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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.

Parking Lot NovemberAs you can see the new parking lot is coming along quickly and should be finished soon, if the rain would stay away.

JMEG1IEC-CNA Safety Award in the category 301 plus employees was presented to JMEG, LP during the IEC Con 2015.  The award recognizes electrical contracting companies that excel in establishing and maintaining safety programs which result in incident rates significantly below the average OSHA recordable incident rate.  The judges look for commitment to safety from management, employee involvement, active participation and controls over major exposure to loss.  Congratulations JMEG!

« Mark Piland, Safety Director with CNA Representative and Drew Naizer, Risk Manager 

Ben WilliamsonCongratulations to Benjamin Williamson of Walker Engineering who represented our chapter in the IEC National Apprentice of the Year Contest. Ben won third place out a field of twenty-five competitors. He received $1,000, a plaque and an array of tools.  In addition, our chapter won a $1,000 Home Depot gift card as his sponsoring chapter.

IEC Annual Christmas Party & Casino Night

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Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Food, toys and monetary donations will be accepted at the IEC office and at the Christmas Party to benefit Mission Arlington.


The IECFWTC has formed a partnership with MediaEdge Communications as our official Association Communications Partner as we refresh the look, the functionality and the image of all our communications.

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The Chapter Certification Training Advantage Program provides chapters with benchmarks by which they can evaluate their offering of IEC programs while codifying existing practices.


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