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The Starting Five in Construction Safety

December 31st, 2019|Categories: Blog|

We are just getting started in the basketball season, so when we started looking at safety questions pending in the coming year, we found five common issues that everybody has to keep in front of their team—the starting five if you will. The implementation of a safety and health management system is much more challenging [...]

U.S. DOL Wants to Help Contractors Play ‘TAG’

December 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

If you are a contractor on a federally funded project, you need the new U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) comprehensive Technical Assistance Guide (TAG) for the construction industry. The guide assists contractors in meeting their legal requirements and responsibilities for equal employment opportunity by preventing violations before they occur. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs [...]

November Golf Tourney Brings Out Winner in All

December 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

ECA golfers were treated to a first-class course as members and guests participated in the association’s 23rd Annual Royal Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach. Thank you to tournament chairman Lou Rendon of Frazer, LLP, and his committee for putting together this successful event. Special thanks also to our sponsors and [...]

I-9 Compliance Issues In 2020

December 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Recently we explored the coming “clash of the titans” over immigration paperwork with dueling state vs. federal lawsuits over conflicting laws and contractors trapped in a vice grip. The coming year is likely to be much more of the same, powered by political preening for the presidential election November 3 by all the parties [...]

The Calm Before The Storm

December 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

December is mostly a peaceful month, the hubbub around Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza notwithstanding. For citizens of California, December is particularly peaceful because the General Assembly and the State Senate are not in session. There are a couple of needless grandstanding committee hearings this month (Select Committee On Sea Level Rise And The California [...]

New ‘Skilled & Trained’ Workforce Requirements

December 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Over the last several years, California has enacted 'Skilled & Trained' (S&T) Workforce requirements, which mandate that contractors working on specific types of projects employ a certain percentage of apprenticeship program graduates for those working in apprenticeable occupations. A law that took effect last January upped the requirementson public work project types, including Best [...]

Lawsuits Start Flying Over AB 5

December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|

As expected, the legal challenges are flying over Sacramento as industries opposed to Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) that codifies worker status defining who are “employees” and who are “independent contractors” based on a state Supreme Court decision from April 2018. This bill is generating substantial heat in the world of private businesses, but not [...]

Wildfire Construction Deaths Expose Flaws in Emergency Work

November 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

The wildfires ravaging California over the last few years have exposed significant flaws in the emergency work practices of state and federal agencies tasked with dealing with these disasters. Five bulldozer operators have died in the line of duty over the last four years. The wildfires ravaging California over the last few years exposed significant [...]

Hakel & Burton 2019 DIG Honorees

November 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Before a full house of guests, dignitaries and colleagues ECA’s 32nd Annual DIG Awards celebrated John Hakel of the Southern California Partnership for Job, and the late Jim Burton of the Engineering Contractors’ Association for their careers of Dignity, Integrity and Generosity - DIG - in the construction industry. This year’s awardees were honored for [...]

More Water Money from Washington Possible

November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Despite what you might think based on the national news coverage, the Capitol building is still functioning. Congress is occasionally in session. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (probably the most important for construction) in late October met to “mark-up*” H.R. 1497. While that doesn't sound all that exciting, what if we told you H.R. [...]

AB 5, Gig Economy & Tax Compliance

November 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

With the ink still drying on the governor's signature making AB5 state law, Sacramento's revenue collectors have started having meetings to figure out how to cash in on this latest opportunity to increase the Golden State's tax take. Leading the charge is State Controller Betty T. Yee, who doubles in brass as chair of California's [...]

Construction Employment Still Rising

November 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

That headline is mostly true. The overall construction employment numbers nationally went up 7,000 jobs in September—except for “nonresidential building,” which was continuing its downward trajectory. “Nonresidential Building” means a lot of things, structure categories such as warehouse, industrial, office, retail, entertainment, hotels, restaurants, educational, health, etc. That category of construction has been struggling with [...]