As cranes go up across the United States and new jobs are on the books every single day – the NECA/IBEW Powering America team is setting an example of diversity in the construction industry. While women make up only 2% of the industry, NECA and the IBEW are making a coordinated effort to bring more women into the trade. IBEW Local 379 in Charlotte, North Carolina, in particular, is setting an example for Locals across the country. They are making sure that women in their community are empowered to enter into an industry where they are a minority, that they are welcomed into the brotherhood, and are given opportunities for advancement and knowledge that this isn’t just a job, it’s a career. Watch Video
If a family member had a serious heart condition that required surgery, we would surely seek out the best cardiovascular specialist available to perform the operation. The same should hold true when seeking advice on our estate and business succession plans. Many lawyers who are general practitioners are adept in handling common legal affairs. But, few of them would attempt to develop a sophisticated estate plan that could provide the specialized legal documents you may need. Just as we would not likely ask our family doctor to perform open heart surgery, neither should we assume that a generalist attorney is qualified to develop a complex estate and business succession plan. Federated is committed to helping family business owners complete this important planning.
Federated Mutual Insurance Company has acquired Granite Re, Inc., a leading provider of surety bonds for small- to medium-sized contractors, as of January 1, 2017. The acquisition better positions Federated Insurance to partner with commercial contractors for their surety and bonding needs.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published yet another version of the Form I-9 marked with a July 17, 2017 version date. Starting on September 18, 2017, employers MUST use only this version of the form for all new hires and reverification on any employee with an older version of the form.
OSHA has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is enforceable as of September 23, 2017, for construction standards and we have provided some resources to aid our members in compliance.