February 26, 2017

HR / Labor Relations

The MBI Member Advantage at the Annual Winter Conference

MBI offers special members-only pricing at the Winter Conference, called the ‘Performance Track Package Pricing.’  This special package pricing is available to MBI members for training courses available at the conference on Tuesday, February 28th.  The Performance Track Package fee entitles participants to choose the seminar combination that provides the best value and you can send as many employees as you want for only $1,500.  The fee for each session on Tuesday is $175.  So if you had 10 employees attend both sessions at the regular prices, you would pay $3,500.  But with the Performance Track Package, you would only pay $1,500!  So basically, the more employees you send from your company, the more money you save!  The CPR / First Aid / AED Certification sessions and the awards events held on Tuesday are not included in this special pricing for Tuesday offerings.  

Beyond the Dust: How OSHA’s Respirable Silica Standard Will Affect Your Company

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.

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.

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 or (515) 657-4380.

No Time to Wait for Classroom Training?

We have you covered.  Members of MBI are eligible to receive a discount on online education courses available from ClickSafety. Online education is becoming a very popular option for many contractors because it is convenient and less expensive than sending an employee to a classroom education session. All it takes is an internet connection and a desktop, laptop or tablet. There are courses for safety, management, transportation and human resources. The courses can be started and stopped as the student’s time allows. Certificates of completion are also available.

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.


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