Greetings!
IEC Member Newsletter November 17, 2020
IEC Education
ONLINE ESTIMATING FUNDAMENTALS CLASS

This 2 half-day course covers the principles of commercial estimating. Use take-off forms provided, organize your jobs, learn take-off shorthand and increase profits on every job.
Class presented by Brian Hoffelder of Vision InfoSoft's.

Class limited to 40 people. Registrations and payment are due by November 24, 2020
IEC Apprenticeship Scholarship Winners
The Kenny McLean Scholarship - 1 year scholarship
  • Samuel Harold Chambers, Cummings Electric, 4th year apprentice
  • Angel Enrique Flores, Bean Electrical, 1st year apprentice
  • Reydina Morales, Double Eagle Electric, 1st year apprentice
  • Tyler James Thompson, JBI Electrical, 1st year apprentice

The Panther City Masonic Lodge Scholarship - 2 year scholarship
  • Rodolfo Suarez, The Brandt Companies - 1st year apprentice

IEC Apprenticeship Program
IEC now accepting application for classes starting January 18, 2021. The deadline to apply is December 17, 2020.
TDLR UPDATE!
The TDLR announced recently at the Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board meeting that the Department is going to make the procedural change to allow electrical apprentices to sit for the journeyman test at 7000 hours. This change will take effect in 2021 and the TDLR will send out an announcement to that effect shortly.
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 online. 4 hour continuing education classes also held weekly at the chapter 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.
Happy Anniversary
IEC Member Anniversaries for November

Contractor Members:
Bill Roten Electric Company - IEC member for 4 years
CESG (Critical Electrical Systems Group, LLC) IEC member for 6 years
Echo Electrical Services, Inc. - IEC member for 4 years
Empire Electric Company, Inc. - IEC member for 6 years
Kilgore Industries - IEC member for 1 year
PowerSource Electric Company, Inc. - IEC member for 1 year
Robert Browns Electric - IEC member for 2 years
Walker Engineering, Inc. - IEC member for 18 years

Associate Members:
Abadie Insurance Agency - IEC member for 10 years
CED Euless - IEC member for 47 years
Chronos Construction Staffing, Inc. - IEC member for 1 year
Cutler-Smith, PC - IEC member for 7 years
Emerald Transformer - IEC member for 1 year
The Sweeney Company - IEC member for 26 years
Touche Lighting Controls - IEC member for 2 years
Trades Masters - IEC member for 13 years
Turn Key Utility Construction, Inc. - IEC member for 19 years
Electrical Industry News and Safety
Making a difference in the Electrical Industry!
Steve Humphrey Jr., Humphrey and Associates took a few minutes with IEC National CEO Spencer Wilcock in a blog to discuss IEC and the electrical industry.
Steve is a Senior Leader at Humphrey and Associates. He serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors at IEC National, has served as President of IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County and has been serving on our Board of Directors for many years. His dedication and support has been vital to our chapter's success.
IEC Business Summit is an event held every year to help our members enhance their skills at operating, growing, and expanding a successful business. With two full days of educational sessions, networking, and getting to know our host city – Nashville – you can’t afford to miss this one.

Registration and a full schedule of sessions will be available soon.

Mark your calendar now to attend IEC Business Summit in February!

Keep current on OSHA
Don't Get Reeled into a Phishing Scam
 
In an increasingly connected world, businesses are able to work more effectively and efficiently than ever before — but they are also more susceptible to fraud than ever before. It might seem impossible that your business would be the target of a digital scam, but that’s what cyber criminals are counting on. They prey upon the unsuspecting, employing ever-evolving methods to gain access data they can exploit for profit.

According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, nearly 70,000 U.S. businesses lost more than $10.1 billion to business email compromise/email account compromise attacks, commonly known as phishing, between October 2013 and July 20191.

Re-injury, Recovery and the ADA?

Question
I have an employee who texted me last week that he injured his back at home moving a dishwasher; that it was an old injury and that he re-injured and that he would need a couple of days to recover. I requested that he go to the doctor and get a full release before returning to work. I am getting some push back on that from the employee. I need some advice.

Answer
Generally speaking if an employee indicates that he or she has sustained an injury outside of work and will require several days off to recover, we are not aware of any federal or state law that would prohibit the employer from requiring the employee to produce a fitness for duty statement before returning. However, this requirement should made be pursuant to a clear company policy or consistently enforced practice, and not something imposed upon one employee that is not required of others who are similarly situated.


Coverage of COVID-19 Vaccines: Agencies Issue Interim Final Regulations
NOVEMBER BENEFITS BULLETIN
 
As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law in March 2020, most group health plans are required to provide no-cost coverage for COVID-19 preventive services, including vaccinations. On November 6, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services (the Agencies) released interim final regulations to address the details of how plans should provide this coverage.
 
Mandated Coverage
Under the Affordable Care Act, non-grandfathered health plans are required to cover qualifying preventive care services without cost-sharing. Plans are given one year from the date that recommendation is made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement newly recommended services.

Submitted by IBTX
Federal Appeals Court Deals Blow to OSHA’s Ability to Cite Repeat Violations 
“On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued a long- awaited decision in Sec’y of Labor v. Wynnewood Refining Co., LLC.” Full Article

Jackson Lewis P.C.

This Weekly Digest is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel for legal advice. 
COVID-19 Liability Shields: Today’s Legislative Trend, Tomorrow’s Legal Defense
“State lawmakers continue to search for ways to pave the path for their economies to reopen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.” Full Article

Seyfarth Shaw LLP 
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