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e cigaretteAccording to Lalita Clozel of the Tribune Washington Bureau, E-cigarette companies are preying on young consumers by using candy flavors, social media ads and free samples at rock concerts, according to recent reports.

Business SummitBusiness owners, managers, chapter staff, and industry partners will gather in Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 26-28, for the 2016 IEC National Business Summit.

IEC MembersThirty-one IEC members gathered in San Diego, CA, November 2-14, 2015, to work on the second draft of the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) at an NFPA meeting.

Happy Hour 200We’re hosting the inaugural IEC Happy Hour and hope it will be the first of many. Join us for a free drink sponsored by PCL Contract Bonding Agency January 14th from 4:00 – 6:00 at Bar Louis, Arlington Highlands, 4001 Bagpiper Way, Arlington, TX 76018.

owl 200The January fast-track class is designed for students who want to complete the first year of the apprenticeship program in a shorter time and move into the second year in the fall. During this class students attend school two nights a week beginning January 18th.

IEC BOD Installation 200Happy New Year! Hope your 2016 will be one of the best. IEC’s 2016 Board of Directors and Officers were elected by the membership and installed during the Christmas Party held December 3, 2015 at the Stockman’s Club at Stockyard Station.

Within the last few weeks, President Obama signed into law a change to PPACA that cancelled the impending redefinition of “small groups.” On January 1, 2016, a “small group” was set to change from 50 or fewer employees to 100 or fewer. Instead, as a result of the President’s signing, the definition of small group will remain at 50 or fewer full time or full time equivalent employees. (The minimum is one employee, as long as he or she is a “common law” employee and not an owner or partner or their family member.)

According to Sharon Bottcher, Reasonable Suspicion/Cause testing gives employers the opportunity to test an employee suspected of being intoxicated or under the influence of drugs before the employee can injure him/her self or others.  The overall goal of this type of testing is to protect public and workplace safety by ensuring that employees whose behavior and appearance indicate possible illegal drug use or alcohol misuse are not intoxicated while on the job.

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