On Friday, January 29, 2021, OSHA released a press notice on new guidance related to protecting workers and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. This guidance is in response to the Presidential Executive Order issued by President Joe Biden to address worker health and safety related to the Coronavirus and COVID-19.
To answer this executive order, OSHA has reiterated that Face Coverings and Employer developed COVID-19 Prevention Programs are key in addressing the current pandemic facing the nation. The new guidance does include references to existing health and safety standards and how those regulations can provide guidance to employers.
Read the full NECA Legal Alert by clicking here.
Prefabrication is any activity or work moved away from the final point of installation to be performed in a controlled, hence safer, and more productive off-site environment. Pre-fab reduces the number of manipulations for final completion and installation on-site. Yet, today, fewer than 5% of electrical construction companies are using prefabrication.
Contractors need a practical way to track and quantify the benefits of prefabrication. Business owners, estimators and project managers need both confidence and knowledge about the cost-saving potentials of prefab so they can account for prefabrication when bidding potential work.
ELECTRI International commissioned MCA, Inc. to conduct a deep-dive study of prefabrication to help the EC Industry focus on risk mitigation, higher predictability of cost, quality of work, and profits. In addition to specific recommendations, the researchers produced an excel-based prefabrication calculator to help contractors translate the total savings into an equivalent composite rate as a practical method for “pricing” estimates with prefabrication. Click here to download a copy of the report.
The Northern California Chapter, NECA Member Services Committee is proud to announce its 14th 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.
What a wild roller coaster ride we took in 2020. The year began amid a historic but softening US economic expansion. Then COVID-19 struck. The descent was brutal. An earlier-than-forecast recession took hold, hitting the construction industry hard. COVID-19 containment, vaccine roll-outs and therapeutics will hover over the coming months. Expect a slow heal extending into 2022. There will be dips, rises and a few turns in 2021. The ride is not over, but growth is returning. Click here to read more.
On January 14, 2021, NECA launched the NECA Podcast Network (NPN), featuring regular content across a range of critical industry issues. The series of podcasts will cover the latest technology, labor relations and safety guidance, and the latest news and updates from the world of NECA.
The first podcast, available now, is “Innovation Overload,” created by NECA’s Technology Innovation team. This podcast helps contractors make sense of these tools and decide what is right for their business. Each week, the NECA Innovation Team and a weekly guest discuss and decide what is right for their business. Each week, the NECA Innovation Team and a weekly guest discuss and tackle problems contractors across the country are facing. New episodes are released every Thursday.
- Episode #1 features Dan Shea, COO of Shea Electric in Oshkosh, WI, who shares his journey and passion as an electrical contractor. Listen to his thoughts on how to overcome fear culture in the midst of change.
- Episode #2 features Sean Lazarian, CFO of ESSCO in Pasadena, CA, who shares his experience of embracing change while running a third-generation-owned business. Listen on how to pit fear against fear in order to overcome those who are risk adverse.
All NPN podcasts were created to engage and excite NECA members across the country, as well as provide an outlet for NECA experts to share their knowledge and experience with the industry. The NECA Podcast Network will continue to expand with new shows throughout 2021 and into the future, covering all aspects of the electrical contracting world.
NorCal NECA’s Member Services Committee invites you to join us for a 30-minute Zoom webinar:
- Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
- Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
- Purpose: Higher learning through Education Advancement Resource Network
National NECA is partnering with institutions of higher education on degree and certificate programs. Specifically curated for individuals in electrical construction firms, these programs will allow people across firms to grow in their roles. NECA EARN is working with seven world-class universities to offer a wide selection of programs – ranging from non-credit certificate programs to graduate degrees. You can view the full catalog of offerings by clicking here.
You can also access a teaser video of NECA EARN by clicking here. Please contact Juanita Mitchell at the Chapter office if you are interested in attending this valuable webinar.
Please remember that in 2016, California passed legislation to increase the State minimum wage to $15.00 per hour over time. Under the provisions of that law, California’s minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2021 to $14.00/hour for employers with 26 employees or more, and to $13.00/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
Please note that some cities and counties have a local minimum wage that is higher than the state rate. Those cities and counties can be found here.