OFD – One Federal Decision Reborn in Infrastructure Bill

January 20th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

What began as a Trump Administration executive order cutting government red tape made it into the final version of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by Congress in the wee hours of November 5th. The provision — known as One Federal Decision (OFD) — promises to shorten the federal permit review process from as much [...]

AB 340 Helps With College & Apprenticeship Cost

January 15th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

The California Legislature passed a bill to help students and their parents deal, in a small way, with the high cost of higher education, be it college or apprenticeship-based programs. The help comes from Assembly Bill 340 authored by Christopher Ward, (D, San Diego) and sponsored by State Treasurer Fiona Ma, to expand use of [...]

Cal/OSHA Gets More Enforcement Muscle with SB 606

January 10th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

When the month started, we were puzzling over the topic for this issue of ECA Magazine …nothing big or scary was happening, I thought. But just when you think it's safe to go back in the water…something huge and ugly with lots of teeth starts circling your business. This time the big ugly is Cal/OSHA, [...]

Atkinson & Clarke Honored At 33rd ECA DIG Awards

January 5th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Before a full house of guests, dignitaries and colleagues ECA’s 33rd Annual DIG Awards celebrated Steve Atkinson of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, and the late John J. Clarke of Clarke Contracting Corp. for their careers of Dignity, Integrity and Generosity - DIG - in the construction industry. This year’s awardees were honored for [...]

New Hoops to Jump Through on AB 5

December 30th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

The California legislature punted on taking down the odious AB 5 that is attempting to eliminate independent contractors in the construction and trucking industries in California. Instead, they passed Assembly Bill 1516 which extends a layer of protection to construction subcontractors and construction trucking independent contractors. To receive this generous gift from Sacramento, there are [...]

Guidance Template on Covid-19 Rules Released

December 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

The Biden administration is using different pathways to enforce the President's Executive Order 14042 which mandates the vaccination of as many American workers as possible in its battle against the Covid19 virus. Included in that effort are federal agencies, task forces and White House officials who are all sending the message through guidelines, memorandums, [...]

If It Looks, Walks, & Talks Like A Contract, It’s Probably A Contract

December 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

In a big win for public agencies, and school districts in particular, the California Court of Appeal recently affirmed the validity of public work job order contracts as enforceable contracts. In the first published opinion on the subject, the Court of Appeal rejected the argument by the contractor in Los Angeles Unified Sch. Dist. v. [...]

$1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Becomes a Reality

December 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

With much pushing and shoving from the Democratic leadership and President Biden, the U.S. House of Representatives, late on November 5th, passed, without amendments, the measure, with a working title of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF), approved by the Senate in August. Its official legislative title is the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act. In [...]

$6 Billion State Broadband Plan Kicks Off

December 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

The construction industry might have been slow to adopt the wonders of the electronic world, but it is now facing a multi-billion opportunity to bring high-speed Internet to all of California. The legislature passed, and the governor signed Senate Bill 156 this summer. This new law advances the statewide broadband plan with expanded physical [...]

Legislature Adds AB 5 ‘Relief’ for Subs & Truckers

December 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

The legislative balancing act known as AB 5 teetered back and forth in the state legislature and the courts again this year. The journey of AB 5 seems to have lasted longer than the three years since it was passed in 2019 in response to the 2018 Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court case [...]

Using Military Experience Toward Your Contractor’s License

December 11th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Lots of military people returning from overseas will be looking for new opportunity and your time in service counts when you apply it to a contractor license application. Can your license be less than 'active' but not expired? Sometimes you might believe there is no question, and that's exactly when you need to ask more…  [...]

Money, Money Everywhere But Not Enough Workers

December 10th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

For the last several decades our industry made pilgrimages to Sacramento and Washington D. C. to request more funding going to infrastructure projects and now, just when it looks like we might get our wish, we are confronted with a nasty little surprise. It really shouldn't be a surprise, but there aren't enough skilled people [...]

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