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Randy Lynch Installed As President

September 18, 2017

Randy Lynch installed as 2017-2018 Indiana PHCC President

Lebo Named Contractor of the Year

September 18, 2017

Lebo Named Contractor of the Year

Pregnant New Hire

August 21, 2017

Pregnant new hire -- terminate employment?

Meet Indiana's 2017 Apprentice Contestant

August 17, 2017

Meet Indiana's 2017 Apprentice Contestant

Pay New Employees

July 24, 2017

Pay new hires for onboarding?

Working In Heat

June 29, 2017

The heat is on! Get risk management strategies for your workers.

Congratulations to 2017 North Central Apprentice Grads

June 9, 2017

Congratulations to 2017 North Central Graduates

Southeastern PHCC Honors 2017 Graduates

June 8, 2017

SE PHCC Apprentice Graduates Honored

Todd Richardson To Lead Seminar Session

June 2, 2017

Todd Richardson To Lead Seminar Session at IN PHCC Convention

Mechanical Skills Awards

May 24, 2017

Mechanical Skills Honors Grads

Position change. What Do We Do With the Employee?

May 24, 2017

Position Changed. What do with do with the employee?

Congratulations to Mechanical Skills Graduates

May 22, 2017

Congratulations Mechanical Skills Grads!

GIPHCC Reschedules Golf Outing

May 10, 2017

Greater Indianapolis PHCC Golf Outing Now August 11Due to rain forecast for tonight (May 10) and 80%...

Esprit de Corp GIPHCC 2017 Winners

April 20, 2017

Esprit de Corp means 'spirit of the troops' and Greater Indianapolis PHCC honored five associate members

GIPHCC Names 2017 Contractor of the Year

April 20, 2017

Greater Indianapolis PHCC honored Jamie Carter as Contractor of the Year

Keep unqualified applicants under tightened screening process?

March 23, 2017

Question: We post jobs and include the minimum requirements for applying for vacant positions. Based...

Where In The World Will IN PHCC Be Promoting the Industry Next?

March 7, 2017

Indiana PHCC will be promoting the value of a career in plumbing at the Central Nine Career Fair, 1999...

New Books for Plumbing Contractors Licensing Test

March 7, 2017

If you are sitting for the Indiana Plumbing Contractor License exam, there are now two reference books...

Congratulations Med Gas Grads

March 3, 2017

Congratulations to the 18 individuals who spent last week earning the ASSE 6010 Medical Gas Systems Installer...

Do You "Drive S.A.F.E." ?

February 7, 2017

How often do you consider that there are far more serious consequences to unsafe driving than just getting...

New Career Materials Available

January 11, 2017

Indiana PHCC continues to promote the opportunities for a great career in the p-h-c industry in Indiana....

Employee Suspensions - When and How?

December 28, 2016

Question: When and how can suspensions can be used? What, if any, ramifications come with them?Response:...

New PHCC Career Video

December 19, 2016

Designed to entice young people to the profession, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National...

Why Personality Matters in the Workplace

December 1, 2016

Building and cultivating relationships is an integral part of any career strategy. Whether you are a...

Severe Weather Driving Ahead

November 21, 2016

Here comes the wintery weather! Does the first snowfall of the season seem to bring on a rash of fender...

Tool Box Talk on Driving In The Fog

November 1, 2016

Weather can be very dangerous at times, especially when you drive a car, truck, bus, airplane or boat...

Indiana PHCC On The Road Promoting Industry This Week

October 31, 2016

Indiana PHCC will be promoting Workforce Development this week to Indiana School Counselors showcasing...

Could Your Employment Practices Cause You Trouble?

October 5, 2016

All businesses have a lot to consider with regard to human resources (HR) and risk management issues....

Don't Get Burned

October 3, 2016

Fire Prevention Week is Oct.9-15Every year, fires costs business owners billions of dollars – and that...

Travel Safety Tips

October 3, 2016

October is a good travel month. Whether students are on Fall Break or you are headed to Connect 2016,...

John Bain Elected Indiana PHCC President

September 29, 2016

John Bain, R.T. Moore, Indianapolis was installed as the 2016-17 Indiana PHCC President at the 2016 Convention...

Remember To Practice Safety. Don't Learn It By Accident

September 1, 2016

One of the key words in accident prevention is “anticipate”. By anticipating what could happen, it’s...

Work injury – Is offering Over-the-Counter (OTC) medication a risk for business?

August 29, 2016

Question: An employee was stung by bees while working outside. The employee refused medical treatment,...

Don’t Take a Chance – Valuation Methods for Buy-Sell Agreements

August 17, 2016

A Buy/Sell Agreement helps a business owner “lock in” a value for the business. The Agreement does this...

5 Ways to Recognize A Heat Illness

August 1, 2016

During a heat wave, it's important to know and be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heat-related...

Reasonable Accommodation or Not?

July 25, 2016

Question: An employee came back from the chiropractor with a handout of specific ergonomic measurements...

Tool Box Talk on Active Shooter Awareness

July 1, 2016

Active Shooter AwarenessThese are just a few of the numerous active shooter instances that occur every...

Journeyman Plumber and Plumbing Contractor Examination for Licensing Application

June 23, 2016

Effective June 22, 2016 the Indiana Plumbing Commission has posted updated applications for Journeyman...

Unsatisfactory Performance Excused by Disability?

June 23, 2016

Question: Is an employee who reports a reading/writing disability covered under a protected class? Are...

Tool Box Talk on Alcohol

June 6, 2016

Alcohol & The Job – A Safety IssueWorking under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited....

Congratulations to Southwestern PHCC Graduates

May 20, 2016

Congratulations to the Southwestern In PHCC graduating plumbing apprentices: Bradley Schoettlin (Hoffman...

Indiana PHCC On Panel on Capitol Hill

May 2, 2016

“The number one asset of any employer is a trained and qualified worker,” House Career & Technical...

Tool Box Talk on First Aid Awareness

May 2, 2016

When an accident happens, a first aid program that meets the requirements of the law and is tailored...

Is Your Water Safe?

April 19, 2016

The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, has focused the nation’s attention on water safety...

IN PHCC Talks Workforce on Capitol Hill

April 15, 2016

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association (PHCC) and the PHCC Educational Foundation,...

Tool Box Talk on Battery Hazards

April 4, 2016

Batteries have many hazards including acid, fire or explosion, electrical shock, and heavy weight. By...

Time Off Denial - Legal or Not?

March 21, 2016

Question: Our company has recently instituted a new policy for requesting time off when another employee...

Cyber Crime is Scary and Expensive

March 7, 2016

Business owners today understand the tremendous benefits of using the Internet, computers, and technology...

Tool Box Talk on Zika Virus

March 1, 2016

Employers covered under OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) standard are required to have a program, protections,...

One Key To Running A Great Business

February 29, 2016

What is one of the most influential factors affecting your company’s success? It’s your employees—the...

Should You Share Investigation Files With Suspended Employees?

February 22, 2016

Question: I have an employee who was suspended for insubordination. He has requested that we interview...

Using Portable Generators Safely

February 1, 2016

Portable generators are internal combustion engines used to generate electricity. They are useful when...

Can you ask for a waiver for workers’ compensation claims?

January 25, 2016

Question: Can the company request an employee, including a pregnant worker, to sign a waiver from liability,...

Ten Winter Driving Tips

December 22, 2015

 Ten Winter Driving Tips 1. Get a grip. To have adequate snow traction, a tire requires at least...

Is fitness for duty certification legal after FMLA maternity leave?

December 16, 2015

Is fitness for duty certification legal after FMLA maternity leave?Question: One of our employees went...

Do employer contributions count towards a health FSA’s dollar limit?

November 20, 2015

Question: Our company sponsors a health flexible spending account (health FSA) that has always been funded...

Back Pain Got You Down?

November 2, 2015

Why do so many of us have back problems today? In part, it’s the way our work and lifestyle has evolved....

Don't Let Your Business Go Up In Smoke

October 1, 2015

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an...

Congratulations John Bain, Contractor of the Year

September 22, 2015

The Indiana Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors named John Bain, RT Moore, Indianapolis...

Planning & Responding To Workplace Emergencies

September 8, 2015

Tool Box Talk from QSCPlanning and Responding to Workplace Emergencies Nobody expects an emergency or...

FMLA - Does Depression Qualify?

August 31, 2015

Question: An employee has requested a leave due to depression. I advised her to seek medical advice and...

Why Did My Workers Compensation Mod Go Up?

June 5, 2015

Federated Insurance Risk ManagementMany different factors influence a company’s experience mod, including...

Road Rage Factsheet

June 1, 2015

Safety Information from QSCThe American Automobile Associates defines road rage as aggresive driving...

How to Reduce the Threat of Internal Credit Card Fraud

April 15, 2015

Credit cards are a fact of life in the business world today.They can streamline purchases and minimize...

Seven Minute Safety Trainer from FEDERATED INSURANCE

April 2, 2015

The Seven Minute Safety Trainer powered by BLR® allows user friendly access to more than 350 safety meeting...

Leaks Can Run But They Can't Hide

March 14, 2015

Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually...

What happens if an employer avoids paying overtime to their employees?

March 9, 2015

Every state has separate rules, penalties and fines when it comes to back wages, and they can get quite...

Driver Fatigue - A Safety Message

March 3, 2015

Safety Information from QSCWith just-in-time shipping schedules and a 24-hour workplace, driver fatigue...

Can you pro-rate for an exempt employee, who worked a partial week upon separation?

February 5, 2015

Federated Insurance HR Question of the MonthQuestion: We have an exempt employee that separated in the...

Pay Your Employees On-time

February 2, 2015

Pay your employees on-time, and provide paystubs. Have you ever neglected paying your employees on time?...

Utility Knife Safety

February 2, 2015

There's one hand tool that demands your respect over many others in the workplace, a tool that can cut...

2014 Indiana Fuel Gas Code

January 28, 2015

At a recent Greater Indianapolis chapter meeting, Mark Fasel, Building Commissioner for the City of Fishers,...

How can implementing safety programs help prevent injuries in the work place?

January 5, 2015

How can implementing safety programs help prevent injuries in the work place? Did you know 87% of injuries...

Having Trouble Finding the Right Employees?

December 8, 2014

Having trouble finding the right employees? Have you heard of Sourcing Candidates? Did you know candidates...

New OSHA Reporting Requirements

December 2, 2014

Why is the OSHA Recordkeeping Rule changing?Federal OSHA has determined that focusing on the serious...

10 Winter Driving Tips

December 1, 2014

Get a grip. To have adequate snow traction, a tire requires at least 6/32-inch deep tread, according...

Do You Understand Employment Laws?

December 1, 2014

Would you consider for employment a non-citizen who submitted an application for employment and had all...

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s advice: Become a plumber

November 13, 2014

Former New York City Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg has some advice for high school seniors:...

What is the obligation of an employer when personal phones are used to share inappropriate content in the workplace?

November 13, 2014

Federated Insurance HR Question of the MonthQuestion: One of our female employees sent a naked photo...

Does an accused employee have the right to review a written complaint against them?

October 21, 2014

Federated Insurance HR Question of the MonthOne co-worker verbally abused another co-worker. Subsequently...

A Plug For Electrical Fire Prevention

October 1, 2014

In our technology-centered lives, we tend to take for granted what ultimately makes all our gadgets work:...

Indiana Plumbing License Statutes and Rules

September 22, 2014

The Statutes and Rules that govern the Indiana Plumbing License can be found here. We have compiled...

Top 10 Reasons to Consider a Career in the Plumbing and HVACR Industries

July 11, 2014

Learn on the jobBe paid while you learnEmployer pays for schoolingEarn an average salary of $49,000Have...

Now is the Time to Train for Tornado Safety

April 1, 2014

Risk Management Strategies from Federated InsuranceSpring brings the threat of tornadoes in Indiana....

Want a Great Recession Proof Career?

March 28, 2014

We've known all along the value of a career in the plumbing industry. Now it seems others are beginning...

How to Dilute the Value of a Dollar

February 14, 2014

A Frank Discussion on Offering Medical Insurance to Your EmployeesSome employers are so tired of ever-increasing...

Federated Insurance Helps You Manage Employment-Related Risks

February 4, 2014

Every employer, no matter what size, is required to manage human resource issues, government regulations,...

What's Your Back Safety IQ?

December 11, 2013

Try this quick True/False test to see how much you know about proper lifting techniques and back safety.Using...

Plumbing Code Exams

December 4, 2013

The question is often asked "What is covered on the Plumbing Code exam for licensure in the State of...

Mayor Bloomberg Touts The Plumbing Trade

May 21, 2013

"Compare a plumber to going to Harvard College -- being a plumber, actually for the average person, probably...

Fire Can Ruin Your Business

October 1, 2012

Fires are certainly devastating to a business and its employees. Sticking your head in the sand won’t...

Set Up A Roadblock to Identity Theft

June 20, 2012

Identity thieves drain accounts, damage credit, endanger medical treatment -- and make headlines. The...