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Articles in this section are intended to help electrical contractors grow and improve their businesses, from financial and legal advice to creating a service and maintenance department. You’ll find articles on estimating projects and more below. 

The holiday giving season is here, and the news stories about pay-to-play corruption and uncertainty surrounding how tax law changes will affect business deductions have made the process an ethical slippery slope.
 Gift or bribe?

Despite bipartisan requests from members of Congress and 19 state attorneys general to delay, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held its vote on December 14 to repeal its net neutrality rules, and as expected, it passed with a vote of 3–2.

Training session at Flir's Infrared Training Center

Advances in thermal imagers are affecting the way electricians monitor the operation of electrical systems.

Debate continues this morning over a Senate tax reform proposal, and a final vote is soon to follow. The Senate version of the tax plan is much friendlier to renewables and electric vehicles than its House counterpart.

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Don't Go Into the Water

Sometimes you have a choice to get wet; sometimes you don’t. Splashing through puddles for fun is one thing. Forgetting your umbrella is another. Getting doused with 27 trillion gallons of rain, which is how much Hurricane Harvey dumped on Texas and Louisiana, is altogether something else. 

Construction Workers Are Among Most Vulnerable to Opioid Abuse

The opioid epidemic is one of the biggest health crises facing the United States, and it has shown no sign of slowing down.

Ideas That Work: Laser Measurement and Headgear Reference

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

Survey Finds Workers Prioritize Benefits, Culture and Growth Potential

The challenge of bridging the gap to new generations, such as millennials, isn't a new conversation.

Legal Drama Heats Up Over Causes Of Northern California Wildfires

Less than a month after a series of unprecedented wildfires devastated several Northern California communities, controversy has ignited over who is at fault.

Going Global

One thing I’ve sought to emphasize during my term as president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the critical nature of forming and maintaining international relationships to strengthen the electrical construction industry.

Bill Gates to Build a 'Smart City' From Scratch

Bill Gates and his investment firm have just invested $80 million to build a "smart city" in Arizona.