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IEC Georgia Begins 1st Year and 4th Year Apprenticeship Classes in Valdosta
On Friday September, 6th, Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Georgia once again began apprenticeship classes in Valdosta, GA for IEC Member ACE Electric. Classes for 1st year apprentices and 4th year apprentices completed orientation and are now prepared to start their training.
ACE Electric provided a company cook out in honor of their apprentices’ commitment to ACE and their education in the electrical field. IEC Instructor Reuben Bennett navigated the grill and company owners, Bobby Stalvey and Tommy Stalvey Jr. provided words of encouragement for the apprentices’ path ahead.
ACE promotes a family oriented environment, and their apprentices have loyalty and support, which means they are provided with top opportunities for development. Part of their development is completing the IEC Apprenticeship program. With several locations throughout Georgia and spanning into North Carolina, ACE Electric continues to grow. There is no doubt that the investment in their employees contributes to ACE Electric’s continued success. IEC is proud to be a part of the process, and will continue to provide quality education and training to its members like ACE Electric.
Pictured above: Ace Electric's Class of 2017
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IEC Supports Governor's Workforce Development Program, "RESPECT"
The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development (GOWD) is partnering with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to offer young offenders a fresh start through the “RESPECT” (Re-Entry Skills Preparation and Education Career Training) program.
“As young people prepare to transition into workforce, it’s important that they are equipped with the soft skills that employees find critical in every field,” said Blake Ashbee, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development. “The GOWD is excited to be a part of the ‘RESPECT’ program and provide students with tools to build life-long skills and a new start to a future with endless possibilities.”
LEGAL BRIEFING: Dangers of Going Abroad to Work in Other States
Attorney David R. Hendrick, Esq., General Counsel with Hendrick, Phillips, Salzman & Flatt, P.C., provided Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) with an eye opening legal briefing. The “Dangers of Going Abroad to Work in Other States: Increased Risks of Licensing and Certification Requirements and the Consequences of Non-Compliance.”
According to Attorney Hendrick, a recent federal district court decision arising out of a construction project in Alabama raised the ante for those contractors and subcontractors traveling to work on projects in Alabama, as well as potentially other states. It may not be sufficient that a conscientious contractor or subcontractor itself is duly licensed and registered to undertake such construction contracting work, but now it must make sure that all of its subcontractors are also duly licensed and registered or it may risk all or part of its own upstream contract being held to be unenforceable and be precluded from payment entitlement. In Alabama and some other states, contracts entered by or with unlicensed contractors are legally unenforceable.
IEC Hosts Solutions for Obamacare Implementation Luncheon in Columbus, Georgia
IEC held an informative luncheon Friday, August 16th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbus, Georgia. IEC invited Attorney Richard Kemmer of Kemmer Law and Garrett Pepper of Federated Insurance to speak on Solutions for Obamacare Implementation.
There are many changes occurring that will affect the business of the industry. Attorney Kemmer provided an understanding of just how the Obamacare changes will affect you. For example, you might think you will be unaffected by Obamacare because you have less than 50 employees, that is not true, rates are projected to move up as much as 100%! IEC member Mark Ellis, of SM Ellis Company, Inc. said, “I heard some eye opening statistics and received answers to some unanswered questions!” What is within your power to be done? First, contact your insurance carrier to discuss your current policy immediately. Second, reset your 12 month renewal date before January 1st. You do not want to be one of the first ones encountering the changes while they are still figuring it out. If you find you are not getting the assistance you need from your insurance carrier, contact IEC and we can connect you with one of our own partner members. Thank you to Attorney Richard Kemmer and Garrett Pepper for allowing IEC members a view into the inner-workings of this rapidly upcoming policy. Special thanks to IEC partners Hagemeyer of Columbus and Legrand for stepping up and sponsoring this event. IEC appreciates the support of its partner members.
With a Little MAGIC, Girls Find a Career Path to Construction
From July 29th to August 2nd, girls from all over the metro Atlanta area and some from other states attended MAGIC Camp. This camp is not what the title at a glance may suggest. There are no parlor tricks here! This camp provides something more tangible, an opportunity to be introduced to a career in construction and create a lifetime full of potential. MAGIC (Mentoring A Girl In Construction) Summer Camp was held at Gwinnett Technical College and hosted by NAWIC (National Association of Women In Construction) Sugarloaf Chapter this year.