IEC State Government News
Global Harmonization Is Replacing MSDS Sheet
New changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), further improving safety and health protections for America's workers. Building on the success of OSHA's current Hazard Communication Standard, the GHS is expected to prevent injuries and illnesses, save lives and improve trade conditions for chemical manufacturers. The Hazard Communication Standard in 1983 gave the workers the 'right to know,' but the new Globally Harmonized System gives workers the 'right to understand.'
You have until December 1, 2013 to train employees on the new label elements and SDS format. Click here for more details
IEC Members’ Opportunity to Support “Go Build Georgia”
“Go Build Georgia”, has been working diligently to change the face of the skilled trades and close the gap between Georgia’s highly skilled aging industrial workers and the young people entering the workforce. Go Build Georgia Educational Foundation is the private arm of “Go Build Georgia” and it is raising money for a statewide media campaign. You can become a donor to help with the efforts of “Go Build Georgia”.
As an investor, and partnering with “Go Build Georgia”, your business will gain direct access to a pool of new, skilled workers. Your investment helps to provide the foundation for the Governor’s Competitiveness Initiative to grow Georgia’s economy and ensure a competitive future for the state.
There are several levels of investment available to choose from that allow recognition on the website and literature, up to network and cable television advertisements tagged with your company’s logo. Click here for levels to invest. Click here for more details on Go Build Georgia Educational Foundation.
Join IEC and “Go Build Georgia” in the efforts to change the perception of skilled trade jobs throughout the public, and build a new generation of highly-skilled workers.
2012 Georgia Wage Survey Results
The results for the 2012 Georgia Wage Survey are in! In accordance with the National & Georgia Chapter IEC Apprenticeship Standards, a wage survey of 1st Year Electricians is conducted annually to determine the average 1st Year.
This information is available to IEC members only. To view the average 1st Year Electrician rate for 2012, that becomes effective as of August 1, 2012; go to the apprenticeship, members only section of this website. This rate does not include any fringe benefits.
IEC Provides Members Georgia General Assembly Update
The Independent Electrical Contractor's Atlanta Chapter held a General Membership Meeting Tuesday, April 10th. IEC lobbyist Lee Lemke was on hand to share Georgia General Assembly Results and related issues that affect both IEC Atlanta and Georgia Chapter members! One of the benefits IEC offers members is advocacy; lobbyist work diligently to gain results in the industry's best interest as members focus on their day to day activities. Call it "Guardian Angels of Government", IEC is there when you do not notice!
The Georgia General Assembly ended its 2012 session Thursday, March 29th at midnight. It was a great session for Georgia business! Mr. Lemke presented the top 10 bills of interest. Passing bills improving Georgia's competiveness is one of the many accomplishments. Below are a few that may be pertinent to your business;
House Bill 386: Revenue and Taxation- This is a pro-job piece of legislation. There is now an exemption from sales tax for energy used in the manufacturing process. The sales tax will be phased out over a period of 4 years.
House Bill 686: Job Incentives and Tax Credits Program- This bill provides a comprehensive revision of income tax credits for business enterprises located in less developed areas! This is critical to Georgia's competitive environment. New businesses or relocating business will now consider Georgia, which means jobs!House Bill 683: Garnishment Proceedings- This is interesting! Previously only licensed attorneys could file to garnish wages. Garnishments can now be handled directly by HR departments.
House Bill 347: Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund- Unemployment benefits are reduced from 26 weeks to a sliding scale of 14 to 20 weeks.
House Bill 742: State Fiscal Year July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013 Budget- The annual state budget for the fiscal year 2013 is $19.3 billion, $111 million in appropriations for economic development is included.
It is obvious Georgia law makers have been hard at work. For more details on Georgia General Assembly results click here.
IEC Atlanta/Georgia Executive Director, Niel Dawson appreciates Mr. Lemke pausing for just a moment to share this valuable information, but then Mr. Lemke is off again to continue the never ending fight. There is plenty of room on board for the cause. The IEC National Legislative Fly-In is April 22nd to the 24th, and you are welcome to join IEC!