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Thursday, September 24, 2020   Mental Health in the Construction Industry is More Important than Ever

Content Courtesy of Construction Dive

Suicide prevention in construction more important than ever

The COVID-19 crisis has the potential to exacerbate anxiety, depression and other mental health issues among construction workers, according to an industry expert.

In any industry, suicide prevention and education requires a variety of resources, as well as strong leadership from management, safety professionals and human resources. Yet, according to Greg Sizemore, the first thing construction employers should do to alleviate stress on workers —  especially right now — is to be compassionate.  

Sizemore is Associated Builders and Contractors' vice president of workforce development safety health and environmental and chairperson of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Here, he talks with Construction Dive about Suicide Prevention Month and how the coronavirus has made suicide prevention tactics even more important for construction firms.

How has the added stress of the COVID-19 crisis added to contractors' already high risk of suicide?

COVID-19 has increased stressors for everyone, but this has been especially detrimental for people already at risk, which includes many people who work in construction. And while we know an underlying mental illness is the No. 1 risk for suicide, COVID-19 has the potential to exacerbate existing anxiety, depression or other mental health issues.

Statistically, construction employees are at a higher risk because men, who make up 91% of the construction workforce, are more likely to die by suicide. The construction industry also employs a large population of veterans who are at a 1.5 times greater risk for suicide compared to nonveterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The average age of our workforce also trends older, which adds to a combination of factors, including complications related to COVID-19 exposure.

That said, there is no doubt that COVID-19 has been extremely stressful for everyone. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. workforce had a routine and then in a moment, everything stopped, resulting in health fears and economic havoc. For months now, families have been dealing with a health crisis with many unknowns, employment instability, financial concerns, gaps in childcare and insolation, just to name a few.

In addition, a new group of the U.S. workforce was suddenly considered front line, which in many cases included construction workers. All of those factors have the potential to compound and increase the risk of suicide.  

What can firms do to help alleviate this added stress?

We know it’s our responsibility to make sure our employees go home in the same — or better — condition than when they arrived on the jobsite and safely return the next morning. And while how we deliver on that commitment may change, especially as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety and health of our workers is always our first priority. Read the rest of the article here.
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Thursday, September 24, 2020   CSLB Asks Licensees to Take Five-Minute Survey on Required Surety Bond

The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is asking licensed contractors to take a few minutes to provide feedback on an important topic. Senate Bill 610 (Chapter 378, Statutes of 2019) requires CSLB to study whether the $15,000 surety bond all licensed contractors are required to have is sufficient to reimburse consumers harmed by a contractor’s actions. Your participation in this survey by September 29 will help them answer this question. The survey is here.
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Thursday, September 24, 2020   WECA's Updated, Relaunched "Health & Safety Leadership" Course w/ Partner ClickSafety Available

NFPA 70E, OSHA Competent Person Skills Development, and more
 
Do you have employees who could become more valuable to your business by updating their health and safety leadership skills?

WECA's "Health and Safety Leadership" course, in partnership with Click Safety, has just relaunched after an update, and is available for enrollment. Your employees can gain 16 hours of California electrician Continuing Education for successful completion.

In this course, students focus on development of selected “competent person” skills, as well as expanded knowledge of NFPA 70E requirements. The term "Competent Person" is used in many OSHA standards and documents, and is defined as "one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them." This course provides students with competent person training in the areas of excavations and fall prevention.

The course also covers:
  • Demonstrating leadership basic skills
  • Motivating others through effective communication
  • Creating a positive safety culture
  • Conducting safety meetings
  • Understanding liabilities related to supervisory responsibilities
  • Identifying potential hazards
  • Mitigating potential hazards
  • Investigating accidents
  • Investigating accidents
  • Heat illness prevention
And more!

Enrollment link--remember that you and your employees can use your WECA Member Discounts!

(If you need a refresher on how to use your WECA Member Discounts or how your employees can use them directly, please give us a call at 1-877-444-9322, or log in to your WECA member dashboard to download your discount rate sheets.)
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Thursday, September 24, 2020   Demand for WECA's Get Wired! 101 Course is Off the Charts, So We've Added Even More Sessions!

Encourage Your New-to-the-Trade Electrician Trainees to Enroll Today, or Use Your Member Discount to Enroll them Yourself
 
Here's a sneak peek of the kinds of concepts your employees will learn about in Get Wired! 101: the picture above illustrates a three-way switch, which controls luminaires in two locations. Luminaires can be found in rooms such as hallways, stairways, large rooms, and areas with multiple entrances. Students will learn how 3-way switches work, and how to successfully wire them up. (Illustration courtesy of WECA Curriculum Development Lead/Senior Education Adviser Rick Labon)

Do you have Electrician Trainees new to the electrical field, and ready to start their journey to certification? The first class in WECA's GetWIred series, GetWIred 101, is their starting point.

WECA's GetWired! 101 course: Fundamentals of Electrical Theory and Introduction to the National Electrical Code is currently all online. Your trainees will study from the comfort and safety of their own homes!

They'll get an introduction to electrical theory, learn about how the NEC governs the installations of electrical wiring and equipment, and so much more! But you--or your employees--will have to act fast, because although WECA has just expanded capacity in its October classes to serve even more students across California, demand is off the charts!

Here's an enrollment link. Your member discounts will automatically apply if you log in with your WECA account and enroll your trainees. Or, if they're paying their own way, they can still get a discount--be sure to give them one of your member discount cards.

(If you need a refresher on how to use your WECA Member Discounts or how your employees can use them directly, please give us a call at 1-877-444-9322, or log in to your WECA member dashboard to download your discount rate sheets.)
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Thursday, September 24, 2020   WECA's Get Wired Program is Growing and in Need of More Instructors

Nights and Weekends

A Perfect Side Gig: Does Not Interfere With Your Main Job!
 
Thanks to the continued growth and increasing popularity this year of our GetWired electrician trainee certificate program, WECA is hiring more part-time instructors for our night and weekend classes again! Most of the instruction takes place online and can be done from the comfort of home. Please review our job posting and share it with your qualified employees. WECA Member Contractor employees make some of the most skilled instructors for our program!
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Thursday, September 24, 2020   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
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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Monday, September 21, 2020   WECA Government Affairs Special Update September 21, 2020

Government Affairs and Merit Shop Advocacy
Note to Readers: We are sending out the GA bulletin a little early because of several new bills signed by Governor Gavin Newsom – when he wasn’t fighting California’s raging wildfires.

AB 1867 – Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for COVID – It provides 80 hours of sick leave for Covid-19 reasons. It applies to those employers with 500 or more employees.  It went into effect Friday. An updated alert from Fisher & Phillips LLP is here.

SB 1159 – Workers’ compensation presumption for COVID – creates a presumption that an employee who contracted COVID-19 did so at work. The employee does not have to provide any further proof. Importantly, this is an urgency statute and goes into effect immediately. It has a reporting requirement and mandates that employers go back in time and report previous COVID cases back to July 6th within the next 30 days. So, it’s essential to pay close attention to this one because it requires some immediate action. (Fisher & Phillips summary is here)

AB 685 – COVID-19 Employer Reporting Requirement imposes an employer reporting requirement for COVID-19 cases (Fisher & Phillips summary is here). It goes into effect on January 1, 2021.

SB 1383 - CFRA Expansion Bill – This bill dramatically expands CFRA leave to apply to employers with five or more employees and expands the scope of “family members” for whom employees can take leave to include many additional categories. It will go into effect on January 1, 2021. It will also impact larger employers already covered by the CFRA and result in “stacking” of leave under the FMLA. In other words, an employee can now take 12 weeks of leave to care for a sibling under the new CFRA, and then take 12 more weeks under the FMLA for their health condition (Fisher & Phillips summary is here).
 
Note to Readers: We’ll report again when he signs more bills of importance...
 
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87 United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, September 18, at 87. Ginsburg was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton and confirmed to the court in 1993. She was the second woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court. The average vacancy length on the Supreme Court since 1962—when defined as the length of time elapsed between a Justice’s departure date and the swearing-in of their successor—is 88 days. Four of these vacancies lasted for only a few hours each; the successor was sworn in the same day the retiring Justice officially left office. The longest vacancy under this definition was 422 days, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. In related news - The U.S. Senate confirmed eight nominees to U.S. District Court judgeships. The 94 U.S. District Courts are the general trial courts of the United States federal courts. The U.S. Senate has confirmed 216 of President Trump’s Article III judicial nominees—two Supreme Court justices, 53 appellate court judges, 159 district court judges, and two U.S. Court of International Trade judges—since January 2017.

Trump, Pence criticize U.S. Chamber CEO President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence condemned the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during a phone call Thursday, venting their frustrations over its recent endorsement of nearly two dozen vulnerable House Democratic freshmen, two sources familiar with the call told Axios. WECA, who has a seat on the Government Advocacy Committee that approved the endorsements, voted no on the three California candidates (CA 10 Harder, CA 21 Cox, and CA 48 Rouda) Story

Blanca Rubio takes over as moderate Democrat leader Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) will take over as Sacramento’s informal moderate Democrat caucus chair. The group is less an official caucus than a grouping of business-friendly Democrats, many of whom drew campaign support from industry groups or defeated more liberal, labor-backed Democrats. The elevation adds to Rubio’s clout and gives a road map to interest groups seeking to influence or derail the legislation. The caucus’ leadership has turned over frequently in recent years. Rubio takes over from Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), who cast the deciding vote to pass business-opposed family leave legislation this year. Rubio announced her appointment on Thursday — the same day Gov. Gavin Newsom signed that measure, SB 1383 (Jackson D-Santa Barbara). Democrats wield massive majorities in both houses of the Legislature, making moderate Democrats more influential than Republicans. Rubio consistently rates as one of the most business-aligned, least liberal Democrats. [Politico]

California’s Unemployment Dept Stands Down for Two Weeks California's embattled unemployment agency will not accept new unemployment claims for the next two weeks, taking a recommendation from a governor-appointed Strike Team dispatched less than two months ago, its director announced late Saturday night. The Newsom administration Saturday released a report with recommendations on improving California's embattled unemployment agency, from adopting a commercially available identity verification tool to taking a two-week "reset" period before accepting applications from first-time applicants. Meanwhile, Employment Development Department head Sharon Hilliard wrote that it would take until the end of January to get through the current backlog. She said the agency "is proactively looking at ways to reduce that timeline. Alternatively, if no changes were made, the EDD would still be working through the current backlog well into July 2021.” [Politico]

Robots, Veterans, Apprenticeships: What’s Next for California’s Job Market CalMatters reports, “It’s just one facet of California’s economic recovery, but the state’s unemployment rate is starting to drop after an unprecedented spike during coronavirus lockdowns. The state’s jobless rate fell to 11.4% in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, down from a record 16.4% unemployment this spring. The unemployment rate has dipped below the rate of the Great Recession a decade ago. Still, it remains more than twice the 3.9% rate in February.” They quote Abby Snay, Deputy Secretary for the Future of Work at California Labor & Workforce Development Agency, who said her agency is among those focused on forging other kinds of career “bridges” and “on-ramps,” including apprenticeships in fields like cybersecurity, health care, and food safety. Perhaps Snay should attend one of the CAC meetings where the building trades unions insist upon approving every new apprenticeship program submitted to DAS and supervised by the newish IACAStory

Supreme Court Makes Local Tax Hikes Easier Dan Walters writes, “The California Supreme Court last week handed a big victory to the advocates of higher taxes. Without comment, the justices declined to take up a state appellate court decision that would allow specialized local government taxes to be increased by a simple majority of voters if placed on the ballot by initiative petitions rather than by the governments themselves. Story

State Government Trifectas Ballotpedia describes a state government trifecta as a “single-party government when one political party holds three positions in a state's government.” Here is what the USA looks like. It could be helpful when making business expansion plans. Story
Racial quotas have an ugly pedigree. California shouldn’t try to bring them back. “In 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the University of California’s racial quotas for college admissions were unconstitutional because they treated applicants not as individuals, but simply as members of a racial or ethnic group. Quotas soon became a thing of the past. Or so we thought. Shockingly, in 2020, the California Legislature has reverted once again to racial balancing. If the governor signs AB 979 into law, every publicly traded corporation headquartered or incorporated in California will be subject to an “underrepresented community” quota. All corporations must have at least one member who belongs to a certain racial group or the LBGT+ community; the exact number depends on the board’s size. Corporations between 4 and 9 members must fill two seats. Corporations with more than nine members must fill three.” Story
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?Richard Markuson
WECA Government Affairs Advocate, Pacific Advocacy Group
Have questions or concerns?

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Dear WECA supporter,

It is our pleasure to provide you with this bi-weekly political update from WECA. Please feel free to contact WECA at (877) 444-9322 or info@goweca.com for more details about any of the articles included in this political update.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020   WECA Political Update September 17, 2020

Government Affairs and Merit Shop Advocacy
L.A. controller’s report says homeless housing costs $531,000 a unit The Los Angeles City Controller performed an audit  that found that the average cost of building a single unit of housing for the homeless in Los Angeles is now $531,000, but also found that prices for these units have reached as high as $746,000 per unit--far more than the cost of building some luxury high rise condos in downtown. The audit also found that nearly four years after voters approved $1.2 billion in bonds to build homeless housing, only three projects have opened, construction hasn’t begun on 75% of planned units, and many projects may “never come to fruition.” The news came the same day the city council refused to give the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority the majority of funds from a $97 million federal grant to rapidly rehouse homeless people until the agency can show it’s made progress with an initial $30 million payment. Story

California Court Allows Subcontractor to Pursue Project Owner for Tortious Interference A California appellate court recently held that an owner on a construction project could be liable to a subcontractor for the tort of intentional interference with the subcontractor’s contract with the general contractor. The decision further eroded an apparent exception under California law that immunized parties from tortious interference claims who were technically strangers to a contract but had an “economic interest.” While the decision is not limited to the construction context, it could have broad implications for owners and contractors on California construction projects. Story

The State of Trump/Union Relations In spite of the urging of several construction groups since his election in 2016, President Donald Trump has refused to repeal Obama-era EO 13502 that encourages federal agencies to use union-only project labor agreements (“PLAs”) on construction projects, the cost of which exceeds $25 million. Trump recently invited construction union leaders to the White House, “but he utterly failed on delivering what they wanted most: his promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan that would have created hundreds of thousands of construction jobs. Infuriating union leaders and many workers, the Trump administration has refused to adopt any regulations requiring employers to take specific steps to protect workers against Covid-19. Many labor experts say the Trump National Labor Relations Board has taken myriad steps to make it harder to unionize. Mr. Trump has tweeted out attacks against the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s president and several union presidents.” Story

Projects Expedited by Trump EO Waiving Environmental Regulations Newly released documents provide details into some of the projects that have been expedited by President Donald Trump's executive order directing federal government agencies to waive environmental regulations and streamline infrastructure projects in order to hasten the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the June 4 executive order the Interior Department is considering exemptions to key provisions of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act for more than 60 major projects, newly released documents show. The projects under consideration include highway construction, fossil fuel extraction facilities and pipelines, energy storage, mining, water delivery and wildfire mitigation projects. Story

U.S. Chamber's Vote for Jobs Toolkit. The Vote for Jobs site is a resource to check voter registration status, register to vote, request an absentee ballot, vote early, find polling locations, important dates, candidate information and other key data for all 50 states. You can find the tool here. A helpful resource is the Chamber’s How They Voted.
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?Richard Markuson
WECA Government Affairs Advocate, Pacific Advocacy Group
Have questions or concerns?

?Ask Richard!
Dear WECA supporter,

It is our pleasure to provide you with this bi-weekly political update from WECA. Please feel free to contact WECA at (877) 444-9322 or info@goweca.com for more details about any of the articles included in this political update.

Join the WECA conversation. Follow us on social media.
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About WECA

WECA is the premier independent merit shop contractors' association in the Western United States. We provide innovative training and education programs, critical business services, and responsive customer support to surpass the needs of our members and students. We are federally and state-approved, and our top-quality electrical training has found a nationwide audience. For over 90 years, we have been training the next generation of electricians, and advocating for and protecting fair and open competition in the electrical industry.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   WECA Member Contractor; Graduate Windell Pascascio Jr. Serves as "Fresno Voices" Forum Panelist


WECA graduate and member contractor Windell Pascascio Jr., owner of Imperial Electric Service, was a panelist yesterday on an online forum called "Fresno Voices — How the city failed its Black residents, and the path forward." This forum, sponsored by FresnoLand, a team of reporters based at The Fresno Bee, “brings together people with diverse experiences and involvement — including representatives of government, neighborhood coalitions, health experts, educators and business leaders — to address the inequities and discuss home-grown solutions to racial disparity.”
 
Windell spoke about his experience running the only black-owned electrical contracting business in Fresno, and shared his thoughts on the importance of creation of opportunity for minority entrepreneurs in the construction industry. He reinforced that there are many educational opportunities out there for individuals to get an education in a trade, and mentioned the quality of education he received at WECA, his alma mater. He let viewers know that they could achieve “a good life, a good education,” by following his example.

We’re proud to have Windell as a WECA alumnus and as an example of the qualities that exemplify our contractor membership base, and look forward to continuing to stand by him in workforce development initiatives in the Fresno area. 

You can watch the panel event here.

Windell's portion of the panel begins at approximately 35.25 minutes in, and the majority of his remarks begin at about 40.55 in.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   The Excitement Builds: Fresno Training Facility Build-out Is Proceeding On Schedule

As we recently announced, to better serve Central California and surrounding areas, WECA IS EXPANDING INTO FRESNO! 

Our T.I. build-out is proceeding on schedule and we're looking forward to sharing pictures of our Fresno labs and classrooms with you in the near future.

After we complete the T.I. build-out on our new facility later this year, we will begin offering our Commercial and Residential Electrical apprenticeship programs at a location more convenient for members and their apprentices who call Fresno and greater Central California home.

Watch this space for further updates and an announcement of our Grand Opening!
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   WECA Member Contractors Named to EC&M Magazine's 2020 Top Electrical Contractors List

Please join us in congratulating WECA Member Contractors Bergelectric, Helix Electric, and Power Design, Inc. on being named to EC&M Magazine's 2020 Top Electrical Contractors list. We're proud to have your companies among WECA's membership of premier California electrical contractors, and appreciate the cumulative effort that goes into powering California.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   WECA Members: Download Your 2020-2 Prevailing Wage Determinations Through Your Member Portal Today!

WECA Member Contractors: The Commercial and Voice-Data-Video 2020-2 Prevailing Wage Determinations are now available for download from our website. To view Apprentice Prevailing Wage sheets, please login to your member portal here and navigate to the section pictured to the right. If you do not have your login information or are having trouble logging in, please contact WECA's Client Services Team at (877) 444-9322.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   Get Wired! 404 Exam Prep December Session Capacity Doubled -- Get Spots for Your Employees Today!

WECA has just doubled the capacity of our December GetWired 404! class session due to high demand. If you have employees preparing to take the State certification exam, secure their seat(s) while you can.

Get Wired! 404 Test Prep (42 hours) is a fast-paced, highly interactive course that focuses on using the NEC to answer exam questions and reinforcement in electrical fundamentals. This online, instructor-led, course is a popular option for in-depth test preparation.

Click here to learn more about and enroll in Get Wired! 404.

For other exam prep experiences, consider these alternatives. And remember--you and your employees get substantial discounts as part of your membership. Contact us for help getting the maximum discount available to you.
WECA's new Self-Paced 24-Hour Exam Prep Course is for students who want to study for the California General or Residential Electrician certification exam online, at their own pace. Informative, interactive presentations help guide students through the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70). It is meant for individuals almost ready to take the exam. Much of the course 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.

Learn more about and enroll in Self-Paced 24-Hour Exam Prep here!
WECA's Live Online Two Day Exam Preparation Course: General and Residential 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.

Learn more about and enroll in the Live Online Two Day Exam Preparation Course: General and Residential here!
(September class has filled but there are still a few seats available in October.)
WECA's Voice Data Video Exam Preparation Course is a self-paced online course 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 who are 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.

Learn more about and enroll in the Voice Data Video Exam Preparation Course here!
WECA's Fire Life Safety Exam Preparation 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. It is also suitable as journeyman electrician continuing education for those looking to further their knowledge in the area of Fire/Life Safety. 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.

Learn more about and enroll in the Fire Life Safety Exam Preparation Course here!

Don't forget to utilize WECA's member discounts for you and your employees! To view your exclusive member discount rates, login to your member portal here to download the discount charts.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   Worker Safety and Health in Wildfire Regions Content Courtesy of Cal/OSHA

Cal/OSHA encourages employers and workers to review their website, which includes information and resources on protecting workers exposed to smoke from wildfires.

Guidance from Cal/OSHA on Worker Health and Safety in Wildfire Regions
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   Important Notice for Member Contractors w/ Employees Affected by CA Wildfires and/or Power Shutoffs

If you have WECA Apprentices or employ WECA Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson continuing education students, or general students who have been affected by the California wildfires or power shutdowns, and you have any questions or concerns about their progress, please contact WECA for clarification about accommodations for your employees' situations at 877-444-9322.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   WECA's Student Referral Service Has Qualified Electrician Trainees Ready to Work In Your Area

Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Marin, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Stanislaus Counties
 
 

Are you looking to hire Electrician Trainees? We have qualified individuals in the Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Marin, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Stanislaus county areas looking to get referred to a WECA Member Contractor through our Student Referral Service. Don't see your county listed? Let us know of your interest anyhow; new participants sign up every week.

What is this Service?

A free job referral service that introduces our current Electrician Trainee, Journeyman, and WECA-grad job seekers to Member Contractors in order to help you meet your staffing needs. It's included with your membership! (Please note: We do not currently have any journeymen looking for referrals.)

Who does this benefit?

Everyone! WECA Member Contractors are referred qualified, WECA-trained applicants to help meet their staffing needs. And in turn, WECA student and grad participants get valuable job referrals.

How does this differ from the WECA Job Board?

WECA's current Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board is a self-service portal where members and electrical and low voltage employment job seekers submit and review resumes and job postings online.

This service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff supply you with hands-on referrals. In other words--we take some of the hard work off your plate!

The Student Referral Service refers employees to you, and you hire them directly.

To receive referrals from WECA's Student Referral Service, please contact Trisha Hughes, WECA Junior Client Services Specialist, at thughes@goweca.com or at (877) 444-9322.
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   Join WECA and Cook Brown, LLP for Two Webinars on Prevailing Wage and Skilled and Trained Workforce

Part 1 (Prevailing Wage) on Oct. 7
Part 2 (Skilled and Trained Workforce) on Oct. 14
 
There's still time to sign up! Join Cook Brown Partner Carrie Bushman for a two-part webinar series in October where she'll discuss:

Part One (Prevailing Wage)

• Identifying and understanding the wage determination applicable to your project
• Taking credit for employer-provided fringe benefits
• Record-keeping
• Apprenticeship compliance
Part Two (Skilled and Trained Workforce)

• Recognizing to which types of projects Skilled & Trained Workforce requirements apply
• Understanding apprentice graduation requirements
• Compliance and enforcement

Register today to join us online on...
  • Oct. 7th, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Oct. 14th, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.


...for these informative webinars.

This webinar is free for WECA member contractors, industry partners, and their employees. All others are $75/registration.

Register today for the Oct. 7th webinar (part 1)

Register today for the Oct. 14th webinar (part 2)
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Thursday, September 10, 2020   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
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, September 03, 2020   WECA Political Update, 9-3-20

EV Charger Installation Update AB 841 (Ting D-San Francisco) was approved by the Legislature this Monday and is now waiting for action by Governor Newsom. The most notable provision requires EV charging equipment funded by the CPUC, CEC, or CARB to be installed by at least one electrician who has passed the EV Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP). EVITP is an IBEW creation. IBEW is establishing a statutory monopoly for NECA contractors.

Ting (Chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee) and IBEW used their influence to bypass Assembly Rule 63 that would have required a policy hearing in the Assembly (because the IBEW language replaced the original content of AB 841 when it left the Assembly). Thus the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee never heard the content of AB 841.

The vote in the Senate was 25-10-5 with Republicans Bates, Borgeas, Chang, Dahle, Grove, Melendez, Moorlach, Morrell, Nielsen voting NO. Democrat Jerry Hill broke and voted NO, and Democrats Caballero, Galgiani, Glazer, Jones, and Umberg abstained. Taking a page from directly from Quisling, Senator Scott Wilk (R- Santa Clarita) voted AYE.

In the Assembly, the vote was 55-7-17 with Republicans Bigelow, Fong, Gallagher, Kiley, Mathis, Obernolte, and Patterson voting NO; Aguiar-Curry (D- Winters), Arambula (D-Fresno), Brough (R-Dana Point), Chen (R-Yorba Linda), Choi (-Irvine), Cooper (D-Elk Grove), Megan Dahle (R-Bieber), Daly (D-Anaheim), Eggman (D-Stockton), Flora (R-Ripon), Frazier (D-Fairfield), Grayson (D-Concord), Holden (D-Pasadena), Lackey (R-Palmdale), Maienschein (D-San Diego), Mayes (I-Yucca Valley), and Voepel (R-Santee) abstained (Voepel and Frazier were absent because of COVID-19). Republicans Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo), Tyler Diep (R-Huntington Beach), and Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) made points with IBEW by voting YES.

The link between union membership and job satisfaction switched from negative to positive in the 2000s. Using data from the United States and Europe on nearly two million respondents, a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests a partial correlation between union membership and employee job satisfaction is positive and statistically significant. This runs counter to findings in the work of Freeman (1978) and Borjas (1979) in the 1970s and most empirical studies since. With data for the United States, the study suggests the association between union membership and job satisfaction switched from negative to positive in the 2000s. Cohorts with positive union effects over time come to dominate those with adverse effects. The negative association between membership and job satisfaction is apparent in cohorts born in the 1940s and 1950s but turns positive for those born between the 1960s and 1990s. Analyses for Europe since the 2000s confirm the positive association between union membership and worker wellbeing is apparent elsewhere. The study suggests union members are also less likely to be stressed, worried, depressed, sad, lonely or self-actualizing. Study

Electrical sub to pay $1.25M to settle discrimination claims at Apple Jobsite Air Systems, Inc. (ASI), has agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit alleging that eight African-American employees were subjected to race discrimination while working on a construction project at Apple Park, Apple’s corporate campus in Cupertino, California. Story

San Francisco Proposes Doubling Transfer Tax for Certain Real Estate Transactions This November, the residents of the City of San Francisco will either approve or disapprove a ballot measure that will double city transfer taxes on residential and commercial sales over $10 million. Real estate investors need to be mindful of this potential tax increase in drafting their purchase and sale agreements, leases, and other real estate documents. If it passes, the amended transfer tax ordinance will become operative on January 1, 2021. Story

Labor-backed rehiring bill for displaced workers heads to Newsom California workers who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic would be prioritized for rehiring under a bill the Legislature sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom. AB3216 sets up a familiar business-versus-labor clash with a Covid-19 focus. It would require employers of hotel workers, janitors, and airport staff to offer newly opened positions first to employees who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing shutdown. The measure passed the Assembly with the minimum 41 votes. The California Labor Federation pushed for this bill, arguing that employers would use coronavirus-spurred layoffs as an excuse not to bring back older and more costly workers. On the other side stood the California Chamber of Commerce, which put the measure on its “job killers” list. The Chamber and other business groups warned that a new mandate would hamstring an incipient economic recovery. This bill will verify Governor Newsom’s obsequious response to political pressures from labor — a perpetual source of tension that’s been intensified by the pandemic recession. 
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Thursday, August 27, 2020   Help Inform Standards and Regulation Development for Trenchless Excavation Practices w/ Brief Survey

The Dig Safe Board is requesting your participation in a survey on trenchless excavation practices around buried infrastructure. Your answers will inform standard and regulation development as required per Government Code § 4216.18
 
The survey is available here and on the Board’s homepage. It should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete and will be open for submissions until September 3rd.
 
The results of the survey will complement the Dig Safe Board's reasonable care workshop on Thursday, August 27. We look forward to your participation at the workshop; however, if you are unable to make it or you have more you’d like to contribute, this is another way to provide your comments. 
 
The workshop will focus broadly on these questions. Keep these questions in mind as you participate in the survey.
  1. What hazards or risks do you pay attention to when using trenchless excavation methods?
  2. What communication or other information sharing between project owners, engineers, operators, excavators and other parties takes place when planning and conducting trenchless excavation projects?
  3. How do you prepare a trenchless excavation jobsite around existing underground facilities?
  4. How do you take care to avoid nearby subsurface installations while performing trenchless excavation?
 
You are also welcome to submit your written comments to these questions or provide any other input by writing to jeff.mcclenahan@fire.ca.gov at any time.
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Thursday, August 27, 2020   WECA's Student Referral Service Has Qualified Electrician Trainees Ready to Work In Your Area

Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Marin, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Stanislaus Counties
 
Are you looking to hire Electrician Trainees? We have qualified individuals in the Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Marin, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Stanislaus county areas looking to get referred to a WECA Member Contractor through our Student Referral Service. Don't see your county listed? Let us know of your interest anyhow; new participants sign up every week.

What is this Service?

A free job referral service that introduces our current Electrician Trainee, Journeyman, and WECA-grad job seekers to Member Contractors in order to help you meet your staffing needs. It's included with your membership! (Please note: We do not currently have any journeymen looking for referrals.)

Who does this benefit?

Everyone! WECA Member Contractors are referred qualified, WECA-trained applicants to help meet their staffing needs. And in turn, WECA student and grad participants get valuable job referrals.

How does this differ from the WECA Job Board?

WECA's current Electrical and Low Voltage Industry Job Board is a self-service portal where members and electrical and low voltage employment job seekers submit and review resumes and job postings online.

This service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff supply you with hands-on referrals. In other words--we take some of the hard work off your plate!

The Student Referral Service refers employees to you, and you hire them directly.

To receive referrals from WECA's Student Referral Service, please contact Trisha Hughes, WECA Junior Client Services Specialist, at thughes@goweca.com or at (877) 444-9322.
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Thursday, August 27, 2020   Have Employees Affected by Wildfire Evacuations and/or Power Shutoffs? Here's What You Need to Know

If you have WECA Apprentices or employ WECA Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson continuing education students, or general students who have been affected by the California wildfires or power shutdowns, and you have any questions or concerns about their progress, please contact WECA for clarification about accommodations for your employees' situations at 877-444-9322.
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Thursday, August 27, 2020   Join WECA & Cook Brown, LLP for Two Webinars on Prevailing Wage & Skilled & Trained Workforce

Part 1 (Prevailing Wage) on Oct. 7
Part 2 (Skilled and Trained Workforce) on Oct. 14
 
Join Cook Brown Partner Carrie Bushman for a two-part webinar series where she'll discuss:

Part One (Prevailing Wage)

• Identifying and understanding the wage determination applicable to your project
• Taking credit for employer-provided fringe benefits
• Record-keeping
• Apprenticeship compliance
Part Two (Skilled and Trained Workforce)

• Recognizing to which types of projects Skilled & Trained Workforce requirements apply
• Understanding apprentice graduation requirements
• Compliance and enforcement

Register today to join us online on...
  • Oct. 7th, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Oct. 14th, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.


...for these informative webinars.

This webinar is free for WECA member contractors, industry partners, and their employees. All others are $75/registration.

Register today for the Oct. 7th webinar (part 1)

Register today for the Oct. 14th webinar (part 2)
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Thursday, August 27, 2020   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
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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Wednesday, August 26, 2020   Announcing NEW Self-Paced 24-Hr. General/Residential Electrician Certification Exam Prep Course

Study for the exam online, at your own pace, on your own time.



Are you gearing up to the take California General/Residential Certification exam? If so, consider WECA's new Self-Paced Online 24-Hour Exam Preparation Course as part of your preparation arsenal!

This course is for students who want to study for the California General or Residential Electrician certification exam online, at their own pace. Informative, interactive presentations help guide students through the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70). It is meant for individuals almost ready to take the exam. Much of the course 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.

If you prefer to take an instructor-led online class instead, check out Live Online Two Day Exam Prep, running on subsequent Saturdays over Zoom every month.

If you are looking for a more extensive exam preparation course, consider GetWired 404, consisting of 42 instructor-led hours, all online.

But if you're saying "Yep, Online Self-Paced Exam Prep that I can take on my own time sounds like just the right course for me," read on!

Self-Paced Online 24-Hour General/Residential Exam Prep

Recommended Prerequisite for Electrician Trainees: Substantial completion of GET WIRED! Program.

Other Prerequisites: 8,000+ General OJT hours and substantial knowledge of electrical theory and the National Electric Code (NEC) or 4,800+ Residential OJT hours and substantial knowledge of electrical theory and the National Electric Code (NEC).

Topics:
  • Subject indexing
  • Circuit calculations/ conductor sizing and Protection
  • Motor calculations
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Raceway and Box fill calculations
  • Theory
  • Wiring methods and special equipment
  • Service sizing and clearances
  • General equipment and panelboards
  • Safety maintenance and repair.
  • Low Volt Communications and Fire systems
  • Test taking skills
Maximize your California General/Residential exam preparation today -- learn more and enroll in the course here.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020   Online Delivery Plans for Session 4 (October-December 2020) In Response to COVID-19

GetWired labs to remain online through at least December 31, 2020

Please review the information below for changes to upcoming onsite lab scheduling and in-person classroom courses for WECA's Session 4 2020 (October-December), in response to the continued spread of COVID-19 in California. View Session 4 course catalog here.

The good news for 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. Alternate arrangements are offered for onsite lab days; please read below for details specific to your course.

The WECA Electrician Trainee and Journeyperson Continuing Education programs have cancelled all in-person classroom courses (such as Two Day Exam Prep and Basic Motor Controls) scheduled for the remainder of 2020.

For those students currently enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a GetWired class with a lab date through December 31, 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 Classroom-based Two Day Exam Prep, these classes have been cancelled until further notice. However, our Live Online Two Day Exam Prep class is available for enrollment. It's the same curriculum; just delivered in an online classroom instead.
  • WECA has cancelled all classroom-based Two Day Exam Prep class instances until further notice.
  • WECA's Live Online Two Day Exam Prep is now available on a monthly basis. Scheduled over two subsequent Saturdays, a live instructor leads students through our popular Two Day Exam Prep course experience over Zoom in this 16 hour class.
  • You may prefer to take an upcoming GetWired 404 Test Prep instance. GetWired 404 is also entirely online and instructor-led, but delves even more deeply into preparation for the State certification exam over 42 hours.
  • WECA's new 24-Hour Self-Paced Online Exam Prep for the General or Residential Certification exams is an option, too, for students who want to study on their ow schedule.
For those students interested in Basic Motor Controls, these classes have been cancelled until further notice.
  • WECA has cancelled all classroom-based Basic Motor Controls classes through the end of 2020. 
  • You may take an alternate online course to fulfill this requirement towards your ET Program Certificate. Call WECA to discuss your options.
  • You can wait until WECA can resume offering the classroom Basic Motor Controls class and take it on a future date, but as of now, no dates are scheduled.
WECA has suspended sales of its DVD/Textbook-based home study courses. All online home study courses will remain available.

Certification Testing:
  • As of May 1, 2020, PSI has reopened several of its testing sites across California for limited testing. WECA has personally checked with PSI testing centers in both Sacramento and San Diego and each reports that they are currently open, practicing social distancing, and only allowing a certain amount of people in the building at a time. Keep in mind as you schedule your exam appointment that available windows may be limited, so if you're ready to take the exam, don't delay in securing your appointment. In addition, the State of California confirms that it is actively processing certification applications.
The situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve 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 and watch our website COVID-19 Advisory Page 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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Wednesday, August 26, 2020   Commercial Apprentices--Your Anthem Health Plan Includes Free COVID-19 Testing through December 31

Content Courtesy of Anthem

Peace of mind is an important part of your health and well-being. We want you to feel secure knowing your Anthem health plan has you covered.

If you or anyone on your health plan needs testing for COVID-19, your benefits will cover the test and the care visit where the test takes place with no out-of-pocket costs. There is no end date for this extension of benefits right now.

If treatment for COVID-19 is necessary, your benefits will cover the care with no copays or cost sharing through December 31, 2020, from doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals in your plan's network.

Your health is your most valuable asset. If you have questions about your benefits, please visit our website at anthem.com/ca or call us at the Member Services number on your ID card.

Find a COVID-19 Testing Center
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020   What Do Electricians Work On and Study?

Electricians do--and learn--many cool things on the job.

As illustrated by Rick Labon, WECA Curriculum Development Lead and Senior Education Adviser:
This graphic shows the locations in a dwelling that require GFCI (Ground-fault Circuit Interrupter) and AFCI (Arc-fault Circuit Interrupter) protection based on the 2017 NEC.
This graphic shows the most common receptacle spacing requirements for kitchen SABC (Small Appliance Branch Circuits) and habitable areas in a dwelling based on the 2017 NEC.

Does this interest you? Have you been thinking of studying to become an electrician? It's an excellent career with a lot of projected growth. Read on to the next article to learn how to get started.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020   Are You--or Someone You Know--Looking for an Lucrative, Rewarding, and Stable Career?

Become an Electrician Today with WECA's Apprenticeship or Electrician Trainee Programs
 

Are you--or someone you know--interested in becoming an electrician, but unsure of where or how to start? Well, you're in the right place. WECA offers two paths to becoming an electrician--our Apprenticeship program and our Electrician Trainee program. 

Both are stellar ways to kick off your career as an electrician, but differ slightly.

With WECA's Commercial, Residential, or Low Voltage Apprenticeship programs,
prospective Apprentices must first apply for--and be accepted into--the Apprenticeship program of their choice before beginning their education in the classroom with WECA's instructors and on-the-job with a WECA Member Contractor. Learn more about WECA's three Apprenticeship programs here.

However, with WECA's Electrician Trainee program, prospective Electrician Trainees can immediately start their journey toward becoming an electrician by enrolling in the program. Once enrolled, all Electrician Trainees have to do is begin their coursework online and go forward from there. Learn more about WECA's Electrician Trainee program here.

Apply for a WECA Apprenticeship today!

Apply for WECA's Electrician Trainee program today!
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020   WECA's Student Referral Service: Connect with a Great Employer Today!

Are you a current WECA student or WECA grad that is currently out of work? Try our Student Referral Service today! 

This service is a conduit to introduce our current Electrician Trainees, Journeyman Continuing Education students, and WECA Grads to our Member Contractors. 

There is no charge to Student or Member to use our Student Referral Service. WECA's Student Referral Service provides additional customer service by having WECA staff provide hands-on referrals, taking some of that work off your plate.  

This is a free, no-obligation service. WECA's purpose in providing this service is to help our Member Contractors find the qualified workers they need. 

To sign up for the Student Referral Service, contact Trisha Hughes, Junior Client Services Specialist, at thughes@goweca.com or fill out the form on our website.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020   Accommodations for WECA Students & Apprentices Affected by Wildfire Evacuations &/or Power Shutoffs

Our thoughts are with all those affected by the wildfires in California. Please note the following accommodations for those affected by wildfire evacuations, as well as those who miss a scheduled online class due to a public utility power shutoff. 

For Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson Continuing Education students, and General Students affected by wildfires and evacuation orders:
 
WECA will accommodate course make-up requests for currently-enrolled Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson continuing education students, and general students; or course transfers with associated course transfer fees waived; for those affected by wildfire evacuations. Please contact WECA at 877-444-9322 to get started.

For Electrician Trainees, Journeyperson Continuing Education students, and General Students affected by utility power shutoffs:

WECA will still be running all scheduled GetWired! webcasts, GetWired! online labs, Live Online 2-Day Exam Prep Classes, and all other instructor-led online class instances at this time. Students should plan to attend class as normal. 
 
Students who are unable to attend a scheduled webcast due to a power shutoff, and who cannot attend the class instance from an alternate remote location (which is encouraged), can contact WECA to arrange a class make-up or submit a make-up request through their eCampus class home page. WECA will cross-check the student's address with outage maps or otherwise request proof of the outage before accommodating the make-up.
 
Please watch your email closely for further updates from WECA; if the power shutdown maps are expanded, classes may be further affected.

For Apprentices affected by wildfires and evacuation orders or public utility power shutoffs:

If you are affected by a wildfire evacuation, or a public utility power shutoff causes you to miss part of an online apprenticeship class, please contact WECA at 877-444-9322 and we'll work with you to determine a resolution for your situation.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020   2020 Graduates--Don't Miss Out on Graduation Gifts from WECA!

Take a Moment to Make Sure You Have Your Current Mailing Address on File with Us

Graduation is just around the corner...and WECA is excited to commemorate your important milestone with a gift!

But to ensure that all of our graduates receive their gifts, we need to make sure that we have everyone's current mailing address on file. So when you have a moment, please login to your WECA account to see if the mailing address on file is up-to-date.

If your mailing address is not up-to-date, please update it in your account information, or email your current mailing address to Wendy Flanagan, Assistant Director of Apprenticeship, at wflanagan@goweca.com.

Thank you for your help, and we can't wait to celebrate your graduation with you soon!
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Thursday, August 20, 2020   WECA Political Update August 20, 2020

CFEC is holding their annual Sacramento event to raise funds to fight Project Labor Agreements next Thursday, August 27th at 4:30pm. At the event attendees have chance to win a Harley Davidson motorcycle that has been donated to help raise funds! Check out the video about the event and then fill out the response form if you wish to attend.

State Senator Scott Wiener loses Legislation due to State Building and Construction Trades Council Sen. Scott Wiener lost his fight with the State Building and Construction Trades Council over his Senate Bill 899. Wiener refused demands of the trades to mandate a Skilled and Trained Workforce. The bill was killed in Assembly Appropriations – chaired by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego).

EV Charger Installation Update AB 841 (Ting D-San Francisco) was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee this week. The most notable provision requires EV charging equipment funded by the CPUC, CEC, or CARB to be installed by at least one electrician (but not less than 25% of the work crew) who has passed the EV Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP). EVITP is an IBEW and NECA collaboration. IBEW is establishing a statutory monopoly for NECA contractors. The vote today was party-line with Senators Bates and Jones voting NO.

UC Board of Regents – Aiding and Abetting Tax Fraud? The UC Board of Regents was involved in a complicated transaction in which a taxpayer reported the sale of his term income interest in a charitable remainder trust to the UC Board of Regents for zero gain, resulting in the UC system receiving a $150,000 contribution and the taxpayer not paying tax on a realized gain of more than $2.1 million. The Office of Tax Appeals unanimously upheld a noneconomic substance transaction (NEST) penalty of $86,174, an interest-based penalty of $58,523, and applicable interest. Additionally, the OTA upheld the Franchise Tax Board’s decision to disallow the deduction for a charitable contribution of $150,000 to the University of California. The OTA concluded the $150,000 was “an accommodation fee for engaging in the transaction so that appellant could obtain tax benefits,” and thus was not a charitable contribution. I wonder if the Regents will consider if they should be engaging in this type of behavior – or take the $150 and run?

San Jose, San Diego Mayors Urge Reprieve for Uber and Lyft Two California mayors, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, are urging courts to delay an order forcing Uber and Lyft to reclassify their drivers. A judge ordered Uber and Lyft last week to stop treating their drivers as independent contractors, siding with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has sued the companies for violating California’s new worker classification law. The companies have said that if the order stands, they will need to suspend their operations in California once a 10-day stay of the injunction expires at the end of Thursday. Liccardo and San Faulconer sided with the firms in urging an appeals court to grant the companies' requests for a last-minute stay, advocating for an end to a “political standoff” that the mayors warned would “impose irreparable harm upon hundreds of thousands of residents whose lives and livelihoods daily depend on these services.” A 2018 California Supreme Court decision that was codified in state law and expanded via AB 5 (Gonzalez D- San Diego) likely means Uber and Lyft would need to reclassify their independent contractor drivers as employees. The companies could lose their legal challenge to AB 5, so they are turning to voters by funding Proposition 22, which would allow them to continue treating drivers as contractors while offering them some benefits. What’s next: A stay on appeal would have to happen by the end of Thursday, at which point the reclassification injunction takes effect. Update: Lyft announced today they would suspend service in California. Up-update: California's 1st Circuit Court of Appeal has stayed an order that would have forced Uber and Lyft to reclassify their drivers, giving the companies a reprieve just hours before they planned to halt operations in California rather than comply. [Politico]
Presidential Memorandum on Temporary Deferral of Employee Payroll Tax Obligations Raises More Questions Than Answers On August 8, 2020, President Donald Trump issued a “Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster” (the “Presidential Memo”) that directs the Secretary of Treasury to use his authority to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of the employee share of Social Security taxes (the 6.2% tax on wages paid—not earned—up to $137,700 for 2020) on certain wages paid during the period of September 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. The Presidential Memo proposes temporary deferral, not forgiveness, of Social Security tax obligations for some employees. Story

NLRB Division of Advice Dishes Some Guidance with Respect to COVID-Related ULP Charges The pandemic has thrown a number of obstacles at employers and employees as everyone attempts to navigate a novel situation. On August 13, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Division of Advice (“Advice”), the agency’s internal think-tank, published five Advice Memoranda dismissing unfair labor practice charges against employers in connection with issues concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. The Memoranda were all drafted by Advice within the past two months, expanding upon the guidance previously released on July 15. Story

No Pay Cut for Me! According to the Sacramento BEE, Gov. Gavin Newsom said “he and the rest of the state government’s workforce would take 10% pay cuts" when he announced broad cuts to state spending in May because of the coronavirus outbreak. Those cuts for most state employees took effect last month, but Newsom did not reduce his own wages, according to pay data the State Controller’s Office provided in response to an information request from The Sacramento Bee. State Controller Betty Yee was the only one of the state’s eight elected constitutional officers — such as the treasurer, secretary of state and attorney general — to take a pay cut last month, according to the data.” Story (subscription may be required)
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Thursday, August 13, 2020   Join Us in October for a Two-Part Webinar Series with Carrie Bushman, Partner at Cook Brown, LLP

Part 1: Prevailing Wage
Part 2: Skilled and Trained Workforce
Free for WECA Members.
 
Join Cook Brown Partner Carrie Bushman for Part 1 of a 2-part webinar series on October 7. Part 1 will cover Prevailing Wage, including:

• Identifying and understanding the wage determination applicable to your project
• Taking credit for employer-provided fringe benefits
• Record-keeping
• Apprenticeship compliance
Join WECA and Cook Brown, LLP for Part 2 of a 2-part webinar series on Prevailing Wage (Oct. 7) and Skilled and Trained Workforce (Oct. 14).

Part 2 of this 2-part webinar series will focus on Skilled and Trained Workforce. Join Cook Brown Partner Carrie Bushman as she discusses:

• Recognizing to which types of projects Skilled & Trained Workforce requirements apply
• Understanding apprentice graduation requirements
• Compliance and enforcement


These webinars are free for WECA member contractors, industry partners, and their employees. All others are $75/registration.

Register today for October 7th Webinar (Part 1)

Register today for October 14th Webinar (Part 2)
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Thursday, August 13, 2020   Have You Taken Advantage of Your Complimentary ThinkHR Member Contractor Benefits Yet?

See How It Helps Your Fellow Member Contractors Run Their Businesses
 
WECA Member Contractors receive complimentary enrollment in ThinkHR as part of their WECA membership. Access California human resources forms, documents, tools -- and more! -- online, at your fingertips. 

Check out the handy infographic above illustrating the most popular ThinkHR benefits used by your fellow WECA Member Contractors. If it benefits them, it'll likely benefit you, too! Our members found particular value in such resources as Forms and Policies, Safety and Health, Managing Employees, the ThinkHR Q&A Database, and Law Alerts.

If you're not yet enrolled, just log in to your WECA website member dashboard and follow the ThinkHR registration link.
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Thursday, August 13, 2020   2019 Energy Codes Presentations Now Available

Content Courtesy of California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission has published several new presentations on the 2019 Energy Code that are available at Online Resource Center:  
  • Lighting
  • Residential Lighting
  • Nonresidential Indoor Lighting
  • Nonresidential Outdoor Lighting
  • Nonresidential Sign Lighting
 

Questions? Contact the Energy Standards Hotline at: title24@energy.ca.gov
800-772-3300 (toll-free in California)
916-654-5106 (outside California)
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Thursday, August 13, 2020   Let Your Graduating Apprentices Know Of Your Appreciation and Congratulations

Do you have a graduating apprentice--or apprentices--that you appreciate, and would like to recognize their hard work?

WECA's got just the gift for them--a personalized message of congratulations from you in our 2020 virtual graduation materials!

To surprise your graduate(s) with a shout-out for all of their hard work and dedication, email your contribution to Wendy Flanagan, Assistant Director of Apprenticeship, at wflanagan@goweca.com. To ensure that your contribution is received in time for printing and presentation purposes, please email them no later than COB on Monday, August 17th.
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Thursday, August 13, 2020   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan
CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction
* CA Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
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, July 30, 2020   Thank You, Rex Moore, for Your Generous Donations!


 

Thank you, Rex Moore, for your generous donations!

Rex Moore recently donated a plethora of tools for WECA's labs, which we very much look forward to using when it is safe for our students and instructors to get back into the labs.

Thanks to dedicated Member Contractors like Rex Moore--and you and your companies--WECA is able to fulfill its mission of educating the finest up-and-coming electricians and low voltage technicians in California to support the needs of our member contractors for a talented and skilled workforce. Please join us in thanking Rex Moore for their generosity, and please take a moment to read the article below and consider making a donation of your own if you are able to do so.
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Thursday, July 30, 2020   Help Make a Difference w/ Donations to WECA: Lab Scoreboard Update; Thank You to Our Generous Donor!

We could do not do what we do here at WECA without the support of our dedicated members and industry partners. Please join us in recognizing the individuals and companies that help make WECA's state-of-the-art labs and comprehensive, hands-on education the best in the state of California.

"Thank you to everyone who's donated supplies and equipment this year," said Jimmie Slemp, WECA's lead instructor and lab facilities manager. "It means a lot to us that we're working together to provide students with a comprehensive and hands-on education, even in the midst of a pandemic. We can't wait to get our hands on these once we get back into the labs."

WECA extends a huge thank-you to:
  • Rex Moore (our new scoreboard leader!)
  • Western Tube and Conduit
  • Milwaukee Tools
Want to make a difference and claim your place on this year's scoreboard? There's still time! To see what kind of lab materials WECA could best use, click here or on the image above to be redirected to our lab donations scoreboard and wish list. Donors are featured on the lab donations scoreboard and our website!
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Thursday, July 30, 2020   WECA Begins Outdoor Apprentice Applicant Testing at Rancho Cordova Headquarters


In efforts to meet the growing needs of our member contractors for apprentices, and to ensure a quicker onboarding process for WECA Apprenticeship applicants (rather than testing applicants separately and remotely via the Internet), WECA has begun to proctor applicant testing onsite (and outdoors!) at its Rancho Cordova headquarters. Following this first successful event, WECA anticipates holding further outdoor testing this summer, including in Southern California.

The tests--shown being proctored recently by WECA administrators outside of our headquarters--ensure a quicker onboarding process for WECA Apprenticeship applicants (rather than testing applicants separately and remotely via the Internet) while adhering to strict COVID-19 safety practices. Testing more applicants at once helps us to meet the growing needs of our member contractors for apprentices.
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Thursday, July 30, 2020   Employee Spotlights: Married WECA Colleagues Will and Trisha Hughes

 
Will and Trisha Hughes, Then and Now!
Here at WECA, we take pride in being the “WECA Family.” However, some of our employees are actually family! Such is the case of William Hughes, Electrician Trainee and Journeymen Registrar II, and his wife, Trisha Hughes, Junior Client Services Specialist.

But lest you think this began as a workplace romance—Will and Trisha’s story actually began in high school. They dated for a time before heading their separate ways, but reconnected on Facebook years later. Eighteen months later, they got married. Today, they’re a close family—which consists of themselves, Will’s teenage son Ethan, and their two dogs, Lilu and Corbin.

Will, a Sacramento-area native, began working for WECA on January 7, 2019. He considers himself a “jack of all trades”, stating that he “mainly processes E-Commerce, final grades, cancellation letters, and prepares labels for mailing class materials”. However, he also provides tech support for GetWired! and self-paced courses, processes contractor payment requests, and serves as third-tier support on phones as needed.

“I love interacting with all of the people in my job—students and coworkers alike,” says Will. “And I really like the idea of helping people”.

This is evident when considering Will’s personal philosophy: “kindness, compassion, understanding, and empathy. I try my best to only put good energy out into the world.”

Meanwhile, Trisha—also a Sacramento-area native—began working for WECA on January 6, 2020--just one day shy of a year after Will began working at WECA! Prior to being hired on at WECA, she would listen to Will talk about his workdays at home—about how students would thank him for his help and how it made him feel good about himself—and knew that she wanted to make a difference, too.

Now at WECA, Trisha answers phones, signs students up for classes, takes care of the Student Referral Service (SRS) and connects Member Contractors with students looking for work, and as of late, has been contacting students enrolled in classroom-based courses to help them transfer to online alternatives.

“I love the people I work with,” says Trisha. “And I always feel like giving good customer service is very important to give people a better day, and helping students is great”.

And as for her personal philosophy, Trisha states that it is “treat all creatures with kindness. People think I am crazy when I stop and talk to the squirrels, but my husband calls me a Disney princess when they walk right up to me and chirp back!”

At the office, Will and Trisha both agree that it is simultaneously fun but weird to work together, stating that they have to remember to use their actual names—rather than pet names—with each other.

“It’s hard not to use our everyday terms for each other [in the office]”, says Will. “We always talk about how weird it is when we say our first names!”

And as of late, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Will and Trisha report that it is “great” but also “a struggle” to work together at home because they can help each other out, but also drive each other crazy.

Will adds that “there is no ‘me’ time! Because I am high-risk, I constantly have to stay at home. Trisha has to be equally as safe, so we’ve spent pretty much every moment together since the start of this.”

Outside of the office (and the at-home office), Will and Trisha partake in similar interests. Will enjoys spending time with Trisha, his son, and dogs, playing video games, watching movies, and reading. Trisha, meanwhile, delights in walking her dogs twice a day, playing video games, watching scary movies, and cleaning her house.
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Thursday, July 30, 2020   EEOC Releases Updated Guidance on COVID-19 for Employers

Content Courtesy of WECA Industry Partner Cook Brown, LLP

By: Terry A. Wills and Hanh B. Phan

Businesses are beginning to regain their footing after closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As businesses work to reopen, employers must inevitably weigh their growing economic losses and public health concerns with shielding themselves from discrimination lawsuits.

Planning for Reopening

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently updated its technical assistance publication to address important questions arising under discrimination laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the latest update, the EEOC clarifies information on coronavirus testing, planning for reopening, accommodations and flexibility, and discrimination. For example, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) strictly requires that any mandatory medical exams of employees be “job related and consistent with business necessity.” The EEOC has clarified that this standard permits employers to require COVID-19 testing, but does not allow them to require antibody testing before allowing employees to re-enter the workplace as it does not meet the “job related” criteria. (See Q&A A.7.) Employers may also screen applicants for COVID-19 and may postpone a new employee’s start date or withdraw an offer altogether if the individual has COVID-19 or is displaying symptoms of the virus.

Public health mandates serve to maintain the integrity of the health care system and protect especially vulnerable populations, such as individuals age 65 and over or pregnant. Accordingly, employers may want to take extra steps to protect these employees. To this end, the EEOC affirmed that employers are free to provide maximum flexibility to older employees even if younger employees are being treated less favorably in comparison. Job modifications, telework, or changes to work schedules and assignments are all acceptable options. In taking steps to protect pregnant employees, employers have the option to provide flexibility beyond what the law requires, notwithstanding disparate treatment on a protected EEO basis.

However, the EEOC warned that employers cannot bar elderly or pregnant workers from returning to the job site, even if the employer is trying to protect them from severe sickness. According to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), employers may not exclude anyone from the workplace because of age. Similarly, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars discrimination based on pregnancy. Therefore, companies cannot single out workers on the basis of either age or pregnancy and require them to stay home even if the reason for doing so is to protect the employee from being exposed because they are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. (See Q&A H.1.) Read the rest of the article here.
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Thursday, July 30, 2020   It's That Time of Year Again!

Commercial Apprentice Insurance Open Enrollment Runs from August 17 – August 28

WECA's annual open enrollment period for Commercial Apprentices will take place from August 17 – August 28 for changes to become effective on October 1, 2020. Your Commercial Apprentices will receive an email with open enrollment information along with the annual notices that include Medicare Part D and instructions if they are adding a dependent not already enrolled to the group health plans.

WECA is also mailing out postcards as a reminder of our annual open enrollment to Commercial Apprentices; these will be mailed within the next few weeks.

If you or your employees have any questions or concerns, please contact Cindy Cormier, Insurance Administrator, by phone at (877) 444-9322 ext. 117 or by email at ccormier@goweca.com.
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Thursday, July 30, 2020   COVID-19 Resources for WECA Member Contractors

Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan
*  COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
COVID Situation Flow Diagram Company Template
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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