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  • Archive for August 18th, 2014

    Aug 18

    ***ACTION*** UNFAIR LIEN BILL PASSES COMMITTEE

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    A union-backed bill that could pull your business and/or properties into labor disputes that you have nothing to do with, has passed the Senate Appropriations Committee and will be heard on the Senate Floor next week.

    We vociferously oppose the bill and starting last month, have asked all or our members to contact local legislators to educate them about the impact of this measure.

    AB 2416 (Stone; D-Scotts Valley) Unproven Wage Liens.  This bill creates a dangerous and unfair precedent in the wage and hour arena by allowing employees to file liens on an employer’s real or personal property, or property where work was performed, based upon alleged yet unproven wage claims.  The bill is on the Senate Suspense file and will move to the Senate Floor next week.

    The CalChamber has identified both bills as a “Job Killer,” and a large coalition of business groups are marshalling forces in Sacramento to educate legislators about negative impacts of these bills.  But we need your help locally.  Please contact your local Senator and advocate they vote against this bad measure.

    Here are updated materials to help:

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    Current Letter

    Quick Version

    Aug 18

    WATER BOND BILL PASSES – WE SUPPORT

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    This week the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed a measure to replace the current water bond that is on the ballot, with a $7.5 billion bond. We support this new measure and congratulate and thank those under the Capitol Dome for coming together to make this happen.

    Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, who represents the 29th Senate District, has summed up the issue nicely.  Click here to read his op/ed on the bond to learn more about the details and strategic thought that went into the measure.

    We need more water infrastructure and this measure is a great first step.  You will hear more about it between now and November, but bottom line, we support this action!

    Aug 18

    CAL OSHA AND SKYLIGHT FALL-PROTECTION RULES

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    In response to a petition filed by the solar industry, the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (Cal OSHA) has convened a formal advisory committee to consider if changes are warranted to California’s existing fall-protection safety standards for work around roof-top skylights.

    Specifically, the solar industry is asserting that the existing safety standards are out of date and should be amended to account for the temporary nature of solar-installation work and the significant advancements in skylight construction technology.   There appears to be solid evidence supporting a change, however, industry will be supporting a focused, “surgical” fix to this issue as opposed to a complete rewrite of the entire set of fall-protection standards for work being performed near a skylight.

    CBPA and CBIA have representatives on this Advisory Committee representing the commercial and residential real estate industries.  Please let us know if you want more information or want to get more involved.