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April 30, 2016

HR / Labor Relations

Steve Siemens has 11 Tips for Working with the Millennial Workforce

MBI will be holding a complimentary webinar on May 3rd for MBI members only.  We started with the “traditionalists,” then moved to the “baby boomers,” then introduced the “generation X’ers” and now we have the “millennials.” Each group brought their unique style, unique challenges and rocked the boat in their time.  The boomers and generation X’ers find it challenging to work with, lead and direct the millennials. The millennials find it even more challenging fitting into the molds, traditions and styles of the past. How do you work effectively with these generations?

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

In addition to the training programs outlined in MBI’s annual learning planner, we offer training programs based on the requests of one, or several member firms.  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 MBI members.  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 held through this format.  The list is endless, so contact Tom Fulcher today to set

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.

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 INCREASES IN 236 OUT OF 339 METRO AREAS BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2013 & 2014 AMID GROWING DEMAND, WORKER SHORTA

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.

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