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FBA JUST WRAPPED UP ANOTHER GREAT MEETING!

DECEMBER 4-5, 2014

SAN DIEGO, CA


2015 MEETING INFORMATION TO FOLLOW SOON.

 

 

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They’re Baack (For One Day)

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- Decembr 3, 2014

Also In This Update

  • Cal Trans Issues a Final Rule Amending its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program 
  • Are Changes Coming to the Proposition 65 Warning Labels?

Stung by losses in the November election, the California Legislature's Democratic majority arrived for the first day of a new session this past Monday facing a political terrain more hostile to tax increases and other priorities of liberal lawmakers.

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Helping to ‘Level’ the Playing Field for Legitimate Contractors

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- November 26, 2014

Also In This Update

  • Notorious Transient Paver Finally Lands Long State Prison Term

For a change, something refreshing!  Following are two articles showing how government is working hard to ‘level the playing field’ for legitimate contractors. 
On this note, Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Cal-OSHA Releases Revised Proposal of Heat Illness Prevention Standards

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- November 21, 2014

Also In This Update

  • Cal/OSHA Cites Disney Construction for 2 Worker Fatalities: Faulty Equipment, Untrained Staff Caused Deaths at Job Site
  • The Impact of the President’s Executive Action on Immigration Upon U.S. Employers

Cal-OSHA Releases Revised Proposal of Heat Illness Prevention Standards
I reported back in September that Cal OSHA is proposing to update the existing Heat Illness Prevention Standards.  I also reported that we are part of an employer coalition who has written letters and testified against the proposed changes as being overreaching and unnecessary. 

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Insurance Commissioner Recommends Lower Pure Premium

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- November 14, 2014

Also In This Update

  • Local Revenue Measure Election Results
  • California’s new Legislature inexperienced but has more time to adjust

Insurance Commissioner recommends lower pure premium rate than suggested by workers’ comp rating bureau
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today adopted an advisory average pure premium rate of $2.74 per $100 of employer payroll for workers’ compensation rates effective January 1, 2015. 

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CSLB Proposes 2015 Legislative Agenda

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- November 7, 2014

With the 2015 session of the California State Legislature set to commence in early January, the California Contractors State License Board is proposing to submit to their board their proposed legislative agenda.  The following was presented to the CSLB’s Legislative Committee this week and will be formally approved at their December Board meeting in Berkeley.  Once approved by the full board, the CSLB staff will work with some of my colleagues and me to find legislators willing to carry these bills.  The bills will then be introduced between January and late March and then begin the legislative process.

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A Closer Review of Other Bills Signed Into Law

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- October 23, 2014

Also In This Update

  • Controller Joins Fight Against Wage Theft
  • IRS Announces 2015 Pension Plan Limitations; Taxpayers May Contribute up to $18,000 to their 401(k) plans in 2015

A Closer Review of Other Bills Signed Into Law
Following is a more in-depth review of other bills that were signed into law by the governor that could affect your business. Please note some of these bills apply only to larger companies and are noted as such. This legal review was written by the law firm of Ogletree Deakins.  This article was published in the firm’s September 2014 issue of the California eAuthority.

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New Leadership in State Senate

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- October 17, 2014

Also In This Update

  • Use Third-Party Contractors for Labor?  Take Heed!
  • More on New Sick Leave Law

Changing of the Guard In the Senate
State Senate Pro Tem Darrel Steinberg passed the baton Wednesday evening to his successor, Kevin de Leon, in a gala held at the Los Angeles Music Center.  For more information about de Leon, go to: http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-deleon-20141015-story.html#page=1  

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Thank God For Election Years! Governor Vetoes SB 792 (Padilla)

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- October 10, 2014

Also In This Update

• Jerry Brown’s Veto Rate is Actually Quite Low (and What that Could Mean)
Lawsuit Abuse Chases Jobs Out of California

In my Year-End Legislative Report I only reported on bills signed by the governor, meaning that the MOST objectionable one, SB 792 (Padilla), was not discussed because it was vetoed.  Known as a ‘mushroom bill’ because it grew in the dark unnoticed by most in the wee hours of the last night of the session,  the governor thankfully listened to the arguments of the opposition (including ours) and vetoed the measure.

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Governor Signs More Bills as Deadline to Act Draws Near

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- September 26, 2014

Also In This Update

• Update on Cal/OSHA Hearing On Proposed Changes to Heat Illness Standards
• Want to Know If there have been Gas Leaks in Your Local Area?
• No-party California Voters Nearly One-quarter of Electorate
• Congress Recesses for November Elections and Must Hear From Everyone about Need to Address Highway Trust Fund
• Contractors State License Board Launches New, Optimized Website

Governor Acts on Some Bills As Deadline Looms

With the constitutional deadline of Midnight, September 30th fast approaching, the governor has acted on several bills over the past week.  I will be sending out a final report on the outcome of all of his actions as soon as possible after the deadline.  Following is the latest information:

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New Leadership in State Senate

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- September 17, 2014

Also In This Update

  • Use Third-Party Contractors for Labor?  Take Heed!
  • More on New Sick Leave Law

Changing of the Guard In the Senate

State Senate Pro Tem Darrel Steinberg passed the baton Wednesday evening to his successor, Kevin de Leon, in a gala held at the Los Angeles Music Center. 

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Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Heat Wave Arrives in Southern California

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- September 11, 2014

Oakland—Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers to protect their outdoor workers from the risk of heat illness, as temperatures in parts of Southern California climb into the upper 90s today and will continue to rise through the weekend and into early next week.

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Streets ‘Safe’ to Walk Again In Sacramento!

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- September 5, 2014

Also In This Update

  • Labor Task Force Targets Construction Sites that Commit Wage Theft, Put Workers at Risk
  • Heat Illness Prevention Update – Today’s the Deadline to Hear From You!
  • Dan Walters: ‘California Comeback’ hasn’t helped everyone

Phew!  The 2013-2014 California State Legislative session is now officially over!  Absent the governor calling them back to deal with an emergency or other special need, the 120 members are ‘safe’ within their legislative districts doing one of the following: ‘packing up’ if they are termed-out, ‘laying low’ with their constituency if they are a senator with two years left in their term, or dealing with a forthcoming November election for the remainder of the members.

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Capitol Heats Up With Less Than Two Weeks Remaining

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- August 21, 2014

Also In This Update

  • Heat Illness Prevention Update
  • Why passage of AB 2416 (Stone) could be BAD For YOU!

Man, I hate this time of year at the Capitol!  With the Legislature set to adjourn at Midnight on Sunday, August 31st, ‘gut and amends’ are raging as the ‘bad’ bills that cleared Suspense last week keep moving!!  This past Monday, August 18th, was the deadline for policy committees to meet before the end of the Session. 

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‘Bad’ Bills Make it Off Suspense!

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- August 15, 2014

Also In This Update

  • Workers' compensation changes draw ire
  • Update on Water Bond and School Bond

Bad News!  ‘Bad’ Bills Make it Off Suspense! 

As I reported last week, virtually all of the remaining ‘bad’ bills, as well as many of the ‘good’ ones, were placed on their respective Appropriations Committees’ suspense files.  Both committees held their final hearings yesterday to determine which bills remained on suspense (died) and which were approved to move on. 

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