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FBA NOVEMBER MEETINGS AND VENDOR NIGHT

NOVEMBER 5-6, 2015

DoubleTree Hotel Santa Ana/Orange County Airport
201 E. MacArthur Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92707 
(714) 825-3333 reservations
(800) 222-TREE
RATE: $139 per night (mention FBA when making reservations)
Includes discounted parking and free in-room high speed internet.
Deadline: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING- 8:30am
Lunch Break
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING 1pm
VENDOR SET-UP - 1pm
VENDOR MEETING - (VERY IMPORTANT!) - 4pm
VENDOR SHOW - 5:30pm - 9:30pm including prizes, raffles,
open bar, hors d' ourves, and much more!

Friday, November 6, 2015
MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Tustin Ranch Golf Club
12442 Tustin Ranch Road, Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 734-2105 for golf club rentals ($41.25)
9am Shotgun T-time
Deadline: October 23rd

FBA Board of Directors Teleconference - August 27th 10am

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR ORANGE COUNTY NOVEMBER 2015. VENDOR NIGHT IS BACK!



DOWNLOAD THE NOVEMBER MEETING NOTICE, GOLF AND VENDOR REGISTRATION

 

HAVE A QUESTION? EMAIL US AT: info@flasherbarricade.com

 

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Legislature Returns

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- August 21, 2015

Also In This Update

  • Bill Gutted to Deal with Court Decision on Lease/Leaseback
  • Governor Holds Press Conference on Infrastructure
  • Certified Payroll Records On DIR Website

With next Friday August 28th being the deadline for bills to pass out of the other house's Appropriations Committee, there has been a flurry of activity this week.

First and foremost, the governor signed AB 566 (O'Donnell) which deals with lease/leaseback on school projects valued over $1 million.   This is the first of the bills this session that contains the 'skilled and trained workforce' provision to be signed by the governor.  There was intense pressure placed on the governor to veto this measure and , in response, he waited until the last day to sign it.  

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Legislature Returns to Work Next Week

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- August 14, 2015

Also In This Update

  • Broad Coalition Joins Forces to Address California’s Roads
  • CA regulators plot end to gas-fueled cars
  • Complete Form I-9 after Offer Accepted and Before End of First Day of Work
  • Proposed Expansion of E-Verify Services and Obligations Could Add New Burdens for Employers

Legislature Returns to Work Next Week
The California State Legislature returns to work next Monday for their final month before they recess until next January.  The Senate Appropriations Committee will meet on Monday, August 17th to hear the bills so noted below.  The Assembly Appropriations Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 19th on those bills noted below.

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Capitol Starts To Stir

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- August 6, 2015

Also In This Update

  • What’s the Next For Transportation in Washington DC?
  • California Energy Price Data for July 2015 – How We Compare to the Rest of US
  • IRS Warns Taxpayers to Guard Against New Tricks by Scam Artists; Losses Top $20 Million

With the Legislature set to return on Monday, August 17th for their final month before the interim recess begins (meaning they will be gone until next January), activities are already starting to ramp-up!  First and foremost, AB 566 (O’Donnell) which would require a “skilled and trained workforce” for lease/leaseback school projects over $1 million is still sitting on the governor’s desk awaiting his action.  I will keep you posted on the governor’s final decision on this measure.

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Streets Still Safe in Sacramento!

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- July 30, 2015

Also In This Update

  • CA’s road funding plans ‘stuck in traffic’
  • Tax debate must get beyond politics
  • House Passes Three-Month Highway & Transit Program Extension
  • Is Caltrans wasting millions on idle staff?

The Streets of Sacramento continue to remain quiet and safe as the Legislature continues its month-long summer recess.

During the interim, AB 566 (O’Donnell) still awaits the governor’s action.  As you recall, this is the bill dealing with lease/lease-back of schools costing more than $1 million.  Amongst its provisions, it would require a phased-in “skilled and trained workforce.” I will keep you posted on any news from the governor’s office.

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AB 566 (O’Donnell) to Governor, while another Apprenticeship Bill Added

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- July 22, 2015

Also In This Update

  • California clears hurdle for state-run retirement program
  • Bipartisan support grows for corporate tax change tied to Highway Trust Fund
  • Small Businesses Can Get IRS Penalty Relief for Unfiled Retirement Plan Return

For those of you following my discussions on “skilled and trained workforce” bills, there are now 5 bills traveling through the legislative process with one, AB 566, currently on the governor’s desk; while another, SB 7 (Wolk), was recently amended on July 16. SB 7 is important, because this measure deals with the installation of water sub-metering on multi-family apartments.  In other words, the State Pipe Trades were able to obtain an amendment requiring that that “all workers performing the sub-metering   “must have graduated from an approved apprenticeship program.” This measure is different in that it does not discuss “skilled and trained workforce” but is a variation of a theme’ AND, more importantly, deals with private work instead of public work!

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Final Week before Summer Break for the Legislature

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- July 10, 2015

Also In This Update

  • “Skilled and Trained Workforce Bills Expand
  • What Happened To Bills This Week?
  • Bills Set For Next Week
  • Want a Map of the Assembly and Senate Legislative Districts in California?
  • Tax increases back on California’s agenda?

For those of you following my discussions on “skilled and trained workforce” bills, there are now 5 bills traveling through the legislative process with one, AB 566, currently on the governor’s desk; while another, SB 7 (Wolk), was recently amended on July 16. SB 7 is important, because this measure deals with the installation of water sub-metering on multi-family apartments.  In other words, the State Pipe Trades were able to obtain an amendment requiring that that “all workers performing the sub-metering   “must have graduated from an approved apprenticeship program.” This measure is different in that it does not discuss “skilled and trained workforce” but is a variation of a theme’ AND, more importantly, deals with private work instead of public work!

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Lots of Bills as Legislature Looks to Summer Recess

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- July 2, 2015

Also In This Update

  • Reminder: California Paid Sick Leave Law In Effect
  • Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory for Sacramento Valley, Northern California as Temperatures Rise
  • Are Republicans ‘the Saviors’ of our Roads?

Sun Tan Lotion a Week Away for Legislature!
Next Friday, July 17th is the last day for the Legislature to meet until they break for their summer recess.   In other words, after next Friday the streets of Sacramento will be safe to walk again until the Legislature returns on Monday, August 17th.  Next Friday is also the deadline for bills to pass out of the other house’s (Assembly bills in the Senate and vice versa) policy committee(s).

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Governor Signs State Budget

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- June 25, 2015

Also In This Update

  • What Happened To Bills This Week?
  • Bills Set For Next Week
  • Labor Enforcement Task Force Releases New Educational Materials for Workers and Employers
  • Governor's Budget Funds Apprenticeship
  • The Construction Jobs Rebound in California

Governor Signs State Budget
The Sacramento Bee reports that Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed the $115.4 billion general fund budget that he and lawmakers agreed to last week, issuing only a handful of line-item vetoes.

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Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Temperatures Rise Across the State

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- June 18, 2015

Also In This Update

  • California’s paid sick-leave law: what you should know
  • What Happened To Bills Set This Week?
  • Bills Set For Next Week

Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory
Cal/OSHA is advising all employers to protect their outdoor workers from the risks associated with heat illness. Through next Monday, temperatures are expected to be 15 to 25 degrees above normal in Southern California. The National Weather Service forecasts excessive hot and dry weather patterns in Imperial, Riverside and San Diego counties in particular. Northern California should be prepared for high heat as well.

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Governor Brown Reaches Budget Agreement with Legislative Leaders, Calls Special Sessions to Fix Road and Health Care Financing

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- June 16, 2015

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a budget agreement with Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, consistent with prudent May Revision revenue estimates, that saves billions of dollars and pays down debt, while directing more resources to schools and low-income Californians.

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Bills Move on, While Others Are Set
As Budget Deadline Nears

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- June 12, 2015

Also In This Update

  • Warning!  Paid Sick Leave Provisions Start July 1, 2015
  • What Happened To Bills Set This Week?
  • Bills Set For Next Week
  • Fact or Fiction: “Independent Contractor” Has the Same Meaning for All Government Agencies?
  • House Begins Work on FY 2016 Transportation Funding Bill

Budget Deadline Draws Near
The next legislative deadline is fast approaching.  Next Monday, June 15th is the deadline for the Legislature to send their approved budget for the 2015-2016 year to the governor who, in-turn, must have the budget signed by June 30th in order for the 2015-2016 fiscal year to begin. 

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Sonoma County Strongly Rejects Road Tax Measure A

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- June 4, 2015

Also In This Update

  • DIR Launches Improved Public Works Contractor Registration System
  • Deadline For Bills To Be Out of Their House of Origin
  • Bills Set For Next Week
  • Employers Must Use Cal/OSHA's New Lead Warning Signs – EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2015

Sonoma County Strongly Rejects Road Tax Measure A

I reported that Sonoma County was going to the polls this week to vote on whether the citizens wanted to tax themselves a quarter of a cent for five years to repair the “Bay Area’s worst roads.”  Unfortunately, the voters overwhelming rejected Proposition A.

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Bills Pared As Suspense Deadlines Pass

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- May 29, 2015

Bills Pared As Suspense Deadline Arrives
Continuing my discussion from last week about deadlines, the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees met yesterday and moved their ‘pet’ bills off of Suspense, while holding the others in committee (rendering them dead).   Yesterday’s actions set the stage for next week.  From Monday, June 1st until Friday, June 5th, the Legislature will be meeting only on the Floors of their respective houses in order to debate the remaining bills on their agendas.  All bills must pass out of their house of origin by next Friday.  Then starting the following Monday, June 8th, policy committees start hearing bills introduced from the opposite house; and, more deadlines ensue as the ‘process’ continues.

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Bill Volume Decreases Significantly as Deadline Passes

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- May 21, 2015

Also In This Update

  • Bills of Interest Still Moving
  • Two Months Is Too Little When It Comes To Transportation Infrastructure Funding

Bill Volume Decreases Significantly as Deadline Passes

Bills that I’m tracking on behalf of FBA have been reduced by over 100 this week.  Last Friday was the deadline for all bills, regardless if they had fiscal impact or not, to pass out of their house of origin’s policy committee(s).  Each of the bills removed from active status are now two-year bills and will have one more ‘bite of the apple’ next January to pass from their policy committee or it dies.  In the meantime, each will be monitored in case it ‘morphs’ by way of a rule waiver, but chances are most are dead. 

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May Revise Forthcoming

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- May 8, 2015

Also In This Update

  • Major Bill Set Next Week
  • Prop 13 Overhaul Puts California Taxpayer Protections at Risk

May Revise
The middle of May is always known as the time for the "May Revise."  In early January of each year, the governor presents his "State of the State" address which always includes the release of his proposed budget for the forthcoming year which begins on July 1st. The "May Revise" is when the governor presents his revised budget based upon the tax revenues received in April.

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Deadline for Bills with Cost must be out of Policy Committee Today Friday, May 1, 2015

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- May 1, 2015

Also In This Update

  • Two Important Bills Pass
  • Jerry’s ‘Revised’ Tunnel Fraught With Problems

Deadline Today
Today is the deadline for all bills to pass out of their house’s policy committee(s) if they have a cost to the state.  All of these fiscally ‘tagged’ bills have to be heard in their respective houses’ appropriations committees before the end of May.  If a bill is not ‘tagged’ fiscal, it doesn’t have to be out of its policy committee until May 15th.

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Cal OSHA Hosting Heat Illness Prevention Call-In to Update and AllowFor Questions on April 16, 3:00 PM

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- April 10, 2015

Also In This Update

  • Payment Rules for Unused Paid Time Off Differ for Vacation, Sick Leave
  • Bills Set to be Heard Next Week

As I reported last week, the new Heat Illness Prevention Regulations will officially take effect on May 1, 2015.  Even if you have already attended a training course, I would urge you to take the time to participate in next week’s conference call hosted by Cal OSHA where participants will be able to ask questions and be provided with other useful information.

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Legislature Returns Monday for Full Start of Session

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- April 3, 2015

Also In This Update

  • Cal/OSHA Urges Employers with Outdoor Workers to Prepare for Heat Season Now
  • CSLB Asks For Your Help With Unlicensed and Cheating Contractors

Legislature Returns Monday for Full Start of Session
I often joke about the fact that the streets of Sacramento are not safe to walk if the Legislature is in town.  Well, starting this coming Monday, April 6th this will truly be the case!  Monday is the first day when most policy committees in both houses start (in earnest) to hear the 2,500 bills that have been introduced this year. 

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Guidance on Newly Adopted Revisions to Heat Illness Prevention Standards

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- March 26, 2015

Also In This Update

  • New Paid Sick Leave Law (AB 1522) in California—Have questions? Get Answers!
  • Update on SB 8 (Hertzberg) that would overhaul California Tax Structure
  • Emergency Water Package Passes Legislature
  • Help with the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards
  • Legislative Update

Guidance on Newly Adopted Revisions to Heat Illness Prevention Standards

With the newly adopted revisions to the Heat Illness Prevention Standards set to take effect on May 1, 2015 (a little more than a month from now!), Cal OSHA has just released a “Guidance for Employers and Employees on the New Requirements.”  The document is Cal OSHA’s effort to answer myriad questions that our heat standards coalition and others have asked in an attempt to ensure that our respective clients are prepared to comply with the forthcoming changes. 

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When Can a Waiver From Having to Take the Trade Exam Be Granted?

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- March 18, 2015

We often are asked, “Can I get a waiver from having to take the examination for a license?”  Following is the language directly from the pertinent statute:

§ 7065.1. Waiver of examination
Notwithstanding Section 7065, the registrar may waive the examination for a contractor’s license under any of the following circumstances:

(a) The qualifying individual has, for five of the seven years immediately preceding the application for licensure, been listed on the official records of the board as a member of the personnel of any licensee who held a license, which was active and in good standing, in the same classification being applied for, and who during the period listed on the license has been actively engaged in a licensee’s construction activities in the same classification within which the applicant applies for a license.

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Bill Introduction Deadline Brings ‘Loads’ of New Bills

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- March 2, 2015

This past Friday, February 27th, was the deadline for new bill introductions.  In all, there were 1569 bills introduced in the Assembly and 839 in the Senate, for a grand total of 2,408 bills. 
Bear in mind that many of these bills are ‘spot bills’ which means they are introduced as ‘place holders’ that will be amended in the future.  In other words, many of the bills were introduced with minimal language in them just to ensure that they were introduced prior to the 5 PM deadline for new bills introductions on Friday.  To be on the ‘safe side’ I always track far more bills than truly do affect your interests, just to ensure that any bill with even a remote possibility are in my sights.

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CSLB Proposes Legislation for 2015

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- February 13, 2015

Also In This Update

  • Statewide “Wage Theft is a Crime” Campaign Opens the Doors to California Labor Commissioner’s Office
  • Roundtable President Releases Statement Regarding Study on "Green Jobs" Impact to the California Economy

CSLB Proposes Legislation for 2015

The Contractors State License Board’s Legislative Committee will be meeting next Friday, February 20th, to discuss whether the board should pursue having the following bills introduced this year.  If the committee approves these proposed measures, the recommendation will be placed on the full Contractors License Board’s agenda at their March meeting.  Since this final approval will be after the deadline for new bill introductions (which is Friday, February 27th), the bills will be introduced either as spot bills (place holders) or be introduced by a legislative policy committee (typically either the Senate or Assembly Business and Professions Committee) since committees do not have deadlines.  Comments?  Please email me at phil@pvgov.com

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Cal/OSHA Reminds California Employers to Post Annual Work-Related Injury and Illness Summaries

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- February 5, 2015

Also In This Update

  • March 1, 2015 Deadline to Register as Public Works Contractor – If You Do Public Works Projects YOU MUST BE REGISTERED!
  • Transportation California Releases New Video About California’s Roads
  • California Eyes Road Repair Fees as Gas Tax Receipts Ebb
  • Are Cell Phones Going to be Your New Driver’s License?

Cal/OSHA Reminds California Employers to Post Annual Work-Related Injury and Illness Summaries

Cal/OSHA reminds all California employers to post their annual summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses from February 1 through April 30.

“This yearly requirement is a graphic reminder on the importance of workplace safety. It provides important data about injuries and illnesses that took place at the worksite, and highlights the need to address potential hazards,” said Christine Baker, Director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). Cal/OSHA, also known as the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, is a division of DIR.

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Is 2015 the Year of Transportation?
Governor Cites Need to Fix State's Roads

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- January 26, 2015

Also In This Update

  • California considering plan to replace gas tax with charge per mile driven
  • Road tax diversions and reality
  • In wake of Measure BB, counties mull transportation sales tax campaigns

Governor Brown signaled that finding a way to pay for rebuilding the state's neglected highways, roads and bridges would be a top priority in 2015 during his annual State of the State address to the Legislature.

After recalling the historic passage of Proposition 1, the statewide water bond, in November, he said transportation infrastructure is also crucial to the state's long-term success.

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