Fed Water Infrastructure Act Will Almost Double

October 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Unless they are just playing with our emotions, it looks very much like the amount of money available for states and local agencies for drinking water projects under the federal loan program known as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) will nearly double in the next two years. We finally see sustained growth in [...]

Is Your Company The Next Kodak?

October 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review titled, Kodak's Downfall Wasn't About Technology, and the author did a great job of getting to the core of Kodak's true problems. If you're like me and many other others, you accepted the narrative told by most in the media about Kodak being fat, [...]

ECA Honors Duffy as 31st DIG Award Recipient

October 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The ECA DIG Award committee named Patrick J. Duffy, III as the association’s 31st recipient of the industry honor. Mr. Duffy is nationally known in the highly specialized field of heavy engineering construction law. A senior partner in Monteleone & McCrory for more than 30 years prior to becoming Of Counsel in January 2018, [...]

$44 Billion Needed to Fix Water Needs

October 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

When it comes to rebuilding and expanding vital water infrastructure, no state has a greater need than California, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In a report by the Southern California Partnership for Jobs, the EPA surveyed the state’s water system requirements in 2013, and projected it will cost more than $44 billion to renew, [...]

$690M in SB 1 Funds Allocated to Transportation

October 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has approved funding for more than 100 transportation projects funded entirely or partially by $690 million from SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. “These projects are a just a small portion of the key improvements we need to maintain California’s critical transportation infrastructure. Throughout the [...]

Naming an LLC, Guidelines for DBAs & The Name on Your Equipment

September 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

A 'rose by any other name smells as sweet' may apply to flowers, but not contractor's business names. A business name; how it applies to trade and structure of the entity all matter in determining what you can legally call yourself and how you advertise contractor services as you will discover in these Q and [...]

California Supreme Court: Employers Can Face Civil Penalties For Safety Violations

September 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

California law permits prosecutors to seek civil penalties against employers facing accusations of workplace safety violations under the California Occupational Safety and Health Act, the state’s Supreme Court has ruled. The ruling overturns a decision made by an appellate court and revives earlier prosecution filed by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Earlier this year [...]

Transferring Out of State Licenses, Financial Requirements & LLC’s

September 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Contractors are tough, but ‘growth’ is not without pain, even for these men and women. While ‘misdirection’ works in magic acts, it’s costly and time consuming when a contractor loses focus on ‘facts’. I will wrap up with a ‘memory fail’ that is also a lesson on getting expert advice before the wrecking ball [...]

Public Works Construction Up, Commercial Down

September 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The good news is that public works construction activity jumped up in mid-summer this year—the bad news—overall construction activity declined fractionally. Based on numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, total nonresidential spending stood at $748.8 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized rate in July, an increase of 5.3 percent from the same time last [...]

California Department of Fair Employment & Housing: Sexual Harassment Frequently Asked Questions

September 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

State regulations define sexual harassment as unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This definition includes many forms of offensive behavior and includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same sex as the harasser. The following is a partial list of prohibited behavior: Visual conduct: leering, making [...]

Long-time Member & Supporter Al Pickering Passes Away

September 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Elbert “Al” Pickering was born August 22, 1931, in Laveen, Arizona, and passed away August 8, 2018 in Tustin. He was 77 and had built a lifetime career in the construction industry where he contributed time and energy to ECA for four decades.Al’s father worked construction jobs in Arizona and California moving the family between [...]

Obligations Under California’s New Labor Code Provisions

September 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

In an unprecedented move, California this year enacted new legislation to hold state contractors directly liable for certain employment decisions of their subcontractors. Specifically, AB 1701, codified at section 218.7 of the California Labor Code, requires general contractors to ensure that their subcontractors’ workers — with whom they have no employment relationship — are [...]