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Thursday, July 02, 2020   An Inside Take on WECA's Online Apprenticeship This Summer

WECA's Apprenticeship program has had a significant ambassador this summer in longtime WECA Apprenticeship instructor Rick Mortensen.

Mortensen, based out of WECA's San Diego facility, came to WECA in 2011 after a successful thirty-plus year career in the electrical field—including a stint as owner of Active Power Electric. Mortensen initially started out as a Get Wired instructor, primarily teaching online, before pivoting over to the historically classroom-based Apprenticeship program.

As of late, he's taken his teaching back online—officially teaching Apprenticeship courses online due to the COVID-19 crisis, and dispensing advice and sharing resources on all things electrical via social media.

“I like to keep my Facebook and LinkedIn pages current [in regards to what I'm currently teaching],” says Mortensen. “When we have an event at WECA, such as adapting our curriculum delivery for online instruction, I will post on those sites. And all the instructors spend time online looking for resources to use in the classroom and to share with each other.”

Mortensen continues, stating that “It [teaching online] is different than teaching in a' brick and mortar' classroom. However, in past years I have benefited from training presented by Dan Bierly [the Get Wired Training Manager] in the Get Wired program. Input from other online and Apprenticeship instructors has been immeasurable to me, and the experience has been very gratifying.”

Despite the inherent challenges of teaching a hands-on profession to students online, Mortensen reports that the instructors are positive about the experience, and meet every couple of weeks to share their online teaching experiences. Additionally, the instruction team is in frequent contact online, posting useful documents, conversing, and sharing information.

“[To teach Apprenticeship online], preparation is key,” says Mortensen. “Review your material with an eye on how to modify your presentation. With distance learning, there is a need to make sure you are keeping the students engaged—ask direct questions, poll the classroom, and use breakout groups for group discussions and projects. And it's great to hear a student say “Hey, we missed break” because everyone was focused on a topic or project.”

Whatever Mortensen—and WECA's instructors as a whole—are doing must be working, because the reviews are in, and they're stellar all around.

“WECA has received many comments about the quality of our instruction, regardless of the platform,” says Mortensen. “I attribute that to two factors. One is that our curriculum is second to none—WECA is always updating, modifying it, and making it better. The second is the instructors—in the expanse that is career training, our instructors are shining lights in an otherwise black void of mediocre presentation. All members of the instructional team are dedicated to being the best, and all of us have been shown how to reach, stretch, and grow in ways that I personally did not know I was capable of.”

And when it comes to the students, Mortensen says that the students have adjusted to learning in an online format as well.

“Some are intent on learning, and others need to be nudged, while a few will try to use the distance learning to their advantage. It is really up to the instructor to set the environment in the virtual classroom as a place of learning, with the respect due in any setting where a group of individuals has gathered with a common goal: to learn. The students have—and should continue to—enjoy the experience,” says Mortensen.

So, how does Mortensen advise that students best prepare for success in a less-traditional classroom environment? He says that students should review reading material in advance, ask questions, have good equipment, and most of all, take their educations seriously.

“Learning is like a bank account,” says Mortensen. “You can only get out of it what you put in!”
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Thursday, July 02, 2020   Get Wired Instructional Team Holds Biannual Train-the-Trainer to Celebrate Successes

The COVID-19 crisis has completely reshaped our world as well as the WECA educational experience. However, WECA's dedicated instructors and advisers have met this challenge head-on and risen above and beyond—as was evident at June 27th's GetWired Advanced Train-the-Trainer Workshop (held via Zoom).

The biannual convening of instructors and the GetWired delivery team recognized WECA's GetWired instructors for their instrumental role in delivering traditionally hands-on lab instruction in an online format since March with as much clarity and as little disruption as possible.

During the three-hour virtual meeting, the team welcomed new instructors, lauded the success of WECA's new Live Online 2-Day Test Prep class, and discussed strategies for how to best conduct online and in-person learning safely moving forward, among other things. The meeting also featured delicious food delivered to participants courtesy of GrubHub—a welcome surprise to all!

Dan Bierly, the Get Wired Training Manager, reported that the meeting was “easy and engaging,” and that “all present were pretty positive and uplifting” despite the unique situations and unprecedented times in which WECA continues to deliver its education.

And Lead Electrician Trainee and Continuing Education instructor Galen Eckert also noted that “Everyone was in good spirits—we had a lot of input and engagement from instructors. Instructors continually brought up questions and provided answers regarding teaching labs online and being prepared for class. It was nice to see instructors talking to each other, offering support, and answering each other's questions.”

All in all, WECA's first-ever fully-virtual Train the Trainer Get Wired meeting was a success! Thank you, all, for dedicating yourselves (and spending your Saturday!) to ensure that WECA's Get Wired students continue to receive the best education possible, even in extraordinary circumstances.
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Thursday, July 02, 2020   Learn: Project Management in the Time of Crises, Part 1

A weekly, 4-week, 8-hour, live, video class taught by Kirk Alter of Fast Management, Inc. & Purdue University

July 15-Aug 5

Offered at a discount for WECA Member Contractors through our educational partner IEC-Chesapeake
 
Download flyer: Project Management in the Time of Crises, Part 1

More information and registration

Plus, WECA Member Contractors get a substantial, 25% off discount! Access your discount code by logging into your secure member dashboard on WECA's website here. Scroll to the "Member Benefits and Discounts- Code and Details" section as shown below to access the discount code.
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Thursday, July 02, 2020   A Reminder to our Member Contractors to Stay Vigilant about Construction Safety

Let's continue to show the industry how it's done

As California officials reimpose shutdowns on segments of the economy, contractors need to be ever vigilant, as this news clip from the Bay Area points out. "Santa Clara County public health officials now say a third of the county's 89 workplace-related outbreaks since May 4 have come from construction sites.

The City of San Diego Development Services Department issued a public notice on June 12, 2020 that included updates for the construction industry - click here to read the public notice.
 
The Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan has been revised to reflect recent changes with updates highlighted in yellow. 
http://www.agcsd.org/pdf/ConstructionIndustry_ExposurePrevention_Plan.v2.3noted.pdf

We know how seriously WECA Member Contractors are about prioritizing safety. Let's all continue to show the industry how it's done.

As a reminder--we'd love to see your safe jobsite photos and hear about your successful project completions during this difficult time. Please send us pictures and stories at communications@goweca.com.
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Thursday, July 02, 2020   What Does Construction Safety Look Like Post-Pandemic?

Find Out With Construction Dive's Podcasts

Content courtesy of Construction Dive:

The coronavirus has changed how construction professionals view safety. With new jobsite demands like social distancing, health checks and remote work, construction companies must determine how to proceed in their new normal. Construction Dive's podcast, "Safe and Sound," takes a closer look at construction safety and how construction professionals will need to evolve to manage jobs as they come out of the pandemic.

Hear from industry experts in our latest episodes:

Episode 4: What Does Construction Safety Look Like Post Pandemic?

Episode 3: Global Construction Leadership During Coronavirus

Episode 2: Jobsite Safety and Technology During the Pandemic

Episode 1: What North American Companies Can Learn From Global Contractors to Improve Safety Standards Locally
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Thursday, July 02, 2020   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, June 18, 2020   Construction Jobs Rebound in May, Recoup Half of Huge April Losses

Content Courtesy of Engineering News-Record

By: Tom Ichniowski

Construction employment bounced back strongly in May from April’s mammoth losses, adding 464,000 jobs during the month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported.

The bureau’s latest monthly employment report, released on June 5, also shows that construction's unemployment rate improved, but still stands at a worrisome 12.7%.

Construction's added jobs contributed to a surprisingly large 2.5 million increase in overall employment in May.

Construction economists viewed the numbers as positive news but cautioned that economic clouds could gather down the road.

The BLS report indicates that construction’s April jobs numbers were even worse than the bureau initially estimated. In its new report, BLS revised the industry’s April job losses downward by 20,000, to 995,000. That reflects the sharp downturn in the economy from the coronavirus.

The jobs added in May recoup 47% of the April losses.

Moreover, construction’s May jobs gains were significant across all industry sectors.

The specialty trade contractors segment led the way, adding 325,300 positions.

To read the rest of the article, click here.
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Thursday, June 18, 2020   Is It Safe to Bring Employees Back to Work Following the COVID-19 Crisis?

Content Courtesy of WECA Industry Partner Cook Brown, LLP

By: Ian B. Sangster


As businesses continue preparing to reopen, many employers share the same concern—what actions can employers take to provide a workplace that is safe from COVID-19?

Because the virus is primarily spread from person to person, preventing people who may be infected from entering the worksite is one of the most effective tools an employer can use to promote the safety and wellbeing of its employees. To that end, the EEOC has confirmed that employers may screen employees who physically enter the workplace by asking if they have COVID-19 or symptoms associated with COVID-19 (e.g., cough, sore throat, fever, chills, and shortness of breath). Employees with COVID-19 or who exhibit symptoms associated with COVID-19 may be excluded from physically entering the workplace because their presence would pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other employees.

Employers in search of more concrete answers also have other tools at their disposal.

Temperature Checks

Under normal circumstances, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits subjecting employees to medical examinations unless they are job-related and consistent with business necessity. Generally, a medical examination of an employee is job-related and consistent with business necessity when an employer has a reasonable belief, based on objective evidence, that an employee’s ability to perform essential job functions will be impaired by a medical condition. However, given the significant risk of substantial harm posed by the presence of an infected employee to the health and safety of other employees sharing the same workplace, employers may also measure employee’s body temperatures.

To read more, click here.
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Thursday, June 18, 2020   Updates to GetWired Lab Scheduling and Trainee/Journeyperson Courses; Effective Until Sept. 30

Please review the information below for changes to upcoming onsite lab scheduling and in-person classroom courses, in response to COVID-19 in California.

The good news for Electrician Trainees and Journeyperson Continuing Education Students enrolled in our programs is that most of our class delivery is already online. Online classes will continue to be delivered as scheduled with no interruption, including all evening GetWired classes. Our entire summer catalog is online and available for enrollment here. Alternate arrangements are offered for onsite lab days; please read below for details specific to your course.

For those students currently enrolled in a GetWired class with a lab date from now through the end of Session 3 (September 30, 2020):
  • Your lab will be conducted entirely online.
  • Your lab date will remain identical. Your lab time may shift from afternoon to morning, or vice versa. Please watch your email for further details.
  • WECA will send you confirmation of your login instructions for your online lab.


For those students interested in Two Day Exam Prep, we are currently offering a Live Online Two Day Exam Prep rather than the classroom version; this course uses the same curriculum as our ongoing popular course, but is held in a live, online, instructor-led format across two Saturdays.
  •  Live Online Two Day Exam Prep, 16 hours (July 18th and 25th; open for enrollment)
  • You may also consider GetWired 404 Exam Prep. (GetWired 404 is 42 hours, entirely online and led by a live instructor, and delves even more deeply into preparation for the State certification exam).
The situation around COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and WECA's delivery plans are subject to further modifications based upon subsequent guidance from authorities. We're glad to be able to deliver our regularly-scheduled online classes without interruption. Please follow WECA's communications closely for further updates, as we will do our best to rapidly communicate any further changes to you. Thank you for your patience and solidarity as we all work together to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community.
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Thursday, June 18, 2020   Live Online 2-Day Exam Preparation Lets You Study at Your Own Pace

Seats Going Fast -- Our June Class is Full.
?Register Your Employees Today for July!

Many students are eager to prepare to take their certification exam--especially now that many of PSI's testing centers across California have reopened for appointments--and WECA wants to meet that need. In order to do so safely and easily in this era of physical distancing due to COVID-19, WECA has taken its popular 2-Day Exam Prep class online! 

Live Online Two Day Exam Preparation is an online, instructor-led, fast-paced code study course focused on using the Code book in preparation for the State Certification exam. 

In this class, enrollees meet with their instructor and fellow students over Zoom for two subsequent Saturdays. Students enjoy not only excellent, personalized instruction and the opportunity to get questions answered, but also a ton of practice with simulated exam quizzing.

This course is meant to be a refresher course for individuals otherwise ready to take the General or Residential Certification Exam. Much of the class is dedicated to sample testing similar to state exams. It focuses on practical research by the students to find the answers to code questions rather than instruction by lecture. 

The next instance of this online, instructor-led course will run on two subsequent Saturdays, July 18th and 25th. Learn more and secure a seat for yourself or an employee. As always, be sure to take advantage of WECA member discounts for your employees! (Give us a call if you're using a member discount for the first time, to make sure you're maximizing this benefit. Your employees can get a discount even if they're paying for themselves.)

Students who want a more comprehensive exam preparation experience are encouraged to enroll in WECA's GetWired! 404 Test Prep, consisting of 42 instructor-led hours, also all online.
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Thursday, June 18, 2020   Online VDV/FLS technician certification exam prep lets you study at your convenience

Fully Code-and-text updated for current exams!
 
Individuals planning to take California's Voice Data Video (VDV) or Fire Life Safety (FLS) technician certification exams can get prepared with WECA's interactive and self-paced online exam prep courses, 32-Hour VDV Exam Prep and 32-Hour FLS Exam Prep -- both fully Code-updated for the current exam.

Fire Life Safety Exam Preparation (32 Hour Course)(2017 Code Edition)

This self-paced online course is for students who want to study for the California Fire Life Safety Technician certification exam at their own pace. Informative presentations help guide students through the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) as well as the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72). It is meant for individuals almost ready to take the exam. Much of the class is dedicated to sample testing similar to state exams. It focuses on practical research by the students to find the answers to code questions rather than instruction by lecture.

Click here to learn more and enroll!

Voice Data Video Exam Preparation (32 hour course)(2017 Code Edition)

This self-paced online course is for students who want to study for the California Voice Data Video Technician certification exam at their own pace. Informative presentations help guide students through developing proficiency in the preparation for and execution of the VDV certification exam. It is meant for individuals almost ready to take the exam. Much of the class is dedicated to sample testing similar to state exams. It focuses on practical research by the students to find the answers to questions rather than instruction by lecture.

Click here to learn more and enroll!
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Thursday, June 18, 2020   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, June 04, 2020   Cultivating Equal Opportunity in Our Economy, and for All



We know that our member contractors share WECA's values of cultivating equal opportunity for all--this being the key tenet of the merit shop philosophy--and condemning injustice in all its forms. We all strive for the possibilities of tomorrow, do our best to remain open and responsive to change, and try to make sure our workplaces function as examples for the greater construction industry in promotion of fairness, equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Like many of us, you were likely shaken by the events of the past week, and may be struggling with how to understand what has happened and move forward from here. How to facilitate discussions in your workplace about difficult issues? How to lead by example? How to make sure all your employees, from diverse backgrounds and walks of life, feel supported?

We've provided a list for you of online resources which may be helpful to you in having conversations and delivering messages of support to your employees at this difficult time, as well as in an ongoing sense as we all work to develop and foster diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Resources:

How to Create a Culture of Inclusion (Webinar Recording) - ThinkHR

(WECA Members: If you haven't already registered for your complimentary ThinkHR account, you can sign up through your secure member dashboard.)

Talking About Race - National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Initiative on Inequality of Opportunity - U.S. Chamber

The article below this one covers the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's recent launch of a National Initiative on Inequality of Opportunity, and a national town hall on June 25th with which you may wish to get involved.

eLesson in Unconscious Bias, Microsoft

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace - ESSEC Business School, Coursera

Leading With Effective Communication (Inclusive Leadership Training)- edX for Business

Optimizing Diversity on Teams - University of Pennsylvania, Coursera

Understanding Diversity and Inclusion, Purdue University, FutureLearn

Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program - eCornell

WECA has added a Diversity and Inclusion Resources page to the membership section of our website to provide ongoing availability to this resource list.

If you are already using other resources in your workplace which you think would be helpful for WECA to share with its other member contractors, please share them with us at communications@goweca.com, and we'll review and add them to our resource list.
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Thursday, June 04, 2020   U.S. Chamber Launches National Initiative on Inequality of Opportunity


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced a national town hall on June 25th as part of an ongoing initiative to address inequality of opportunity through education, employment, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice reform.

"The senseless death of George Floyd has called renewed attention to the inequality and injustice in America. We stand in solidarity against racism and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in our society and economy," said Suzanne Clark, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "As a nation, we must address this issue with a robust plan of action."

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest organization representing businesses of all sizes across every sector of the economy, will fully leverage its federation of trade associations and state and local chambers by continuing this dialogue in local communities, and across industry sectors. Inspired by its mission to create jobs and grow the economy, the Chamber will announce initiative partners who, in addition to participating in the national town hall, will be hosting their own local and industry dialogues.

A national steering committee on this initiative is in development and initially represents leaders across industries and geographies, including: Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry; John Harmon, Founder, President, and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey; Susan Neely, President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers; Vincent B. Orange, Sr., President and CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce; Carlos Phillips, President and CEO of the Greenville (South Carolina) Chamber of Commerce; and Matt Shay, President and CEO of the National Retail Federation.

These steps will build on many of the Chamber's recent efforts including support of the First Step Act, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Talent Pipeline Management Initiative, our partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on the Business Case for Racial Equity and how best to achieve it, and our collaboration with historically Black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions. 

The unemployment rate is historically about twice as high for Black Americans as for white Americans. The combined impacts of the pandemic and economic crises have disproportionately hit disadvantaged communities, making this problem worse. The business community must work together on these challenges. 

Clark continued, "The Chamber believes that the moral case for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace is indisputable, and there's overwhelming evidence that greater diversity benefits the American economy, businesses, communities and employees. At the Chamber, we know what a job means to a family and to a community. We will leverage our expertise and relationships to help develop solutions that will enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in our economic system."

Clark concluded, "We call on all business leaders to join us in creating equality in opportunity for all Americans."

Full press release and and contact information here.
 
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Thursday, June 04, 2020   Updated Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan

Based on recent guidance changes from the 
California Department of Public Health, Cal OSHA, and the County of San Diego, the Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan on which WECA has partnered has been revised to reflect those changes (highlighted in yellow).

Construction continues to operate during this crisis as an essential industry, and contractors have been effective in implementing safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to build critical infrastructure in the region. The Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan is a consolidation of those Best Practices based on direction from health experts and boots-on-the-ground experiences from construction safety professionals.

While each jobsite is different, and contractors will adapt to each situation, this plan provides some uniformity for contractors, workers, and owners all working to protect construction personnel, and the general public. With greater consistency in approach, these safety measures will become more universal and effective.

The rules can change daily, but some form of enhanced safety measures will be in place for the long-haul of the COVID-19 crisis. The Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan will be regularly updated to comply with the latest mandates in San Diego County.
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Thursday, June 04, 2020   COVID-19 Resources for Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020   WECA Takes Its Popular 2-Day Exam Prep Class Online!

LO2DEPMany students are eager to prepare to take their certification exam--especially now that many of PSI's testing centers across California have reopened for appointments--and WECA wants to meet that need. In order to do so safely and easily in this era of physical distancing due to COVID-19, WECA has taken its popular 2-Day Exam Prep class online! 

Live Online Two Day Exam Preparation is an online, instructor-led, fast-paced code study course focused on using the Code book in preparation for the State Certification exam. 

It is meant to be a refresher course for individuals otherwise ready to take the General or Residential Certification Exam. Much of the class is dedicated to sample testing similar to state exams. It focuses on practical research by the students to find the answers to code questions rather than instruction by lecture. 
This instructor-led online course will next run on two subsequent Saturdays, June 20th and 27th. Learn more and secure your seat for yourself or an employee in the June 20th & 27th Live Online 2-Day Exam Prep here.

Students who want a more comprehensive exam preparation experience are encouraged to enroll in WECA's GetWired! 404 Test Prep, consisting of 42 instructor-led hours, also all online.

 
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Thursday, May 21, 2020   Video of New CSLB "Get Licensed to Build" Webcast Now Available on CSLB Website


CSLB recently launched a new online workshop, "Get Licensed to Build." The free informational webcast is for those who want to get their California contractor's license. The information can also be used by licensees looking to add an additional classification to their license.

Video from the workshop, which lasted almost 90 minutes, has been posted to CSLB's YouTube Channel.

Watch the video here.

You can also click on links below that will take you to specific topics covered during the workshop.

Topics Covered in Workshop
  • 3:25 Who Needs a License?
  • 4:43 Why Get a License?
  • 6:49 What You'll Need to Get a License - Minimum Qualifications
  • 9:20 Types of Business Entities
  • 10:20 CSLB License Classifications
  • 12:56 The Application Process
  • 15:21 Fingerprint Requirements - Criminal Background Check
  • 18:15 Demonstrating Work Experience
  • 37:41 The Exam Process
  • 41:45 Your New License
  • 43:26 Question & Answers
Dozens of people attended the first online workshop, which included an extensive Question & Answer section.

CSLB welcomes your feedback on the workshop, along with ideas for future workshops, either for license applicants, or the more than 280,000 licensed contractors in California. Send your comments/ideas to: social@cslb.ca.gov.
 
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Thursday, May 21, 2020   CA Dept. of Industrial Relations Issues FAQs & Guidance on COVID-19-Related Workers' Comp Claims

California's Department of Industrial Relations has issued  Frequently Asked Questions to guide compliance with Gov. Newsom's Executive Order on a presumption for COVID-19 related workers' comp claims. 

This initial set of guidance contains 16 points of information but the Department may continue to update the list. Of key interest are questions Number 8 dealing with the use of paid sick leave for these COVID-19 related claims and Number 9 that clarifies the broad scope of the order.  

Cal/OSHA has also updated its guidance on Illness and Injury Prevention Plan (IIPP) and COVID-19 in the workplace. The revision is more expansive than the previous version of general statements and reminders, and it suggests that changes to your IIPP related to COVID-19 are necessary. You can read this article for more information.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020   Course Spotlights for National Electrical Safety Month: Online OSHA Safety Courses with ClickSafety



California OSHA 10-Hour Construction (10 hour course)

This 10-hour online California OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an excellent way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites. It is specially designed to help keep California workers safe while obtaining their OSHA 10-Hour Card.

Click here to learn more about and enroll in California OSHA-10 Hour Construction!
 

OSHA 10 Construction (10 Hour Course)

This 10 hour online OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an excellent way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites. It covers fewer topics than OSHA 30.

Click here to learn more about and enroll in OSHA 10 Construction!
 

OSHA 10 Construction Spanish (10 Hour Course)
 
Este curso de 10 horas del socio de WECA, ClickSafety, es una versión en línea del exitoso programa de OSHA, cubriendo menos temas que el OSHA 30. La capacitación de OSHA en línea es una excelente forma de garantizar que ha recibido la formación adecuada en temas importantes de salud y seguridad en sus sitios de trabajo.

Click here to learn more about and enroll in OSHA 10 Construction Spanish!
 

OSHA 30 Construction (30 Hour Course)
 
This 30 hour online OSHA training from WECA partner ClickSafety is an excellent way to receive proper training on important safety and health matters at your work sites.

Click here to learn more about and enroll in OSHA 30 Construction!
 
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Thursday, May 21, 2020   WECA's GetWired Labs Are Running Online--And Students Are Actively Engaged


Our GetWired! Electrician Training Program is usually blended--meaning online lectures combined with in-person electrical labs. But due to COVID-19, our curriculum developers and instructors have been going the extra mile--and then some--to recreate and deliver those labs as dynamic online activities. We can't tell you how fun it is to watch our teachers and students working together to master these same concepts in new ways! If you're sponsoring your Electrician Trainees' progression through WECA's GetWired program and Electrician Trainee Program Certificate, you can feel confident that WECA's providing the same outstanding electrical education you and they are accustomed to--just a little differently at the moment, while we all work together to stay safe through COVID-19.

If you're interested in sponsoring your electrician trainees' education at WECA's significantly-discounted member rates--or even just want to make sure they individually take advantage of the discounts they can receive for working for a member--contact us at 1-877-444-9322 to discuss this WECA member benefit.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020   Use ThinkHR Learn to Help Your Business Manage the Impact of COVID-19


WECA Member Contractors receive complimentary enrollment and human resources assistance with WECA Partner ThinkHR. Access California human resources forms, documents, tools -- and more! -- online, at your fingertips. 

If you're not yet enrolled, just log in to your WECA website member dashboard  and click "Register for HR Comply from ThinkHR."

WECA is sharing this complimentary content from ThinkHR's recent email release, which contains timely information for businesses as they navigate how to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the workplace:
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Dear valued WECA member,

In our ongoing efforts to help employers better manage the impact of COVID-19,
we are excited to announce several new online employee courses NOW available in
ThinkHR Learn.

Our new Pandemic Response catalog, curated by our internal experts, includes ten courses ranging in topic and audience. You can view the full catalog here, including course descriptions, duration and intended audience.

Download Pandemic Response catalog

This special Pandemic Response catalog is available now through June 30, 2020.

To start assigning the courses to your employees, please login to Learn, then click on the
new "Pandemic Response" icon.

Look out for more new COVID-19 related tools and resources in the days to come.

Sincerely,

The Think HR Team
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Thursday, May 21, 2020   DFEH Releases Online Sexual Harassment & Abusive Conduct Prevention Training Courses

DFEHContent Courtesy of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) 

On May 21, 2020, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) released its online training courses for the prevention of sexual harassment and abusive conduct in the workplace. Under California law, all employers with five or more employees must provide the following training to employees every two years:
  • One hour of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to nonsupervisory employees; and
  • Two hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to supervisors and managers.
This training must include practical examples of harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Additionally, employers must provide employees with a sexual harassment poster or fact sheet and maintain records of all employees' training for at least two years.

All employees must receive training by January 1, 2021. Employers of 50 or more employees have an existing and ongoing obligation to train new supervisory employees within six months of assuming their supervisory position. Beginning January 1, 2021, new supervisory employees in workplaces of five or more employees must be trained within six months of assuming their supervisory position, and new nonsupervisory employees must be trained within six months of hire. Employees must be retrained once every two years.

Read more about the online training courses and FAQs here.
 
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Thursday, May 21, 2020   COVID-19 Resources for Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan
COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
 * Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19
Coronavirus Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 in Construction Workplace
COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines
COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs
Fact Sheet for Pandemics
Marek Brother Toolbox Talk
COVID-19 Action Plan
Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus
Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance
COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols
COVID-19 Print Resources
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
United States Department of Labor: COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart
CALPASC HR 6201 Guidance
EDD Coronavirus Resources for WECA Community
Contractors State License Board Encourages Licensees to Donate PPE During COVID-19 Emergency
*  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors
* COVID-19 Federal Paid Leaves Explained
 * Get Your Editable Essential Work Permission Slips for Yourself and Your Employees Here
Show the Industry How WECA Contractors Lead in Best Practices for Jobsite Safety During COVID-19
WECA Special Update 4-1-20: New Carpooling and Facemask Recommendations; Sonoma County Joins In On New Bay Area Restrictions; New Requirements in Los Angeles for Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan; Two New Guides to CARES Act from the U.S. Chamber 
Coronavirus: Read the Yuba County and Sutter County Stay-at-Home Orders, issued April 7, 2020
*  OSHA's "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" and Other Resources; Includes Spanish Versions to Help You Reach All Employees

These, and more, plus class scheduling updates for your apprentices and students, are always available on WECA's COVID-19 Advisory Page.
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