HB 3029 Signed by the Governor!

Exciting times for the Texas Air Conditioning Contractors Association as HB 3029, TACCA's effort to modify the existing ACR technician certification was signed by Governor Abbott on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Below are the highlights of the bill which will continue to allow for voluntary certification within the industry.

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.

The agency has determined that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard. Originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017.

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Question: Our company recently made some changes, and we no longer have more than 50 employees. How do we handle our prior FMLA obligations (50 or more employees)? Do we have to wait a certain time period before we no longer are required to provide FMLA leave?

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Educators want to know what your company does and the skills required for employment in HVAC to better prepare students to enter the workforce. Alamo STEM Workforce Coalition invites TACCA-GSA members to attend an employer information breakfast on Wednesday, April 13 to learn how you can support educators with making math and science relevant in the classroom by hosting an "externship" this summer. Externships connect teachers and counselors to the workforce by providing examples of the practical use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) knowledge in local industry settings. LEARN MORE.

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The Texas Comptroller is warning of a scam involving individuals falsely claiming to represent the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, or in some cases the Texas Department of Transportation. The caller claims the taxpayer has a tax liability or other issue and requests credit card information. The Comptroller's office does not request payment details, such as credit card numbers or electronic check information, over the telephone. If you receive one of these calls, please do not provide your personal confidential credit card or bank information.