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Thank You For Attending ESCA's Summer Educational Conference!
The ESCA Board of Directors and headquarters staff would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone that attended the 2009 ESCA Summer Educational Conference in Rio Grande, P.R. and for supporting your association.
Our genuine appreciation goes out to all of our conference sponsors for their generous support in the production of the meeting.  Without their support we would not be able to provide the quality of meeting you deserve and have come to expect. 
Thank you all very much for your support!  We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Business Meeting in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome on December 7th and at the Squaw Creek Resort next Summer!
ESCA WIS Standardized ID Badge Makes it Easier on All 
The idea of a national identification badge for trade show labor is one that makes sense for venue managers, service contractors and workers themselves.  After years of individual badges for every convenion cener in the U.S., ESCA has pulled together the technology and cooperation required to launch a nationwide badging program that many in the industry say has been long overdue; and in the process, was selected for a Trade Show Executive 2009 Innovation Award.
ESCA WIS Adding Additional Venues
The WIS badge program is up and running in the Georgia World Congress Center with already more than 2800 badges issued.  Next on the roll-out schedule is the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, followed by the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas and the World Market Center in Las Vegas.  A new page on the ESCA website has been devoted to the WIS program where the latest news will be available on additional venues that will be coming on-line and any updates to the program.  ESCA is currently in discussions with many additional venues that will be looking to implement the WIS program in the not-too-distant future.
We are strongly urging all ESCA member companies to support the program by registering your full time employees in 2009, as there will be an increase in the cost of the badges beginning in 2010.  Why wait?  Take care of it now and save money! 
Employee Free Choice Act
Noted labor attorney Jim Karger presented a very interesting session devoted to the proposed EFCA legislation during the Summer Conference.  Those that attended will agree that there is much to learn about the pending legislation and how to deal with it all along the way.  For a copy of Karger's three (3) presentations, please follow the link below.  If you have interest in being added to Jim's blog simply email him at jimkarger@mac.com and request it.
Trade Show Executive's 2nd Annual Gold 100 Awards & Summit to Honor the Best and Brightest in the Trade Show Industry 
Trade Show Executive will salute the people, the shows and the organizations that have set the gold standard for the $85 billion exposition industry at its 2nd Annual Gold 100 Awards & Summit. The event will be held September 23-25, 2009at the dramatic new Terranea Resort & Conference Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, conveniently located 20 miles from Los Angeles International Airport. Ten organizers will also receive TSE's Grand Award in categories ranging from "Against All Odds" to "The Show with the Highest Economic Impact" to "The Top Brand." 
CeirFirst Quarter 2009 CEIR Index Results
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announces that data collected for the annual CEIR Index report for the first quarter of 2009 reveals that the exhibition industry experienced an overall decline of 11.6 percent when compared to the same quarter of the previous year, before any widespread industry downturn had begun. Year-over-year contraction of the exhibition industry is directly linked to the continuing recession. Further declines are likely throughout the first half of 2009.
ESCA on the Road
Over the last couple of months ESCA representatives have presented educational sessions at several different industry meetings.  A panel at CESSE in Orlando was moderated by Christine Skrak of Triumph Event Services and Jeff McCaw of Freeman and a continuing education program was presented at the TSEA TS2 meeting in Chicago by Aaron Bludworth of George Fern Co and Chuck Grouzard of GES Expo.  In addition, Mark Zimmerman of the Georgia World Congress Center, Chuck Grouzard of GES Expo, Bobby Lee of Metropolitan Expo and Ann Gilbert of Cherry Convention Services presented a Site Visit Lunch & Learn program for ESCA members and guests at McCormick Place.
The next few months will see ESCA represented by several staff and Board members at the IAAM International Convention Center Conference in Toronto and we will be exhibiting on the IAEE Expo! Expo! in Atlanta in December.

Washington State Convention & Trade Center Requires ETCP Certification
In an effort to ensure the safety of guests, exhibitors, contractors and employees of the Washington State Convention & Trade Center (WSCTC), a rigging installation and inspection program is being implemented. Effective October 1, 2009, any rigging, either ground support or aerial, which falls within specified categories must be installed by an ETCP Certified rigger. In addition, rigging supervisors, who must be ETCP Certified, are required to submit inspection and approval documentation to the WSCTC of all rigging installations.
Orange County Convention Center Contractor Security Agreement
With the new contract year approaching the OCCC staff wanted to send everyone a recap of their past year and outline some new additions to the program for 09/10.

In the pilot year of the Contractor Security Agreement, OCCC we registered and approved 167 companies and collected close to $80,000.  The funds were eaten up quickly through building, dock and parking lot repairs.   Year-to date OCCC spent $28,000 on exhibit hall wall repairs, $110,000 on freight elevator repairs and $4500 on repairing damaged water fountains in the exhibit hall.  We are sure some of you are aware the other convention centers and hotels have started to administer fines to EACs and GSCs for building damage.  So far OCCC has been able to avoid that by subsidizing some of the repairs with the money collected through the CSA. 

SEC 08 HeaderSESCO Client Alert:
We are providing to you copies of new SESCO publications.  Please know that these are available to members at a reduced fee basis, I think it is important that we provide additional resources to members regarding these changes in federal and state employment regulations as well as proposed legislation that we expect passage.   

How to Comply with Fed Wage Hour Regs

FMLA Manual

 Family Business Succession Planning Training
Joel Greenwald CoverGreenwald Doherty LLP Employment Law Advisor 
In This Issue:
  • New Rules Interpret the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Something in the air - Employee's Perfume Prompts ADA Dispute
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act - Treating Workers Equally is Key
  • What Constitutes Salary for FLSA Overtime Rules?

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Advertise With ESCA!
Did you know that the ESCA homepage gets over 300 hits daily and we have two advertising opporutnities available? 
The Vertical Banner space at the lower left of the page of the ESCA home page is available for advertising for member and non-members.  Note that the rotating banner will appear on all pages of the website, not just the home page. A link can be established to the advertiser's website or event.
The Featured Member window on the homepage is available at no cost to General and Specialty Contractor Members only.  This rotating window only apprears on the homepage and has a direct link to the member's lising in the Directory.
Note that there is a three month minimum required for the advertising. 

Thank you for your continued support of ESCA!
Best Regards,
Mitt Arnaudet
Member Services Director