprenticeship program. He began his career with IEC on February 10, 2020.
Prior to joining IEC full time, he was the owner of JET Electrical. Jay’s 36 year career in the electrical industry includes working for electrical contractors prior to beginning JET Electrical in 2001. Jay spent several years working as electrical superintendent with nuclear plants. He worked as a contractor in the position of electrical superintendent for companies providing electrical training to electrical technicians in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2008 – 2011. During this time, he developed, produced and taught electrical training for the technicians.

Jay is a Texas licensed master electrician. He graduated from the IEC Dallas Chapter apprenticeship program. We feel his electrical experience, training and talents will allow the IEC Education Program to grow and prosper.

Hank Strittmatter, Apprentice and Training Director, will continue to oversee the apprenticeship and training department.

We are pleased to welcome Jay as the newest IEC team Member. He can be reached at (817) 496-8422 or .

March 21, 2019
This will be a full day class on the 2020 NEC Code Changes. Please note the class will be held at Parrish-Hare Irving training room.
Happy Anniversary!
IEC Member Anniversaries for February

Contractor Members:
CEC Facilities Group - IEC member for 10 years.
Sparkman Electric, LLC - IEC member for 7 years.
Providence Electric - IEC member for 5 years.
Axxis - IEC member for 5 years.
Fast Electric, LLC - IEC member for 2 years
DL Phillips Electric, LLC - IEC member for 1 year

Associate Members:
Parrish-Hare Electrical Supply - IEC member for 32 years.
Mayer Electric Supply Company, Inc. - IEC member for 9 years.
Eco-Staff, LLC - IEC member for 9 years.
People Ready Skilled Trades - IEC member for 8 years.
Premier Electrical Staffing - IEC member for 5 years.
Brex Lighting- IEC member for 3 years.
Hubbell Wiring Systems - IEC member for 2 years.
Vision Electric, Inc. - IEC member for 1 year.
IEC Annual Meeting
March 26, 2020
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Club
306 West 7th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Join us for an educational and fun evening!

Annual Meeting Line Up:

  • John P. Walsh, Compliance Assistance Specialist—US Department of Labor, OSHA
  • Jason Todd, Vice President of Government Affairs—IEC National
  • IEC Partnership with area high schools for electrical apprenticeship program
  • IEC Contractor Member Anniversary Awards
  • Silent and Live Auction

 If you haven't met Alberta yet, you're in for a treat!

 All IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County member companies get two attendees free to the Annual Meeting - additional attendees $35.00 per person
Journeyman/Master Prep
Classroom instruction dedicated to helping you prepare to take the Texas Electrician Licensing Exam for Journeyman or Master Electrician over the 2020 National Electric Code. 

Those preparing for the Journeyman Electrician Exam will attend 24 hours of instruction Saturday’s, April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 30, 2020

Those preparing for the Master’s Electrician Exam will attend 32 hours of instruction Saturday’s, April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 30; June 6, 13, 2020

Registrations and payment are due by April 3, 2020
Member Benefits through IEC
Save Money and Enjoy Exclusive Member's Only Offers!

There are many benefits of being an IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter member, but did you know you also have access to discounts on shipping, safety supplies, hotels, short term housing and more with IEC National? Click the link for details! IEC Member Programs
4th Annual IEC BBQ and Wire Off Competition
April 24 - April 25, 2020
Put a team in the BBQ competition or come out for a day of fun activites and great food! Bring your employees, families and friends.

Motor Controls
April 18, 2020 - June 13, 2020
This class will cover the basics of motor controls and light PLC programming. The class is intended to sharpen the skills of electricians who currently work with motor controls and to teach the basics of motor controls to those who are beginning their career in this field.
Motor Controls
Classes held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Registration deadline and payment due by March 30, 2020
Energized Work/Arc Flash Class
May 8, 2020
8:00 a.m. to
This class will include four hours of instruction, a course critique, and certificate of completion for each attendee that completes the course.
Course Topics:

  • Electrical components and their roles in electrical hazards
  • Introduction to NFPA 70E
  • Qualified and Unqualified Personnel
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Steps in establishing and electrically safe work condition
  • Selecting Personal Protective Equipment
  • Q&A
The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation  adopted a new rule  regarding the Electricians Program (16 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 73, §73.71). The adopted rule implements House Bill (HB) 1342, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019). Section 2 of HB 1342 authorizes the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation and the Department’s Executive Director to issue a restricted license to a person as an alternative to denying, revoking, suspending, or refusing to issue a license. Section 2 also authorizes the Department to impose reasonable conditions on a holder of a restricted license.

The  adoption justification  was published in the January 24, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 537). The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of February 1, 2020.
Renew Your Electrical License
The state of Texas requires all licensed electricians to have a current electrical license (Master, Journeyman or Apprentice License).
4 hour Continuing Education classes for electrical license renewal are available both on line and held monthly at the training facility. Visit our website or click the appropriate registration button below for registration and more information.
Online Course Registration: Online CE Course
Classroom Courses: Classroom Courses
Remember to log on to the TDLR website to pay the fee to renew your electrical license. IEC submits the renewal information for CE courses completed with IEC.
Tom Jones Memorial
Golf Tournament
April 16, 2020
Join the gang for a fun day of golf while giving back to charity! Part of the proceeds of the morning and afternoon tournaments will be donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation, Prostate Foundation and the IEC Foundation (scholarship).
Safety Summit 2020 Registration is Now Open!
IEC National is pleased to announce registration is now open for Safety Summit 2020. This year's summit will offer two days of safety training from leading experts in the industry, expansive networking opportunities, educational sessions and much more.

We will be kicking off our inaugural Safety Summit on April 21st & 22nd at the Eaton Experience Center in Houston, TX. Seminars and training for 2020 include but are not limited to:

  • NFPA 70E
  • Arc Flash portion and related PPE
  • Silica
  • Workplace Safety Implementation Strategies
  • State by State Review of Drug Policies & Procedures
  • OSHA citations, informal and formal process, delegation of authority, etc.

For details and registration go to IEC Safety Summit
I-9 Compliance &
Proper Employee Classification

February 26, 2020
11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Towers at Park Central
12750 Merit Drive
Dallas, TX 75251

It's a new year and the right time to make sure that your company is compliant with federal requirements for work authorization verification and I-9 forms. You will learn best practices for surviving an ICE audit, top I-9 Form mistakes and how to avoid them, and why it is important to review your processes and perform a self-audit.

In addition, you'll get a very timely update on enforcement processes and the federal government's current approach to prosecution of serial offenders - it's a big deal!

Lunch and handout materials are provided for a modest fee of $35.

Sponsored by: Cutler-Smith, Independent Insurance Group and PCL Contract Bonding

Federated Insurance
Family Succession Planning

Date and time: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:00 pm Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00)

Panelist(s) Info: Nichole Crawford, JD, LL.M, CLU - Advanced Live Manager & Counsel and John Jacobson JD, CLU, ChFC - Advance Life Sales Counsel

Duration: 45 minutes

Description: When most people hear “estate planning,” they think of planning to avoid estate taxes. However, for all but the very wealthiest individuals, the federal estate tax is no longer a concern (although state level estate taxes may still be an issue for some). There is a lot more to “estate planning” than taxes. That’s why “family succession planning” better describes this process, which includes decisions about who will receive which assets, when they will receive them, and who will have authority to make financial, medical and end of life decisions for you if you can’t.

What you will learn:
Which taxes may impact you and your family at your death
What will happen if you don't do any planning
Impact of property ownership and beneficiary designations on your plan
Importance of planning for incapacity and end of life decisions

HR Question of the Month
Form WH-382 - Designation Notice Required?

If an employee is not eligible for FMLA leave is the employer required to provide the WH-382 form (Designation Notice)?

Employers are not required to use the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Designation Notice (Form WH-382) published by the Department of Labor, but leave covered under the act must be designated as FMLA-protected and the employer must inform the employee in writing of the amount of leave that will be counted against the employee’s FMLA leave entitlement.

If an employee is not FMLA-eligible, the employer can indicate this on the Notice form by checking next to the lines that read "Your FMLA Leave request is Not Approved" and "The FMLA does not apply to your leave request." In cases where an employee's ineligibility is because they have already taken all available leave under the Act in a 12-month period, the employer also checks next to the line that reads: "You have exhausted your FMLA leave entitlement in the applicable 12-month period." The employer should retain a copy of any Designation Notice provided to an employee (whether or not FMLA is designated, as the case may be) and retain it in its records for three years (ideally in a confidential file separate from the personnel file).
Benefits Weekly Digest
Acrisure February Webinar
Employee Handbooks: Best Practices
Employee Handbooks are essential for employers in today’s litigious environment, and are a valuable tool to protect an employer from future liability.This webinar will discuss trending policies that can
pro-actively provide employers with the means of protecting their organization by outlining the essential policies for your business,
and exploring emerging issues that deserve your attention.
Click here to join Acrisure's webinar series on Thursday, February 20 at 1:00pm CST!

IBTX eNewsletter February First Edition
February 2020 Benefits Brief
Individual Coverage HRA: New Option for Employers
Effective January 1, 2020, employers may offer to employees a new type of health reimbursement arrangement (HRA): the Individual Coverage HRA (ICHRA). Details of the ICHRA were first released in June 2019 in response to an earlier executive order in which President Trump directed the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury to explore ways to expand access to HRAs. The ICHRA is intended to provide a meaningful alternative to traditional group health coverage...
Please see the attached brief below, or click here to continue reading digitally !

IBTX eNewsletter February First Edition
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