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NEWS OF INTEREST

 

We've wrapped up our April events in Sacramento!

APRIL 15 - FBA CONSOLIDATED BOARD / GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER ED YARBROUGH, CALTRANS NORTH DISTRICT CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ENGINEER
APRIL 15 - NO-HOST COCKTAIL RECEPTION

APRIL 16 - CALTRANS WORKZONE MEMORIAL AT THE WEST STEPS OF STATE CAPITOL
APRIL 17 - FBA/CalATSSA GOLF TOURNAMENT

FBA Board of Directors Teleconference - August 13th 10am

 

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



NOVEMBER MEETING NOTICE & GOLF REGISTRATION TO COME SOON!

 

 

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

 

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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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More on Proposal to ‘Update’ California’s Tax System

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- January 15, 2015

Also In This Update

  • Bill to Further Regulate and Penalize Excavation Introduced
  • Contractors State License Board Issues 1,000,000th Contractor License
  • Legislative Analyst's Office Issues ‘Overview of Governor’s Budget

More on Proposal to ‘Update’ California’s Tax System
As I reported several weeks ago, Senator Bob Hertzberg has introduced SB 8 with the goal of addressing/reforming California’s tax system.  Several of my lobbyist colleagues and I met with the senator yesterday afternoon to discuss his proposal which is summarized below. 

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Governor Sworn-In for Record Fourth and Final Term

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- January 9, 2015

Also In This Update

  • An Annotated Guide to Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address
  • Governor Releases $164.7 Billion Budget Proposal
  • Three Former California Governors Write - Too few jobs, too much poverty

Governor Sworn-In for Record Fourth and Final Term
As he was sworn in for a record fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown charted an ambitious new goal on Monday for California in its fight against climate change, challenging the nation's most populous state to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent in the next 15 years.

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Be Prepared For 2015 –New Laws and Other Requirements Commencing January 1, 2015

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

Also In This Update

  • Updates Mandated in 2015 to California Employment Posters, Pamphlets
  • Tax Season Opens As Planned Following Extenders Legislation
  • CA gas tax jumps 10 cents in Jan.
  • Excitement returns for Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

New Laws Commencing January 1, 2015
Are you ready to start off January 1st ‘in the know’ and in full compliance with all new laws, regulations and other requirements? Following is a listing of everything that will affect your business starting on January 1, 2015. 

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DIR's Prevailing Wage Rate Determination System Being Upgraded

 

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

Also In This Update

  • Cindi A. Christenson Named CSLB’s Registrar
  • Tax Reform Wins Over Gas Tax Hike
  • Meeting Set January 14 with Senator Hertzberg to Discuss His SB 8

DIR's Prevailing Wage Rate Determination System Being Upgraded – Want to Participate?

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) is in the process of upgrading all of its online information systems that are used to administer and enforce prevailing wage requirements on public works projects.  Two years ago DIR created a new public works project registration system using the PWC-100 form (formerly the DAS-13); and they are currently making plans to improve that system. 

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Bill Creating Penalty for Not Calling Dig Alert to Be Re-Introduced

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- December 19, 2014

Also In This Update

  • More Information on SB 8 (Hertzberg) Which Would Replace Proposition 30

Bill Creating Penalty for Not Calling Dig Alert to Be Re-Introduced

With the effects of the PG&E gas line explosion still weighing heavy on his mind because the San Bruno tragedy was in his district, Senator Jerry Hill plans to re-introduce legislation in early January that will create penalties in the law for contractors who are caught excavating without having contacted Dig Alert to have the site marked properly. 

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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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