October 4, 2015

HR / Labor Relations

Have you talked to your agent about the MBI/UFG program?

The United Fire Group and MBI partnership is an exclusive insurance opportunity that rewards members for safe construction.  Members insured within this program will be eligible to earn a safety dividend for their property and casualty lines of insurance (excluding workers compensation). The product is available through your local agent, so we encourage you to call and find out more about it.  

Fair Housing Accessibility Requirements for Multifamily Housing

On Wednesday, October 7, at 11:00am, Master Builders of Iowa will host a free 1-hour MBI members only webinar that will address Fair Housing Accessibility Requirements for Multifamily Housing.  This webinar will identify the federal laws that require features of accessibility in residential construction and the technical standards designers and builders must follow to implement the features. It will include an overview of the interaction of the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the ADA, and the impact of these laws on residential construction.

Master Builders of Iowa Launches the New MBI Training Vault!

Master Builders of Iowa is pleased to announce the launch of the new MBI Training Vault to the membership.  This new product is a value-added membership service, which can only be accessed by MBI members.  Currently, the company-specific Training Vault has been updated to contain all past training conducted by MBI dating back to 1998.  This internet-based credential tracking system will give company management, as well as employees, easy access to training records.

The Master Builders of Iowa and United Fire Group Program - From an Agent's Perspective

As an active member of the Master Builders of Iowa, I see many benefits to my membership and feel I receive great value from the organization in exchange for my dollars and time. I have been privileged to serve on several committees within MBI, including serving on the Board of Directors and Associate Council.  I have also attended MB EYE on the Future and always look forward to the many conventions and educational sessions that contractors can take advantage of throughout the year.

Code of Ethical Conduct Created by 2014-2015 MB EYE on the Future Class

The 2014-2015 MB EYE on the Future class undertook a project that focused on the issues surrounding ethical conduct in the construction industry.  In doing so, they developed basic parameters that MBI-member companies can take into consideration for the development of a company-specific code, or review of an existing code of ethical conduct.   

How to Prepare for New "Quickie Election" Rule Covered at AGC Convention

Contractors concerned about enhanced opportunities for union organizing under new regulations can take steps now to be prepared, explained attorney Rick Samson of Ogletree Deakins at AGC of America’s Annual Convention in San Juan, PR. Samson spoke at a session titled “Understanding and Preparing for New Union Representation Procedures” hosted by the Open Shop Committee and Chairman Bob Lanham.

Old E-Verify Records to Be Deleted, Employers Must Download Historic Records Prior to Dec. 31

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), effective Jan. 1, 2015, E-Verify transaction records more than 10 years old will be deleted from the system. As a result, employers will no longer have access in E-Verify to cases created prior to Dec. 31, 2004.

HR Labor Benefits for Members

Members of the Master Builders of Iowa have access to a variety of HR/labor resources as a part of their membership fees.  Dealing with workforce issues, such as complex state and federal employment regulations, labor relations, wage negotiations, affirmative action policies and employment discrimination, is often the biggest headache for a company. MBI closely monitors both state and local legislature, regulatory and litigious activity to ensure the interests of the construction industry are not compromised. MBI employs two labor relations specialists who provide members with a full range of services to assist them in dealing with workforce issues.  In addition to having consultants on the MBI staff to help with labor issues, the MBI website contains members only information on the following:


Construction employment expanded in 236 metro areas, declined in 53 and was stagnant in 50 between September 2013 and September 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that as firms expand their payrolls, many are finding a limited supply of available qualified workers.

Guidance Issued for Locating Missing Participants in Terminated Defined Contribution Plans

The Employment Retirement Income Security Act requires plan fiduciaries to make reasonable efforts to locate missing participants or beneficiaries so that they may direct the distribution of their plan accounts. As a result, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) recently published Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2014-01, which lays out the steps fiduciaries of a defined contribution plan must take to locate missing participants before making distributions following a plan termination.


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