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Should You Scale or Hold Back Projects in Response to COVID-19?

May 28th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Coronavirus Impacts to The Construction Industry The impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID – 19) on the daily lives of Americans has been brought into even sharper focus. In an effort to avoid a dramatic spike in the growth of the virus, as was experienced in Italy and Iran, public health officials are advising workers [...]

COVID-19 Suspensions May Trigger Mechanics Lien, Stop Payment Notice & Payment Bond Deadlines

May 26th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

While COVID-19 has mired contractors and owners in a dizzying stream of government orders, project updates, and safety guidelines, it would be easy, perhaps even understandable, but no less fatal, to overlook statutory deadlines and related notices triggered by project and labor cessations. So it is important to know if and when a project suspension [...]

Regulators Never Sleep

May 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

State regulators are still open for business and toiling away (albeit some of them in their PJs at their home office) to develop new and more expensive regulations. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is a good example. They are going full tilt on new off-road equipment rules, including more equipment turnover requirements that will [...]

Add New Exposure Control Plans to Your Safety Toolbox

May 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

While segments of the construction industry in California are exempt from Governor Newsom's March 19th “Stay-at- Home” order, we are not exempt from the new rules about how to manage construction site safety in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many recent news accounts and social media videos have surfaced throughout the state, showing some [...]

Federal Recovery Plan A Boost to ECA Members

May 12th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

As you read this, the massive ,federal COVID-19 recovery plan is making its way through bureaucracy into the hands of American families, and soon, this program could be a big help to most ECA members. While the media described the plan as a $2.2 trillion package, President Trump, when signing the bill March 27th, noted [...]

Despite Exemption, Contractors Don’t Escape AB5 Completely

May 4th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

By now, most construction industry participants have heard about AB5, California's new strict independent contractor test. It is the talk of the town. Less talked about, however, is what this change portends for the construction industry.. Now, in AB5's infancy, we can, at best, offer illumination more than definitiveness. But as a general matter, despite [...]

ECA Building Your Business Future

April 30th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The Engineering Contractors’ Association, ECA, since 1976 has served underground and heavy construction professionals in Southern California providing leadership and education on issues important to our member’s success. Working to enhance continued development ECA promotes a healthy construction environment through education of regulatory bodies from the contractor’s perspective and informing the industry on critical developments. [...]

ECA’s PAC Builds Key Relationships

April 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Although last year was a big year in the election business, ensuring that public works remains a focus of public officials is a ongoing effort year in and year out. This mission of ECA's Political Action Committee (PAC) is to keep issues involving our industry in the forefront of the discussion not only for those [...]

2020 Legislature Brings New Business Threats

April 19th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The California State Legislature is back in session in Sacramento, and, of course, that is terrible news for business. The Engineering Contractors' Association Government Affairs Committee watches with trepidation the machinations of legislators who busily try to pad their résumés with bills that demonstrate their disdain for “corporations,” whom they cast into the role of [...]

Keeping Up With Industry Regulations

April 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

One big part of ECA’s mission is keeping our members aware of ever-changing state regulatory requirements and providing solutions to those challenges. Here are some examples California's SB 1343, which became effective on January 1, 2019, requires every employer in California with five or more employees to act to ensure a workplace free of sexual [...]

Newsom Budget Prioritizes Construction

April 7th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

California Governor Gavin Newsom has unveiled his second spending plan, the largest in the state's history, offering a detailed look at his top priorities for the coming year, which includes billions for construction spread over the vast array of state agencies and departments. The Legislature has been meeting its statutory deadline (June 15th) for the [...]

Tips for Inspecting Trench Shoring & Shielding Equipment

April 1st, 2020|Categories: Blog|

When your crew is working in trenches 5, 10 or 20 feet below ground, you want to know the shoring and shielding equipment you’ve installed to protect them is doing its job. Pre-use inspection The first step is to ensure the equipment is in optimal operating condition before it arrives at the jobsite. “The problem [...]