NTRCA Announces Golden Hammer Award Winners and 15th Annual Awards Banquet, "Celebrating 30 Years," to Be Held February 14, 2015

The North Texas Roofing Contractors Association (NTRCA), a regional association for residential and commercial roofing contractors who maintain the highest industry standards, today announced that the 15th Annual NTRCA Awards Banquet, “Celebrating Thirty Years,” will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas, located at 221 E. Las Colinas Blvd in Irving, Texas. The banquet will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will include cocktails, dinner, dancing, award presentations, raffles and casino night fun.
NTRCA will also present its annual Golden Hammer Awards during the evening, to recognize outstanding roofing projects completed in 2014. Entries are judged each year on logistical challenges, quality workmanship, uniqueness, difficulty, time constraints, innovative solutions and safety challenges.
Contractors selected to win this year’s Golden Hammer Award for Community Service Projects are: NTRCA members for their work on the Joann Smith community service project; Springtree Roofing & Restoration, LLC for its community service project on Lindo Dr.; and Supreme Roofing Systems and SR Roofing for their work at Revealed World Ministries. 
Commercial Contractors winning a Golden Hammer Award this year are: Empire Roofing, Inc. for its work on the Chateau Plaza; Supreme Roofing Systems for its work on the GW-50 Roof Replacement; and Chamberlain Roofing & Waterproofing for its work on UTD Student Housing Project #4.
Residential Contractors being awarded a Golden Hammer this year are: Tice Enterprises, LTD for the Moreno Residence project; Springtree Roofing & Restoration, LLC for its work on the Vandelia Street project; Buzz Roofing and Construction for the Liszewski Residence project. 

Classic Superoof, LLC is being awarded the inaugural Green Roofing Golden Hammer Award for their work on the Burleson Blvd. Baptist Church project.

During the event, the NTRCA 2015 Board of Directors and this year's Associate of the Year and Industry Leader award winners will also be announced and honored.
Sponsors for the 15th Annual NTRCA Awards Banquet include: ABC Supply Co. Inc. (host sponsor); GAF Materials Corporation (photography sponsor); Firestone Building Products and C-CAP (cocktail sponsors); Thermafoam LP (dinner sponsor); Wholesale Roofing Supply (casino sponsor); West End Roofing, Siding & Windows (bar sponsor); RSG Roofing Supply Group (decoration sponsor); Hunter Panels (printing sponsor); Major League Roofing, LLC (entertainment sponsor); CertainTeed, IKO and Owens Corning (associate table sponsors); Empire Roofing, Inc., Frazier Roofing & Guttering, MRB Contractors, Nations Roof Central LLC, Springtree Roofing and Restoration and Supreme Roofing Systems (contractor table sponsors); TAMKO (lots of love sponsor); and Alliance Steel Inc., Gutter Giants Inc. and Johns Mansville Roofing Systems (amore sponsors). 
Sponsorships are still available. Individual member tickets are $150 ($200 non-members) and $250 for couples (members only). Registration will close on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 12:00 noon. For more information or to purchase tickets or tables, please visit www.ntrca.com.

Legal Minute: Revisiting Your I-9 Compliance

It’s the start of a new year and a good time to re-visit your I-9 compliance!

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (”IRCA”) requires that all employers complete a Form I-9 for all employees hired after Nov 6, 1986. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (”DHS”) oversees all immigration and customs efforts through Immigration and Customer Enforcement “ICE” & U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (”USCIS”). 

The U.S. Dept. of Labor oversees labor, employment and wage laws.  State laws are, generally, not very different. 
$        U.S. Department of Labor: www.dol.gov 
$        Texas Workforce Commission www.twc.state.tx.us

I-9 compliance is required for anyone who receives a paycheck from the company, but is not required for independent contractors.

Going through the I-9 process must wait until the employee actually becomes an employee. In other words, unless directly related to the job duties, you cannot ask a prospective employee anything other than whether he/she is eligible to work in the U.S. 

Remember, the employee, not the employer, gets to choose which document(s) is/are presented to confirm work eligibility. Acceptable documents must be originals and from those on  List A, or a combination of documents from Lists B & C – all of which are found on the reverse side of the Form I-9.   If the document looks reasonably genuine on its face and relates to the employee (names match, photo looks like employee, etc.) then the document must be accepted. Questionable documents may be rejected and the employee allowed to present other acceptable documents. However, the employee still gets to choose, and can be terminated only after no other acceptable documents are presented.

The employer can - and should - keep copies of these documents, but they must be kept with the employee’s I-9 form, and not in the employee’s regular personnel file or in an unsecured location. If kept on the computer, the directory containing these files should be password protected. 

Karen Ensley
Cutler-Smith, PC
Ph: 214-219-0800
Cell: 817-538-6894