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September 21, 2017

HR / Labor Relations

Safety Dividend Paying Insurance Program

We want to remind our members to speak to your insurance agent about the insurance program that is available through United Fire Group (UFG). UFG has written and issued over 140 policies to MBI members and Construction Update Network subscribers, with over $6,311,000 written premium in the program as of June 1, 2017.  Contractors insured in the program are eligible to earn a safety group dividend for their property and casualty lines of insurance (excluding workers compensation).

Free, Members-Only Webinar on Drug & Alcohol Testing – August 16, 2017

Register today for this webinar on August 16th that 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

Recruitment Tip: Why use social media?

One of the most discussed topics today is social media and it is for a good reason! Nearly all job candidates today are on at least one or more social media platforms. As an employer, you need take a multi-channel approach to reach and engage as many candidates as you can. Optimizing your social media presence is essential for your job search and can be quick and easy to manage.

MBI’s Labor Philosophy

Very few subjects in the business world, construction is no exception, evoke such passion as labor issues.  Constant conflict surrounds labor pursuits regardless of your choice to be union or non-union in some, or all, of your labor relationships.  There is conflict for union contractors during wage and contract negotiations with their labor counterparts.  The collective bargaining process is rarely easy, and more often very stressful, for both sides of the table.

Does Your Team Need Specific Training and Need It Soon? Contact MBI for Training-on-Demand!

In addition to the training programs outlined in the education section of the website, we offer training programs based on the requests of one, or several construction companies.  Training-on-Demand courses can be planned to fit the schedule of your company and can be offered either as a private in-house program, or a public course open to other companies.  Training-on-Demand has become a popular alternative to the traditional training schedules used throughout the industry.  Below is a list of training topics that we have hel

Recent Changes to Sales and Use Taxes - What is the New Rule and Its Impact?

By Cindy Lande and Brian Rickert
Brown Winick Law Firm - Des Moines, Iowa

During the last legislative session, the Iowa Legislature passed, and Governor Branstad signed, House File 2433 into law.  HF 2433 addressed a number of tax-related issues, including certain rules regarding sales tax exemptions for manufacturers.  One of these changes may impact how contractors collect and pay sales tax on large manufacturing facility projects and consumables for those projects. 

Are You Taking Advantage of the Free MBI Training Vault Program?

As a value-added membership service, Master Builders of Iowa offers the MBI Training Vault to MBI member firms at no charge.  The Training Vault is an electronic tool that is designed to make the process of tracking and documenting training records easy, organized, accurate and accessible. Your company-specific Training Vault contains all training conducted by MBI dating back to 1998. This internet-based credential tracking system gives company management, as well as employees, easy access to training records. To reap the maximum benefits of the Training Vault system, you are encouraged to include ALL additional training, past and future, that your employees receive and to include all of your employees.

Within the MBI Training Vault there are two types of users for your company - Administrator and Employee. The Administrator has access to the training records of all of their respective company’s employees.  In addition, the Administrator is able to view and edit all employee records, add company training classes, as well as add and remove employees.  Each MBI member company is assigned one Administrator username and password.  To learn more about the Administrator role and who has been assigned from your company, please contact Tom Fulcher at the contact information below.  Company employees are able to login and view their own personal training records, as well as view and register for upcoming MBI and company provided training. To receive employee login credentials, please contact Aly Schmidt at aschmidt@mbionline.com or (515) 657-4380.

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