New California Employment Laws affect the Construction Industry for 2019

The California Legislature introduced more than 2,637 bills in the second half of the 2017-2018 session that became law effective January 1, 2019, many of which address employment issues facing California employers in the construction industry. Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP have summarized some of the more important laws (the summary titles are live links to the text of the new law), and employers are urged to protect their companies by updating contracts, policies and/or practices for compliance. The following is for general knowledge, and we recommend you consult with your attorney for specific legal advice.

NECA Chief Executive Officer Search Update

We are pleased to share with all of you that the NECA Executive Committee has unanimously approved the selection of T. David Long as the Association’s next Chief Executive Officer. Long will officially join the NECA staff on April 1, 2019.

With more than 40 years’ experience in electrical contracting, David currently serves as the President of Miller Electric in Jacksonville, Florida. He brings demonstrated experience in strategic planning and a strong relationship builder, organizational growth, as well as leadership and mentorship of substantial teams. A dedicated NECA volunteer, David has held many roles within the association, including serving on the Board of Governors, Executive Committee and Council of Industrial Relations and most recently as President of the Association.

David has articulated his ambitious future vision for NECA before dozens of audiences, and, after much discussion the Executive Committee ultimately determined that David would be the best choice to lead NECA through these dynamic times.

NECAPAC Election Cycle Contribution Report

Founded in 1978, the National Electrical Contractors Association Political Action Committee (NECAPAC) has helped elect scores of industry-friendly members of Congress. The primary NECAPAC objective is to use funds to elect and support members of Congress whose political philosophy or position within the legislature are in support of NECA’s legislative objectives. A secondary objective is to use candidate selection and fund disbursement procedures in a manner that maximizes the interaction of NECA chapters and members with their national legislature.

2018 was the first time that NECAPAC collected more than $1 million in a single year, raising nearly $160,000 more than the previous record in 2015. Political Leadership Council membership increased by 26 members, giving NECA 111 maximum donors for the year. Six additional NECA Chapters met their NECAPAC goals in 2018, increasing the number of PLC Chapters to 51.

Please click here to review the 2017-2018 NECAPAC Election Cycle Contribution Report.

Association Executives Institute Held Last Week

On February 27th, Greg Armstrong, Pete Butler, Julie Russell and Scot VanBuskirk, along with other NECA Chapter Executives and staff from around the country met to hear updates from National NECA at the Association Executives Institute (AEI) in Las Vegas, where the next annual NECA Convention will be held. Presentations on Labor Relations and best practices for NECA Chapters were just a couple topics discussed during the conference.

We encourage all Chapter members to attend the 2019 NECA Convention and Tradeshow being held in Las Vegas from September 14-17, 2019> Please note that early registration opens in June.

We’ve Moved to a New Location

The Northern California Chapter, NECA has relocated to a new facility in Pleasanton. Please note our new address; our phone number will remain the same.

7041 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Office: (925) 828-6322

We’re Moving to a New Location

On March 4th, the Northern California Chapter, NECA is relocating to a new facility in Pleasanton. Please note our new address; our phone numbers will remain the same.

7041 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Office: (925) 828-6322

New Online Project Management Class Available

Communication Best Practices for Project Managers discusses the typical types of communications a project manager has and provides strategies to improve those communications. This short, on-demand online course will help improve the effectiveness of the everyday communications electrical project managers have.

You can access this course and view all of NECA’s online project management training by clicking here.

NorCal NECA’s 17th Annual Golf Classic

Our 17th annual Golf Classic will take place on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Ruby Hill Golf Course in Pleasanton. Mark your calendars for this annual fundraiser and golf event with registration information to be sent to Chapter members 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.

Associated Schools of Construction Competition

Two weeks ago, the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) held its 32nd annual student competition in Sparks, Nevada. This year, students gave presentations in 12 different construction categories. The electrical program was presented by Rosendin Electric and challenged 10 University teams of 6 people each. The students were provided an existing facility that was being repurposed as a phased Enterprise Data Center. The project, located in Southwestern Region of the United States, was 90% complete with phase one and the students were being asked to provide competitive bids for the second phase – a 48MW deployment, leaving the final 24MW for Phase 3. The Milwaukee School of Engineering took first place, while Auburn University came in second place and CSU Chico took third place.

NorCal NECA Welcomes New Associate Member

The Chapter is pleased to welcome its new Associate Member, Medcor, Inc. Medcor provides health navigation services through on-site clinics, telephonic triage, construction health & safety services, and through telemedicine. Medcor’s proprietary clinical protocols, software and operating systems enable their skilled staff to achieve sustained, positive results. Since 1984, employers of all sizes from many industries have benefited from Medcor’s innovative services.