September 5, 2019
Last Call: USMCA Letter Sign-On-Deadline TODAY
Reminder: If you haven’t yet signed onto the Iowa letter supporting USMCA, the deadline is TODAY at 5 p.m. Please email  Daniel Heady  with your business or association’s name to sign on to the letter. If you have questions, please contact  Nicole Crain

NCCI Proposes Overall 3% Rate Decrease
The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) made a rate filing to the Iowa Insurance Division that proposes an overall 3% rate decrease for workers’ compensation from the current rates that were effective January 1, 2019. The new rates will become final January 1, 2020. According to NCCI, the filing is based on premium and loss experience for policy years 2016 and 2017. NCCI notes that Iowa’s claim frequency has declined in recent years, and indemnity and medical continue to trend upward. Since 2017, Iowa employers have experienced three years of rate reductions, with the 2018 decrease at 9.2%. See the  full filing . ABI members and Iowa employers should be congratulated on their efforts to minimize risk and increase workplace safety, resulting in decreased claims.

National Voter Registration Month
Secretary of State Paul Pate sent a release earlier this week to encourage all eligible Iowans to participate in National Voter Registration Month. The National Association of Secretaries of State established September as voter registration month in 2002. If you have already registered to vote, ensure your registration is up to date. According to the release, “Approximately 90% of eligible Iowans are registered to vote, and there are more than two million active registered voters in the state.” If you aren’t sure if you have registered to vote or want to update your information go to .

In addition to the efforts of Secretary Pate, ABI is a partner of Employee Voter Registration Week (EVRW). Employers and associations around the country are hosting events and sharing information with employees about the importance of being registered to vote. If you haven’t yet signed up to be an EVRW partner, there’s still time to do so. Go to  to learn more about how you can be a part of increasing voter participation!

ABI Public Policy Team to Present Workshop at Advanced Manufacturing Conference
The Advanced Manufacturing Conference is set to take place in less than one month at Prairie Meadows in Altoona. The two-day event will kick off with a networking reception and the Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner on Tuesday, October 1. You’ll then hear from outstanding speakers and have the opportunity to participate in valuable workshops on Wednesday, October 2. The ABI public policy team will host one of the workshops this year. “What’s on the Horizon for Manufacturers in Iowa: Preview of the 2020 Iowa Legislative Session” will be led by Senior Vice President, Public Policy Nicole Crain and Director, Public Policy Brad Hartkopf. Expect an overview of the most important issues likely to be considered by the Iowa General Assembly next year that will affect manufacturers. Register for the  conference .

Federal Spotlight: Updated Overtime Rule Nearly Complete
The Department of Labor is set to issue a final rule in the coming weeks increasing the threshold for which workers in a variety of industries will be eligible for overtime pay. The  rule , which raises the annual salary threshold from the current $23,660 to approximately $36,000, could be completed by next month. The threshold has not been adjusted since 2004. The previous administration had moved to increase the threshold to more than $47,000 and adjust it every three years. The rule was ultimately blocked by a judge after states and businesses challenged it in 2016. The Trump administration is working to finalize this and a few other high-profile rules including the joint employer standard under the direction of acting secretary Patrick Pizzella. President Trump formally nominated Eugene Scalia, a corporate attorney and the son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to lead the Labor Department last week.
Manufacturing Technology Roadshow Heading to Minneapolis
ABI and CIRAS are partnering to show Iowa manufacturers firsthand how new digital technologies and automation can improve your manufacturing floor and processes today. This second-annual manufacturing technology event, Nov. 12-13, highlights the best of manufacturing with exclusive access to outstanding manufacturing locations–all packed into two days.
It's designed specifically for manufacturing leaders in the roles of CEO, operations, plant manager, engineers or others considering manufacturing automation. Register today to join us to see leading-edge technologies in action! 
Meet Our Newest ABI Members
Barker Lemar Companies
Bazooka Farmstar
Betterment Retail Solutions
CIT Signature Transportation
Dee Zee, Inc.
Dose Steelworks, Inc.
Exide Technologies
Federal Home Loan Bank of
Des Moines
Huegerich Construction Inc.
Mt. Pleasant Area Dev. Commission
Toggle, LLC
Turner Construction
UMB Financial Corporation
Vertex Software, LLC
What’s a PEO and How Can You Benefit from Using One?
Alaina Riley
Marketing & Wellness Coordinator
Focus OneSource

Have you heard of the term PEO before? Chances are you know a business owner, employee or use services from a business who has a relationship with one. A statistic provided by NAPEO states that, “PEOs provide services to 175,000 small and mid-sized businesses, employing 3.7 million people.” That accounts for 15% of employers who fall into the PEO sweet spot of about 5 to 99 employees.

So, what is a PEO? The acronym PEO stands for Professional Employer Organization, which is an outsourced solution for payroll, human resources, benefits and compliance. PEOs allow business owners and managers to focus more on growing their business knowing that the back office administrative tasks are being taken care of. This unique model is possible through the co-employment relationship between the PEO, the business owner and their employees. Read more .
Alliant Energy Named a Top Utility in Economic Development
Alliant Energy has been chosen for the annual list of the Top Utilities in Economic Development.  Site Selection  magazine provided the recognition based on the company’s contribution to the local economies and communities in its service area. This is the first time Alliant Energy has been featured on  Site Selection’s  list, which is a significant milestone as the company continues to enhance its economic development efforts and works to fuel growth in its service area. Read the full news release .
R&R Named “Best of the Best” Again for 2019
R&R Realty Group (R&R) and two of its subsidiaries have been named “Best of the Best” by  Midwest Real Estate News  in three categories including: Top Midwest Commercial Real Estate Owner (R&R Realty Group), Top Midwest Commercial Real Estate Brokerage (R&R Real Estate Advisors), and Top Midwest Commercial Real Estate Property Manager (R&R Management Professionals, Inc.). Midwest Real Estate News  is a leading publication, covering the commercial real estate industry across a 14-state region. To see a complete list of the 2019 “Best of the Best” honorees, visit .

Faegre Baker Daniels to Host Blockchain Webinar
Blockchain technology is everywhere. Companies are using it throughout their daily operations, from supply chain security to smart contracts and beyond. While it might sound like something only IT teams need to understand, blockchain will affect every company, and business leaders should be on the forefront. Join Faegre Baker Daniels on Sept. 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m., to learn about the basics of blockchain technology and how it will impact your company’s operations, contracts and data usage. Register now .

Winnebago Reveals 2020 Wheelchair-Ready Motorhomes and New Dealers
The  Winnebago  2020  Accessibility-Enhanced motorhome  line includes updated features and is being carried by two new dealers– Stoltzfus RV , and  US Adventure RV,  as well as existing dealers such as  Lazydays RV . All 2020 models now feature air-assisted doors for wheelchair lifts. The new Intent 30R AE includes a power Murphy bed-sofa providing additional living space when not in use, while the 2020 30T AE Adventurer boasts a sofa-bed, to accommodate additional passengers. Read the full news release .

Attention Podcasters
As a resource, we’re compiling a list of ABI members that produce podcasts. If you have a podcast you’d like ABI to share, let us know by emailing David at .