President’s Christmas Message by Geno Caccia, James Caccia Plumbing, Inc.

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A Christmas Message from our President, Geno Caccia, James Caccia Plumbing, Inc. To our PHCC family, I am privileged to serve as your President, and part of the commitment in this role is the opportunity to connect with the PHCC of California membership.  I’ve recently finished a round of holiday party visits for a handful of our PHCC chapters, and …

Stop Making Wishes. Start Making Plans. By Vincent Ivan Phipps, M.A., CSP (Certified Speaking Professional)

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In the season of New Year’s Resolutions, we are inundated with thoughts of fresh beginnings. Follow these four guidelines to turn your wishes into results. Start now. Yes now, right now.  Don’t wait until the New Year, next month, or next week.  Start immediately to incorporate the changes you wish from yourself.  Every calendar has a Sunday.  No calendar has …

Legislative Update: Richard Markuson, CAPHCC Lobbyist

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New Legislative Session The California Legislature convened its 2017-18 session on December 5, 2016 with the Democratic party in control of a ⅔ super majority in both houses. This means urgency bills (which go into effect immediately) and tax increases can be approved without any Republican support. The Democrats can also place constitutional changes on the ballot without Republican support and override a …

Why Insurance Agents Can Be A Big Deal for Small Businesses

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As more small businesses look to enhance employee compensation and satisfaction by adding health insurance to their benefit packages, an important partner is an insurance agent specializing in the small group market. It’s an important relationship, says Michael Lujan Co-founder and chief strategy officer of Limelight Health Inc. in Sacramento, and it’s a relationship not to be entered into lightly, …

Wishing You A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

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During this season of giving, we thank our members and affiliates for their service, sacrifice and contributions to us for 2016.  You are the heartbeat of our organization, and sustain the work we do.  We appreciate you, and hope 2017 brings even more merry & bright to you and yours. From all of us at the PHCC of California and …

CalChamber Releases Overview of New Laws Affecting PHCC of California Employers – 2017

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California enacted new employment laws that may affect the day-to-day operations of your businesses in 2017 and beyond. Employers will need to be aware of significant changes in key areas, such as the state minimum wage.  California’s Senate Bill (SB) 3  is the state minimum wage hike, which will increase the minimum wage over the next several years to $15 …

Covered CA for Small Business: What You Need to Know About Changes in Health Insurance

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Health insurance rules are changing, and Covered California for Small Business has some news to share that can help you navigate this new environment. Covered California for Small Business offers health plans that put you in control of your company’s health insurance budget. You set the budget you can afford, and your employees select their own health plan that meets …

The Riso Report – Election Wrap Up

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2016 Election Wrap-Up in a Word….WOW The traditional political/pollster minds were not only challenged in Tuesday’s elections, they were up-ended. We all know by now: Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. Republicans will continue to control both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate (though some races are still too close …

Legislative Update: AB 2883, by Richard Markuson, Lobbyist, CAPHCC

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AB 2883 of 2016 specifies how officers and members of boards of directors at private corporations and managing members and general partners of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) elect to not be covered by workers’ compensation policies. Specifically, this bill: Permits an officer or member of the board of directors to opt out of a workers’ compensation policy if he or …

Citations Will Continue To Haunt A License, by Sharice B. Marootian, Abdulaziz, Grossbart & Rudman

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The Contractors’ State License Board (“CSLB”) licenses and regulates contractors in California.  The Contractors’ License Law sets forth the parameters by which it does so.  On August 19, 2016, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 1209, authored by Senator Morrell and sponsored by the CSLB.  SB 1209 provides that citations issued against a licensed contractor will follow the contractor …