November 29, 2015

HR / Labor Relations

Free Webinar - Eight Do's and Don'ts of Performance Reviews and Goal Setting

How do your employees react to the topics of performance reviews and goal setting? If the answers are “What’s that?” or “Ugh!” you probably have some opportunities to improve your processes. But why should you even bother with performance management? Bersin by Deloitte reports that actionable development plans result in twice the revenue per employee and a 27% lower turnover rate so the business benefit is clear.

Why Should Our Company Have a Written Code of Ethical Conduct?

The primary purpose of a code of ethical conduct is to provide an organization with a clear benchmark for ethical behavior.  A formal, well-communicated code of ethics can help to protect a company's reputation and legal standing in the event of an unethical action by an individual employee.  Last year’s MB EYE on the Future class undertook a project that focused on the issues surrounding ethical conduct in the construction industry. 

Workers’ Comp Insurance for the Commercial Construction Industry

MBI understands the importance of risk management and the ability for our members to secure quality workers’ compensation insurance coverage.  Because of this, MBI has partnered with Midwest Builders’ Casualty (MWBC) to provide our members with access to their specialized workers’ compensation insurance program.  MWBC has focused on providing coverage to the commercial construction industry throughout the Midwest for over thirty years.

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.


Subscribe to RSS - HR / Labor Relations