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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is covered under the NEBF clause?
All employees doing work covered by a collective bargaining agreement which contains the NEBF clause – including seasonal employees, employees working under school/work programs, all levels of apprentices, pre-apprentices, and unindentured apprentices, full and part-time JATC instructors.

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Is union membership required in order to participate in the NEBF?
No.  Contributions are required on all workers doing work covered by the collective bargaining agreement regardless of union membership or affiliation.

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How do we obtain a participation agreement?
A participation agreement can be downloaded or by contacting one of our Employer Services Representatives at 301-556-4300 ext 481.

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Can an employer contribute only on those non-bargaining unit employees that they chose?
No. an employer must contribute on all employees covered under the participation agreement that they sign.

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Can an employer fax a signed participation agreement to the NEBF in order to speed up the process?
No. Faxed signatures are not accepted.  An employer must return two original copies of the participation agreement signed by an authorized representative.

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Can a participation agreement be cancelled?
Yes. In order for an employer to cancel its participation agreement, the employer must give the NEBF at least 30 days written notice that they are canceling the participation agreement.  Additional, the employer must notify in writing all employees and former employees that contributions will no longer be made to the NEBF on their behalf. The employer must also provide NEBF with a copy of each letter.

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How are part-time non-bargaining unit employees reported?
Part-time non-bargaining unit employees are reported using actual hours and wages – up to the reportable earnings cap.

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What job classification codes are used for non-bargaining unit employees?
The appropriate job classification code for non-bargaining unit employees depends on the type of participation agreement the employer has.  If the employer has an All Participation Agreement, job classification code 26 is used.  If the employer has an Alumni Participation Agreement, job classification code 27 is used.  Please refer to the complete list of job classification codes.

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