EPA’s New Settlement on Whittier Superfund Site

July 29th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a $6,521,025 settlement with 145 parties to clean up contaminated groundwater at the Omega Chemical Corporation Superfund site in Whittier, California. “We are pleased that this settlement will help address the groundwater contamination to which these companies and others have contributed,” said John Busterud, EPA Pacific Southwest [...]

Employers: Be Prepared With A Detailed Return To Work Action Plan

July 27th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

With the easing of restrictions on certain businesses and the slow re-opening of local, regional and state economies, employers must prepare to resume operations in a safe manner Thus far, those segments of business that have been permitted to open are having to comply with stringent standards, or face the penalty of closure and possible [...]

CSLB Warns About Online Impact Payment Scams

July 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The Contractors' State License Board (CSLB) wants to make sure licensees are aware of an increase in online scams related to federal Economic Impact Payments. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and the nation's tax professionals industry continue to see a spike in cases of data theft and phishing scams [...]

SCPFJ Joins LA Infrastructure Group

July 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPFJ) last month accepted an invitation to join the Los Angeles County Infrastructure Development/Construction working group that will report to the county’s new Economic Resiliency Task Force. ECA is a founding member of SCPFJ and is actively involved in the new county-wide effort to get our economic engine restarted. Supervisor [...]

Workers Comp COVID Claims Coming

July 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

ECA sponsored a webinar May 19, focused on Governor Newsom's Executive Order (N-62- 20), which adds coronavirus illness of your employee to the list of causes for a workers' compensation claim—and it's a reportable claim that could increase your premiums on WC insurance. The webinar, with 32 online attendees, featured presenters from the ECA-member law [...]

Governor’s New Budget Reduces Construction

July 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic will likely take a slice out of construction spending by the state, based on the numbers released in Governor Gavin Newsom's May Revised 2020-2021 budget. The new $203.3 billion proposal would borrow money from "internal accounts" to help make up for a projected $54.3 billion budget deficit, as [...]

Cal/OSHA Covid-19 Guidance

July 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The coronavirus pandemic has struck another aspect of the construction industry. California's Occupational Safety and Health Agency (Cal/OSHA) issued a five-page “guidance “ document dated April 25 (but updated April 27).  The report is available online at  // The agency says the document “does not impose any new legal obligations.” Then it explains that [...]

Trench Shoring’s New Light Duty Crossing Plates

July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

For almost 50 years, Trench Shoring Company has been a leading supplier of steel trench plates to meet a wide range of heavy load requirements. However not all situations require steel plates.  Trench Shoring Company has now added the Oxford® Composite LowPro® 15/10 Trench Covers to its trench plate product line. These covers deliver a [...]

A Silver Lining In COVID-19 Cloud

June 28th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

If you're looking for a silver lining in the COVID-19 clouds hovering over our state, you will find one in the significant reduction in traffic on California's streets, which is making it easier for equipment, supplies and workers to get to job sites. Traffic levels in the Los Angeles basin dropped 60 percent under [...]

Does Business Interruption Insurance Protect Against Losses Related to the Pandemic?

June 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

In general, business interruption insurance covers loss of income suffered by a insured when damage to its premises by a covered cause of loss causes a slowdown or suspension of its operations. Coverage applies to loss suffered during the time required to repair or replace property, which may, depending on the policy, include loss of [...]

Governors & Mayors Fill The Vacuum

June 20th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

When legislators at the federal and state levels abandoned their posts and evacuated to their homes to escape COVID-19, governors and mayors filled the power vacuum with proclamations and executive orders to fight the current coronavirus outbreak, all in the name of public health.  In the case of the plague visited on the world from [...]

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