California Minimum Wage To Increase

California Minimum Wage To Increase Over the weekend, under quiet negotiations, Governor Brown, Democratic leaders, and SEIU-UHW reached a swift agreement, without business input, on increasing the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022. You will recall in 2013, a similar deal was struck and Governor Brown agreed to raise the minimum wage with no future increases tied to...

MTA looking for women to join workforce

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is looking for women to join the workforce."There is a real shortage of women in our trade so we are always looking for women that are interested in our trade," said Jim Sandoval, a cement mason coordinator. The MTA held a number of job fairs on Wednesday, including one in Arcadia. more at: http://abc7.com/news/mta-looking-for-women-to-join-workforce/1260753/...

Assembly Bill No. 1513: Changes to Piece-Rate Requirements for Rest Breaks and Other Nonproductive Time

WCIRB issues statement that back wages paid under AB 1513 are not subject to audit under current policies! Effectively, back wages are not subject to audit for Workers' Compensation premium calculations.  The only exception is if an employer is paying back wages for 2015, and a policy period includes 2015 payroll. In other words, if you had a WC policy period...

New Case Law: California Contractors Are Now Strictly Liability For The Products They Install

On December 22, 2015; the Fourth Division of the Second Appellate District in California issued their decision in Jovana Hernandezcueva, v. E. F. Brady Company, Inc. This decision requires a drywall contractor, E.F Brady; to be held in strict liability for the mesothelioma injuries and ultimate death of Mrs. Hernandezcueva's husband. Brady performed drywall installation in the 1970s for a Fluor...

WCIRB Issues Decision Regarding 2016 Pure Premium Rate Filing

The California Insurance Commissioner has issued a decision regarding the WCIRB's January 1, 2016 Pure Premium Rate Filing (Filing) which was submitted to the California Department of Insurance on August 19, 2015. A public hearing regarding the filing was held on September 22, 2015. In his decision, the Commissioner approved advisory pure premium rates that average $2.42 per $100 of payroll....

California Contractors Avoid This Costly Problem With Your License

  In the recent CA appellate decision, Pacific Caisson & Shoring, Inc., v. Bernards Bros. Inc. #B248320, the justices ruled against Pacific’s claim for compensation from Bernards. The reasoning was that Pacific’s license was suspended for 77 days during the time Pacific was doing the work, which lasted 18 months. Pacific claimed the suspension was unfair, because the suspension occurred when the...

CA Contractors’ Mechanic Lien Rights Are Limited By Court

CA Contractors' Mechanic Lien Rights Are Limited By Court Most contractors know that they have the right to put a mechanics lien on a property for non-payment by the property owner. Most contractors do not know that this is a constitutional right given in the California Constitution!!! A mechanics lien is a powerful tool for payment because the contractor can force the...

Mandatory Public Works Registration Deadline Is Here

Mandatory Public Works Registration Deadline Is Here The DIR is replacing the Compliance Monitoring Unit (“CMU”) and Labor Compliance Program requirements for bond-funded and other public works projects. The new program requires contractors to register before bidding on and entering into contracts for state and local public works projects ALL contractors are required to register before bidding and entering into public works...