December 4, 2016

HR / Labor Relations

Free, Members-Only Webinar on ‘Useful Software and Apps for the Field and for the Office’

If you are a member of MBI, you don’t want to miss this upcoming, free webinar.  Presenter, Russ Bollig of Multivista, will review useful apps and software solutions that directly impact your day-to-day responsibilities in the field and in the office.  Do you wish you had more time in the day?  Involving technology in your day-to-day routines can dramatically change your ability to do more work in less time and drive efficiency.  Your day revolves around workflows from managing change orders, to schedule, to material deliveries, the submittal process, all the way to punch list management.  Integrating new technology into your workflows and that of others on your team can sometimes be challenging, so this webinar will also cover ease of use, versus bells and whistles.

Bluebeam Revu Online Training Sessions

As the use of technology continues to evolve in the commercial construction industry, how employees learn must advance in sync.  This concept became crystal clear when members of the MBI Technology & Innovation Committee voiced their desire for training centered on Bluebeam software.  We have contracted with Bluebeam University, out of Pasadena, California, to deliver a unique, 3-part online training series, with two of the sessions remaining.  The online training series is a great opportunity to save money and train your employees on the Bluebeam Revu software.  Connect to these online training sessions from your conference room to train all of your employees for one low registration fee.

Save on Workers' Compensation Premiums with Midwest Builders' Casualty

Workers’ compensation insurance is required for all Iowa employers. Without it, some businesses would suffer because the costs of medical care have risen and are continuing to do so. Insurance companies pay close attention to these rising medical costs. When the costs they pay out exceeds what they charge in premiums, they find ways to maintain their profits. One way they do this is by raising the premiums for every customer.

How Do We Implement a Safety Program?

All employers are required to have a safety and health program, per OSHA standards, that includes documentation, training, and specific company policies in addressing employee safety and health within the workplace. However, when was the last time you reviewed your own company’s program? Better yet, when was the last time anyone at your company reviewed the program? If it’s been some time, there’s a good chance that a lot of what’s in there is outdated and / or remedial.

Spotlighting Exceptional Field Workers During Construction Week

During Construction Week, Master Builders of Iowa will be shining the spotlight on exceptional field workers on social media and in our communication pieces.  We are asking our members to submit your exceptional field staff to have the spotlight on them during Construction Week.  We will be posting all submissions sporadically throughout the week on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds.

Working Overtime to Understand the New Overtime Final Rule – Members-Only Webinar

The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently published changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations that are likely to significantly impact millions of workers. In this webinar, Megan Erickson Moritz, employment attorney with a special emphasis on FLSA compliance, will review the updated rules, discuss new employer obligations that go into effect December 1, 2016, outline some practical steps employers can and should take now to prepare for these changes, and provide some considerations to guide internal decisions about potential changes to employee classifications and/or pay and timekeeping practices.

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. 

Sign Up Now for the Free Members-Only Webinar Presented by Caterpillar Safety Services

Where fear of reprisal exists, safety improvement is doomed. Frontline employees will not engage in safety if they believe their input will lead only to discipline or other negative repercussions. Starting in 2013, five of Caterpillar’s re-manufacturing facilities in Corinth, MS, tackled the “fear factor” that was impeding employee involvement in safety.

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 or (515) 657-4380.


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