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Another State Senate Committee Ignores Compelling Testimony

4/12/2018 2:05 PM
Another State Senate Committee Ignores Compelling Testimony Is Senate Bill 825 greased for passage regardless of its manifest flaws? LIVERMORE, Calif., April 12, 2018—The following statement was issued by Michele Daugherty, President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors Chapter of Northern California, following yesterday’s 4-1 passage of Senate Bill 825 by the Senate Labor & Industrial Relations Committee. “Our hope for the thousands of construction-industry small businesses and their employees, many of whom are veterans, women, minorities, and the formerly incarcerated looking to succeed at life on the outside, is that the full California Senate truly listens to the compelling testimony about the harm Senate Bill 825 will do if it becomes law. Testimony that two of its committees seems to have willfully ignored. At some point, good public policy has to rise above the bidding on behalf of narrow special interests.” Background Senate Bill 825 would require t ... Read the rest of entry »

The three most frequently asked Affordable Care Act questions

4/23/2015 9:00 AM
Have questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what you need to do as an employer? You are not alone. We asked Heffernan Insurance Brokers to share the three most frequently asked questions regarding the ACA. 
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We need to come together and carpe diem!

2/24/2015 5:46 PM
No doubt you have heard about the National Labor Relations Board's  (NLRB) quickie/ambush election rule that will drastically shorten the timetable for union representation elections and undermine employer free speech and due process rights.

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Bidding on public works? Be sure to register!

1/8/2015 6:39 PM
In July 2014, the DIR launched a new Public Works Contractor Registration Program (SB 854), so starting this year, contractors wishing to bid on public works will need to register online and submit a non-refundable $300 annual fee.
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The ugly quickie elections shoe drops

12/17/2014 10:12 AM
Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a final ruling on the quickie elections rule. Unless a court or Congress blocks enforcement of the new rule, these changes will take effect on April 14, 2015 and have a significant impact on ABC NorCal members and other open shop companies.
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CA's new sick leave law

12/11/2014 5:12 PM
Starting January 1, 2015, all employees (including part-time, per diem and temporary) who have worked at your company at least 30 days within a year and who have satisfied a 90-day "probationary" period are entitled to paid sick leave. 
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Back on the table: The "quickie election" rule

2/26/2014 12:19 PM
Originally issued in 2011, but stayed for a number of legal reasons, the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) "quickie" election rule is likely to make a comeback in 2014 and present merit shop employers and employees with a whole new set of challenges.

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Employer shared responsibility under the ACA - do you know the latest?

2/19/2014 9:38 PM
Just this month, the Department of Treasury announced changes in the employer shared responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Wondering how it will impact you? Here's an easy-to-digest summary from our friends at Heffernan Insurance.
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Cal-OSHA logs due

1/31/2014 12:40 AM
I got a reminder from our friends at SCM Safety earlier this week about Cal-OSHA record keeping logs and thought it was definitely blog worthy. Safety is of utmost importance to us all and this is a friendly reminder that Cal-OSHA requires that record keeping logs be posted by February 1, 2014 (ie. tomorrow).

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Five contract terms that all contractors should drill down into before signing

12/5/2013 10:46 PM
Our friends at WECA had a super easy-to-digest article authored by Bean Kinney & Korman PC in their political newsletter this week covering the five construction contract terms every contractor should mentally flag for additional clarification.

I have adapted it a bit (mostly with construction-related puns) for some light, but useful, Friday reading.
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