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Free Webinar: Top Tips to Strengthen Your Strategic Relationships during COVID-19

Thursday, July 30, 1-2 p.m. ET Click here to register.

A popular NIA speaker, Laura Cataldo returns with Courtney Davison to share their top strategies to strengthen each type of business relationship so that you can be prepared for the recovery when it comes.
Webinar Presenters: Laura Cataldo, Senior Manager Construction & Real Estate Services, and Courtney Davison, Senior Tax Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Debate on Unemployment Benefits
The $600-per-week extra unemployment benefit is set to expire on July 31, 2020. The weekly $600 pays some workers more to remain unemployed than they would earn if they returned to work. Many employers report that the bonus payment has made it difficult for them to hire or re-hire workers. Some members of Congress feel that it is an economic necessity, and others view it as a mistake or damaging to employers. There is currently debate in Congress on whether to extend this benefit, let it run out, or reduce the amount given weekly.
NOW OPEN: Enroll Your Employees in Introduction to Mechanical Insulation on August 4-5

Register by July 20 for Part 1 Only to Take NIA’s Introduction to Mechanical Insulation
The 2-day intro-only online course is excellent training for new employees to educate them about the mechanical insulation industry and products. Give your remote workers a new understanding of the industry in just 2 days online.

Topics include a review of the insulation industry market segments; the need and importance of inspection; the purpose of mechanical insulation systems; primary insulation materials and protective coverings; the importance of Safety Data Sheets; and codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines, and how they are intertwined.

OSHA's Safe + Sound Week
OSHA encourages America's workplaces to commit to workplace safety and health by participating in Safe + Sound Week, August 10-16. This nationwide event offers new safety and health program ideas, hosts the “Take 3 in 30 Challenge,” and provides tools to boost employee engagement.

Get Certified in August or October—Virtually!

Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification Program: This 4-day course will educate participants on how to inspect and verify that the materials and the insulation system have been installed in accordance with the mechanical insulation specifications.

Registration is open for NIA's upcoming virtual courses:

This will be taught live by the instructors.
  • Part 1 on August 4–5: NIA's Introduction to Mechanical Insulation
  • Part 2 on August 11–12: NIA's Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification Course

This will include both live and pre-recorded sessions.
  • Part 1 on September 30–October 1: NIA's Introduction to Mechanical Insulation
  • Part 2 on October 6–7: NIA's Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification Course

To become a Certified Thermal Insulation Inspector , class participants must complete both Part 1 and 2, and receive a passing grade on the final examination at the end of each level. All course materials will be shipped to participants.

Negotiating the Next Stimulus Package
Lawmakers are signaling openness to concessions on issues that could otherwise stand in the way of a bipartisan coronavirus relief deal, including liability protections, unemployment insurance, and direct aid to households. The path to a deal is becoming more clear: Democrats will have to give Republicans some business liability protections they are demanding, and in exchange, the GOP will have to agree to stronger federal regulations to protect workers.

A group of 10 House Republicans, led by West Virginia Rep. David B. McKinley, sent a letter to Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday urging him to agree to a "reasonable emergency temporary" OSHA standard while also agreeing they need to offer business protections against "frivolous lawsuits."

Host a Private Course for Your Team or Clients

Choose from NIA's Introduction to Mechanical Insulation Course (2-day course) or the full Thermal Insulation Inspector Certification course (4-day course). Both training courses can be held virtually or at the location of your choice and you can invite your employees, members, and guests.

Contact for pricing and more information. Discounted pricing is available to NIA members, Gold-Elite Foundation contributors, and engineers. Click here to download a flyer with more information about the benefits of hosting a course.
Resource: One Free Call with Legal Counsel
For NIA Member Companies on Any Safety Topic
Now through August 31
In the spirit of aiding all of our members during this critical time, NIA Legal Counsel Gary Auman of Auman, Mahan & Furry has offered to respond to 1 safety matter question, per NIA member company, via telephone call or email. Thank you, Gary, for your generosity and your safety expertise.

Contact Auman, Mahan & Furry at 937-223-6003.
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