IEC Member Newsletter March 13, 2020
Applications to the apprenticeship program will be accepted April 7, 2020 through July 30, 2020 for fall classes. Click the link below for details.
Scholarships available to
IEC Apprentices
The 2020 application period began on March 1, 2020 and will end on April 5, 2020.
The IEC Foundation formed the scholarship fund exclusively for the charitable and educational purpose to award deserving and qualified students who have demonstrated drive, dedication and leadership in their pursuit of careers in the electrical industry. The Foundation Scholarship Fund is offered to Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) members and their immediate families, who plan to pursue post-secondary education in college or state accredited apprenticeship programs.

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 March

Contractor Members:
CDM Constructors, Inc. - IEC member for 5 years
FSG Electric - IEC member for 18 years
Hurst Electric - IEC member for 33 years

Associate Members:
Graybar Electric - IEC member for 25 years
IBTX Risk Services - IEC member for 1 year
Ideal Industries - IEC member for 13 years
Independent Insurance Group - IEC member for 11 years
Leviton Manufacturing - IEC member for 3 years
Outsource - IEC member for 5 years
Power Labor, LLC - IEC member for 1 year
The Reynolds Company - IEC member for 38 years
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 12:00 p.m.
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
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
Federated Insurance
Complimentary Webinar
Complimentary webinar hosted by Enquiron®, provided by Federated Insurance®

Leading Forward — Managing Results
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12:00 p.m. CT 60 minutes | Advance registration required

In this webinar, we will tackle some of the most common employment issues business leaders face today. We will start off with a short real-life example, and provide practical tools and techniques you can use to lead forward as you manage workplace conduct and risk avoidance.

What you will learn:
• Performance Evaluations and Employee Counseling
• Helpful Trends
• Workplace Discrimination, Accommodations, and the Americans with Disabilities Act

This webinar is approved for one HR (General) recertification credit hour toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

How the SECURE Act Could
Change Your Retirement Planning
By now, you may have heard about the new SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act. Passed at the end of 2019, this legislation contains a number of provisions intended to help strengthen your retirement security. Here are some of the changes that may impact your situation, either now or in the future.
  • In 2020, the age at which required minimum distributions (RMDs) from retirement accounts must be taken has been increased from 70½ to 72. The failure to comply with the required minimum distribution requirements could result in a 50 percent penalty.
  • The maximum age for contributions to a traditional IRA (previously 70½) has been repealed. As a general rule, individuals may continue to contribute to traditional IRAs as long as they are still working and have earned income.
  • “Stretch IRAs,” which allowed the beneficiary of an inherited account to take distributions over their life expectancy (and spread tax liability over time) have largely been eliminated. New rules govern the timeline under which beneficiaries must withdraw the balance of an inherited IRA or 401(k) plan — in most cases, 10 years. However, certain exceptions may apply to your unique circumstances.   
  • Small-business owners with up to 100 employees may be eligible for a tax credit for starting a retirement plan, such as a SEP or SIMPLE plan. Additional credits may be available if the plan includes automatic enrollment. 
  • Other changes in the law may allow parents to take penalty-free withdrawals of up to $5,000 (per parent) from a defined contribution plan, such as a 401(k) or IRA, upon the birth or adoption of a child.
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Acrisure March Webinar
Cafeteria Plan Election Change Rules

Join Acrisure on Thursday, March 19 beginning at 1:00pm CST for their March webinar covering Cafeteria Plan Election rules.
If an employer allows employees to pay for their health coverage on a pre-tax basis through a Section 125 Cafeteria Plan, the elections that employees make during open enrollment generally must be irrevocable fro the upcoming plan year. This Webinar will provide an overview of the events in which a plan participant may request an election change outside of the enrollment period.
Click here to join Acrisure's webinar series on Thursday, March 19 at 1:00 pm CST!

IBTX eNewsletter March 2020
Coronavirus in the Workplace
March 2020 Human Resources Bulletin

According to the CDC, Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in humans and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person in China and some limited person-to-person transmission has been reported in countries outside China, including the United States.
All employers need to consider how best to decrease the spread of acute respiratory illness and lower the impact of COVID-19 in their workplace. They should identify and communicate their objectives, which may include one or more of the following: (a) reducing transmission among staff, (b) protecting people who are at higher risk for adverse health complications, (c) maintaining possible work-related exposure and health risks to employees

To read more about strategies to protect your workplace, without interrupting operations, see the article below or  click here to read digitally!

IBTX eNewsletter March 2020
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