PMPA Business Trends February 2021

 

Our performance and sentiment indicators this month justify our optimism about the markets and employment prospects for our precision machining industry in 2021. The six- month trend of steady sales in our index shows that we are most likely being constrained by lack of supply and workers. We are performing strongly even as relevant FED indicators declined in February.

 

Demand can only accelerate as our broader economy opens up and consumers spend their new-found savings. Pay attention to the numbers, and not the pessimists. The numbers reflect both a current positive reality for our precision machining shops and anticipate an even stronger three months ahead.

 

PMPA Business Trends February 2021

 

Georgia Eliminates Many COVID-19 Mitigation Measures As OSHA Ramps Up Enforcement

 

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an March 12 Executive Order — effective through March 31 — that eliminates many of the
requirements for businesses that were present in past executive orders but keeps in place an assortment of the provisions from the
executive orders issued the last few months of 2020. What do employers need to know about this new order, and what should you
do as you reopen and operate your business?

 

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California to Enact New COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Requirement

 

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The California Legislature just approved a measure that dramatically extends and expands a requirement for employers to provide
supplemental paid sick leave to employees impacted by COVID-19. Among other things, this new requirement applies to employers with
more than 25 employees and establishes a new “bank” of COVID-19 related sick leave for covered employees for 2021 – even if they were previously provided such leave in 2020. This legislation, passed today, will go into effect 10 days after being signed by Governor
Newsom, and every indication is that he will sign this measure immediately. Because this new paid sick leave mandate will also
apply retroactively back to January 1, 2021, it will create some real logistical and compliance challenges for California employers. What
do you need to know about this sweeping new paid sick leave law?

 

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Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology

 

Want to take out operating costs and gain efficiencies using new technologies to advance your business?  Learn more, including how grant funding can support your adoption of new technologies by attending any of our upcoming webinars.  Subsequent FREE consulting and/or prototyping support available thru CCAT’s Advanced Technology team.  

 

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Apprentices Work! New opportunities to strengthen your workforce with CMWDI:  Funding is available to train your team.  Learn more.  

 

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What Employers Need To Know About Biden’s American Rescue Plan

 

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After several weeks of tense negotiations and legislative twists and turns, President Biden’s latest COVID-19 stimulus package – the
American Rescue Plan – has been passed by Congress and will become law once the president signs it into effect this Friday. The
measure provides $1.9 trillion in economic relief, with many of the specific items directly affecting employers. What do businesses need
to know about this finalized legislation?

 

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Employers Should Exhibit Patience In Easing COVID-19 Restrictions Despite CDC’s New Guidelines On Fully Vaccinated Employees

 

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While many might be celebrating the first set of public health recommendations that permit relaxed safety standards for fully
vaccinated people, employers should not be automatically changing their current safety practices as a result. The new guidance issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may allow fully vaccinated people to shed their masks and ignore physical distancing limits when gathering indoors with other fully vaccinated people, among other things, but impending federal safety standards and a patchwork of state-level restrictions means that you should exercise patience before modifying workplace standards. What do you need to know about today’s new guidance?

 

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Combining In-Machine Part and Tool Sensors to Improve Quality and Uptime

 

 

Joel Rutzen of SPC Innovations Inc. will introduce their new Detector ETC modular system for real-time part inspection and broken tool detection.  Detector is the industry standard for in-machine inspection and broken tool detection, but each system previously had separate controls and interfaces. With a leaner workforce and shorter runs, the need has grown for interface standardization and changeover flexibility. The ETC system builds on the proven effectiveness of the existing Detector line of gauges while adding electronic broken tool monitoring capability in one simple display.  The new modular design, allows gauges and probes to be added or moved from machine to machine with minimal additional setup costs.  Joel will give a demonstration of the ETC system and system integration.  He will also explain what is required to upgrade a machine that is currently using Detector gauging products.

 

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On-the-Job Training (OJT)

 

The On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program assists employers with the cost of hiring and training a new employee. It is funded through the federal Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and administered through the MassHire Career Centers in Massachusetts.

The OJT Program enables employers to hire new employees and train them at their place of business while being reimbursed a percentage of the new employee’s wages during training.

 

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