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PHCC Educational Foundation Supports Plumbing, HVACR Contests at SkillsUSA Competition
During the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Contest last week in Louisville, Ky., the PHCC Educational Foundation played a significant behind-the-scenes role in developing and recognizing the p-h-c industry’s future workforce. As a sponsor of both the plumbing and HVACR contests, the Foundation provided monetary support, technical expertise, judging and set-up of the events. Click here for full details, and be sure to check out the list of hard-working volunteers and sponsors who helped make this event possible!
Success Story: Virginia Chapter Influences Workforce Development Legislation
PHCC of Virginia successfully advocated for workforce development legislation that will address the state's skilled labor shortage. This legislation, which goes into effect July 2015, includes initiatives to dramatically increase the number of apprenticeships in Virginia, provide incentives to businesses hiring veterans, offer student financial aid for non-credit certification training at community colleges and redirect currently available federal funds to education and training for workforce credentials. Click here to view a summary of the workforce bills that passed the Virginia General Assembly. Thank you to the members of PHCC of Virginia for fighting for this important legislation!
If you have a workforce development story or tip that your fellow members could replicate or adapt to their market, please share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
HR Question of the Month:
Can you terminate an employee for drinking on the job after a request for assistance?
An employee was drinking on the clock, but he told his manager that he needs help and wants to go to drug-rehabilitation program. Can you still fire him for breaking company policy even though, after the fact, he stated he needs personal help and might need to take a leave of absence? Find the answer here, as Federated Insurance continues to address your top HR questions.
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of ACA Tax Subsidies
On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Affordable Care Act will authorize federal tax credits for eligible Americans living not only in states with their own health care exchanges, but also in the 34 states with federal marketplaces. The long-awaited decision stopped a major political showdown and a scramble in states that would have needed to act to prevent millions from losing health care coverage. More here.
CONNECT 2015 UPDATES
We have a winner. You could be next!
Congratulations to Willis Goff, the Stemler Corp., Jeffersonville, Ind., winner of last month’s CONNECT 2015 drawing for a FREE contractor + guest registration (he's bringing his wife Joy!). Now, here’s your chance! Register by July 10, and be entered ina drawing for two free nights at our headquarters hotel, the Diplomat Resort & Spa. Click here to register, and enter Source Code WINHOTEL2in the box on the second registration web pageto be eligible for the drawing!
Register Your Top HVAC Apprentice for the CONNECT Contest!
Give your top HVAC apprentice a big boost of confidence … plus a shot at incredible prize packages and unlimited bragging rights. It’s a win-win for you and your company! The PHCC Educational Foundation’s 2015 HVAC Apprentice Contest is open for competitor registration. We’re looking for the nation’s best apprentices to compete at CONNECT 2015 in Hollywood, Fla., Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. Click here to register.
Last Call for PHCC National Awards –Deadlines Approaching!
Now is the perfect time to honor a PHCC leader you admire and respect by nominating him/her for the prestigious Colonel George D. Scott Award. This meritorious award recognizes members for outstanding service to the national association, to affiliated state and local associations, and to the p-h-c industry. Applications for the Colonel Scott Award should be submitted by the local and/or state association and are due by Aug. 1. Click here for more information and to access the application form.
Is it Really a One-Year Warranty?
Contractors typically offer a full one-year warranty on their work, or do they? There are many aspects to this question about warranties. There may be call-back warranties, defect warranties and workmanship warranties. These different forms of coverage could be inter-related and could certainly extend a contractors responsibility for longer than one year. To read an article explaining some of the differences in these warranties, click here. Situations may vary by state; if you have specific concerns related to this subject, please seek legal advice in the your project’s geographic area.