Tri-District Meeting Registration Now Open

The 2018 Tri-District meeting will take place July 22nd – 26th, at the iconic Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, CO. The itinerary includes informative meetings, entertaining evenings, championship golf and a plethora of activities at your fingertips. For detailed information, including pricing and full itinerary, click here to be directed to the Tri-District website. For assistance or to receive further information, please contact Julie Russell at the Chapter office.

NoCal NECA’s 16th Annual Golf Classic

Our 16th annual Golf Classic will take place on Monday, May 21, 2018, at Ruby Hill Golf Course in Pleasanton. Mark your calendars for this annual fundraiser and golf event with registration information to arrive at your inbox soon.

Not a golfer? We are always looking for volunteers to lend a hand at the event. Feel free to reach out to Julie Russell for more information.

W. Creighton Schwan Scholarship

The W. Creighton Schwan Scholarship was established in 2007 by the Northern California Chapter, NECA in memory of the late W. Creighton Schwan. This scholarship is available to students who meet the following requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in a college program at a vocational college, community college or university with a focus on construction management for the electrical industry, electrical engineering or electrical inspection,
  • The educational institution must be located in one NorCal NECA’s Counties,
  • Stives to better him/her self through education,
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident status, and
  • Demonstrated community service.

To learn more about this scholarship and how to apply, please click here.

Politico Alert _ AB 1701

AB 1701 was a top priority of California Building Trades unions and perhaps the most contentious industry measure in 2017. While our lobbyist worked diligently to try and improve the measure to limit its impact on quality union subcontractors, future litigation will ultimately shape how, and to what extent, this statute will impact the construction industry. Due to the increased attention and confusion on what the new law does and does not do, our lobbyist has prepared the attached summary.

OSHA Adjusts Penalty Amounts for 2018

On January 2, 2018, civil penalty amounts for violations of workplace safety and health standards increased by two percent from last year. In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, the Department of Labor is required to adjust penalties for inflation each year. New penalties for willful and repeat violations are $129,336 per violation, serious, other-than-serious, and posting requirements are $12,934 per violation; and failure to correct violations is $12,934 for each day the condition continues.

Annual Day at the Capitol

All Chapter Members are encouraged to participate with us in Sacramento for our annual Day at the Capitol on March 21st. Contractor’s personal stories and interactions with elected officials have been impactful and have had a favorable result on legislation to protect electrical contractor’s interest. Join us this year as we continue to advocate for Change Order legislation and prompt pay. Complete and return the attached registration form and make plans to join us in Sacramento. Contact Julie Russell for more information.

Education Fund Credits for 2017

Remember to submit your reimbursement request for meetings and events attended in 2017. As a reminder, NECA Staff recently provided each NorCal NECA Member Contractor with their Education Fund Credit balance for 2017. The deadline to submit for your 2017 education fund reimbursement is January 31, 2018. Take advantage of this member-only benefit and submit your reimbursement before the deadline. Questions? Contact Janet Siemens at the Chapter office.

2018 Project Excellence Awards Program

The Northern California Chapter, NECA Member Services Committee is proud to announce its 11th Annual Project Excellence Awards competition. This program was developed to recognize excellence in electrical/technology installations and the NECA contractors responsible for their outstanding achievements.

Projects completed between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017, in Alameda, Napa, Solano, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne Counties are eligible for entry. Projects outside the Chapter’s jurisdiction may be considered depending on circumstances, location and complexity.

If you would like to enter a project in the 2018 competition for projects completed in 2017, please refer to the attached Program Rules and submit your entry forms with a project photo, to the Chapter office by 3:00 PM on Friday, March 30, 2018. Awards will be presented at the Chapter’s Fall General Member meeting in September 2018.

2018 IRS Standard Mileage Rates

On December 14, 2017, the IRS issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning January 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups, and/or panel trucks) is $0.545 per mile (up from $0.535 in 2017). Read more here.

California Raises Minimum Wage

As of January 1, 2018, California’s minimum wage will increase to $11.00/hour for businesses with 26 or more employees and will increase every year until the minimum wage is $15.00/hour in 2022. For businesses with 25 or fewer employees, the minimum wage will increase to $10.50/hour. It will also increase every year until the minimum wage is $15.00/hour for all employees in 2023.

Once the minimum wage reaches $15.00/hour for all businesses, wages can be increased up to 3.5% each year to account for inflation, as measured by the National Consumer Price Index. Click here to read more.