IEC Member Newsletter September 15, 2020
IEC Fall Golf Tournament
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Waterchase Golf Course
Morning Tournament
Special Thanks to our
Fall Golf Sponsors

IEC Platinum Industry Partner
Eco-Staff, LLC
Milwaukee Tool Company

IEC Gold Industry Partner
Parrish-Hare Electrical Supply
Federated Insurance

IEC Silver Industry Partner
Bell and McCoy
PCL Contract Bonding Agency
Cutler-Smith, PC
Swofford Electric Supply
Sunstate Equipment
Summit Electric Supply
Rexel Fort Worth

Drink Cart Sponsor
American Trades Contracting

Fall Golf Platinum Hole Sponsor
ABB Inc.
Frost Bank
Premier Electrical Staffing
Tech Plan
IEC Education
Foreman Training
September 25 - September 26, 2020

Bruce Seilhammer, former IEC National President, presents a two-day management seminar designed especially for the electrical foreman. Those who attend receive useful, up-to-date information they can use right away to save and make money, opportunities to interact with peers, a comprehensive 288-page manual, and a certificate of completion.
Silica Dust
Exposure Training
In this eight-hour course you will learn what silica dust is, where you are likely to be exposed to it, what levels are safe, and which are not. You will also learn about methods and tools to control the dust and limit your exposure. 
Class presented by Pat Thomas, Thomas Loss Control, ENT.
Class limited to 40 people. 
Registrations and payment are due by September 25, 2020. 

Journeyman & Master Prep Class
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, October 3, Until Saturday November 7, 2020

Those preparing for the Master’s Electrician Exam will attend 32 hours of instruction Saturday’s, October 3, Until Saturday November 21, 2020
IEC Apprenticeship Program
IEC now accepting application for classes starting January 18, 2021. The deadline to apply is December 17, 2020.

Applications can be submitted online at:
NFPA 70E/Arch Flash Training
Class presented by Pat Thomas, Thomas Loss Control, ENT.

Class limited to 40 people. Registrations and payment due by September 18, 2020
NFPA 70E/ARC Flash Training Class (Energized Work) Class will include 4 hours of instruction
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 an electrically safe work condition selecting personal protective equipment Questions and answers
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.
IEC 14th Annual Clay Shoot
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Defender Outdoors Clay Shooting Ranch
Morning Shoot

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors 

Lunch Sponsor
Sunstate Equipment

Platinum Sponsors
Eco-Staff, LLC
Milwaukee Tool

Target Sponsor
ABB, Inc.
Cutler-Smith, PC
Trade Management
Happy Anniversary
IEC Member Anniversaries for September

Contractor Members:
Dennis Services, LLC - IEC member for 48 years
George McKenna Electrical Contractors - IEC member for 1 year
JMD & Associates, LP - IEC member for 19 years
Sodd Electric Company, Inc. - IEC member for 63 years
Texas Maintenance Solutions - IEC member for 6 years

Associate Members:
CEC/Miller Electric Supply Company - IEC member for 43 years
Crawford Electric Supply - IEC member for 20 years
Federated Insurance - IEC member for 29 years
Hotchkiss Insurance Agency, Inc. - IEC member for 21 years
Rexel Electric Supply - Fort Worth - IEC member for 2 years
X3 Tradesmen - IEC member for 1 year
IEC National Convention
Powering Your Future
From the Safety of your Home
IEC is Going Virtual – Join Us!
2020 has been a tough year for all of us, but as we approach Fall, IEC has something planned that offers the comradery and excitement you’ve been missing.
Are you ready for something truly special?
IEC is excited to invite you and all merit shop contractors throughout America to join us for the first ever IEC Virtual Convention & Expo 2020, delivered online and directly to your doorstep.
Register now to save your spot for a completely new, state-of-the-art, immersive, and interactive experience that will include the top-notch education sessions, exciting special events, critical networking, and vibrant expo hall you’ve come to expect from IEC Convention & Expo – all in a modern and easy to navigate virtual platform. Register Here

Electrical Industry News and Safety
News from Summit Electric
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Patrick Davis, President and CEO of Summit Electric Supply ( announced today that John Peterson has joined the company as its Vice President of Industrial Sales, effective August 14. READ MORE
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Patrick Davis, President and CEO of Summit Electric Supply ( announced today that Cedric Ravet has joined the company as Vice President of Supply Chain, effective August 24.
FFCRA Leave Questions
The HR update linked below answers some timely FFCRA Leave questions employees might have in regard to their kids returning to school:

  • Can I take paid leave under the FFCRA if my school only offers remote learning? Yes – up to two weeks of paid sick leave and up to 12 weeks of expanded family and medical leave (10 of which are paid.)
  • Can I take paid leave under the FFCRA if my school gave us a choice between remote learning and in person classes and I choose remote learning? No – you are not eligible to take paid FFCRA leave because your school is not closed.
  • Can I take paid leave under the FFCRA if my school is operating on alternate days or other hybrid-attendance options? Yes – you are eligible to take paid FFCRA on those days when your child is not permitted to attend school in person as long as you need the leave to actually care for your child during that time and only if no other suitable person is available to do so.

Submitted by Bob Hendren, Higginbotham Insurance

Keep current on OSHA
News Release
Contact: Lisa Hagenson Association Risk Management Services
Federated Mutual Insurance Company
Phone: 507.455.5118 E-mail:

Federated Insurance Launches mySHIELDSM: An Online Destination for Risk Management Resources to Help Support Your Business

On August 31, 2020, Federated Insurance launched mySHIELDSM, an online destination for risk management resources to help businesses succeed. A brief video highlights mySHIELD’s many features including:

Training and Resource Tailored to You
Employee safety training and videos, customizable risk management plans, sample risk management policies and checklists, workplace posters, and more.

Seamless Certificate Management
Access and managed certificates of insurance, request and promptly receive new certificates, and create and save templates to simplify the certificate process.

Efficient Vehicle and Drivers Lists Tools
Managed drivers and vehicles in one convenient location. Add and delete company drivers, view the insurability status of drivers, update company vehicles, and access auto ID cards.

Submitted by Federated Insurance
Can You Afford the Loss of a Key Employee?
If you’re like most business owners, you have one or more go-to employees when it comes to the day-to-day operation of your company. They have the management skills, technical know-how, experience, or customer relationships upon which you rely — you trust them to make the right decisions when you’re not available. They can be at any level or in any position, but they are people your business can’t do without. Now that you have them on your team, what would happen if you were to lose one of them due to a premature death, long-term illness or disability, or another employment opportunity?

Submitted by Federated Insurance
What Causes Accidents?
Would you call yourself or someone you know “accident prone?” While the whole notion of being naturally susceptible to mishaps and injuries is debatable, on-the-job injuries have a number of recognized causes.

Stress, fatigue, job dissatisfaction, emotion, and personal problems create short-term or isolated situations that can result in chance accidents. But other factors related to day-to-day operations are more likely to cause accidents. Concentrate on this type of hazard to help protect yourself and your co-workers.

Submitted by Federated Insurance
Provide FFCRA Leave Even in Negative Cases?
We have many employees who have figured out that some doctors will write 14 day quarantine notes, even after they test negative for COVID. The employee goes to the provider, tells them they've been exposed to COVID, the doctor tests them, they come back negative, but then the doctor writes a 14 day quarantine order anyway and the employee submits that for FFCRA sick time. I don't see a way around this due to how the law is written, but it is getting very over-abused. Are we correct that we must provide the FFCRA leave whenever a doctor note advises it even in negative cases?

Submitted by Federated Insurance
Navigating the Complex Landscape of Wellness Programs
Wellness programs encompass a wide variety of benefits and present a particularly challenging set of regulations and requirements for employers. During this webinar, we’ll cover common features of wellness programs, highlight important compliance considerations, and offer tips for tackling some of the trickiest issues.
Submitted by IBTX
Executive Order Directs IRS to Defer Certain Payroll Tax Obligations
On August 8, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive memorandum that directs the U.S. Department of the Treasury to defer certain payroll tax obligations for employees in order to lighten their financial burden during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, on August 28, 2020, the Treasury and IRS issued Notice 2020-65 to further articulate how this tax deferral will be implemented. It is important to note that this program only delays the payment of the taxes; tax obligations are not forgiven.

Submitted by IBTX
Preparing to Deal With Employee Absences as Schools Move to Remote and Alternate Schedules
“As the fall nears, the school year is about to kick off. While employees juggling work and school obligations can always present an issue, this year could prove to be a little more complicated than usual. Although some schools are preparing to go back to school inperson, others are utilizing a variety of modified schedules, or going totally remote.”

Full Article Foster Swift
Submitted by IBTX
As the EEOC Resumes Sending out Right-To-Sue Letters, Employers Should Expect an Increase in Discrimination Lawsuits 
“In a little-publicized move near the beginning of the U.S. coronavirus lockdown, the EEOC temporarily suspended issuing right-to-sue letters with respect to most charges of discrimination. That decision was made as a part of the EEOC’s efforts to operate in accordance with public health guidelines. Since March 21, 2020, right-to-sue letters have typically been issued only to charging parties who have requested them. However, the EEOC resumed sending out right-to-sue letters on August 3, 2020, and announced that any suspended notices would be sent out between that date and September 30, 2020.”

Full Article Hunton Andrews Kurth
Submitted by IBTX
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