SoCal Water Projects Secure $388M State Funding

August 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The California Water Commission has approved $2.7 billion in funding for a variety of water storage projects across California — the most the state has allocated for water storage since the 1960s.According to the Southern California Partnership for Jobs the eight proposed projects, four new dams and four underground storage projects, would boost California’s water [...]

Energy Drinks a Danger on Your Jobsite?

August 26th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Contractors here and around the world are taking a second look at the ubiquitous “energy drinks” that their younger workers constantly chug down. The older generations still have a preference for a cup of coffee as a pick me-up. Recent studies show coffee has health benefits, both physical and mental. The same can't be said [...]

OSHA to Increase Awareness of Trench-Related Hazards

August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Just to keep our members in the loop that Fed OSHA is looking at their safety standards and this can effect Cal OSHA’s Regulations down the line. So please revisit your Trenching and Excavation Policies and programs and make sure they are being enforced and adhered to in the field. Excavation and trenching are among [...]

Contractor Hit With $2 Million ‘Wage Theft’ Fine

August 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The Labor Commissioner's Office has issued wage theft citations of $1.9 million to Fullerton Pacific Interiors Inc. for failing to properly compensate 472 workers on 26 construction projects throughout Southern California. An investigation determined that none of the workers were provided rest periods as required by law, 289 workers were not paid for overtime [...]

Trump’s OSHA Rolls Back Injury Reporting Requirements

August 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The Trump administration is rolling back another Obama-era regulation, this time one from the Department of Labor (DOL) rule requiring companies with 250 or more workers to submit complicated, detailed forms to the agency on workplace injuries.The department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice in July stating that it is seeking to [...]

Marcum Construction Summit October 18

August 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Marcum LLP will present its annual construction industry conference in California for the first time, on October 18 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. The 2018 Marcum Construction Summit is being produced by the Firm’s national Construction Services group, one of the leading construction accounting practices in the U.S. The summit will feature a keynote address [...]

Going Around and Around

August 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog, PAC|

All of us in the business of building or repairing infrastructure in California are very familiar with the glacial pace that government, at all levels, moves when it comes to getting projects out to bid and in the ground. There’s a word that describes the process, which we borrow from algebraic geometry, which describes [...]

Water, Water, Everywhere

August 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

While we aren't “officially” in a drought (yet), the latest decline in precipitation in California has become a local problem, rather than just another state-wide issue. Cities throughout Southern California are looking for solutions to current and future water shortages, knowing they can't depend on the state for solutions. While we have passed two [...]

Good News on Worker Training

August 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

ECA has long been involved in worker training programs, both through vocational education in our schools and through our relationships with the construction trade apprenticeship programs, so we understand better than most that there is a big shortfall in career/technical education. That's why were happy to see a key piece of bi-partisan legislation make [...]

$287M in Funds for San Bernardino County Transportation Projects

July 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) recently announced $287 million in newly funded transportation projects that will help shape the future of one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. According to reporting by the Southern California Partnership for Jobs the majority of the funds, $218 million, were awarded under SB [...]

DWC Announces 2019 Temporary Total Disability Rates

July 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announces that the 2019 minimum and maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates will increase on January 1, 2019. The minimum TTD rate will increase from $182.29 to $187.71 and the maximum TTD rate will increase from $1,215.27 to $1,251.38 per week. Labor Code section 4453(a) (10) requires the [...]

Unauthorized PO’s Used For Equipment Transactions

July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Recently there has been a surge in a type of fraud that hasn't been seen for a few years. The scam involves unauthorized PO's being used to rent or purchase equipment.Suspects purposely hit a few stores in one county then hit again in another jurisdiction or county. They are working the system and banking on [...]