Compliance Consulting Services

Joe Gatewood, President, MEA Board of Directors

As the current president of the Electrical Association and a long-standing member, I am endlessly grateful for the continued resources that our Association is able to provide. This is an organization that adapts to the needs of its members and the demands of the industry.

A few years back, in 2016, the Association hired Michelle Dreier, a former employee at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, State Program Administrative Director, Prevailing Wage, Division of Labor Standards & Apprenticeship. Michelle brought with her a unique skill set and over 23 years of experience in Wage Theft, Labor Standards compliance, OSHA, Workers’ Compensation, and Apprenticeship. She has resolved thousands of Fair Labor Standards Act audits and advised contractors, subcontractors and contracting authorities on proper compliance with prevailing wage. She also worked to build countless positive and professional relationships with both state and federal government agencies.

After 3 years of experience with the Association as our Member Engagement & Government Affairs Manager, her knowledge regarding the business needs of merit shop electrical contractors in addition to her past regulatory experience makes her a capable advocate and highly effective at MN DLI and the Capitol. Instead of puzzling over a regulatory issue for hours, pick up the phone and call her. If she doesn’t have the answer, she will know who does.
If you have a compliance project, consider adding her services to your company at a members-only consultant price. Call her with any business concern that is giving you difficulty. She will direct you to an existing association solution, or look to create a new one.

Additionally, Michelle can help create workforce development solutions for you. As a seat holder on the Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council, and a recent participant on the Public Utilities Commission’s Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Stakeholder taskforce, we are lucky to have this workforce development expert on staff. 

If you are asking yourself any of these questions, call Michelle:
• Can a registered apprenticeship program help me?
• I just received a “Demand for Records” from the DLI. Now what?
• How do I fill out this certified payroll form?
• The contracting authority is not happy with my payroll documentation. What am I doing wrong?
• How can I find talented people to grow my workforce?

She can help you...
• Reduce or eliminate liability with the correct guidance
• Minimize the risk of an audit with correct compliance
• Prepare for an audit or respond to an allegation of a violation

Members receive a significant discount!
*Member packages include:
• Discovery Session - $150
• Certified Payroll Training - $150
• Payroll Records Review - $600

Call for a quote. *Prices quoted are for a typical consulting session and may vary according to the project.
Price: $150/hr for members; $195/hr for nonmembers

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Michelle for your business need. I am grateful for this as a resource through my Association.