July 21, 2017

Education & Professional Development

Webinar - Make the Most of Construction Week

July 26, 2017

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Presenter: Tania Bowman, Master Builders of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

This year, Construction Week will be celebrated October 2 – 6, 2017 and was created in 2016 as a way to raise awareness of the vast opportunities available in the construction industry and to promote the industry as a safe, exciting and rewarding career option.  It is also a great time to show appreciation of employees and create a positive brand image in the community. 

There are numerous ways for your company to get involved in celebrating Construction Week.  In this webinar, Tania will discuss successes from the 2016 Construction Week campaigns, explain the resources that are available and how to put them to work for your company.  

Are you prepared to celebrate and promote the industry within your company and community?  If you want to take the next step but need a little direction on how to get started, be sure to attend this webinar on July 26th. Don’t miss out on this great marketing opportunity for your company - start planning now for Construction Week 2017!  

Webinar - Iowa Workers' Compensation Legislative Changes – It’s Go Time!!

August 1, 2017

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Presenter: Kari Cooling, CRIS, ARM - Holmes Murphy & Associates, LLC, Cedar Rapids, IA

This spring former Governor Terry Branstad signed into law House File 518 which made extensive changes to the Iowa Workers’ Compensation system. These changes impacted everything from industrial disability factors to late payment interest rates to affirmative defenses for employers in cases of intoxication. These changes impact new losses occurring on or after July 1, 2017 so there is no better time than now to learn what those changes include and the likely impact they will have on how such claims are handled and resolved.  Kari Cooling of Holmes Murphy and Associates will describe the new laws and some of the factors that came into play impacting those changes.

This webinar is perfect for anyone involved in business operations with Iowa exposures, particularly those who manage Human Resources and/or Workers’ Compensation claims within the organization, including: owners, managers, CFO’s, Risk Managers, Safety Managers, and Human Resource Managers.

Webinar - Balancing Act - Drug and Alcohol Testing and Other Tools to Manage Workplace Impairment

August 16, 2017

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Presenter: Ann Holden Kendell, BrownWinick Law Firm, Des Moines, IA

This webinar will describe the rights and obligations of private employers under Iowa law with regard to workplace drug or alcohol testing.  The information is designed to confirm important compliance issues for employers who already conduct testing and provide information for employers considering implementing a drug/alcohol testing program.  Specific cases will be discussed where failure to comply resulted in employer liability.  Along with the statutory compliance guidance, this webinar also advises employers how to handle potential impairment issues in the workplace without resorting to testing for substances.  These tools include performance management, behavior management and fitness for duty testing.  We will discuss how these tools can be used in lieu of, or in addition to, testing (for example, when a drug test comes back negative).

Construction Roundtable Series: Challenges and Opportunities for Iowa Contractors

Aug. 29 - Sioux City

Aug. 31 - Ames

Sept. 7 - Waterloo

Sept. 12 - Cedar Rapids

Sept. 14 - Dubuque

Sept. 20 - Des Moines

Sept. 26 - Davenport

Sept. 27 - Iowa City

We are excited to announce a new opportunity that will be coming to a city near you – Construction Roundtable Series.  We all share a common interest in improving and promoting the Iowa construction industry.  The Construction Roundtable Series will gather leaders from throughout the state, providing members with the opportunity to discuss current issues and challenges facing the construction industry in Iowa.  This is an excellent opportunity to generate fresh thinking, new ideas and clear perspectives on decisions you face as a contractor.

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