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VOLUME 10 | Edition 2 | February 2017

Letter from the President & CEO

Dear Members,
We have now passed crossover and are looking to the end of this session on February 25.  This 2017 Legislative Crossover Report focuses on 74 priority and defensive priority bills.  The remainder of the 326 bills and budget items that the VMA is monitoring and managing are available for review at http://vamanufacturers.com/advocacy/key-virginia-legislation/.   
This session continues to illustrate the clash between the Executive and Legislative Branches for power and control.  This is a healthy part of our democracy's system of "checks and balances," but there is not much debate by political insiders about the fact that the Executive branch is on the defensive.  The Legislative branch is attempting to assert its influence beyond policy into executive management in higher education research and development, taxation and economic development.  The business community's role will be to help balance these competing interests as an expression of our ongoing legislative advocacy and political action in future elections.
A few bills that we would like to highlight in this report involve international trade (HB2471/SB1574), workplace safety (HB1883/SB1542) and the budget (SB900/HB1500).  Last session, HB858 established the Virginia International Trade Corporation (VITC).  Through the budget and HB2471/SB1574, the VITC will be effectively terminated before it was ever implemented, thus, relegating international trade to a secondary resource for Virginia businesses.  HB1883 and SB1542 increase workplace safety violation fines by 78%, but both bodies stripped the new $1.6 million in funding created by the fine increases, thus, providing no help for business with voluntary compliance and workplace safety programs as was included in the Governor's introduced budget.  Finally, the VMA's top priority bill last session created the New Economy Workforce Credentials program to cover 2/3 of the cost for individuals successfully completing industry credential training and certification.  The program has been so successful in its first six months, enrolling 409 people in production occupations training alone, that the Virginia Community College System has requested an additional $1 million in funding.
Finally, looking to next year, the VMA will continue to work on our proposals to protect our facilities from drone trespassing, improve recycling for beneficial use in manufacturing and reform Virginia's real and tangible personal property tax valuation and appraisal system.  Members interested in these topics should contact VMA Member Services to join the appropriate committee or working group.
As Industry's Advocate™, the VMA is working aggressively to make Virginia the best business environment in the United States for world-class advanced technology companies to manufacture and headquarter their businesses for maximum productivity and profitability.  We need your active engagement in this process. 

Brett A. Vassey
President & CEO

Worker's Compensation: Post-Injury Management Webinar - Hosted by RCM&D

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 11AM-12PM EST

There are issues that arise in the Workers' Compensation arena that can stump even the most experienced human resources, safety and claims professionals. Topics covered during this webinar will include compensability, determination, statute of limitations, waiting periods, use of physician panels, directing medical treatment, return-to-work, fighting fraud, and more.  Registration is free.  

The webinar has been approved for 1.0 contact hour of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal. The webinar will be facilitated by RCM&D risk consultant Anne Jackson and claims consultant Shannon Burke.

Do you have a Workers' Compensation question that you want answered by our experts? Please send your questions and concerns ahead of time to kcaple@rcmd.com and they will be cover during the webinar.
Expanding Your Business Through Exports

Is your manufacturing business currently engaged in international trade?  If not, have you ever wondered if your product could be exported to a market outside the United States?  Your Virginia company may be eligible to receive assistance from the Commonwealth to grow your international business.
The VMA has partnered with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's (VEDP) International Trade division as a member of the Virginia International Trade Alliance (VITAL).  VITAL expands the Commonwealth's nationally recognized international trade programs through formal partnerships with Virginia's public universities and industry associations with the goal of increasing the number of Virginia companies selling overseas and their volume of international business. VITAL assists both new and experienced exporters enter new international markets through the following services:  
  • Global Market Research
  • Trade Missions
  • Trade Show Assistance
  • Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program
  • Going Global Defense Initiative
 To learn more about how VITAL can help your company, please contact a VEDP International Trade Manager in your region!

LEAN CPID Assessment 

The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) has partnered with the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to develop an innovative LEAN Technology Assessment which is currently being piloted with a small group of VMA members prior to its launch in 2018.  The assessment is a real-time review of a company's LEAN capabilities, assistive technology, and knowledge of the tax advantages of hiring people with disabilities.  It only takes a few hours to complete.  The assessment includes information gathered from the plant floor as well as brief interviews conducted by a trusted MSI Assessor with a Production Manager and HR Manager from the company.  A confidential report with results and comments will be provided to each company at the end of the assessment.   
If you are interested in participating in the pilot or roll out in 2018, please contact Victor Gray at (804) 643-7489, ext. 130 or vgray@vamanufacturers.com.     

MSI Partners with Thinking Dimensions Global to Offer:  Root Cause Analysis for Today's World  

This comprehensive and dynamic two-day course will offer new ways to view and address the all too familiar challenges in today's workplace.  From prioritizing issues, to problem solving, to implementing solutions, to increasing success in a virtual environment, to honing practical communication  skills, to properly dealing with workplace conflict and change - this course will offer unique perspectives on leadership and provide you with problem solving skills to help leverage your current subject matter expertise to maximize your own success as a superior problem solver...and leader.

Upcoming Workshop Dates
March 14-15 
May 9-10 
July 18-19 
September 19-20 
November 14-15 

Comments from the January workshop:
"I wasn't expecting this to be as great as it turned out to be.  I've been through multiple RCA/problem solving classes and this is better than all the rest."  
- Phil Larkins, Philip Morris USA
"I expected a good course but it was beyond anything I could have imagined."  
 - Matt Athayde, Avail Vapor

Click here to registrater for an upcoming workshop and view program details!